Lynn shines as Star ramp up pressure on leaders with slaughter of Saints
Belfast Star coach Adrian Fulton hailed the performance of young Dominic Lynn as his side kept the pressure on All Ireland Superleague leaders Templeogue.
As Templeogue lost to fellow Dublibers UCD Marian, Star were handing out a beating to DCU Saints in La Salle College, winning 81-62 and 21-year-old Lynn came up with 10 precious points as well as a defensive performance that caught the eye.
It has been some time since Star had a local man who had the physical presence to make a consistent impact around the boards.
And while comparisons with Star's Superleague winner Kevin Craig would be premature, Fulton does believe the 6ft 4' player has a very bright future.
"Dominic is someone who is naturally skilled and talented and he's very athletic so he has a lot of potential to be a very, very important player for us over the next few years," said Fulton.
"He can become a very effective Superleague player with the natural ability he has.
"In practice he is the guy who is matched to mark our American Mike Davis and that's when you see his fearlessness come out because the two of them go right at it and Mike loves that about Dominic.
"He is very good around the boards and can be even better and offensively he can improve when it comes to the structure of our offensive play.
"He has that toughness that you need at this level and he showed that on Saturday night against DCU."
Fulton was particularly pleased with how Star responded to his call for a more ruthless streak in defence, while Davis top scored on 26 and Connor Quinn hit 16.
"We talked about what we call 'gang defence' where everyone is really fighting hard to stop the second shot, to apply more pressure and that's what they did," added Fulton.
"It was also an important night for Mike Thiep who after Mark Berlic leaving is getting more game time and on Saturday night he had his most effective game for us.
"We have changed the look of the way defend a bit and Mike gave us more defensively on Saturday night than he has before which was good to see.
"After the loss to Marian it was good to see the response of the guys and it was a very good all-round performance.
"We got good contributions across the bench and it means we are right in the mix for the title."