Quotes Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje vs. Bourges Basket

31 October 2012

Valerie Carnier, Bourges coach:

"Sparta&K is a very strong team and by missing a lot of easy shots, losing the battle of the rebounds and shooting below 50% it is almost impossible to beat them in Vidnoje. We have to improve our defense and with some more hard work we surely will improve and play better. But one must not forget that we were playing one very good team on their home court."

Zoi Dimitrakou, Bourges:

"The truth is that the final result is not representative of the actual picture of the game. I say that because we were within eight points midway in the last quarter and [only afterwards] we allowed Sparta&K to widen the gap. That does not mean that Sparta&K is not a very good team. We knew we had to play hard defense and to be concentrated in order to have a change in the game. "

Pokey Chatman, Sparta&K coach:

"We did exactly what we had planned - control the tempo of the game and score somewhere in the 80s and to keep Bourges below 70 points. In this aspect I am happy. We must not forget that we played against a good team and this is why I believe we are in a good direction and that with some more hard work we will only become better. It was a team effort and that makes me especially happy."

Isabelle Yacoubou, Sparta&K:

"It was a difficult win against a very good opponent. But we were determined to win this game and to show that every week we are only improving. We were able to overcome the tough Bourges defense and together all players showed that we can only improve. It was important that we never allowed Bourges to really threaten us and that we showed character throughout the game."



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