Limerick teams chase national basketball glory

Limerick Celtics will bid for National Under-20 glory at the weekend. Photo: X/ Limerick Celtics.

THREE local sides will be engaged in finals at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin on Saturday.

First onto the court at 10am are Limerick Celtics, who run-up against Titans in the Under-20 Men’s National Cup decider.

Tip-off is 12.15pm for the Women’s Division 1 National Cup showdown between Limerick Celtics and Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, while Limerick Sport Eagles clash with UCD Marian in the Presidents’ Cup Final at 2.30pm.

In the semi-final of the Presidents’ Cup, an incredible 56-point haul from Sam Finlay and Kealan Coats ensured a thrilling victory for Matt Hall’s Eagles over Moy Tolka Rovers. A big rebound by Nacho Folgueiras late on was also crucial.

At the weekend, Eagles registered a timely 96-83 league win at Dublin Lions, with Coats and Finlay combining for 46 points.

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Tony Hehir heads up the coaching ticket with both the Celtics teams, and the women’s side had a splendid 75-69 league win over Templeogue at Crescent College on Sunday.

Samantha Coleman emerged the game’s top scorer with 26 points while Mikayla Brandon and Lucy Devoy were immense under the boards, soaking up a total of 29 rebounds.