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Coach Neal McCotter looks to brother's star quality

By David Kelly

Neal McCotter is hoping for some brotherly help when Belfast Star clash with Marian in the All Ireland Premier League tonight.

Coach McCotter admits his side face a crunch clash away in Dublin, with Top Four play-off hopes either receiving a major boost or dent at the end of their battle with Marian, who enter the game on the back of losing last week's National Cup final.

The Star boss knows that a top performance from brother Brian, who previously played for the Newcastle Eagles in the British Basketball League, would enhance their chances of an important away victory.

"Brian has done well for us this season but I know that he has it within him to have a really big game. I have told him that the game with Marian would be a good time to do it!" said McCotter.

"I want to see Brian really express himself, take more shots... if he frees himself up and plays to his potential then he can have a huge impact.

"But it's obviously not just about Brian, we need big games from others as well.

"It's a match when we need Keelan Cairns to have a big game. He will have to do a good job on Neil Baynes, he has been very good for them all season."

He added: "Michael McKillop had surgery on his knee so he is out for at least five to six weeks."

Marian captain Conor Meany is also aware of just how important this duel is in the race for the Top Four.

"There are six games left and it's very tight between third and seventh. We have to bounce back and try and get our campaign together for the last push," he said.  

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