Thursday, March 30, 2023

Ibon Navarro: “It was a good test for Tuesday”

Unicaja’s coach, Ibon Navarro, assured that the hasty victory over Morabanc Andorra, with a much tighter finish than the score indicated with ten minutes to go, is “a good test for Tuesday”. Thus he reported that the visiting team put energy and intensity to never give up the duel.

“It has been a game that we have controlled well. These rivals from the lower zone are always teams that are not going to give up, especially after the two defeats they have suffered. In addition, an open field game has been generated… They are super dangerous. The intensity will be similar to that of Manresa,” he added.

He also stated that this type of meeting must be taken out, “not playing well.” And when asked about the future of Morabanc, he acknowledged that in these last seven days “all the teams below are going to win games that no one expects. It has always happened historically. But they also have the ability and talent to save themselves,” he added.

He also applauded this Sunday’s rival for having many vertical players, “who often cause us problems.” But he insisted that each party “It’s different. We’ve come across a team with a lot of energy, a lot of intensity. You have to be happy because it’s not easy to find easy games in the league”.

About the evolution of the second part, Navarro acknowledged that Unicaja had it “To kill them in the third quarter. But we haven’t done it. In the fourth, the same, and we haven’t done it. They are on the edge and we have to respect them. They have a lot of physique and a type of game that doesn’t go well for us”, specific. And so he abounded that it is necessary to improve with clashes like this Palm Sunday.

The man from Vitoria did not want to delve into the options for this Tuesday’s European crossing against Manresa. “There are possibilities, I’m not talking about probabilities because this is not a bookmaker. At least we already know what it’s like to play against them, because there were players who didn’t know what it was like to play against Manresa. It will be a different game than the first. We have to play it for what it is, a final. If we win it we will have a match ball and I hope we will play it as such. This game today, where we missed sharing the ball better in the end, is good for us to put ourselves on alert”.


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