The Portlaoise boys U-12 basketball team travelled to Newbridge to play in the first Midland Area blitz of the season.
In their first game of the day they played local team Kildare Gliders. Portlaoise got off to a flying start with early baskets from Luke Thompson and Jake Conroy. As the quarter went on Portlaoise had good performances from Dara Ramsbottom and Sean Gilbather to open up a four point lead.
The second quarter continued the same with Portlaoise dominating the game with good running of the floor resulting in baskets from Ben Reddin and Kyle Enright. As the halftime whistle approached Portlaoise opened up a 10 point lead thanks to fine shooting from Matthew Delaney and Jamie Preston.
The second half saw the bigger and stronger Portlaoise boys continue to control the game with good work from Aaron Dooley and Eoghan Dempsey. As the quarter went on Portlaoise put points on the scoreboard thanks to scores from Luke Thompson and Jake Conroy.
The last quarter saw both teams relax with the final outcome in little doubt both were playing well, exchanging baskets, Matthew Delaney and Davin Mc Evoy dominated with good rebounds while Kyle Enright and Ben Reddin put points on the scoreboard.
As the game came to a close Portlaoise finished the stronger with baskets from Jamie Preston and Kyle Enright to go on to a well deserved win.
In their second game of the day Portlaoise played played Athlone.
The first quarter was a tight and tense affair with both defences on top. Athlone had good performances from Ciaran Cronin and Damien Carey with Sean Gilbather and Luke Thompson putting in good work for Portlaoise.
Jake Conroy from Portlaoise got the last score of the quarter to see the team’s level. The second quarter saw the tempo pick up with Athlone going up by four points despite good work from Jamie Preston and Ben Reddin.
As the half-time whistle approached Portlaoise had a good run of baskets from Matthew Delaney and Davin McEvoy to go into the half-time break up by three points.
The second half saw Athlone for the first time dominate the game and went on to get four unanswered baskets. Portlaoise were unlucky on a number of occasions despite good work from Jack Grant and Jake Conroy. As the quarter went on Athlone were now in control of the game going on to open up a 10 point lead.
Portlaoise came out strong in the last quarter with baskets from Kyle Enright and Matthew Delaney. As the quarter went on Portlaoise went on a full court press which resulted in baskets after good work from Jamie Preston and Ben Reddin to bring the game level.
The last minute could have gone either way but the Portlaoise lads had the momentum and it was Matthew Delaney who got the vital baskets to help his team go on to a well deserved win.
Portlaoise: Damien Moore (Capt), Matthew Delaney, (V-Capt), Christian Kenny, Dara Ramsbottom, Jake Conroy, Luke Thompson, Davin McEvoy, Kyle Enright, Aaron Dooley, Ben Reddin, Jamie Preston, Sean Gilbather, Jack Grant, Eoghan Dempsey.