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Neal McCotter delight as classy Vanzant shines for Belfast Star

By David Kelly

Neal McCotter had called on his Belfast Star basketball side to find some consistency and they duly delivered - if only just in Galway on Saturday night.

Having won their first leg of the National Cup quarter-final with Killester, Star followed that up with a tense 74-71 victory over Moycullen in the All Ireland Premier League. With a break in their league action, McCotter has two weeks to prepare his men for the second leg of the cup in Dublin.

Star were not at their best against Moycullen but American Shawn Vanzant - who top scored on 25 points - kept producing the goods from the free throw line, as well as setting up opportunities for his team-mates as Moycullen fought hard to deny Star the victory.

The fourth quarter was a tight affair but Vanzant's class came to the fore along with the grit of Paddy McGaharan, Conor Johnston and Fergal Toner.

Coach McCotter said: "I didn't get the performance I wanted but we got the win when not playing as well as we can and that is a good sign."

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