O'Neill frustrated at lack of depth with Swords too sharp for visitors
Coach Darren O'Neill admits that the size of his task to rejuvenate Belfast Star was brought home on Saturday night after the 92-71 defeat away to Swords Thunder.
Star's new American Dillon Stith delivered 33 points and captain Keelan Cairns 23, but nobody else backed them up and the quality of the Dublin side shone through.
Indeed, Swords must now be seen as genuine title contenders along with Templeogue, this week's opponents at MCB.
O'Neill said: "The reality is that to be competitive in this league now you have to have more Bosman players in your squad and many of the teams in the south seem to have them in abundance.
"Swords are one of those sides but we're not.
"We played very hard and Dillon is clearly a top quality player at both ends of the court and he is allowing Keelan to have the chance to contribute more.
"But if we are to be competitive in this league we have to change our mentality. It's going to be a long process."