Turkey: Stevenson Seeks Dynamo Scalp

10.01.2006

Fenerbahce forward Jarod Stevenson believes victory over Dynamo St Petersburg in the EuroCup on Tuesday will put his side in great shape to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Turkish club have won their opening two games - against CEZ Nymburk and BC Kyiv - in Group I and they top the pool with four points.

Fener will have their work cut out to maintain their unbeaten status when they travel to the tournament's defending champions but Dynamo's heavy defeat to Kyiv earlier in the round shows the Russian side are beatable.

Stevenson knows Fener are in for a battle but is confident a victory would stand them in good stead as they look to progress from what is proving to be the toughest of groups.

"We're going to try to win," the former Phoenix Suns and Cholet man told PA Sport.

"It will definitely be a tough game. They have a good team but we're a good team too.

"We're off to a good start. We were in Kyiv already and now we're here.

"If we can get a win, we'll be 3-0 and we'll have good control of the group. And that's a good position to be in.

"Our goal still is to make it to the Final Four

Our goal still is to make it to the Final Four
Jarod Stevenson, Fenerbahce
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Fenerbahce's performances in European competition is a far cry from their displays in the Turkish league.

They have lost six of their 14 games domestically and Stevenson claims he and his team-mates have often lost focus, with the EuroCup uppermost in their thoughts.

The Seoul-born 30-year-old believes improving their defence could be the key to success on both fronts this season.

"Our biggest strength is our offence," he added.

"We have a lot of weapons. Our weakness is defence. That's where we lose our focus.

"If we can concentrate on our defence, we'll be a pretty tough team to beat."


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