Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter had called for “a massive response” from his players and got just that, as they defeated Marian 98-78 in the All Ireland Premier League at MCB.
The shocking 49-point loss to Killester in the quarter-finals of the National Cup left a cloud hanging over the side but they responded with a scintillating display and McCotter pointed to the excellent performances of American Shawn Vanzant and the ever-improving Marty McDonald.
Vanzant top scored with 25 and set the tone at the start of the match with seven unanswered points, while McDonald finished with 23 points.
McCotter said: “In the space of seven days we went from the heaviest defeat in the club’s history to our best performance in two years.”
With top four hopes revived, Star now face three games in four days. On Wednesday they travel to Templeogue before heading back to Dublin on Friday to face DCU and on Saturday entertain Swords at MCB.