Belfast Star's late season revival continued at the weekend with a stunning away victory over UCD Marian – but in regard to claiming the last spot in the All Ireland Premier League play-offs, it has just come too late.
Star defeated Marian 93-85 to keep their play-off hopes alive but big rivals UL Eagles enjoyed doubler header success to put them in pole position for fourth place.
Going into this weekend's final regular season game, Star would need to defeat Dublin Inter by around 40 points as well as the Eagles losing to Killester and DCU going down to Neptune. While the outcomes of those two matches could well go in Star's favour, they would need a miracle to crush Inter.
Star head coach Adrian Fulton said: "We are really pleased with our performance and the result of that game, it's probably fair to say it's the best we have been this season. We have played well before in games against Killester but we didn't come out with the result like we did here.
"It's a pity we don't have many games left to play, it feels as though we are just getting into the swing of playing.
"The season has just been too short for us and of course the problem is that we now have to wait until October for the new season to get more games, it's too long a break.
"All the guys did a very good job but I thought that Aidan Quinn gave a great performance coming off the bench, he gave us a lot of energy.
"Unless something crazy happens, the play-offs spot has gone but the last few weeks has given the lads a lot of confidence so that's very positive."