BC Triumph Lyubertsy head coach Valdemaras Chomicius has seen way too many basketball games in his great career both as a player and a coach to know that going into a European tie as the favourite doesn't guarantee you anything.
|Sergey Karasev, son of ex Russia International and Chomicius's asisstant coach Vasili, is in the BC Triumph roster|
The Lithuanian legend's Russian team is facing Swiss champions Associazione Lugano Basket in the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round.
Triumph participated for the first time in the EuroChallenge in 2009, and made it to the Final Four. It is a level of distinction no Swiss club has ever achieved, but Chomicius seems to have studied Lugano very well none the less.
"Lugano Basket is a club with longstanding history and tradition. Lugano is the multiple champion of the Swiss national championship. It has a lot of experience of participating in European Cups and has many talented players" the BC Triumph coach said of his team's opponents.
Chomicius has a good idea of what to expect from the first leg in Switzerland.
"I think that our opponents will play aggressive defense and shoot a lot from long distance. One of our tasks in this game is to show that kind of basketball which our club and fans expect from us" he said.
BC Triumph point guard Jermaine Anderson agrees with his coach.
"It'll be a tough game. Most of the Lugano team players are Americans; they are experienced, aggressive and quick. I'm sure that Lugano will play at a high tempo, but our team is also well-prepared and will try to bring the game to the pace that suits the Triumph style of play." he said.