The Limerick Celtics Men’s team have recorded back to back wins after picking up their second win in ten days with a super 96 to 86 win against Waterford Vikings in St Munchins College yesterday.
This game was played at a frantic pace with the lead changing sides eighteen times during the course of this game. Waterford opened the stronger and controlled the game for the majority of the first quarter.
Kevin Oberweiser and Carlos Hortelano took control back for the Limerick side with some excellent three-point shooting and fast break scores. At halftime, Limerick Celtics opened up a 51 to 40 lead however, Waterford came back strong again at the start of the third quarter and took a one-point lead as the sides headed into the fourth.
Devidas Venchunas, Jordan Hehir and Liam Broderick added some great scores in the fourth quarter to restore the Celtics lead but it was basket for basket for the next five minutes and both teams gave their all to secure this vital win. Tommy Walsh grabbed some huge offensive boards but picked up his fifth foul with 4 minutes remaining and Celtics needed a strong finish to see out this game and take the win.
Kevin Oberweiser did exactly was what needed and finished the game with some amazing shooting and penetration to pick up thirteen of his thirty-nine point game total in the closing minutes of this game.
The Celtics also produced their best team defence in the closing minutes to finish the game on a 96 to 86 scoreline. Top scorers were Kevin Oberweiser (39 pts), Carlos Hortelano (26 pts), Daividas Venckunas (14 pts) and Jordan Hehir (10 pts).
Meanwhile, the Celtics Ladies team put in a great performance earlier in the day against the strong Kerry side and although leading several times in the game the experience and strength of the St Mary’s side came to the fore in the closing minutes as St Mary’s took the win.
Top scorers for Limerick Celtics were Kendall Bradbury (18 pts), Aoife Morrissey (12 pts) and Emily Tinnes (10 pts). Up next for the Celtics Ladies team will be a trip away NUIG on Friday night, while the Celtics Men’s side are away to Tolka Rovers in Dublin.
Finally, the Celtics Under 15 Girls brought home the Cork Under 15 National tournament title last Sunday with an impressive win in the tournament final over Brunell Cork.
The full squad of players played their part in this fantastic win and Celtics finished the tournament in style winning the final on a 50 – 22 scoreline. Celtics had won two close games against Skibbereen and Carrigaline in their pool games before going on to have an impressive win of Corrib Galway in the semi final.
This is a super achievement for Michelle Aspell and her Limerick Celtics team to take home the coveted Under 15 trophy. The Limerick Celtics team was Ghandi Malou, Sophie Ryan, Nia McInerney, Sorcha Cronin, Lucy Devoy, Margretta Azzopardi, Emily Dickinson, Ali Walsh, Eva Crean and Hannah O Bryne. Coach is Michelle Aspell and managers Chris McInerney and Mike Daly.