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Basketball: Demons expecting Star to be real threat

BELFAST Star pushed top side Killester all the way last weekend and now they face another tough examination when they take on All-Ireland Premier League leaders Demons on Sunday.

Demons, who remain in first place only because of a superior head-to-head record against fellow one-loss side Killester, lost to Cork rivals Neptune in dramatic circumstances last weekend.

Now Star hope to boost their top four play-off hopes against a Demons side still smarting from the late collapse, despite having led by 16 points at one stage.

Demons captain Shane Coughlan said: "We have to just keep doing what we are doing. It was a bit of a collapse in the fourth quarter but we were motivated for last week, you just have to give credit to Neptune," said Coughlan.

"We had a little chat amongst ourselves and everyone is motivated to look at it just one game at a time and we are fully focused on Belfast Star this Sunday and nothing past that."

Star trio Paul Dick, American Frank Otis and Spaniard Dustan Moriera will once again be the major threats for the Belfast side.

Coughlan added: "We know from playing them through the years they will be tough and they have really good Irish players who can all do damage if we don't watch them."

Star coach Adrian Fulton seems to have brought a new energy and zest to the side since taking over as head coach and last week's gutsy display against Killester was just what he wanted from his side.

"We have a lot of young players but they are learning fast and against Killester they showed the belief and desire that we want," said Fulton.

"In previous games we let matches slip away but against Killester they dug in and I hope we can keep that going."

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