Limerick Celtics Men’s side faced a tough task when they faced Fr Mathews in Cork last Saturday.
The visitors managed to keep the game close right up to the final quarter through the impressive scoring of Kevin Oberweiser, who finished with a whopping 41 points. A big fourth quarter from Fr Mathews though was just enough to get the win, 95-83, in the end.
Meanwhile, the Tipperary Knights arrived in Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One with a bang on Sunday afternoon when they ran out 67-62 point winners over Limerick Celtics in their opening game of the season.
It was a battle both on and off the court, with two brothers going head-to-head on the sideline, with Martin Hehir coaching Knights and brother Tony at the helm for Celtics.
A close first quarter saw the hosts hold the edge in front of a large home crowd, 19-15 at the end of the first, with good scoring from American Courtney Strait driving Knights forward.
The home side continued to impress in the second, edging into a 37-29 point lead at the half, but Celtics were right back in the game in the third, thanks to huge work from Emily Tinnes and Kendall Bradbury, to see the game tied up at 47 points apiece with just under two minutes remaining in the quarter.
The Knights held their cool though and were led in superb fashion by Amy O’Brien, who drove the team forward straight away with a huge score, and this was followed by a Tasha Tully score to put them back into the lead, 53-47, going into the last. O’Brien continued to stand out for Tipperary as the fourth quarter ticked down, working tirelessly on defence, and scooping some big boards inside, to set Rosie Tobin and Strait up for some good scores.
The Limerick side kept fighting through Bradbury and Tinnes, but it was Tipperary’s day and they ran out 67-62 point winners for a finish.