UL Huskies got their first win of the season on the board in a big Limerick derby with Limerick Celtics on Saturday evening.
A nail-biting clash between the two sides saw nothing between them throughout, with Celtics holding a one-point lead at half time thanks to big scoring from Frannie Frazier.
A big push from Celtics in the third saw them lead by 46-40 going into the last, but Huskies were not going down without a fight, and a massive fourth quarter battle ensued with huge scoring at both ends.
Big displays from Huskies’ Katie Whelan, Orlaith Woods and Abigail Jeffrey saw them close the gap back down, and managed to edge in front by one point at the death – a lead they held on to by the final buzzer to win out 56-57.
“That was an important win for us, we had a few close losses this season,” admitted Huskies’ head coach, David Keogh. “The team showed a lot character to come back from 11 down to close out the game. Frannie Frazier played great for Celtics, and we’re very happy with the way our defence played in the last quarter limiting her to tough shots.”
Over in the Men’s Division One meanwhile, despite a 39-point display from Matt Scamuffo, LIT had to settle for second best against conference leaders and unbeaten Tradehouse Central Ballincollig on Saturday night, losing out 83-104 on the night.
It was also a tough day at the office for UL Sports Eagles, who lost out to Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney. Despite the sides being level on 41 points apiece at half time, a big third quarter push from the visitors saw them begin to edge in front and they drove on from there to win out 71-89 in the end.
It was a high-scoring battle in Cork meanwhile as Fr Mathews ran out 109-100 point winners over Limerick Celtics.
Deon Baker Jr and Daragh Fleming chipped in for 38 points for the hosts who had to contend with the big scoring of Turrell Morris (41 points) for Celtics at the other end in a super display of basketball.