Belfast Telegraph

Every player must step up says Star boss McCotter

By Staff Reporter

Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter laid down the law to his players this week as they seek to take a massive step towards making the National Cup semi-finals.

Tonight at MCB, Star take on Killester in the first leg of their quarter-final and McCotter believes that a disciplined performance can see his men take a good advantage into the second leg.

"I felt that last week we lacked a bit of discipline, not just with the officials but between ourselves and at the first practice that was sorted out right away," said McCotter.

"In fairness, those who knew they were to blame held their hands up and we go into this game feeling confident and with everyone ready to give it a real shot.

"We know that the guys down south don't give us a chance of beating Killester and that just motivates us even more. We have our game plan and if we execute that then we have a great chance of getting the victory."

McCotter has relied a good deal on assistants Danny Fulton and Javan Dupree after his son was taken to hospital earlier in the week.

"We got a bit of scare and were worried at the start of the week but everything is fine now. When you have people of the calibre of Danny and JD, who was my hero growing up, it takes the pressure off," added McCotter, who expects the Tayto-sponsored clash to be a close encounter.

American Shawn Vanzant will naturally be a key player if Star are to triumph over the experienced Dubliners, who are expected to double team the slick point guard.

"Shawn knows what to expect but it's not just about Shawn, everybody has to step up to the plate," he added.

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