The Slovaks did not have déjà vu and are looking forward to the first win. The coach still did not bite the Italians – the Slovaks did not have déjà vu and are looking forward to the first win. The coach still did not bite the Italians

The Slovak basketball players achieved their first victory in the second match of the European Championship 2023. After a home defeat with the Italians (66:69) and an incomprehensible failure in the final quarter (they lost it 10:26), they took full advantage in Friborg and won 65:50 over the home Swiss.

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Slovak basketball coach Juraj Suja during the match with Switzerland.

The team’s shooting leaders were 16-point Ivana Jakubcová and 14-point captain Barbora Bálintová.

“Our defense decided, we defended the whole match well. We missed the home shooter Evita Herminjardová a bit in the first half, but then we found a man who stopped her from the ball and it was better.

Needless to say, the opponent was very tough. Every time we bounced off him, he came back from the board. That is why I am grateful for the fifteen-point victory, “said coach Juraj Suja in an interview on a specialized website basket.sk.

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When asked if the picture from the home match with the Italians from Thursday did not come to mind, when the Swiss reduced to six points, the former champion of Slovakia as a player in the Lučenec team answered:

“It wasn’t easy when they turned heavy shots, but we didn’t have a story. We had the duel under control, we just couldn’t break it completely. We didn’t shake, the girls were concentrated. But I still didn’t miss the loss to Italy.

I will be sorry for a long time. We would have a good time and it would then be enough for us to hold paper meetings at home with Switzerland and twice with Luxembourg. We would almost be sure of the process, so we have to fight to the end. “

After the post-time problems, the quarterback and Captain Bálintová returned to the national team, which the coach duly appreciated.

“Her return is very important. I’m glad her health allows her to play, even though she still feels she’s had a long break. He is a very important member of the team, not only in terms of basketball, “said the national helmsman.

After two H-group fights, they are led by the Italians with the full number of points, who managed to beat their opponents from Luxembourg 82:48 on Sunday.

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The qualification of the European Championship 2023 continues for the Slovaks for a year by meetings on the boards of rivals with the players of Luxembourg (November 24, 2022) and Italy (November 27).

In February 2023, the final home matches against Switzerland (February 9, 2023) and Luxembourg (February 12) will take place. “We took an important step with a double-digit win. In the next block, we go to Luxembourg, where we want to win and try to succeed in Italy as well, “Suja added for basket.sk.


Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.

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