Killarney Sports Centre
National League Div 1
Scotts Lakers 97
Limerick Celtics 91
The Scotts Lakers produced a storming final quarter to overcome the Limerick Celtics in an exciting encounter in Killarney Sports Centre last Saturday night. The Celtics travelled to Killarney in confident form having beaten the Lakers there two weeks previously in the cup quarter final and they were also strengthened with the addition of former Limerick footballer John Galvin.
Limerick finished the first quarter stronger to lead 31-23 at the end of the first period but the home side hit back in the second quarter with Séamus Brosnan particularly impressive. Limerick were moving well, however, and John Galvin slotted a three-pointer to close out the half and give Limerick a 55-46 lead at the interval.
Outstanding play from Seán O’Brien and big scores from Papito Hersisia kept the home side in contention but John Galvin and Turrell Morris were equally imposing for the visitors and Limerick led 72-67 entering the final quarter.
The Lakers stepped it up in the final period and a big three-pointer from Seán O’Brien made it a tied game at 72 points each with 8:30 remaining. Two spectacular reverse lay-ups from Séamus Brosnan and further scores from Hersisia along with incredible assist play from O’Brien helped to give the Lakers a commanding 82-75 lead with six minutes remaining.
The Celtics never gave up and managed to reduce the deficit to six points in the end.
Scotts Lakers: Papito Hersisia (30), Seán O’Brien (28), Mark Greene (13), Séamus Brosnan (12), Andrew Fitzgerald (8), Dailian Mason (6).
Limerick Celtics: Turrell Morris (33), John Galvin (18), Jordan Hehir (16).