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Time for Belfast Star to stand and deliver: O'Neill

By David Kelly

Belfast Star face arguably the toughest test in Irish basketball at the moment when they entertain UCD Marian at MCB tonight.

Marian have taken the All IrMarian have taken the All Ireland Superleague by storm, crushing reigning champions Demons last weekend, while Star are aiming to finally find their shooting touch.

Star coach Darren O'Neill is naturally frustrated but at the same time he senses a growing belief within his squad that they can truly match up to anyone in the league.

Americans Greg Womack and Eric Benedict need to be leading from the front and that is something their coach has made abundantly clear.

O'Neill said: "We're facing a Marian side who are on fire at the moment. So, we have to bring the same kind of defence that we have shown so far as well as starting to make the points we need to win games.

"We have worked very well, we did a lot of drills to help with scoring but it's one thing doing it in training and another doing it in matches so hopefully the guys can step up and deliver. I have made it clear to our Americans they have to be contributing more and they accept that.

"But overall I have noticed a bit of a shift in attitude of the players already. They were disappointed to lose last weekend - it wasn't a case of talking about having confidence about winning a game but at the same time having doubt, they are growing in confidence."

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