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Star's Superleague future still in their own hands despite defeat

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Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill remains confident that his side will secure their place in the All-Ireland Superleague, with only two games remaining.

Star's hopes suffered a blow when they were beaten 89-74 by fellow strugglers Eanna but then KUBS - another side fearing the drop - failed to take advantage as they went down 77-74 to DC Saints.

O'Neill was naturally bitterly disappointed with the defeat as his side's season-long problem of failing to enjoy a breadth of scoring hurt them once again. Now they face KUBS knowing a win will be enough to keep Star in the Superleague next season.

"We are home this weekend and I believe that we can get the win. The guys just didn't play well against Eanna, it was very disappointing but it's all in our hands," said O'Neill, whose father Bobby sadly passed away at the weekend.

"Losing a basketball match was certainly put into perspective for me over the weekend with the loss of my father."

The regular season women's Superleague champions are Glanmire after the Cork side defeated NUIG 92-49.

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