Belfast Star must repeat top form on the road
Belfast Star need to produce another top performance away to Moycullen tomorrow night to keep alive their hopes of making the All-Ireland Premier League top four play-offs.
Star boosted their bid last weekend with victory over Templeogue but back-to-back wins have eluded them this season and captain Ferghal Toner is calling on his men to step up to the plate and deliver.
The Belfast side are currently three points adrift of a spot in the Champions Trophy, trailing both DCU Saints and UL Eagles. Tomorrow night's battle comes prior to a gruelling three-week schedule that will see them play Eagles, table toppers UCC Demons and Dubliners Killester.
"It is an important game this weekend and another win would help keep confidence up going into a stretch of games against the teams above us," said Toner.
"In previous games that we have lost, all been fairly close apart from a couple so we don't feel like we are too far away from making a run. We have been up and down for a lot of reasons, we have a young team and very few of the players have actually played together before this season – plus we brought in a new coach with a different style and methods."
Star will also be hoping that the Quinn twins, Conor and Aidan along with Liam Pettigrew, can bring the confidence they gained from back-to-back All Ireland Schools Cup glory earlier in the week into the Moycullen clash.
Malachy's and Star coach Adrian Fulton said: "The win in the All-Ireland schools was a great achievement. Not many teams have done it in back-to-back years. Conor, Aidan and Liam have found the transition from schools basketball to the top level tough as you would expect but they are learning very quickly and hopefully they will play their part in a win against Moycullen."
Meanwhile, in the women's Premier League, the Ulster Rockets have two away games against Team Montenotte Hotel and UL Huskies.