Big win on the road for Celtics

Mike Hood in control for Limerick Celtics. Photo: Pat Shanahan.

LIMERICK Celtics Head Coach, Tony Hehir was delighted to see his team make it out of St Mary’s Hall with all three points following their 90-79 victory over Division One rivals, the Portlaoise Panthers.

The visitors made an explosive start, outscoring the joint North Conference leaders by 13 points in the opening quarter and, while a 30-point performance by Ravel Moody helped reduce Panthers’ arrears to just four, they could not stop the visitors from pulling clear down the stretch.

Limerick’s Mike Hood also hit 30 points on the night while Miles Felletti-O’Donnell and Justin Motley chipped with a further 45, the latter also chalking up a huge 19 rebounds.

“I was really happy with our team performance” said Hehir.

“Portlaoise is always a tough place to play and Panthers came back strong in the fourth quarter, but our lads showed great composure to close out this exciting game and take a really important away win” he smiled.

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Elsewhere, Limerick Sport Eagles suffered a 107-95 loss at Drogheda Wolves.

In Division One action, Limerick Celtics took all four quarters to earn a 79-51 victory over Abbey Seals Dublin Lions in Crescent College.

Lucy Devoy emerged the game’s top scorer on 23 points, while Mikayla Brandon and Amy Buckley each chipped in with an additional 18 to help the home side to a comfortable win.

Elsewhere, McEvoy’s Cavan Eagles recorded a convincing 92-70 home win over Limerick Sport Huskies.