It was a disappointing weekend for Limerick sides in Men’s and Women’s Division One basketball games
IT was a tough day at the office for the five Limerick teams this weekend, with all five losing out their respective Men’s and Women’s Division One games.
UL Sports Eagles had a tough task on Saturday afternoon as they travelled to Cork to face the unbeaten leaders of the Southern Conference, Tradehouse Central Ballincollig, who certainly proved why they’re top of the table, winning out 90-68 in the end.
Once more it was the Cork side’s American, Andre Nation, who dazzled fans, finishing the game out with 42 points, while UL Sports Eagles Tarchee Brown also put in a good day at the office, finishing with a personal tally of 27.
Nation proved to be the difference though as with Eagles trailing by just four at half time (40-36) he, along with sharpshooting from Ciaran O’Sullivan and Dylan Corkery ensured the hosts came out on top.
LIT also had a tough journey on their hands as they went to Carlow to face an in-form IT Carlow Basketball side. Despite Matt Scamaffo again shining bright with a 23-point display, Carlow had too much for the visitors and ran out 84-58 point winners in the end.
Limerick Celtics hosted Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney on Saturday evening meanwhile, with the visitors coming into the game gunning for victory following two tough losses in the previous rounds.
Big performances from their American Sean O’Brien and Papito Hersisia saw them home to a 75-98 point win.
Over in the Women’s Division One meanwhile UL Huskies lost out to Portlaoise Panthers, 73-64, in a tense and very close clash in Portlaoise.
All level at 41 points apiece at half time, big shots from Orlaith Woods and Sinead Nihill kept Huskies in touch throughout the second half, but a strong finish from the midlanders saw them hold out to win.
Limerick Celtics meanwhile also played out an extremely close contest with Trinity Meteors in Dublin on Saturday evening. A strong start from the Celtics saw them ahead by one point at half time (37-38) but a big third quarter push from Trinity Meteors edged them ahead by nine going into the last.
Celtics came back in style in the fourth, with Taylor Williams and Frannie Frazier leading the scoring with a combined 40 point tally, but Trinity edged it down the stretch to win 77-73 in the end.