Star eclipsed again as win slips away
Belfast Star were left gutted by another defeat which could so easily have been victory in the All-Ireland Premier League at MCB.
Star went down 70-60 to Dublin side Marian who having been held to such a low score should have been put to the sword.
But apart from American Frank Otis (26 points) and Paul Dick (16 points), Star simply didn't have the firepower to grab a victory.
Star did not convert rebounds and were inconsistent from the free throw line, leaving assistant coach Adrian Fulton frustrated.
Fulton said: "I would have grabbed holding them to 70 before the game but when you do that then you have to score and 60 points is not acceptable.
"We did better giving Frank the opportunities to shoot but it seemed that every time we scored we had to work so hard for it – there were no easy scores and you need that but we just didn't convert from the outside and missed too many free throws.
"We obviously missed our captain Fergal Toner who should be back after Christmas. Of course you have to be focused but if they could relax more then I think we would be getting more scores."
In the All-Ireland game of the weekend, Demons edged out Dublin side Killester in Clontarf 77-72.
"We will take it for today but we still know that we have big battles ahead and we are just half way through the season," said unbeaten Demons coach Colin O'Reilly.
"It was a great advertisement of the game of basketball."
Looking ahead to the cup semi-final between the pairing in January, O'Reilly said: "If it is anything like this one and there is a big crowd at the game then everyone is a winner".