| ||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 FIBAEurope.com|
Well this is it.
As I write this I'm on my way to Zagreb for the biggest game we have played all year in the EuroChallenge against KK Zagreb.
It's true that even if we lose there is a slight chance that we could still go through to the next round, but nobody on this team wants to leave anything to chance.
The good news is that we have been playing great lately, moving the ball really well on offense as you can probably see from our last game with Liege where we scored 100 points.
Of course they scored over 90 themselves, but I didn't have the sense that it was because of bad defense it was just that they were hitting some amazing shots and, luckily, so were we. We shot 53% from three-point distance. It's tough to lose with those kinds of percentages but the fact the Liege shot 50% themselves made it a tight game.
I didn't start the game as I missed so much time when I was sick, but that's fine with me.
At the start of the season I didn't start either and so I'm perfectly comfortable coming off the bench. All I need is a rebound, or a shot or a hustle play that gets me into the game and I'm good to go. In the end it turned out to be one of my better games. I hit a two-pointer, a three-pointer and a nailed all of my shots from the line to finish with 11 points.
Against Zagreb we will have to continue to play well on defense and it will be harder this time than it was when they visited Artland because they will have their star guard Damir Mulaomerovic back. Damir will be 36 his next birthday but he still knows how to fill it up, and like most of his teammates he has great knowledge of the game.
It's funny the differences between a team like Zagreb and one like BC FMP.
FMP is young, athletic and supper-aggressive while Zagreb is the exact opposite. They are older, and so slower, but they have so much experience to make up for it.
There is no reason for us to lose this game. When we played them at home we shot six of 27 on threes and still only lost by two in overtime. If we can improve on offense then a ticket to the next round is ours for the taking.
Wish us luck.