Shane OConnell Limerick Celtics in action against Carlow IT
The second weekend of the Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One season was just as action-packed as the first, with six of the league’s 17 teams keeping their good starts to the season intact, winning two games from two.
Limerick Celtics continued to fly the flag high for the county, with a big win over IT Carlow Basketball. Leading by five at half time, the hosts kept Carlow at arm’s length to hold that lead until the final buzzer, 78-72. A good stretch of scoring from Turrell Morris and Fabio Hernandez – who bagged 45 points between them – helped Celtics continue their winning start to the season.
In Portlaoise meanwhile, the Panthers also made it two wins from two games, with a second Limerick team in as many weeks falling at the hands of the midlanders as they ran out 85-73 point winners over LIT.
Limerick Celtics 78 IT Carlow Basketball 72
Top scorers Limerick Celtics: Turrell Morris 25, Fabio Hernandez 20, Jordan Hehir 13
Top scorers IT Carlow Basketball: James Butler 20, Johnny McCarthy 20, Armand Vaikuls 9
Half time score: Limerick Celtics 37-32 IT Carlow Basketball
Portlaoise Panthers 85 LIT 73
Top scorers Portlaoise Panthers: Mike Pierre 18, Trevor Swayne 18, Jack Dooley 16
Top scorers LIT: Egidijus Baksys 19, Conal Brodrick 14, Matt Scamaffo 12, Andrew Curiel 12
Half time score: Portlaoise Panthers 51-40 LIT
Men’s Division One
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig 95-74 WIT Vikings
Limerick Celtics 78-72 IT Carlow Basketball
DBS Éanna 103-68 Ulster University Elks
Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 93-70 Fr Mathews
Portlaoise Panthers 85-73 LIT
KUBS 82-90 Abbey Seals Dublin Lions (after overtime)
EJ Sligo All Stars 65-76 LYIT
Gamefootage.net Titans 60-91 Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers