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Belfast Star Coach Neal McCotter: Ricky Taylor unstoppable

By David Kelly

American Ricky Taylor is ready to torture Cork side Neptune on Sunday, according to Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter.

Taylor has been on fire in recent weeks for Star, coinciding with the club's change in fortune - from also-rans to Top Four play-off contenders.

On Sunday at MCB (3pm), Star have the ideal opportunity to send a clear message to the rest of the All Ireland Premier League that they are truly a force to be reckoned with.

Indeed, with the second leg of the National Cup the following week, victory would be a major boost on both fronts and McCotter believes Taylor can do some major damage to the talented Cork men.

Coach McCotter said: "Ricky has been outstanding for us, he has changed his game because now he is going inside more and there's no team in the league that can stop him.

"Before he was taking a lot more shots from the outside but now he is more economical and last week against Saints he ripped them apart.

"He has really stepped up for us but then right across the team we have seen the guys become tougher mentally.

"It used to be that we had a slump in the third quarter but we have sorted that out and I just think we are playing smarter basketball and we know how to kill teams off.

"As far as I am concerned I am looking up the league. We are a match for any team. We're sitting in fifth but I know we can do a lot better.

"It's another big test against Neptune but we're ready for it, confidence is high."

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