Group C: Day Three Preview

20.06.2011

EuroBasket Women 2011

Germany vs Montenegro - Monday at 12:30

Montenegro are the surprise package of the EuroBasket Women as they go into the third day's play in Group C against Germany.

First-timers in the Final Round, the Montenegrins followed up their upset of hosts Poland on the opening night with a 66-57 triumph over Spain.

"We play equal to other teams and we didn´t come here to lose," Montenegro coach Miodrag Baletic said to FIBAEurope.com.

"It´s good to be in a position of having two wins after two games.

"My players have quality and the right focus."

Baletic is proud of what has taken place so far.

"The teams that win are the teams that play better," he said.

They have already clinched first place and will be favorites against a Germany team that has no chance of advancing following their second straight defeat, a 75-60 loss to Poland.

"We go to tomorrow´s game with nothing to lose as we are already out," Germany coach Bastian Wernthaler said to FIBAEurope.com.

"We will go relaxed and we will give it our best shot."

Wernthaler says there is much encouragement to be drawn for Germany.

"I think we have shown in the qualifying round that we have a good generation of players coming out and they can continue to grow over the next few years," he said.

Spain vs Poland - Monday at 18:00

Spain coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez knows that he has a lot of work to do if his team is going to make it back to the podium at the EuroBasket Women.

Following an opening day triumph over Germany, Spain crashed to a 66-57 defeat to Montenegro.

Were it not for the awesome play of Alba Torrens, who had 18 of her game-high 25 points in the first half, and the solid contributions of Laura Nicholls, Anna Cruz and Silva Dominguez in the third quarter, Spain would have blown away by the Montenegrins.

"We are not used to being in this position early on and I hope the defeat does not affect my team psychologically," he said to FIBAEuropel.com.

"We simply have to win tomorrow (Monday)."

One issue Spain are facing is the late arrival of Sancho Lyttle from the WNBA.

A member of the All-Star Five at last year's FIBA World Championship, Lyttle has not been in good form in Poland.

"Sancho Lyttle has yet to adapt to the team," the coach said.

"She is struggling much more than she did last year. I guess it was the risk when having the player only join us a day before the tournament started."

Hernandez also has concerns about Amaya Valdemoro, who missed Sunday's game.

"I´m not sure if Amaya will be able to play tomorrow (Monday) as she still has that calf injury," he said.

Poland ensured their appearance in the next round with a victory over Germany.

Ewelina Kobryn had 16 points and nine rebounds on Sunday.

"Everyone in Poland remembers the team from 1999 and they expect us to do the same," she said of that gold-medal winning team.

"It's obviously tough and we know what we are facing but we'll do our best against Spain to play well."


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