Belfast Telegraph

Coach O'Neill is calling on Star to bare their teeth and tame Tigers

By David Kelly

Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill has called on his players to find their shooting prowess as they bid for back-to-back wins in the All-Ireland Superleague tonight.

Star travel to the Tralee Tigers knowing they will need to find an extra gear in order to tame their opponents, having won a thriller last weekend at home to the UL Eagles.

O'Neill hailed the mentality of the side in the win over Limerick but it was nevertheless notable that they did it without hitting 70 points and American Greg Womack had a paltry return of just 12 points.

While Womack needs to raise his game, O'Neill is aiming for an overall improvement from Star to build on that impressive victory over the Eagles.

"Greg knows that we need more points from him and that needs to start against Tralee but our Irish players also have to step up. Someone like Keelan Cairns is a 15-point man at this level so we need that and the other guys like Conor Johnston know they have to contribute more because we're not going to win on the road with fewer than 70 points," said O'Neill.

"But there were a lot of positives from last weekend and in training this week there has been an extra buzz. The win has given us confidence but we know we can't get carried away, there's going to be times when we suffer losses and we'll handle that.

"Hopefully that's not going to come against Tralee but we have to be ready for a tougher test than the Eagles. I want to see the lads bring the same mentality and aggression to the court."

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