The Scotts Lakers have a busy weekend ahead. Tomorrow (Saturday) they travel to Ballincollig Community Centre to play league favourites Tradehouse Central Ballincollig at 4pm. The Lakers have also drawn Ballincollig in the first round of the cup and this will take place in Killarney on October 26.
The Cork side have won the cup for the past two seasons and have enjoyed the advantage over the Lakers in a number of clashes in the same period. Top American player Andre Nation is back with Ballincollig again this season and he was an interested observer, along with some of his teammates and coach Kieran O’Sullivan, at the Killarney Sports Centre last Saturday night.
Lakers coach Shane McCarthy will be pleased with the Carlow victory but will know that an improved performance will be required to trouble Ballincollig in the league and cup. Aaron Jackson has scored 33 and 34 points for the Lakers in his opening two games so Ballincollig will probably have a plan to try and reduce his scoring threat.
Nation scored 31 in the Cork side’s 85-71 win over Portlaoise last weekend while The likes of Ciarán O’Sullivan, Dylan Corkery and Iñigo Zabalo have also impressed for them so far this season.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Scotts Lakers after the journey to Cork on Saturday. The following day (Sunday), the Lakers will host the Waterford Vikings in Killarney Sports Centre at 3pm.