Portlaoise travelled to Newbridge on Sunday to play Longford Falcons in the next round of the Midland League.
Portlaoise started the game with fine baskets from Conor O’Donovan. Portlaoise stayed strong with great defence from all players and great rebounding from Dan Wolski and Andrew Meehan under the boards was limiting the opposition to one-chance offences.
Portlaoise kept up the great work both ends of the floor but Falcons continued to put pressure on Portlaoise. As Portlaoise continued to increase the pressure forcing a very comfortable lead, Falcons stayed fighting until the end, but was not good enough as Portlaoise were well deserved winners. Portlaoise 45 Longford Falcons 17
Portlaoise also played Athlone in their second game of the day and it was a very good game of basketball played by both teams. Portlaoise started very well with fine defence by Tom Healy and Ryan Fitzpatrick which gave Portlaoise a comfortable start and fine lay ups from Barry McNicoll and Pauric Tierney gave them an early lead. Athlone answered back with fine baskets from their number nine.
Portlaoise changed things up with a new five players and continued to add scores, from Sean Curtin and Conor Smith to increase the lead. It was a good game of basketball to watch from both teams. Portlaoise had a little more fight and were well deserved winners. Portlaoise 44 Athlone 13.