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Belfast Star tipped to finally sparkle in double header

By David Kelly

Danny Fulton has seen it all in basketball and the vastly experienced coach is adamant that Belfast Star's players will show their mettle this weekend.

Star go into an All Ireland Premier League double header - away to UL Eagles tomorrow night and away to Templeogue on Sunday - on the back of one of the worst performances ever by the Belfast side.

Fulton will take the reins this week as head coach Neal McCotter is away on business and the former Star boss admits that the players have been hurting since the bitter defeat to Killester.

"All the guys were really down after the loss to Killester, these guys are paying to play so it's not as if they are not trying to win but they know they have to offer a lot more," said Fulton.

"If you had watched them train on Tuesday you would have seen a group of players determined to put things right and get their first win.

"So far this season they have not scored more than 70 points and yet only Demons have scored more than 80 against them. So it's very simple, they have to start scoring."

While poor shooting has been all too evident, there have also been numerous times when offences have fallen apart due to the wrong option being taken.

"As a team we have to be smarter, the guys have been told that. We want to see a smarter team," added Fulton.

"Defensively we can be better when it comes to rebound but it's not a case of one or two players, it's everyone working together. The players have worked hard and they are ready."

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