| ||Andreas Person is a guard for Helios Domzale in the Slovenian Telemach League and for the Swedish U18 National Team. He will write about his experience of playing and living abroad regularly for FIBAEurope.com|
Well, it has almost been a week now since we played that first game in EuroChallenge. For those who don't know, we played against BK Prostejov, a Czech top team. Unfortunately we lost that game by 8 points.
We started scared and they came out ready and controlled the game right from the start. They could play relaxed and played the game they wanted to play. We made a lot of mistakes in defence, especially in the first half and part of the third quarter. The energy was there, we just couldn't get stops. Prostejov started the third quarter with an 18-2 run and were suddenly up by 22 points.
But we didn't give up at this point; we fought and hustled the rest of the game. We were getting stops in defence and thanks to the defence we got a lot more relaxed in offence and were patient and that way we could get some baskets and felt more confident.
We never got closer than eight points, it is tough to come back from a 22 points deficit, but decreasing the deficit was important because now we have to win by 8+ points to advance.
The rematch is on Wednesday so we have had a week to prepare for this game. We watched some video, both good things and stuff we have to fix for the next game.
I believe that we are more ready now and well prepared for this. It is all or nothing so we all have to bring everything we have. If we bring the last 15 minutes from the last game into this one there is no doubt in my mind that we can win. The start is going to be important; we can't come out scared like last time. We have to show them from the start that it's going to be a long night.
Off the court I am trying to get a hold of this language, but it's not going the way I want it to. It's not easy to learn Slovenian. For now I just write stuff down and then try to learn it. It's just basic things you have to know, like hi, how are you etc. Nothing really difficult. It will take me a long time before I even can understand what people are saying. Thank god that everybody on the team speaks English; otherwise I wouldn't know what to do.
The food here is a lot different from what I am used to. I eat a lot of chicken and turkey, turkey is part of one meal almost every day. Of course they have some other food but this is what we get on the team. I am starting to get a little tired of turkey I must say. But they do have a lot of god food here; one of my favourites is cevapcici. I LOVE IT!
That is all I have for this time. Catch ya'll later.