Quinn provides inspiration as Star win keeps them in second
Conor Quinn brought the spark needed to inspire Belfast Star to a fine 92-72 All Ireland Superleague victory over Neptune in Cork on Saturday night.
The opening half was an error-ridden affair with Star's defence ragged and their offence not much better but Quinn - who would eventually finish on 26 points - inspired them in the third quarter to grab the game by the throat, having trailed by two at the break.
At one stage it was a three-pointer masterclass from Quinn, who continues to play with an injured arm that will require surgery at the end of the season.
Star coach Adrian Fulton was delighted with the performance of Quinn, who has been a key man over the past few weeks as the Belfast men bounced back from that humiliating National Cup semi-final defeat. They remain in second place, six points behind Templeogue with six games remaining.
"Conor is going to be crucial for us down the stretch and it's all to play for because there are some very big games left and I have to say that Tralee will feel they have it in their hands as they face all the top four sides," said Fulton.
"There's going to be a lot of twists and turns over the next five weekends, that's for sure. It's been a long time since the league had so much depth.
"So, we have to realise that the final six games are going to be like six cup finals and the guys have to be up for it every time. Conor's contribution, not only in scoring, will be critical.
"He is one of those guys who always brings a lot of energy to the court whether it's in practice or in a game.
"When he hasn't played we have missed his energy and leadership because for a young guy he has a lot of experience at international level and college in the States - and everybody seems to forget that we have gone the whole season without his injured brother Aidan."
If some Star fans were concerned with their opening half performance, Fulton revealed that his dad and assistant coach Danny had a quiet confidence that the Belfast side would come away with all three points.
"Walking into the changing room, my dad said to me that if we didn't win by 20 he'd eat his underpants. Thankfully we did because that wouldn't have been a pretty sight!" quipped Fulton.