Four in a row for Lakers
By Eamon Keogh
Basketball: National League Division One
IT Carlow 70
Scotts Lakers Killarney 111
SCOTTS Lakers picked up their fourth win on the trot with a very impressive and comprehensive victory on the road against IT Carlow last Saturday. A dominant third quarter along with a whopping 16 three-pointers in the game which included eight threes from Brian O’Neill were the key factors that secured the victory.
Carlow were well in contention at an early stage with Jordan Fallon , Jimmy and Brendan Butler impressing. However Scotts Lakers were inspired by the outstanding three-point shooting of Brian O’Neill who hit five threes in the opening quarter. Toby Christensen and Mark Greene also added baskets and Lakers led 25 – 17 at the end of the opening period.
Carlow kept in touch with Lakers throughout the second quarter, scoring 23 points to Lakers 24. The Killarney side had solid contributions from Seamus Brosnan, Brian O’Neill Mark Greene, Aaron Jackson, Carlton Cuff and Toby Christensen and they led 49 – 40 at the interval.
Upon the resumption Lakers really got into their stride, doubling Carlow’s score. Jordan Fallon banged a big three-pointer for Carlow, Kevin Donohoe three baskets, Brendan Butler two and James Butler one. Brian O’Neill hit another three-pointer for Scotts Lakers, as did Carlton Cuff, Mick McGinn, Mark Greene and Xavier Talton. Aaron Jackson Toby Christensen, Carlton Cuff and Xavier Talton added further scores and the Killarney side enjoyed a commanding 81-56 lead entering the final quarter.
The final quarter was a formality, with Kevin Donohoe scoring five baskets and two free-throws, with James Butler a single basket. Scotts Lakers extended their lead, with an on-fire Toby Christensen scoring a three-pointer, four baskets and two free-throws. Aaron Jackson scored two baskets and Seamus Brosnan a three-pointer and a basket, Mark Greene a three-pointer while Brian O’Neill scored another big three-pointer to make it his eighth of the game and Lakers’ sixteenth. At the final buzzer, Scotts Lakers had a comfortable 41 points to spare.
Scotts Lakers : Toby Christensen 27 , Brian O’Neill 26, Mark Greene 14, Carlton Cuff 14, Aaron Jackson 13.
Carlow IT: Kevin Donohoe 23 points, James Butler 17, Sean Broderick 11 and Jordan Fallon 10.