Bobrovsky - We Could Not Stand The Pressure

27.04.2005

Gambrinus Brno coach Jan Bobrovsky looked back with regret at his team's inability to hold out under pressure as they fell to a EuroLeague final defeat at the hands of Samara.

The Czech team played some fantastic basketball in the first 35 minutes and looked on course to complete a treble after lifting their domestic league and cup.

But they did not count on a late surge from their Russian opponents, who recorded a 69-66 win leaving Bobrovsky highlighting the loss of their centres in the closing stages as key to their defeat.

"I have to be satisfied with our performances in both games in the Final Four of the Euroleague in Samara despite our loss in the final," he declared.

Ivana Vecerová (Brno, left) and Ann Wauters (Samara)
Ivana Vecerová
"Those two games were our two best performances in the EuroLeague this season. We were very close to a win in the final game but we could not stand the  pressure of our opponents in the last few minutes.

"I  think that there were two important reasons why we lost the game - (Alena) Kovacova committed five fouls and could not play and (Ivana) Vecerova played around three minutes in the second half because of four fouls so we had nobody against (Maria) Stepanova, who rebounded very important balls in the end."

"Another reason for our loss could be that (Zuzanna) Zirkova missed two free throws and we had to shoot a three-pointer instead of a two-pointer in the final seconds."

"I  would like to thank all my players. They played very good in both games and I am fully satisfied with our performances in Samara.

"I am satisfied with this season generally. We became champions of Czech Republic for the 10th time, we won the Czech Cup and we were three minutes from a win in the Final Four of the EuroLeague.

It is a pity that we lost this final, the season could have been a perfect one
Jan Bobrovsky
"It is a pity that we lost this final, the season could have been a perfect one."

Manager Jiri Hamza echoed the thoughts of Bobovsky and hopes that Gambrinus' successes this season will ensure that the nucleus of the team will remain.

The pre-season signings of American centre Taj McWilliams and Australian guard Alicia Poto proved to be a masterstroke on the part of the team's management with both playing starring roles for Gambrinus and Hamza hopes that they will stay with the club.

He said: "I hope that this good result will help us to keep our quality players for the next season. I am sure that we made good changes in our list of players before this season.

"We signed McWilliams and Poto and I think that it was the best "marketing" in the  history of our club. Both these girls had a good season and mostly in the end, they were our best players.

"They adapted to the conditions in our team very well and they were great outside of play as well.

"I  do not expect many changes in the list of players in our club after this season. Poto has a  contract with our club for the next two seasons.

"We would like to have McWilliams in Brno for another season as well. She has a  contract until the end of this one but we will talk with her about the next one in the next couple of days.

"We have not had any problems with her and she is satisfied in our club as well so I  hope we will come to agreement about a new contract."

Gambrinus are certainly not resting on their laurels and after the bitter disappointment of their Final Four defeat have already moved to strengthen their roster by signing 20-year-old Czech Republic international centre Petra Kulichova from Trutnov.


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