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Basketball: Marksmen can take Belfast Star to final of National Cup, insists Cairns



Keelan Cairns

Keelan Cairns

Freddie Parkinson

Keelan Cairns

Keelan Cairns believes Belfast Star have the firepower to go all the way in the National Cup this season.

Star are counting down to an exciting quarter-final encounter with Eanna at La Salle College this Saturday night and Cairns admits winning the Cup for the first time is a desire that burns brightly within the club.

While Star made it to the semi-finals last season, Cairns believes they now have more scoring options with CJ Fulton, Aidan Quinn - who missed last year - along with Americans Delaney Blaylock and Ben Marello all looking dangerous.

"I think it's great that we have so many people now chipping in with scores. It takes a bit of pressure off me and I'm happy to make the passes for others to score," said Cairns, who is relishing the quest for Cup glory.

"Within the club the Cup is very important and I know how much it would mean to everyone if we could go all the way and win it. We have the players to do it but we can't look past Saturday night and Eanna because that is going to be a very tough game.

"They're having a very good season, just like ourselves, so I think the result will come down to fine margins.

"We're going to have be really on it from the start and I know there's going to be a great crowd which always helps and I hope we deliver for them."

Belfast Telegraph