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Beaten Star have to quickly pick up pieces

By David Kelly

Belfast Star's roller coaster season took another dip last night when they lost 91-70 away to Templeogue in the All Ireland Premier League.

Having crashed out of the National Cup 11 days ago, Star responded with their best performance of the season when defeating UCD by 20 points at the weekend. But instead of building on that victory, the Belfast men slumped to defeat.

American Shawn Vanzant had been to the fore against UCD but his class was unable to inspire the Belfast men to come from behind, having trailed 51-43 at half-time.

The third quarter saw Templeogue grab the match by the throat and going into the final 11 minutes they were 76-54 ahead and in total command before their vocal supporters.

Star seemed to be running on empty in the final quarter as the Dubliners went joint top with Demons.

Star coach Neal McCotter will have to immediately pick his players up for a double header in the space of 24 hours this weekend.

The Belfast men return to action tomorrow night when they travel to Dublin again to face DCU before returning home on Saturday night to face Swords Thunder.

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