President’s Cup Quarter-Final
Scotts Lakers v Limerick Celtics
Saturday at 7pm
(Killarney Sports Centre)
Scotts Lakers captain Mark Greene is hopeful that Killarney’s basketball community will come out in force this Saturday night for a crucial cup game that could define his team’s season.
The President’s Cup presents a real opportunity for the Lakers to pick up silverware in their second year back in the big time and victory over the Limerick Celtics would bring them one step closer to the televised final in January.
Greene says crowds have been good so far this year but an especially big turn out for this cup game would really spur the players on.
“It makes a big difference to us when there’s a big crowd at the game,” he said. “Obviously the onus is on the players to give the crowd something to cheer about but when you’re playing in front of a full house and the volume levels are high, it certainly gives the players more energy.
“It gives us something to feed off.”
The Lakers defeated the Celtics in the league in October but the skipper is expecting an even tougher encounter this time out.
“They’re never easy to play against,” he said. “They were missing a few players when we last played against them but when they’re at full strength, they’re definitely a good side. They move the ball well, they’re good in transition and they’ll certainly be up for it.
“There’s something special about a cup game. It’s the same in every sport. It’s knockout so there’s always a bit more excitement.”
The Lakers are currently on a 6-0 run in all competitions and will be hoping to keep the momentum going ahead of a busy couple of weeks in the Southern Conference. Cormac O’Donoghue’s team will play two more home games before Christmas.