No Rest For The Semi-Finalists

19 April 2011

33. Nikola Dragovic (Spartak)
Spartak's Serbian forward Nikola Dragovic says the St Petersburg outfit do not really know what to expect from their upcoming rivals in the Russian league, Dynamo Moscow

Spartak Saint-Petersburg are unable to concentrate on the upcoming EuroChallenge Final Four just yet because they have important games to play in Russia's PBL.

Next up is a clash with Dynamo Moscow on Thursday and it's a big one.

Spartak's last defeat to BK Khimki has left the team in fifth place with 13 wins and eight losses.

And Dynamo, despite being ninth in the standings, won't be pushovers according to Spartak coach Zvi Sherf.

"Dynamo is a very dangerous opponent," he warned.

"Our games with them always turn out to be pretty hard."

Sherf was in a foul mood after the 104-95 defeat at Khimki but he has turned the page and wants his players to do so as well.

"Whatever it was, we have to forget Khimki now and think only about Dynamo," he said.

"Although, of course, we can't hide the fact that we have to think about the Final Four of the EuroChallenge.

"But before that tournament, we have two more games in the BEKO PBL Championship - with Dynamo and the Samara Red Wings."

Spartak player Nikola Dragovic says Dynamo are unpredictable and that he and his teammates need to be concentrated from the opening tip.

"Dynamo shows a different game - they have ups and downs," he said.

"Therefore it is very difficult to say what you can expect from this team.

"In addition, in its roster are very good players.

"But we will do everything to win and we have the home-court advantage."

Lokomotiv Kuban are in the EuroChallenge Final Four and they, too, are in action on Tuesday in the PBL.

Kestutis Kemzura's team has travelled to Moscow to face BC Triumph.

On Tuesday night, meanwhile, KRKA Novo Mesto are in Ljubljana for the semi-finals of the Adriatic League.

The Slovenians will face Union Olimpia in their game while Partizan Belgrade will square off against Buducnost in the other.



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