BASKETBALL - Portlaoise Panthers U-13 boys pick up win over Kilkenny Stars

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BASKETBALL - Portlaoise Panthers U-13 boys pick up win over Kilkenny Stars

The Portlaoise boys U-13 basketball team travelled to play Kilkenny Stars in the Kilkenny Area League competition.

Portlaoise started the better with early baskets from Brochan O'Reilly and Cathal McEvoy. Kilkenny settled into the game with a couple of good scores but the visiting team opened up a six point lead thanks to fine shooting from John Hruscovhi and their captain Jack Byrne.

The second quarter was a more even one with Kilkenny playing some good basketball but were unlucky with the final product. Portlaoise on the other hand took their opportunities with good baskets coming from their ball handler Cathal McEvoy and David Harrington.

Portlaoise were now growing in confidence to open up a 10 point lead as the halftime whistle approached with baskets from Cillian O'Connell and Brochan O'Reilly who was eventually top scorer of the game with an excellent 11 points.

The second half saw the game open up into a good running game with both teams playing well, exchanging baskets, Portlaoise kept their lead thanks to scores from Jack Byrne and Cillian O'Connell and they continued to work hard on the defensive end with good performances from Odhran Phelan, and Cathal McEvoy doing a good man marking job on the Kilkenny danger man Simba Boston.

As the quarter went on Portlaoise upped the tempo again with fine shooting from Cathal McEvoy and Jack Byrne who put in one of his best performances of the season.

The last quarter saw the Portlaoise lads control the ball as they went on to increase their lead with baskets coming from Brochan O'Reilly and David Harrington. Kilkenny, to their credit, kept battling for every ball but Portlaoise never really looked in any trouble as they went on to run the floor at every opportunity.

That resulted in baskets from Cillian O'Connell and the last score of the game coming from John Hruscovhi to help his team go on to a well deserved win.