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Star men fired up for semi-final bid

By David Kelly

Belfast Star have a golden chance to make the semi-finals of the National Cup when they clash with Killester in their second leg tomorrow night (8pm) at Methodist College.

Despite only trailing by three points after the first leg last weekend in Clontarf, Star will still enter the game – sponsored by Tayto – as underdogs such is the power and experience within the Dublin side.

Yet, Star's assistant coach Darren O'Neill says Star's young side can pull off an upset.

"We have given ourselves a chance, we could have been trailing by a lot more. Of course we know Killester are a very strong side but it's always very hard to beat any side three times in a row. They've beaten us in the league and last week in the cup so maybe we can win this one."

Star point guard Paul Dick, who has been in fine form all season, along with American Frank Otis, was left gutted by the defeat to Killester last weekend and is determined to drive his side to victory tomorrow night.

Dick said: "It was disappointing to miss out on the win when we had so many chances at the end of the game to take it.

"We're sick of losing to Killester now, that game has left a very bitter taste and we are eager to get them back at home this weekend. Meanwhile, the Ulster Rockets are away to Meteors tomorrow night.

Rockets ace and Paul's sister Susan said: "It was a really close game the last time we met so we have put in a lot of preparation for this game in the hope we will come out on top once more. We are ready to take them on."

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