Donetsk Turn Attention To EuroChallenge

10 November 2009

It's going to take a while for BC Donetsk to get over the disappointment of missing out on Eurocup qualification.

All is not lost, however, for the Ukrainian side will now try to win the EuroChallenge.

They are in Group E with Enisey Krasnoyarsk, Belgacom Liege and CSU Asesoft Ploiesti.

"I had not even looked at EuroChallenge before our game with the Bilbao because I did not think that we might lose," said BC Donetsk coach Ramunas Butautas.

"It was only after the defeat that I looked at teams and groups.

"In each group there is a strong team, which to beat will be very difficult.

"Some of the teams are good enough to play in the ULEB (Eurocup) and would have been there among the leaders.

"It will be difficult."

The setback to Bilbao still stings.

After a 71-63 triumph in the first leg of the Qualifying Round tie, Donetsk slipped to a 90-79 defeat last week in Bilbao and lost the tie 153-150 on aggregate.

"Of course, they (Bilbao) play in the strongest European league (ACB), and they have very serious ambitions," Butautas said on the Donetsk website.

"Compared to last season, the team has gotten better. We must not forget that Bilbao was playing in the semi-finals of the (2009 Eurocup) Cup - a tournament in the group stage we were so anxious to reach."

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