A first win of the season is up for grabs between two teams that know each other well from last season’s 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals. Darussafaka won that series and went on to win the EuroCup title, but Buducnost competed, losing by an average of just five points. Darussafaka lost a shootout on the road last week, but scored 93 points, while Buducnost managed a league-low 71 at home and lost, too.
“Our opponent earned their EuroLeague spot by winning the EuroCup competition, we have great respect for that. It is a different team than last season, but they have a very good roster, with a mix of new, experienced players, some older Turkish players who are well known to basketball fans and some very talented youngsters. Both clubs are in a similar situation – new teams, players need time to learn to play with each other, to figure out how to give their best inside new system. On top of it, the schedule is very tough. It is important to play in a rhythm that will put us in a better situation to win. We have some minor health issues but I hope we will have our complete roster for the game.”