Machowski Satisfied; Good News For BCM

22 November 2012

EUROCHALLENGE

Christopher Kramer (EWE Baskets) takes instructions from Sebastian Machowski
EWE Baskets head coach Sebastian Machowski was happy about his team's reaction to the tough loss in the BBL

As far as the approximately 2,000 EWE Baskets Oldenburg fans that watched their team defeat Lami-Véd Körmend 95-64 on Wednesday night were concerned, the Group F encounter turned out to be a quite stress-free affair.

Despite his team's comfortable win by a 31-point margin though, things were not so straightforward for head coach Sebastian Machowski.

Oldenburg had suffered a heavy 96-66 loss at German BEKO Bundesliga leaders ratiopharm Ulm over the weekend, leaving Machowski preoccupied over his players' reaction ahead of the mid-week EuroChallenge fixture.

Things started looking up on Monday, when the Oldenburg coach demanded intensity from his players and they responded in "our best practice of the season so far," in his opinion.

"The game against Körmend, and not least the commitment and intensity in training after the defeat at Ulm have shown that the players accept the criticism and work on improving with the greatest ambition," a satisfied Machowski said.

The 40-year-old coach was also pleased to see that point guard Dru Joyce, who had contructed a virus over the weekend, spent 26 minutes on the court and contributed six points and seven assists in the win over the Hungarian outfit.

The Wednesday result was "a great step in the right direction towards participating in the Last 16 of the competition," said Machowski.

"We must now show full intensity in the away games in the EuroChallenge, to be rewarded with a place in the next round.

"Also important are the games in the [German] BBL, not least during the first round, so we can qualify to the Top Four in Berlin."

Juan Edwards (BCM Gravelines Dunkerque)
Could return sooner than expected: Juan Edwards

GOOD NEWS FOR BCM, AT LAST

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque could use some good news after their shock defeat at Pizza Express Apollon in Group G on Tuesday night, their second in just four days between EuroChallenge and French Pro A.

They received it upon their return from Cyprus, when the medical staff confirmed that power forward Juan Edwards will only be sidelined for 15 to 20 days.

The 30-year-old American picked up a thigh injury in Saturday's home defeat to SLUC Nancy in the Pro A and the initial diagnosis was that he would be out of action for at least six weeks.

Following the revised diagnosis BCM have decided not to look for a temporary replacement.

Fellow French side Paris-Levallois meanwhile, who have a 2-1 record in Regular Season Group E, confirmed they have agreed terms with forward Julius Hodge.

The 29-year-old Antigua international passed a medical examination on Wednesday and will fill in for injured center Jonathan Aka, who is expected to be out of action for the next six weeks.


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