Letterkenny U18 Men had an emphatic win against Blackwater Steelers from Monaghan in Loreto Gym last Sunday morning.
Letterkenny Blaze 103
Blackwater Steelers 44
The Letterkenny team started brightly and moved the ball well in offence resulting in a nice inside finish from Matthew Deeney. This was quickly followed by accurate shooting from the free throw line by Tadgh Hickey and a successful three-point shot from team captain, Cian Hickey.
Controlling their own boards allowed Letterkenny step into another gear and a variety of scores from Andrew McGeever, Cian and Tadgh Hickey would leave the score at 28 to 15 in Blaze’s favour at the end of the first quarter.
The momentum was now with Blaze and they ran the ball well to finish the first half 44 to 24.
The third quarter started on a similar vein as the previous two with Blaze in full control. Quick baskets by Andrew McGeever and Cian and Tadgh Hickey extended the lead to 30 points.
The Blaze defence continued to pressure the ball and Steelers were restricted to shooting difficult shoots from long range leaving the score 71 to 38 going into the final quarter.
Kevin Kealy started the fourth quarter at the point and found Peter Lynch and Jack Lawlor in space to get early baskets from fast breaks for Blaze. The magic 100 was now in Letterkenny’s sight and they kept up a fantastic pace while continuing to stretch their lead.
Next up for the U-18 men is an away trip, next Saturday, to Newry Fliers.
Letterkenny Blaze Team: Kevin Kealy, Tadgh Hickey (24), Matthew Deeney (2), Cian Hickey (20), Raymond Rodgers, Andrew McGeever (34), John MacIntyre (2), Sean McGettigan (5), P Lynch (10), Jack Lawlor (2), Oisin Clarke (4).