Rebels See The Chance


Rhondda Rebels will be ready for the challenge of Boaviagem Angra Acores in the second leg of their EuroCup Women elimination tie on Wednesday.

That's according to general manager Andrew Tynan, whose team go into the home clash after an excellent performance to defeat Boaviagem 65-78 in Portugal last week.

There are five elimination round games in all.

A win or a loss by 12 points or less will see the Rebels qualify for the EuroCup preliminary group stage and Tynan believes the Welsh team will not get complacent.

"We were extremely pleased with the result last week and hopefully we can go on on Wednesday and qualify for the group stages," he said to FIBA Europe.

We play in Europe in order to face better teams and we are aware that a good performance on Wednesday will give us what we are after
Andrew Tynan
Rhondda Rebels

"We play in Europe in order to face better teams and we are aware that a good performance on Wednesday in front of our home fans will give us what we are after.

"They will come at us with everything they have got and we have to make sure we are ready and if we play to our capabilities we can win the game."

One of the outstanding performers for Rhondda last week was Sally Sofia Kaznica, a Great Britain international.

She had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The player who gets most of the attention, retired British international Andrea Congreaves (pictured), also serves as the coach.

"I think all the players have their roles," Tynan said.

"As for Andrea Congreaves, I can't speak highly enough of her. "She's been such an ambassador to basketball in this country and all over Europe.

"She's achieved so much and I want her to have a good season as this is her last season playing so it would be great to achieve as much as we can."

The team that goes through will enter Group J of the preliminary stage alongside Italians Cras Basket Taranto, Hondarribia-Irun of Spain and French side Challes-Les-Eaux Basket.

European competition has been tough for the Rebels in the past, but Tynan said: "We know the challenge of the big stage is going to be very tough and if we make it through, we will make sure we won't be easy fodder for these teams and if they don't treat us with respect, we will take some wins off them.

"Playing in Europe is a big achievement for the team and we enjoy the challenges of playing against better teams and given the resources we have in Wales, we do extremely well," he added.

"We just have to get through Wednesday and we'll think about the rest of the tournament after that."

In other games, Cyprus outfit K.V. Imperial AEL won their first game 63-62 over Dunav Ekont Rousse but now they will play on the road against their Bulgarian opponents.

Flamurtari Vlora know they need a miracle to overturn a 102-64 home defeat to ZKK Buducnost.

Austria's Flying Foxes led for much of the game at home against Université BC Neuchâtel before falling 72-67.

Another Portuguese side in action, Uniao da Madeira, scraped a 59-57 win over Sdent Sierre Basket and travel to Switzerland with a lot of work to do.

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