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Basketball coach wants Star's benchmen to shine

by david kelly

BELFAST Star coach Josep Maria Berracol says he needs more from those who come off the bench if his side are to overcome the big boys in the All-Ireland Premier League.

Star are on the road against one such team tomorrow night when they clash with UL Eagles – though the Limerick men are coming into the match after back-to-back defeats.

Former Barcelona assistant coach Berracol was left bitterly disappointed by the defeat at the hands of Demons last weekend after they were in a promising position and is demanding that his players raise their level for longer tonight.

"The players coming off the bench need to give more, they need to see it as their chance to show what they can do – to grab the opportunity," said Berracol.

"We need to be playing at a high level throughout the match so everyone is bringing the same intensity."

Eagles coach Mark Keenan has seen his men exit the National Cup to Dublin Inter and lose in the league to Neptune, both by a one-point margin over the past fortnight.

While Keenan acknowledged the major threat that Star guard Paul Dick – averaging 19 points a game this season – will pose, he pointed to their other threats.

"Yes Paul has been playing very well but when you look at Star's stats they have a good spread of scoring and minutes with a number of guys popping up in games," said Keenan.

The Ulster Rockets are also looking to bounce back from defeat on the road when they face Dubliners Killester in Clontarf.

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