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Belfast Star's shooting a big concern for Darren O'Neill

By David Kelly

Published 03/10/2016

Disappointed: Darren O’Neill has called for a positive reaction
Disappointed: Darren O’Neill has called for a positive reaction

Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill had warned his side to raise their shooting game but they clearly didn't heed the message after going down 63-56 away to Tralee in the All Ireland Superleague.

Americans Greg Womack and Eric Benedict failed to provide the firepower Star needed and Tralee swooped in the final quarter to take the win. Leading 35-31 at half-time, Star also led 49-47 going into the final quarter, but despite numerous opportunities Womack only finished on 12 - their top scorer.

Coach O'Neill said: "We just couldn't put the ball in the basket, that's what hurt us. Defensively we did very well, the guys have got the intensity and aggression that we need, but we have to start putting things right at the other end of the court.

"This week I'll be demanding a lot from the guys in training when it comes to shooting because it's just not acceptable at the moment. There was a real buzz after the win in our opening match and now I want to see how they react to this defeat."

The most notable result of the weekend came when UCD Marian defeated reigning All Ireland champions Demons 107-84.

In Division One, the Ulster Elks returned to this level with an 83-56 victory over Donegal, while their women's side lost 87-66 to Oblate Dynamos.

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