Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Basketball: O'Neill's happy to welcome back class act Scott

Belfast Star aim to complete stage two of their three-game, six-day mission tonight.

Having enjoyed a stunning comeback victory away to Marian in Dublin on Thursday night, Star now meet Ballina in Jordanstown.

Coach Darren O'Neill and his team did not return to Belfast until almost two o'clock in the morning, so he is naturally concerned about fatigue as they prepare to try and make it five wins in a row.

But on a positive note O'Neill is also delighted to welcome back Scott Summersgill after he was unable to get time off work for the game on Thursday night.

"Scotty has been in great form for us and we really missed him against Marian," said O'Neill.

"It made the win even more encouraging against Marian because the lads showed the character and the ability even without Scotty to come from behind to win.

"At one stage in that Marian game I was starting to think about the trip home we were that far behind.

"Conceding 60 points at the half was a disgrace and I had a few choice words for the lads at half-time but they turned it around.

"Now we know we have a hard game against Ballina and we'll have to be wary of tiredness as we prepare to face them but this is the schedule and we have to get on with it."

DART Killester are looking to bounce back from last weekend's National Cup exit at the hands of Mustang Sally's St. Paul's tonight as they duke it out with Hoops to close the gap at the top of the Northern Conference.

Killester coach Mark Keenan said: "Both sides will obviously be hoping to get back to winning ways after the cup losses last weekend but I feel that we have practised well and home advantage might see us through.

"We played well below our best in Killarney but we still were in it right up to the end of the last quarter. We missed so many simple lay-ups."

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