Belfast Telegraph

Revitalised Star aiming to stay in the groove

By David Kelly

Belfast Star hope to take their National Cup form into the All Ireland Premier League tonight when they travel down to Galway to face Moycullen.

A poor start to their league campaign was followed up by a stunning first leg quarter-final defeat at the hands of Killester last weekend and coach Neal McCotter now wants to see his men enjoy some real momentum - with the second leg in three weeks time.

Star's American point guard Shawn Vanzant has been in fine form for the Belfast men but McCotter admitted that he hadn't been the happiest person around the club due to the recent string of defeats.

McCotter said: "For the first time this year we saw Shawn smiling at training on Monday night! He really hates to lose so he was a much happier man after the win over Killester who are third in the league.

"To be honest, the whole squad was feeling a lot happier, the mood has really lifted and the lads have learned more about themselves, they showed that they can beat some of the best teams around.

"So now we need to put a real run together, starting with a win in Galway - I'll be very disappointed if we don't get the victory. We've got a week's break after this and then it's Killester in the Cup again.

"December is going to be a very big month in our season because we have a lot of league games and the Cup as well of course and I think we are hitting good form at just the right time."

McCotter was particularly pleased with the performance of captain Keelan Cairns, saying: "Keelan has played well all year but after a poor first half he really raised his game."

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