Preview: Triumph Facing Red Wings

04.10.2011

EuroChallenge Qualifying Round

24. Alexey Surovtsev (Lokomotiv Kuban)
Alexey Surovtsev participated in the EuroChallenge Final Four 2011 with Lokomotiv Kuban and wants to make it back to the competition with Samara

BC Triumph will have to overcome an in-form Krasne Krylia Red Wings if they are going to make it into this season's EuroChallenge.

Valdemaras Chomicius, the Triumph boss, is full of respect for Tuesday's opponents, a side he has coached against on numerous occasions in the Russian PBL.

That is especially true with Sergey Bazarevich's Red Wings having stormed through the VTB United League Qualification Round to earn a spot in the regular season of the competition.

"They've signed experienced players who can grab rebounds, make the three-point shot, play aggressively in the paint," Chomicius said.

"Sergey Bazarevich made a good, strong team, and it will be hard to outplay it."

One of the players who has done well so far for Bazarevich is Lonniel Rush.

In the VTB Qualification Round, the 27-year-old shooting guard surpassed double digits in scoring in three of the four victories.

He had 16 points against Siauliai, 14 against Anwil and 18 against Enisey.

But Chomicius has a lot of confidence in his own squad.

"The Red Wings team has changed a lot," Chomicius said.

"But Triumph has also changed.

"We've got new players, now we are not so young as we were last season, so we're not only going to grin, but also bite the rivals."

The captain of Triumph, Artem Kuzyak, expects a tough first leg.

"We'll have a very difficult game because Red Wings have many experienced foreign players," he said.

"The Samara team is a very strong opponent.

"Good defense and team play are the keys to victory."

Triumph will be at home in the first game.

Another all-Russian affair sees BC Enisey, who also booked a place in the VTB League Regular Season at the weekend, will play at Spartak Primorye in Vladivostok.

In Hungary, Atomerömü SE will host Austrians Arkadia Traiskirchen.

Georgia played at the EuroBasket this summer for the first time in their history and the basketball fans in the country will be keeping fingers crossed that Sokhumi will qualify for the EuroChallenge.

They host BC "Minsk-2006" in the first leg of their tie.

Another Hungarian outfit, Szolnoki Olaj, will play in Finland against Tampereen Pyrintö.

Szolnoki Olaj played in the EuroChallenge last season and won five of eight games.


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