Basketball is continuing is grow on an upward curve for Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise and coach Pat Critchley hopes this momentum continues as their senior ‘A’ team go into the All-Ireland championship quarter-final tomorrow.
The Scoil Chriost Ri U14 A basketball team took the All Ireland Cup silver medals when they were defeated by a very strong Pres Castleisland team in the Final held in the National Arena last week.
They played some powerful basketball to defeat Bower Athlone in the semi-final but came up against a super Castleisland in the Final.
A first year ‘A’ loss to Bower Athlone the previous week is the only defeat so far in the regional championships for the school.
The first year and second year ‘B’ teams are on a spectacular run with wins over Pres Thurles, Templemore and Rathangan to place them top of their groups with one game to go against Colaiste Iosogain Portarlington.
Having already qualified for the quarter finals, it is certainly a huge achievement to beat the first teams of these schools who have had strong records in ‘A’ basketball.
The second year ‘A’ team have topped of their group unbeaten, and play Mercy Waterford in the semi-final. The first year ‘A’ team finish second to the Bower in their group and also play Mercy Waterford in their Semi Final.
Meanwhile the Senior ‘A’ team play the All Ireland Championship Quarter Final in the Arena this Wednesday Feb 27 at 12.45pm against Castleisland CC.
If they win they will play the winners of St Angela’s or St Genevie’s Belfast in the semi-final at 4pm.
This team lost the All Ireland Cup Semi Final to the eventual winners Clontarf and would relish a a chance to turn the tables should they meet in the championship final.