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Coach Neal McCotter: Belfast Star deserve some respect

By David Kelly

Belfast Star may be on a roll but coach Neal McCotter is well aware that very few expect his side to make it through to the next round of the National Cup when they clash with Swords tomorrow night.

Star enter the second leg of their Cup clash against Swords with a 10-point lead and the November Player of the Month, Ricky Taylor - but the Dubliners remain favourites to progress.

Coach McCotter is a little irked by the southern view of his side who have worked their way up from the bottom to fourth in the All Ireland Premier League over the past five weeks.

"I think it's about time my team were shown some respect. We have the player of the month, we've won four of our last five games and playing great basketball but still nobody seems to rate us," said McCotter.

"But that's alright, if people think Swords are going to wipe the floor with us - it's up to us to go and win and if we can then great, it would put us a win away from the semi-finals."

McCotter was delighted to hear the news that Taylor - who hit a game high 43 points last weekend - was voted the Player of the Month.

"I think Ricky's award is fully deserved and if he hadn't been I would have been asking why not?

"Ricky has been on fire but you know Keelan Cairns is crucial because he has the size to mark the American on the other side and that allows Ricky to focus on putting the ball in the bucket.

"Because the rest of the team pick up the load defensively, Ricky can concentrate on scoring and he's a nightmare for opponents."

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