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CJ shows why he is in demand by top colleges


Inspirational: CJ Fulton
Inspirational: CJ Fulton
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Teenager CJ Fulton gave an electrifying performance on Saturday night to inspire Belfast Star to an 85-69 victory over DCU Saints in the All-Ireland Superleague.

The 17-year-old demonstrated to the Star fans why he is currently weighing up offers from Division One colleges in America as well as a Spanish academy while the latest possibility for the Belfast lad is a place in a Florida academy.

Dad and Star coach Adrian looked on with admiration as CJ cut through the Saints defence like a red bellied piranha, finishing with 18 points and 13 assists as the Belfast side confirmed the place in joint second, just three points behind Tralee Warriors.

Allied to CJ's display were the contributions of Americans Delaney Blaylock and Ben Marello who finished on 21 and 19 points respectively, while Keelan Cairns chipped in with 13.

Ahead of this weekend's crunch game with fellow second placed side Templeogue it was just what coach Fulton wanted to see.

"Before the game Ben made it clear to me that he was happy to sacrifice his own minutes if Delaney was on a roll and he was until he picked up a couple of fouls. Ben then came off the bench and finished with 19 points in 16 minutes. To be able to replace one player with the same quality is a huge plus for us," said Fulton, who can only have one American on the court at any time.

"Delaney is back to his athletic best and you could see how much the fans loved his dunks and then Ben came on and just kept carrying us forward.

"Credit to CJ because he ran the show from the start. He had been struggling with a cold but was back to his best and overall it was just the team performance we needed ahead of the trip to Templeogue."

Neil Randolph came up three three-pointers in 45 seconds late on to inspire the Dubliners to victory over Eanna, who seven days earlier knocked Star out of the National Cup.

"It's going to be a real test of our quality down in Templeogue. The league is wide open so a win in Dublin would be huge," added Fulton.

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