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National teams 05.08.2019

Switzerland with the W Vs. Portugal !

Il cammino della Svizzera verso Euro 2021 è iniziato bene. A Friborgo i rossocrociati hanno battuto per 77-72 il Portogallo nella prima partita del Gruppo H delle prequalificazioni, che comprende anche l'Islanda. La presenza di Clint Capela, che ha messo a referto 16 punti e conquistato 11 rimbalzi, ha dato una spinta decisiva verso la conquista dei due punti, anche se il ginevrino degli Houston Rockets, forse a causa di qualche problemino fisico, è sembrato non aver ancora ripreso del tutto le misure del basket europeo.

Ad ergersi ad eroe di una partita che ha visto la Svizzera rincorrere i suoi avversari praticamente fin dall'inizio, rientrare dal -10 ed allungare negli ultimi 5' è allora stato il ticinese Dusan Mladjan, autore di 21 punti con un ottimo 5 su 7 da tre e capace pure di rifilare una stoppata decisiva. Coach Barilari ha dato fiducia anche al 18enne della SAM Massagno Yuri Solcà, il quale non ha certamente sfigurato nonostante un evidente e comprensibile nervosismo ed ha chiuso con una tripla al suo attivo. Sabato prossimo gli elvetici affronteranno l'Islanda a Reykjavik.

Post game reactions

Coach Gianluca Barilari

I think we played a good first half, but in the third quarter we didn’t put the same energy and they took advantage of it, especially on the offensive boards. At the end of the game we came out big and we found a way to manage the key possessions which brought us the victory.

Clint Capela

The experience of playing again for my country in front of this public was amazing. We brought a lot of energy and toughness. It wasn’t easy at the beginning of the match, they came out hard but we’ve reacted well and I can say that today was a good day. In Europe there is less space but I was prepared and honestly I did like it because it has been a men game. I didn’t feel the pressure actually, I’ve just played at my best and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be on the court with my teammates.

Assistant coach Sergio Ramos

In the first half, we’ve been good on the defensive end except for the rebound and consequently they had too many second chance points. In the second part, we continued to defend well and we made some big threes, but at the end Switzerland came back strong and some stupid fouls costed us the game. We knew that Clint would’ve had an impact defensively so we tried to use the pick’n’pop to take him out of the paint. It’s disappointing to lose the first game, but I’m sure that we are going to react as a team. Congratulations to Switzerland.

Joao Guerreiro

We move the ball well. We are a smaller team and our job was to be aggressive on the rebound because their guys are big. We were able to follow these instructions almost the whole game, but Switzerland fought hard and unfortunately they took the win.

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