Coaches Quotes

13 January 2009

Coach Guy Goodes (Hapoel Jerusalem):

"This was an important game for us, no question. So I'm very disapointed that we lost and failed to qualify for the next round. We had a hard game Sunday night and spent Monday on the road, so my players were tired. But we can't use that as an excuse. Oldenburg played a good game, especially on the defensive end. My team committed 21 turnovers. That is far too much. Plus, we only had ten assists and that is not nearly enough."

Roger Powell (Hapoel Jerusalem):

"I'm disapointed that we lost.  There's nothing I hate more than losing. We, the players, were tired but like coach said, we can't use that as an excuse.  Oldenburg played a great game, they did a good job stopping us.  We need to regain focus now and concentrate on our own league."

Coach Predrag Krunic (Baskets Oldenburg):

"This was a difficult game for us, especially with only two days of preperation after the Alba game. In the first half, we didn't play with enough passion and that showed. We did that much better in the second half. Overall, I'm happy with the way my team played tonight. I certainly didn't expect to finish first in this tough group, but I'm extremly pleased to do so."

Miladin Pekovic (Baskets Oldenburg):

"In the first half, we didn't do what coach Krunic asked us to do which is keeping Jerusalem from the offensive board. In the second half, we did a much better job executing our game-plan. We were then able to pull away in the fourth quarter. It was nice to see so many people in the gym. I think folks here in Oldenburg are starting to appreciate what we do as a team."  

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