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Net gains: Aidan Quinn hit a game-high 27 points for Star

Net gains: Aidan Quinn hit a game-high 27 points for Star

Net gains: Aidan Quinn hit a game-high 27 points for Star

Aidan Quinn gave everyone a reminder as to why he is one of the most talented players in Irish basketball with a game-high 27 points for Belfast Star in their impressive 77-69 All-Ireland Superleague victory over Killorglin at La Salle on Saturday night.

Quinn, who returned to Star this season after over a year out through injury, provided the spark they needed after the shock defeat to Moycullen seven days earlier - a loss that may yet come back to haunt them as they chase down leaders Tralee, who are just three points ahead with five games remaining.

"I couldn't lift a basketball for a year never mind shoot after I injured my wrist so I'm just relieved to be back playing basketball but getting the 27 points was good and this was a win that we needed after messing up against Moycullen," said Quinn, whose brother Conor recently returned from surgery as well.

Star made a flying start to the game, going 10 points up without reply, and while Quinn maintained a high percentage of shot-making throughout the match, American Delaney Blaylock came up with 17 points and some terrific defensive rebounds.

Quinn has been a key part of Star's development into a force once again at the top of Irish basketball, though he insists Adrian Fulton's young side are still a work in progress.

"We're a very hungry, young side and we are moving in the right direction but we won't say we're back at the elite of the game here until we have won some major silverware," added Quinn.

"There's still a long way to go in the title race. We know we can't afford any more slip-ups if we are going to catch Tralee and we really believe we can win the rest of our games - and we just have to hope that Tralee slip up.

"With my own game, I still feel there is a lot more to come... it's also great to have my brother Conor back on the court because he's such a competitor and he showed that with a big three to give us a nine-point lead at half-time."

Belfast Telegraph