Basketball: Super Summersgill floors the Elks
It proved to be a sweet and sour weekend for Belfast Star but at the end of their double-header a play-off place in the Northern Conference of the Nivea Superleague remains a strong possibility.
Star started with one of their worst performances in recent memory, crushed 91-55 by Southern Conference leaders UL Eagles on Saturday night but then returned to action yesterday at Jordanstown and defeated Ulster Elks 93-80.
“The less said about Saturday night the better, it was an awful performance but the guys came back and produced a very good performance to beat the Elks,” said assistant Star coach Danny Fulton.
Yesterday's Ulster derby clash was proving a tight affair with only a point between the sides at half-time but then veteran Scott Summersgill — who tortured the Elks in their previous meeting — took the game by the scruff of the neck and fired home baskets just about every time he got the ball.
Summersgill, who had a relatively quiet first half, exploded into life in the third quarter and effectively won the game for Star. While Summersgill went on the rampage, chalking up 30 points, American Clayton Longmire maintained his eye-catching form throughout the game, ending with 36 points.
Fulton added: “Scotty was incredible today, in the third quarter he was out on his own and they just couldn't handle him. He was scoring from every angle, he just keeps delivering the goods.
“He gave us the spark to break away from the Elks and really the fourth quarter was relatively comfortable.
“It was a very important win for us, particularly after what happened against the Eagles on Saturday night. Our young guys are getting better and better and there's no reason now that we can't go on and get that play-off spot.”
Meanwhile, Northern Conference leaders and National Cup finalists Killester edged a thriller away to Neptune in Cork 63-62 on Saturday night.