Ukrainian side BC Kyiv go into Saturday’s FIBA Europe League match-up against Strauss Iscar Nahariya with their international season on the line.
Down 0-1 in the best of three series, Kyiv must win at home if they want to force a deciding game on 23rd March in Israel.
“Our biggest problem in Israel was committing a lot of turnovers,” said BC Kyiv head coach Renato Pasquali of the game one loss.
We watched the game video and figured out the things that caused us to pass carelessly. This should help us avoid repeating the same mistakes.”
Although Kyiv out-rebounded Nahariya 28-27 in the first game, it was actually the Israeli side who controlled the boards. Nahariya took advantage of a lack of concentration on the part of Kyiv’s big men on several occasions, allowing them to grab offensive rebounds at key moments in the game.
“We allowed our opponents to have too many second-chance points. When we played “zone”, we failed to box out their guards, who caused us all sorts of trouble. We’ll have to pay special attention to this aspect as well,” summarised Renato.
BC Kyiv’s leading scorer Lamarr Greer took extra time to work on his shooting after the final practice prior to the game.
“I feel confident… very confident”, said Lamarr with a big smile, being the last one to leave the court.
Team president Alexander Volkov shares Greer’s confidence. According to him, BC Kyiv have all the components needed to win their most important game of the season.