At the end of Trabzonspor Medical Park's last practice before Sunday's EuroChallenge final, coach Nenad Markovic gathered the troops around him for a brief motivational speech.
The calendar says it's 26th April yet JSF Nanterre's Mouhammadou Jaiteh feels like a kid before Christmas and no, it's not because of the cold front that swept Trabzon during the EuroChallenge Final Four.
For a certain group of people this Sunday in Trabzon, in spite of the historical context and contrary to the cliché, it is necessary to tackle the tree right in front before fixing their gaze on the forest behind.
If you have heard before that the hardest thing for a player ahead of the third-place game in a Final Four tournament is to find the motivation to win it, that's because it's true.
Watch the top five plays from the Semi-Finals of the 2015 EuroChallenge Final Four in Trabzon.
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