Limerick basketball sides ramp up pressure as season nears close

Limerick Celtics
The Limerick Celtics booked their place in the league's last eight. Photo by Pat Shanahan.

Three out of four wins for the treaty sides over the weekend.

By Siadbh Redmond

The Limerick basketball teams had a largely successful game week in their respective leagues. Men’s Division 1

Malahide v Limerick Celtics

The Limerick Celtics suffered a hefty 35-point defeat on the road to Malahide on Saturday night. Celtics centre Scott Angus gained five personal fouls taking him out of the game after playing only half an hour.

Josh Reynolds continued his incredible run of form scoring another 30 points but the Dublin side were too strong for the visitors, winning out with an 115-80 scoreline.

Malahide put themselves on top of the North Conference table with their victory. The Celtics now face a huge game against local rivals Limerick Sporting Eagles on Friday, March 3 at 7pm in the UL Arena.

Top Scorers:

Malahide: Oisin Rice (34 points), Trevor Recio (30 points), Sean Fitzpatrick (11 points).

Limerick Celtics: Josh Reynolds (30 points), Scott Angus (18 points), Eoghan Donaghy (10 points).

Team North West v Limerick Sport Eagle

Limerick Sport Eagles took full advantage of Team North West’s slip-up in the final quarter to win away from home 95-84.

The Eagles’ new signing Brendan Barry has settled in immensely well – he scored a further 36 points for his team in their recent game.

Treaty County native and former Ireland captain Jason Killeen also had an impressive game with 21 points.

Team Northwest was only a point in the difference after each quarter, but it was Eagles that finished out the game stronger.

Top Scorers:

Team Northwest: Ryan Ganniclefft (27 points), John Fierstein (26 points), Ignacio Flogueiras Campos (13 points)

Limerick Sport Eagles:  Brendan Barry (36 points), Jason Killeen (21 points), Ajay Ryan Walsh (10 points) Women’s Division 1

Oblate Dynamos v Limerick Celtics

The Limerick Celtics Women’s team gained a huge win away to the Oblate Dynamos over the weekend.

Stars Shante Hailes and Alexandra Navareettee combined for a total of 47 points while Dynamos Katie Moloney impressed with 17 points for her side.

But it was the away team’s day, finishing on a score of 81-69. This win secures Celtics a place in the quarter-finals of the league, but before then they face McEvoy’s Cavan Eagles on Saturday, March 5 at 3:15pm in Crescent College.

Top Scorers:

Oblate Dynamos: Katie Moloney (17 points), Jennifer Sheehan (12 points), Claire Quinn Nealon (12 points).

Limerick Celtics: Shante Hailes (25 points), Alexandra Navareette (22 points), Lucy Devoy (15 points).

Limerick Sport Huskies v Abbey Seals Dublin lions

Limerick Sport Huskies endured another defeat at home to Division 1 powerhouse Abbey Seals Dublin Lions.

The Huskies never got going in this game with low scoring in nearly every quarter. Trudy Walker and Ciara Wheeler impressed for the Dublin side with a combined total of 28 points.

Limerick Sport Huskies now sit at the bottom of the Division 1 table after a poor season. They face Phoenix Rockets at home next Saturday at 5:30pm in St Munchins.

Top Scorers:

Limerick Sport Huskies: Sophie Moore (9 Points), Cathy Grant (8 points), Kristina Collins (8 Points).

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions: Trudy Walker (15 points), Ciara Wheeler (13 points), Katie Flanagan (9 points).

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