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National teams 05.08.2019

Switzerland with the W Vs. Portugal !

L'équipe de Suisse a souffert pour son entrée en lice dans le 3e tour des pré-qualifications de l'Euro 2021. Mais la sélection de Gianluca Barilari a assuré l'essentiel en battant le Portugal 77-72.

La fête fut belle pour le grand retour de Clint Capela (16 points, 11 rebonds) sous le maillot de l'équipe de Suisse. Le public a répondu présent (2900 spectateurs), s'enthousiasmant très rapidement pour un contre du pivot des Rockets, après 1'10'' de jeu seulement.

Mais rien ne fut aisé pour la Suisse. Menée 17-27 à la 14e minute après que Guerreiro a inscrit un deuxième panier primé consécutif en profitant d'une défense laxiste de Clint Capela, elle a dû batailler pour revenir à hauteur du Portugal à la mi-temps (36-36).

Les Helvètes ont d'ailleurs à nouveau dû courir après le score en deuxième mi-temps. Dos au mur à 60-65 avec 8'13'' à jouer, ils ont forcé la décision grâce à un partiel de 13-3 réussi en 4'30'' qui leur a permis de mener 73-68 à 3'46'' du buzzer.

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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