Belfast Telegraph

Lynn seizes his chance to help Star get back in play-off picture

 

By David Kelly

Belfast Star are back in the fight for a top six play-off place in the All Ireland Superleague, insists coach Darren O'Neill.

Star's top six hopes seemed to have hit the buffers on the back of a couple of bad defeats but came up with a fine display on Saturday night to defeat Eanna 71-62.

O'Neill may not have been entirely happy with the performance but one man who did catch the eye was Dominic Lynn. Injuries to key players handed Lynn the chance to shine and he duly delivered, hitting 13 points and offering a tigerish intensity in defence.

"Dominic had been with us at the start of the season and then left but came back into training recently and when he was handed his chance he was excellent. Everything I asked him to do defensively he did. He had three blocks, he rebounded and when he had to mark an individual did it really well.

"Considering he hadn't played for a while I was very happy with him," said O'Neill, who feels his side now have some momentum going into this weekend's clash away to Demons.

"We needed to get back on the winning trail and we did that. Defensively we were back to the way we were for most of the season so we are right in the mix for the top six. Credit to the lads because it was a solid all-round team performance and one in which they showed how much they want to be in the play-offs.

"It would have been easy for the players to get down after recent results but they showed plenty of character and now we need to take that into the game against Demons."

O'Neill's men have been hit with a series of injuries this season with key guard Conor Quinn still out, while American DiAngelo Grier has so far not contributed the points he was expected to when brought in to replace Ryan Oliver.

Grier top scored on Saturday night in MCB but only with 16 points to go with his impressive 13 rebounds.

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