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Star coach O'Neill looks for answers to 'baffling' loss


Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill
Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill hopes a round of golf in Killarney will ease his mind after a "baffling" defeat away to Cork side Demons, 83-66.

At the break, Star seemed to be on course for one of their best wins of the season. A fine first half display, lit up by 23 points from Aidan Quinn, had given them a 10-point lead, 47-37 - and then the wheels came off.

It didn't help that American DeAngelo Grier, who had looked so promising, came up with another dreadful shooting display - finishing with a paltry 12 points.

Instead of Star taking control of the final spot in the race for the top six play-offs, they have handed it to Demons who now have two wins to their tally with just four matches remaining.

"There is simply no logical answer to what happened in the second half. It's baffling because at half-time we came in feeling confident and then started the third quarter very flat," said O'Neill, who remained in Cork last night.

"It will take me a while to get my head around this result. I'll play some golf and then head home to start working again for the weekend. We all have to take responsibility for this result and fight to the end of the season."

Star, who last week cut Frenchman Clement Kulinicz, have clearly missed the class of Aidan's twin brother Conor

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