| ||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 |
Tuesday's win over FMP Belgrade was probably our biggest of the season. After all it was only their second loss of the entire competition, and we were in desperate need of a victory to keep our chances of making the Quarter-Finals alive.
Unfortunately I had to watch it all from the bench.
After struggling to get rid of an infection the doctors decided to keep me out for four days, and while I was healthy enough to watch I could not participate on Tuesday.
People have asked me if it was frustrating to miss such a big and important win, but I tell them no. I guess if we had lost it might have been different, but a win is fun to watch from the court or the bench.
The seed for our win over FMP were sown a few days earlier when we won our last Bundesliga game. We started playing great defense and moving the ball really well and that carried over until Tuesday.
We got a lot of open shots and we managed to convert on a fair number of them. The team shot 60% from two-points and nearly 40% from three, all because we moved the ball and passed so well.
On defense we did a great job. We knew from out trip to Belgrade last month that this is a team that executes their offense very efficiently and so we had to be focused. We were, we badgered them everywhere they went, fought through screens and came up with 12 steals for our efforts.
Now it more or less all rides on our final group game with KK Zagreb on March 9. Of course we want to win against Liege next week but in the end it will likely come down to whether or not we can score more than a two point win in Zagreb, since we lost by two at home earlier.
I'll tell you one thing, if we play like we did last Tuesday we've got a great chance of advancing.