Cajasol Sevilla have endured a season of disappointment in Spain but there may be some light at the end of the tunnel after the team stormed into the Top 16 of the EuroChallenge on Tuesday.
Bottom of the ACB with just two wins all season, Cajasol destroyed BK Ventspils 98-51 on Tuesday to improve to 3-3 and clinch second place in Group A.
Pedro Martínez, the Cajasol coach, said: "I congratulate my players because they have played with good intensity and it has been decisive."
Juanjo Triguero had 16 points and seven rebounds for Cajasol, who blew the game wide open in the first quarter by outscoring Ventspils 24-6.
Triguero said: "Finally, the game was very easy because we broke it open in the first quarter with a 24-6 lead.
"Maybe this game will serve us in the ACB and inspire our work for the victory against Manresa."
Cajasol out-rebounded Ventspils 37-26 and they also shot much better from all over the court.
From long range, the Sevilla team was 10 of 18 and inside the arc they nailed 28 of 47.
The visitors from Latvia were just 14 of 30 from two-point range, and five of 26 on their three-ball attempts.
"I congratulate my players because they have played with good intensity and It has been decisive. Winning out of home in Europe is very difficult".
Agris Galvanovskis, BK Ventspils coach:
"I congratulate Cajasol for their clasification to the next EuroChallenge round. I think their defense in the first quarter was decisive. They played very hard in the beginning and this has been very important for their win. We have a very young team and we have felt our inexperience. This is the first time we have played in a european competition and this has been very important for our club. We expect to play in Europe next season again".
Juanjo Triguero (Cajasol player):
"Finally, the match was very easy, because we break in the first cuart, with a 23-4 lead. Maybe this match will serve us in the ACB and inspire our work for the victory against Manresa"
Tyrone Brazelton (BK Ventspils player):
"They began the match pretty well, with agressive defense and we couldn't take control. Cajasol is a great team, with good players and coaches and they play very hard and united like a team"