Kovacik Unperturbed by Defeats

08 September 2003
From PA International, Kosice

Slovakia boss Peter Kovacik isn’t worried about the defeats his team suffered in the Grand Prix Slovakia tournament they hosted over the weekend.

His side won just one game against Bulgaria (74-54) and finished fourth out of five teams.

Included in their setbacks was a 79-77 defeat to Slovakia B.

Greece, the European Championship hosts, swept through the field and were a perfect 4-0 while Poland took second with three wins just one defeat while Slovakia B were third and Bulgaria fifth.

“I’m not satisfied with fourth place in this tournament as we played with all our players who should and can play in our national team,” Kovacik said.

“I believe that we will have more luck in Greece. I don’t want to talk about problems.

“The results in this tournament were not very important.”

Kovacik, who has already finalised his squad, believes there were some positives to come out of their 89-81 defeat to Poland.

Renata Hirakova and Zuzana Zirkova have only just joined the side after injuries and they are expected to make big contributions.

“We have nominated our best 12 players and we would like to continue with performances like we showed in the game against Poland,” he said. “We wanted to test our system with Zirkova and Hirakova.

“The tournament showed us what our biggest problems are. We have to work on our fast-break and the defence, most importantly, and we have to improve our shooting percentage as well.

“When we get better in these areas, I believe we can be successful in the European Championships in Greece.”

Slovakia squad for European Championships: Bronislava Borovickova, Monika Barenyiova, Andrea Belanska, Daniela Cikosova, Martina Luptakova, Agnesa Nagyova, Zuzana Zirkova, Renata Hirakova, Alena Kovacova, Lucia Laskova, Jana Lichnerova, Marie Ruzickova.


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