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Pettigrew back to give Star the warrior spirit after Oliver blow

 

By David Kelly

Liam Pettigrew will add some much needed height and strength to Belfast Star who clash with Tralee Warriors in the All Ireland Superleague at MCB tonight.

Star have been rocked by the season-ending injury to American Ryan Oliver, though chairman Bill McCotter is hopeful of signing a new professional from the States by the end of next week.

It means Star enter a tough Tayto-sponsored battle with Tralee with only one American, Garret Galvin who is much more defensively minded.

Pettigrew's return to the Star fold is a welcome boost for the Belfast men. It also provides Pettigrew with the opportunity to finally show the potential he always had to deliver at the highest level within Irish basketball.

Star coach Darren O'Neill was delighted with the character his side demonstrated last weekend in their victory over Moycullen and he expects a similar display against the Kieran Donaghy inspired men from Tralee.

"We had a good spread of scorers against Moycullen and that is important for us. The guys dug deep and we'll have to do that again," said O'Neill, who will expect Conor Quinn to be firing on all cylinders on the back of another week's training.

Meanwhile, the game of the weekend will see Templeogue taking on Swords Thunder in a top of the table duel.

Both sides come into the game with seven wins and three losses apiece in the season to date, with Swords just holding the edge on the table standings thanks to a bigger points difference.

Indeed, Swords will be confident going into this weekend's game having upset last week's table toppers UCD Marian.

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