Team Silvers made it two wins from two over the weekend with a massive win over rivals Kilkenny in St. Marys Hall. After the tough battle the previous night against their club counterparts, it would have been accepted that the home side’s energy levels would have dropped slightly, but they passed the test with flying colours after an amazing twenty point win.
An exhibition of shooting from beyond the arc by Team Silvers guards in the first quarter saw them take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the game.
Rody Mc Evoy brought his great form from the previous night straight from the tip-off and settled his team into the game with a great three pointer which was quickly followed up with another three pointer from Daniel Debosz.
The home side pressured the Kilkenny men, putting on a full court press after every score with only Philip Brennan making an impact with four excellent jump shots from the space provided. Team Silvers only took a four point lead after the first quarter despite their great start.
The home side began the second quarter as they had the first by moving the ball quickly in offence and taking the right options inside. Daniel Debosz and Greg Dunne were working extremely hard inside the key causing the Kilkenny defence to collapse and help. This created space for Debosz and Juan Marchal who penetrated strongly to the basket finishing every opportunity. Team Silvers pushed their lead out to ten points at half time with Greg Dunne hitting a sweet three pointer from the corner.
The third quarter was an even affair throughout with both sides playing some excellent basketball. Kilkenny’s Liam O’Shaughnessy went to work on closing the gap with some off-the-dribble shooting followed up with tough inside moves by Padraig Morrissey.
Team Silvers responded with three baskets from big man Daniel Debosz along with another three pointer from O’Sullivan. The home side again pushed out their lead at the end of the quarter with another two three pointers from Greg Dunne just before he left the game with a bad head injury.
Team Silvers quickly closed out the game in the final quarter with great rebounding and finishing by Ger Egan. As Kilkenny began to tire, the home side turned the screw with Debosz and Marchal finishing the scoring late on to push the lead out to twenty points. This is a massive win for the Portlaoise men in the race for first place in the league as they now look to bring their home form on the road in the coming weeks.
Team Silvers: Paul Dooley, Rody Mc Evoy 3, Shane O’Neill, Juan Marchal 13, Peter O’Sullivan 14, Peter Duignan, Gary Donnelly, Greg Dunne 11, Daniel Debosz 22, Ger Egan 4. Coach: John Fennelly.