Ali Oop: No Excuses

12 February 2010

 Alexander Seggelke (Artland Dragons)Alexander Seggelke is a guard/forward for the Artland Dragons of the German BBL. This season his team will compete in EuroChallenge and he will write about the experience regularly for  

It's been a while since we last visited and plenty has happened on both the domestic front and in the EuroChallenge where we have won a game and lost one since my last column.

The game this week was really a tough one to take because we had no business losing that game.  We missed free throws down the stretch and had plenty of opportunities to win the game at the end, but we just couldn't make it happen.

I have to admit that myself and my fellow shooters had something to do with the loss.  I had nine rebounds and four assists but I was 0-4 from the three-point line and my team-mates weren't much better.

All in all we were six of 27 from behind the line and since Zagreb spent most of the game playing a zone defense how we shot the ball was really important.

Next up for us is FMP from Belgrade and if we want any chance to go further in the EuroChallenge we have to win that game, which is going to be tough.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I was really impressed with FMP.  They are very young, but very talented, and the most impressive part is how well they execute.  They run their offense very efficiently and they will be tough to beat.

All we can do is play our best and hope that a team with so many young players struggles a bit playing away from home.  In Belgrade we stuck with them for the entire game after starting slow.  If we can keep our focus and play well from start to finish then there's no reason we can't keep our Quarter-Final dreams alive.

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