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Fulton expects a big response from Star

Basketball

By David Kelly

Belfast Star coach Adrian Fulton says his men are ready to show their steel when they return to Superleague action on the back of a crushing exit from the All-Ireland National Cup last weekend.

Star travel to Dublin for a crucial battle with Swords Thunder tomorrow night, having had to recover from their thumping defeat at the hands of UCD Marian in the Cup semi-final and Fulton revealed that professionals American Mike Davis and Spaniard Sergio Vidal did not look for excuses.

"I had a chat with both lads and they immediately held their hands up and said their performances were just not good enough and to be honest I wouldn't have expected anything less from Mike and Sergio because they're two very good professionals," said Fulton.

"There has been no blame game and, in fairness to the guys, they have worked hard in training and are keen to make a strong finish to the season. After playing so well the previous week, it's hard to know why things turned out so badly in the Cup but we have to learn from it.

"It's not just the players that have to learn and take responsibility but me as well as the head coach. We didn't expect the way they pressurised us from the start with the high press. It did catch us cold and that's something that I have to take responsibility for.

"At the same time we have to give Marian credit for the way they came at us from the start, but we're looking forward to facing them in the league in a couple of weeks' time. To be honest, I'd love to be playing them tomorrow night."

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