Belfast Telegraph

Star players hit new low with dishonourable show

By David Kelly

Belfast Star's players should be hanging their heads in shame today after giving one of the worst performances in the club's recent history.

Losing to top side Killester is no disgrace but the manner of the 75-57 All Ireland Premier League defeat at Methodist College, Belfast yesterday dishonoured the club.

A clear lack of fire in their collective belly and conviction in their offence and defence left a very sour taste. Only American Ricky Taylor who top scored with 21 points could possibly be exonerated from any guilt for the loss.

It was quite simply a pitiful display from players with obvious talent but that only counts for so much and a bitterly disappointed Star coach, Neal McCotter knows that all to well.

"That was absolutely shocking, our missed lay-ups were in double figures. It was schoolboy stuff," said McCotter who despite focusing on shooting practice in the lead-up to the match watched his side fumble offence after offence.

Whether it was simple baskets missed, turnovers or a plethora of wrong options taken, McCotter's men left him - and their supporters - utterly bewildered by what they were watching in this Tayto-sponsored match.

McCotter added: "Everyone is guilty, from one to 12. I will always defend my players, I did it when they lost before and we had three tight matches when he could have won, but this was a disgrace and if they don't start sorting it out then it's going to be a very long season. To only score 57 points at this level is just unacceptable.

"We had worked so hard all week and we knew that Killester were missing three of their top players and then we produce a performance like that."

Killester's old warhorse Jermaine Turner showed the Star men the kind of attitude required to win at the elite level as he came up with 19 points, while Alan Casey top scored in the game with 25.

Star's under-20 side gave an impressive performance when they defeated Tola Rovers at MCB in the National Cup, 80-68.

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