Jasikevicius: "Our performance has been unacceptable"

The Lithuanian coach was very disappointed in his players after the first defeat of the season in the Endesa League.


Barça coach Sarunas Jasikevicius stressed after his team's defeat against TD Systems Baskonia that "it was a very big lesson" for his players and added that "it is unacceptable" that his squad played with less energy than the Baskonians despite the fact that his rival played the Euroleague on Friday and they on Thursday.

The Kaunas coach harshly criticized the poor performance of his team in attack and the large number of mistakes they made in the face of the basket: "We have allowed 63 points to be scored for our own mistakes, a figure that I had not seen in my coaching career", highlighted the Lithuanian who stressed that they have thought they are "better than they are after two victories in the Euroleague" .

Jasikevicius recalled that "each game has to be like a final because everyone plays beyond their possibilities" against Barça and explained that they clearly need "to improve a lot in the mental aspect and in all parts". The former Zalgiris coach said after the clash the defeat represents a step backwards in the aspirations and feelings that the team had left so far this season: "I am very disappointed," he concluded.

Barcelona now faces a new week with three commitments ahead. Next Tuesday it will be the turn of the Endesa League at the Palau Blaugrana against Acunsa GBC. Three days later it will be the turn of the Euroleague and a new Classic, while the week will close again in the League at home against MoraBanc Andorra.

Ivanovic: "We needed to win like this, we had lost our identity in the last matches"

TD Systems Baskonia coach, Dusko Ivanovic, explained after his team's victory that they may lose in the future, but they have to "always play the same way ", as they have done in the second half against Barça, with" speed, defense and patience. " The Montenegrin pointed out that in the first quarter they had "a lot of oscillation with good and bad attacks and defenses", but valued that in the second half they had "more continuity" .

He admitted that it is difficult to separate attack from defense, but insisted that "defense gives you the option to play calmer in attack." Ivanovic highlighted the role of Arturs Kurucs, a young Baskonista who played 17 minutes and said that after testing positive for coronavirus he is recovering well.The Montenegrin, who has been facing his third stage on the Fernando Buesa Arena bench since last year, assured that his players had lost their identity since they beat Real Madrid in the Euroleague: "After beating Real Madrid the team lost their identity and our best weapons, "recalled the Barça coach who celebrated that his team has returned to that point in the first league games after three consecutive defeats.

After this prestigious triumph, Baskonia will seek its fourth European triumph of the season next Thursday in Berlin, at the expense of knowing what happens with the victory awarded against Zenit, which everything indicates that the match will have to be played, so the Ivanovic would go on to have two wins and one loss. On Saturday in Badalona their next league assault awaits them.

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