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Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter challenges his players to dig deep

By David Kelly

Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter is calling on his players to step up to the plate and ram the arrogance of title favourites Demons back down their collective throat tonight.

Cork side Demons enter the Methodist College sports centre (7pm) knowing they are expected to head home with another victory after the Tayto-sponsored clash and McCotter believes that only two of his team's players will be of concern to the visitors - American Shawn Vanzant and Keelan Cairns.

"I've no doubt that Demons will look to double team Shaun and Keelan in the belief that our other players are not that much of a threat and the other guys in the team should take that as an insult and respond by showing what they're made of," said McCotter, whose side have one win in four games in the All Ireland Premier League.

"I have no doubt that players like Conor Johnston, Paddy McGaharan and Fergal Toner can step up and hurt teams and I want to see that against Demons who viewed by most people - including myself - as the team to beat this year.

"If I had to put a tenner right now on who will win the league then it would be Demons but that's not to say we're throwing in the towel, it's just being realistic when you look at the squad they have.

"But it's up to us to come up with a performance that we can be proud of and see what happens.

"For me the performance in this match is more important than the result because we have the first leg of the National Cup quarter-final the following week against Killester and I want the lads to prove that we are a real threat to Killester."

Before Star take to the court, the Ulster Rockets mark the start of a double header at MCB when they entertain NUIG Mystics in the women's Division One.

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