Vetra Not Fully Satisfied After Latest Win

07 February 2008

Gundars Vetra wasn't fooled by the final score of CSKA Moscow's 83-64 triumph over Halcon Avenida on Tuesday.

The victory gave CSKA a 1-0 lead in the eighth-finals series against their opponents from Salamanca, but there were some uncomfortable moments in the game and Vetra has plenty to be concerned about with Game Two on Friday.

"It'll be very tough to play in Salamanca, in a small gym full of Spanish fans," he said.

So why the concern?

Vetra will know that CSKA should beat Avenida in this series with ease, but he knows they must be more ruthless against opponents when they get on top of them.

CSKA opened up a 21-7 lead, only to watch Avenida fight back and trail 24-22. The Spanish outfit eventually tied the game at 30-30 in the second quarter before CSKA claimed control again.

"I'm satisfied with the result, but not the game," said Vetra, who will coach the European team with Spartak Moscow Region boss Natalia Hejkova at the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game.

"Our defense has to get stronger. We allowed Avenida to tie the game, but we made a very important run at the end of the second quarter and went back in front.

"For the rest of the game, we maintained a lead of at least 10 points and it was very important for our victory.

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