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Neal McCotter focusing on the positives after Belfast Star's defeat to Killester

Belfast Star went down 69-59 to Killester in the All-Ireland Premier League on Saturday night but coach Neal McCotter was defiantly positive in the face of their third defeat of the season.

Star were without captain Keelan Cairns as well as Michael McKillop but fought hard and had many opportunities to take the win.

Classy Shawn Vanzant was kept to 15 points by the Dubliners, who cleverly double teamed the American point guard.

McCotter said: "Killester murdered us on the boards, they must have got about 30 points from offensive rebounds - and that just points to the fact that we were without Keelan and Michael.

"We still had a lot of opportunities. We kept their American Jermaine Turner to 15 points, our new American Sascha Seymore got his first game under his belt and everyone gave 100 per cent.

"I'm actually very pleased with what I saw. We have to play them in the National Cup over two legs in December and I didn't see anything that would have me worried.

"We have a break now, so our next match is in two weeks' time and we'll have Keelan back by then, Shawn will have got over a niggling injury and Sascha will be more confident about playing in this league.

"He was getting frustrated but that's normal for Americans when they first come here. We can get some work in over the next fortnight and go again."

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