Belfast Telegraph

Signing a point guard top of the agenda for Star in close season

By David Kelly

Belfast Star boss Darren O'Neill says he has already started looking for a quality point guard to help transform his side into a genuine top four threat in next season's All Ireland Superleague.

O'Neill has been frustrated all season by the low scores Star have produced and it was the same at the weekend when they went down 71-56 to cup finalists Killester.

Defensively Star have improved but their offence has repeatedly failed to fire and O'Neill admits that to a large degree it has been "mind boggling", though he hopes that a three-week break will enable him and his players to find a solution.

Not having a natural point guard to direct the offensive plays has clearly hurt the Belfast men, despite the best efforts of Paddy McGaharan who also managed to contribute 12 points against Killester, while American Dillon Stith had 18.

Arguably the league has never been as tough with a number of teams having quality foreign players and O'Neill is aware that as well as developing his current squad he needs fresh blood for next year's campaign.

"We have a three-week break now before we return to action and that will hopefully give us time to work on the things we need to improve," said O'Neill.

"We know we have to add to the squad and being without a natural point guard has been tough. I've already been thinking about how we can solve that because you just cannot do well at this level without a point guard.

"Between April and August I'm going to be very busy. I'll have the chance to look to recruit players who will add quality and that's something that I couldn't do last year as I only came into the club in late August."

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