O'Neill hoping American can give his men a timely boost
Belfast Star will this week bid to bring in new American DeAngelo LeGrier as they seek to inject some momentum into their All Ireland Superleague campaign.
Star went down 79-66 at home to Tralee Warriors on Saturday night at MCB, taking their record to four wins and six defeats.
That has dented their hopes of a top four place but Star and coach Darren O'Neill be hoping that LeGrier can help turn their fortunes around, having been hurt by the loss of American Ryan Oliver.
On Saturday evening, the class of Trae Pemberton and Goran Pantovic proved to be the difference, while the experience of Kieran Donaghy was the icing on the cake as he came up with 13 points and a solid all-round display. Pemberton and Pantovic top scored with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Star were down 45-35 at the half and simply couldn't find a way back with their top scorer Garret Galvin only netting 15 points, while captain Keelan Cairns hit 13 and Conor Quinn 12.
"I told the guys before the game tough times don't last, tough people do. We brought nine guys up there and they showed great resiliency, said a delighted Tralee head coach Mark Bernsen.
"The first three quarters of the game we played as about as good as we can play at both ends of the floor. We let them come back a little in the fourth but I'm really proud of our guys."
Swords Thunder continued their excellent recent form as they edged out Templeogue in an overtime thriller, 100-97.
Despite Lorcan Murphy netting an impressive 32 points, it was Travis Black's performance in the second half for Thunder that was the catalyst for a fine victory.
"I'm absolutely ecstatic," said a relieved head coach Dave Baker. "When it went to overtime I felt that we had the momentum but all credit to Templeogue they actually came out better at the start of the overtime."