|19 April 2010|
Don't look now but Scavolini Pesaro may be the second team from Italy in as many seasons to win the EuroChallenge if their recent form is anything to go by.
Having struggled all season in the Lega A, the Biancorosso beat Angelico Biella on Sunday 79-61 to climb into 10th place.
Luca Dalmonte's team, which faces Krasnye Krylia in the EuroChallenge Final Four on April 30 in Germany, have won three of their last four games.
"The crucial element to this game has been probably been the defensive impact we've had," Dalmonte said.
"At the end of the third quarter, Biella had scored only 41 points and that is all the more impressive considering that Biella's main weapon is their offense.
"I have liked the approach of all my players on defense and our capacity to use all of them on offense, depending on how our rivals organized their play."
Scavolini have four games remaining in Italy, beginning with next weekend's clash against Banca Tercas Teramo.
"We want to end the season in the best possible way and we just have to keep focusing on ourselves and not on our rivals as we have done in the last four games," Dalmonte said.
"My team has always been united and more so, at this time with the important games that we have coming up.
"With respect to the past, I see the focus and effort having been multiplied by the group."
Bad Beginning Kills Göttingen
When BG Göttingen host the EuroChallenge Final Four and take on Roanne on April 30, Violets coach John Patrick will be hoping his players avoid digging themselves an early hole.
A very poor beginning to the game cost the Violets on Sunday when they slumped to a 90-88 overtime defeat at Deutsche Bank Skyliners.
Led by new coach Gordon Herbert, one of the lecturers in the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate program, the Skyliners claimed a 20-13 lead by the end of the first quarter before taking a 46-34 lead to half-time.
Göttingen showed their battling qualities to force overtime but came up just short in the extra period.
"We lost the game at the start today," Patrick said.
"I'm proud how the team came back again.
"In the end we had our chances but didn't take advantage of them."