Thursday, June 1, 2023

Ibon Navarro: “It is a very prestigious victory”

The Unicaja coach, Ibon Navarro, took stock of the victory on the Casademont Zaragoza pitch and, although he was very critical of “the energy” provided by most of his players, he did highlight the entity of the recently assaulted fiefdom: “It is a very important and prestigious victory. Don’t forget which teams have lost here“.

“I am happy because we have won, but we have not played our best game. At the beginning we have chained triples and you think that the game does not require the energy you need. We have been wrong. We have started to make a lot of mistakes,” he claimed. His squad began to complete a very poor defensive balance, with “too many open shots”, “very few free throws, which speaks of our lack of verticality.” And opposite was “a solid rival.”

About Casademont, the Basque coach has pointed out that at least he lacked a little more success. And so he has referred to the fact that his rival this Sunday needs to score “more than six triples” from outside. The sensations were bad at halftime, but as the minutes went by they improved. Navarro had to do without Darío and there was a series of players “who were not fine. But we have found seven or eight players who were helping us.”

Thus, the final stretch of the duel has been entered with the advantage of the league streak that the compositor team accumulates. “They are better than when they came to Malaga and here the people push. They have lost all those in the Euroleague except Baskonia. But we have found solutions”, in relation to the contribution of Thomas. The coach gives a lot of credit to Casademont’s effort, “especially in the first minutes, which have been well above”. Finally, he claimed that he did not expect an “easy game “, but yes “with more energy”. And he has justified this situation in which the players have spent “two days a bit strange, with too much hotel”.


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