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Star see off Saints and edge closer to the Superleague

Basketball

Belfast Star have almost secured their place in the All-Ireland Superleague following a 96-86 victory over DCU Saints at MCB on Saturday night.

A tight game saw the sides level at 59-59 going into the final quarter and 77-77 at the end of normal time. New American Ryan Wilson and Paddy McGaharan excelled Star who then grabbed control of the match in the first period of overtime in this Tayto-sponsored Superleague clash.

Wilson, who only hooked up with Star last week, comfortably filled the void left by Dillon Stith as he nailed 29 points, while McGaharan finished on 22.

Star now travel on Friday night to face Eanna knowing that victory will mean they have guaranteed their place in the Superleague next season.

Coach Darren O'Neill was unable to be at the game on Saturday night due to his father being ill in hospital, though he expects to be back to take training tonight.

"It was tough not being able to be there on Saturday but Danny Fulton and his son Adrian did a great job and it worked out well. Ryan coming in obviously made a huge difference, we wouldn't have got those 29 points from elsewhere," said O'Neill.

"We're not safe yet, but it's in our own hands and if we can beat Eanna on Friday then they have three less wins than us with only two games remaining so the job would be done.

"Demons did us a favour by beating Eanna and now it's down to us to go and get the win which will not be easy."

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