Big win for Star coach Neal McCotter over Killester
Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter not only enjoyed his side's National Cup quarter-final first leg success over Killester but also winning a bet with his dad Bill, the club's chairman.
Underdogs Star, who had lost to the Dubliners in the All Ireland League a fortnight earlier, produced their best performance of the season so far to defeat Killester 86-74 at MCB on Saturday night.
"It was a sweet win in more ways than one because after the defeat to Killester in the league I bet my dad a tenner that we would beat them in the first leg of the Cup.
"When I called and told him the result he right away said the money was set aside," said McCotter.
Star began the game well but then started to go off the boil and as the game drifted a little, McCotter introduced new American Sascha Seymore who finished his overall 10-minute, crucial contribution with eight points and eight rebounds. Point guard American Shawn Vanzant finished with a superb 18 points and 14 assists.