An excellent team performance gave Portlaoise Panthers U-12 boys another win in the Kilkenny League, this time over Old Leighlin.
From the get go Portlaoise moved the ball well with excellent passes from Jake Conroy leading to some easy baskets for Christian Kenny. Portlaoise worked hard on both ends of the floor and the force Old Leighlin to turn the ball over on numerous occasions, leading to a fine basket from Sean Gilbather.
Jamie Preston and Aaron Dooley worked very hard on defence and Dooley was rewarded with a fine basket at the end of the quarter. Portlaoise were leading well at the end of the first quarter.
Portlaoise began the second quarter extremely well with them moving the ball very well leading to baskets from Ben Reddin and Davin McEvoy. The lads did not let up the intensity with Eoin Dempsey pulling some rebounds on both ends of the floor.
Old Leighlin kept at Portlaoise and did not give up. Portlaoise finished the quarter extremely strong with some super baskets from Damien Moore and Kyle Enright. Portlaoise went into half-time leading quite comfortably.
Portlaoise kept the intensity in the second half with a couple of well taken baskets from Luke Thompson. Jack Grant worked extremely hard on defence and was selfless in giving up the ball so that his team could get some fast break baskets. Kenny capped of his performance with a superb move to the basket, which lead to another score for him and the team.
Portlaoise gave Old Leighlin very little chance to stay with them. They worked extremely hard on defence which gave them plenty of opportunities to score. The final quarter was much of the same with all players in this quarter getting baskets. Portlaoise ran out winners in the end, and coach Ken Glynn will be happy with an excellent team performance.
Thanks to all who came down and supported the lads in the game.