John 'Slippers' Galvin returned to the hardwood last weekend for LIT Celtics
LIT Celtics lost their opening game of 2018, to Killarney Lakers, in the Men's Division One national basketball league on Saturday night in front of a packed house in Killarney.
The four week break paid its toll on the Limerick team as the Kerry side took full advantage of the greater height and power in this fast paced contest.
LIT Celtics were boosted by the addition of former Limerick senior footballer John Galvin who made his return to the hardwood.
Galvin added 23 points on the night playing at centre, as the now 37 year old, turned back the clock to his days in the ‘Burger King’ Limerick Super League.
LIT Celtics had the game back to six points in the third quarter but some poor shots and turnovers allowed the Kerry Lakers increase their lead to 13 points.
LIT Celtics will try to put last weekend's loss behind them as they prepare for the visit of Dublin Lions next Saturday as the home side look to improve on their 3-11 record from their opening 14 games.
This Saturday's game will tip off at 6pm in LIT Sportshall and should be a super game of basketball.
LIT Celtics' first year in the National league could be described as a real learning curve to date, with the young Limerick squad gaining great experience from every game.
The addition of John Galvin will be a major boast to the Limerick side as they enter their first home game in two months.
With star scorer Matt St Amour set to be back in action for the Limerick side, the youthful looking Celtics will once more call on Emmett Brown, Jordan Hehir, Dylan O’Dwyer, Cian O Reilly, Eniye Ede, Kevin Dowling and Danny Broderick to keep the wins coming from what is now a Mens National league side that is fed from the underage structures at the club.
In the Women's National Cup UL Huskies 70-64 win over Fabplus North West last weekend sees them lie in second place with five wins from seven games.
The UL based side will be hot favourites to make it six from eight this weekend as they travel to play the Ulster University Elks who prop up the table after managing only one win from their opening six games.
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