Russia: Ural Great's Drucker Not Over-Confident

27 February 2006

Ural Great Perm boss Sharon Drucker is expecting a very stiff challenge from Olympia Larissa in the second leg of their Eurocup Challenge semi-final.

Ural Great won the first leg 81-71, but Drucker warned: "I think that it will be a hard game for us on Thursday.

Egor Vyaltsev (Ural Great Perm)
 Ural Great will go into Thursday's game without the injured Egor Vyaltsev
"We have a good advantage to qualify for the finals but the second game will start 0-0 and we must play against strong rivals again."

Drucker's side beat Dynamo Moscow 80-70 in Russia's Superleague A on Saturday night as Terrell Lyday top-scored with 16 points.

Former Russian international Vasily Karasev, Andrey Trushkin, Derrick Alston and Jurica Golemac also reached double figures as Ural Great claimed an impressive win.

Drucker said: "We controlled the game during two first quarters knowing that we would see another Dynamo in the second half.

"However, we didn't lose our concentration and continued to play at the same speed and played well on defence - it helped us to win.

"Dynamo are one of the strongest teams in Europe and we all are happy that we've won such an important game to us."

The source of frustration to Drucker was an injury to key player Egor Vyaltsev.

"The Dynamo game was darkened by Egor Vyaltsev's injury," he said.

"I can't say at the moment how serious it is - we'll get the medical results tomorrow. Anyway, we're disappointed with injury of a key player.

"We have a task - to show our best in the last games of the season."

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