Quotes Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje vs. Nadezhda

29 February 2012

Pokey Chatman, Sparta&K head coach:
"We did a great job, especially in the second half,  in executing our pick and roll offense.What also helped us was winning the last quarter offensive rebound battle. Becky [Hammon] and Seimone [Augustus] had a solid game and what truly led us to the much coveted Final Eight was the team's overall performance. This is a good time to thank the Governor of Moscow Region, Boris Gromov; the Head of Leniskiy District, Sergey Koshman, our CEO Anna Arkhipova Von Kalmanovic and people behind the scene for doing a great job and making our job easier. Shabtai is somewhere up there celebrating and that makes me very happy."

Evgenia Belyakova, Sparta&K player:
"I am very happy. We achieved something many would have thought would be impossible and we did it in style. We listened to our coaching staff, we worked hard, trusted each other and this is what helped us go to Istanbul. I have to congratulate our opponents but I mainly have to congratulate us. We have to continue working hard in order to do well in the Final Eight and to continue the Sparta&K tradition."

Alexander Kovalev, Nadezhda head coach:
"We played good basketball for 33 minutes but during the last seven minutes we lost the battle of rebounds and we gave Spartak too many chances to shoot the ball. We had too many turnovers and we scored only seven points in the last quarter. It seems as our team could not withstand the psychological pressure. We played with dignity but these final seven minute kept us away from making the Final Eight."

Katie Douglas, Nadezhda player:
"It was a hard fought battle but the fact that we made too many turnovers and we lost many offensive rebounds especially in the last quarter hurt us. Sparta&K has a great team and for any opponent who is not concentrated throughout the game it is difficult to win [agaist them]. You do have to give credit to Sparta&K which played a balanced game and took advantage of our offensive rebound weakness."



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