FOR the first time in the history of the club, Bantry Basketball Club is fielding two adult men’s teams in this year’s Division 2.
Testament to the work being done at underage level in Bantry, interest in basketball has never been greater. The A team, coached by Craig Drummond and Pat Curran, who are hotly tipped to win the league and gain promotion to the top division, were essentially the away team on Friday night when they took on the B team, coached by Janis Vitols, in the season opener.
The B team took the game to their club-mates very early and went into a five-point lead after the first quarter. The A team, who boasted five All-Ireland winners from last year’s Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí team, soon got to grips with the game and began to take control.
Tom Flynn, Alan Keane and Shane Murray began to find their range from the three-point line and Stephen ‘Crouch’ Coughlan started to dominate the boards. Kevin Casey was the standout player for the B team and his cousin, All- Ireland winning schools’ captain Matthew Barry also kept the B team in the game.
Eventually, youth and fitness won the game for the A, but the big winner on the night was Bantry Basketball Club in front of a huge local crowd.