Pardubice Meet Goverla In Vital Clash

23 November 2011
Coach Jan Slowiak - BK Pardubice
BK Pardubice Coach Jan Slowiak is confident about his team's desire to win

There is no question about the importance of Wednesday's night's EuroChallenge game in the Czech Republic between BK Pardubice and Ukrainians BC Goverla.

A win for the hosts, who have split their two Group C encounters, would allow them to keep pace with BK Prostejov and Roanne Basket (both 2-1).

A defeat for Goverla would leave the visitors 0-3 and on the edge of elimination.

"I am convinced that we will show an enormous will to win," Pardubice coach Jan Slowiak said.

"I believe that our effort to gain a second victory will equal our performance from the first game against Roanne."

In that contest, Pardubice won 82-77 after a game-winning display from Maurice Hampton.

The 27-year-old shooting guard not only led all scorers with 25 points, but also snapped a 77-77 tie with a shot from long range just 47 seconds from the end to put his side in front to stay.

BC Goverla, who are coached by Evgeni Murzin, will try to replicate the job Prostejov did on Hampton last week when they held him to three of 12 shooting from the floor in an 82-76 Pardubice loss.

No team has endured heartbreak in the EuroChallenge this season like BC Goverla.

In their first game, Dante Swanson made a pair of free-throws to put the team on top in the waning seconds, but Jamar Smith hit a game-winning three-pointer at the death for Prostejov.

After that 77-75 setback, Goverla fell 81-78 last week at Roanne.

Results have not been good of late in the Ukraine top flight, either, for Goverla.

They began the campaign well but are now fifth in the league.

The team did win 80-75 over Halnychna at the weekend, however.

"Goverla relies on technical individual qualities and the quickness of their American players," Slowiak said.

"We have to be able to cover them in one-on-one situations and sprint back on defense."

In addition to Swanson, Goverla have talent in the shape of Kevin Tiggs, who made 13 if his 14 shots from the floor, including three of three from the arc, against Halnychna en route to 26 points.

Erik Coleman, Brian Greene, Marcus Walker, Viktor Herasymchuk and Yaroslav Lemyk can also pose a lot of problems for Slowiak's team.

Good news for Pardubice is that 1.8m forward Corey Muirhead be available after skipping the weekend game against Opava that Slowiak's side won.

"We did not want to risk worsening of his condition, but he should be ready for the game against Goverla," Slowiak said.


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