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Ricky Taylor the shining light for Star


Ricky Taylor of Belfast Star

Ricky Taylor of Belfast Star

Ricky Taylor of Belfast Star

It was the Ricky Taylor show at MCB yesterday as Belfast Star dug themselves out of a hole to defeat Neptune 101-89 and move to fourth in the All-Ireland Premier League.

Star had an awful first quarter which left them trailing 35-19 and then 51-42 at the half-time interval as Taylor started to click but in the third quarter he exploded and finished as the top scorer with an amazing 43 points in this Tayto-sponsored match.

Momentum is everything in basketball and American Taylor handed it to Star with a blistering start to the second half. A lay-up was followed by one of three length-of-the-court run and lay-ups and a then a three-pointer to take Star into the lead within two minutes of the re-start.

Taylor had sparked his side into life and Conor Quinn joined the party with some great driving runs to the basket. In one moment he made a great defensive block and then slotted home a basket at the other end as Star grabbed the match by the throat.

While Roy Downey was having an excellent game for the Cork side, slotting home crucial three-pointers, Taylor along with Quinn, Keelan Cairns and Michael McKillop - who arguably had his best game of the season - kept Star in front. They led 75-64 going into the final quarter and never looked like being overthrown.

Hot shot Taylor said: "This is a great win for us and for me 43 is a new personal record. I had 41 in college basketball but one of my goals was to have a 40-point game as a pro and I've done it. As a team the chemistry has just got better and better. I want us to win things and we can."

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