Dillon Stith's departure is a hammer blow for Star
Belfast Star had a weekend to forget as they battle to make sure of their place in next season's All Ireland Superleague.
Not only did they lose their double header to title contenders Swords Thunder 81-69 on Friday night and away to Templeogue yesterday (106-78), but the news that American Dillon Stith is leaving early to return to his club in Australia.
Stith has been one of the outstanding players in the Superleague since arriving in October to give Star's season a shot in the arm and his departure has come as a hammer blow to the Belfast side. The classy American played his last game for Star in the loss to Dubliners Templeogue who look as if they will be battling it out with National Cup winners Thunder for the Superleague crown.
"It's obviously a major blow for us to lose Dillon, said Star coach Darren O'Neill, whose side lie fourth from bottom. "He's a quality player and has shown that since the moment he arrived - it's certainly not what we needed at this stage of the season.
"I can't fault the lads for their effort. They have been giving it everything but we have struggled to put the ball in the basket. There's a lot of young guys with potential and it's going to take time for them to develop.
"When I came into this job I knew that it wouldn't be a quick fix. This is a long-term project."