EuroCup, decisive match at home of the Spanish battleship Absente Shepard. “It will be hard, let’s go to battle”
SASSARI. Difficult mission for the female Dinamo in Tenerife in the EuroCup. The girls of coach Restivo will give their soul, as always, but the challenge against the Spanish battleship (duo at 20.30, direct on the Youtube channel of Fiba Europe) promises to be tough also because the American Jessica will not be on the parquet Shepard, one of the top players, remained in Sardinia to recover from the injury that occurred in the match against Moncalieri.
Cinzia Arioli and her team-mates arrive in Tenerife on the wave of the first historic European success against Friborg, the runner-up in group G. With that victory, the Sassari have risen to 5 points, always last but only one point away from the couple Friborg-Tenerife (6 points).
In the other match of the group, leaders Tango Bourges (8 points) had scrambled Tenerife 91-56, confirming herself unbeaten and unbeatable at the top of the group.
If Dinamo were to win tonight they would overtake Tenerife in the standings, leaving open the possibility of overcoming the round. Tomorrow Friborg hosts Bourges.
«We go to Tenerife with the desire to continue our growth path, slowly we are putting some important pieces, especially mental ones, which will help us even in matches like those of Tenerife which promises to be very tough – says Antonello Restivo -. Now three tough matches await us, all away from home, with Tenerife, Venice and Bourges but we know that these are challenges that will help us to be tougher both mentally and physically and better face those within our reach ».
Tenerife proved to be a tough opponent even in the first leg: «At PalaSerradimigni we played one of the best first times in Eurocup, together with the one with Friborg – recalls the island technician -. The victory over Moncalieri on Saturday gave us further confidence and awareness in our means and our potential. We go to Tenerife to continue working on certain details where we need to improve, especially defensively. We will go there to do battle », he promises.