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Basketball: Quality shines through for Belfast Star

Belfast Star got their All-Ireland Premier League campaign up and running with a superb 78-66 away win against DCU Saints.

Star had come up short in their opening fixture with Neptune but coach Josep Maria Berracol could see that lessons had been learned and feels his men can now keep pushing themselves to a higher level.

American Frank Otis (16pts) and Paul Dick (17pts) were outstanding for Star as they dominated the game from the opening quarter.

Their defensive organisation was a lot tighter against the Saints on Saturday night, while offensively they proved to be more clinical, with 10 men on the scoresheet.

Berracol said: "The difference from the previous week is that there was more confidence in the team and there was more discipline in everything that we did.

"We had worked hard in training on a few things and I could see that they learned from it.

"I think it also helped that we had played DCU in pre-season so I knew what they were like and we had a game plan but with Neptune I didn't know them as a side before last week.

"I know that we are developing as team in many ways and come the second half of the season I think we will be playing at a very high level.

"I think for most of the game we played with a very good focus but I was not happy with the last 10 minutes but it is hard to maintain that level for a whole match," he added.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Rockets went down 70-55 away to Brunell in the women's Premier League.

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