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Shining Star give coach Neal McCotter hope for future

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Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter watched his side produce the kind of performance he has been waiting for all season when they thumped DCU Saints 96-67 at MCB.

After a tight first half, Star were simply irresistible in the second as they ran the Dubliners ragged with clinical passing followed by the kind of finishing that could have transformed their All Ireland Premier league position.

While the Top Four play-offs are now out of reach, this was the perfect way to end their Tayto-sponsored home campaign - the biggest margin over the Saints for some time.

While American Ricky Taylor will naturally grab the limelight with his 29-point tally, this was a day when every Star player moved up a level and the end product was there for all to see.

Coach McCotter said: "It was a great performance - it just shows you want is in this team and when you think of the matches that we allowed to slip away our season could have been a lot different.

"If we can keep this group of players for next season then we can be a real threat to anyone."

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