Duran: "I see the tie against Baskonia at fifty percent"

The Joventut coach is confident in his team's chances against a Baskonia that arrives after doing "a great last week".


The coach of Joventut de Badalona, Carles Duran, stated this Wednesday that he sees the Copa del Rey quarter-final tie against TD Sytems Baskonia "at fifty percent" and that when he sees "the best Penya, it is difficult win over ". The green-black coach said that they are going to the Copa del Rey "wanting to compete" against a rival who comes to the tournament "after having a great last week winning on the Real Madrid and Lenovo Tenerife courts" .

For this reason, Duran said that "the best Baskonia is expected in an exciting and exciting match" and predicted "one of the games with the best game" of the quarterfinals when two teams "of happy play that need the success in the triples for win". The green-black coach of Dusko Ivanovic's team highlighted that he is a rival who "never gives up and if you don't play well against them for the forty minutes things can happen to you."

Carles Duran said that having Shawn Dawson and the new signing, Demetrius Jackson, in the Cup can "surprise" the rival, but he gave more value to the whole team "playing well" since that is how Penya is " more dangerous". The coach pointed out that the situation "has not changed much" with respect to the league match that Penya beat Baskonia in the first round of the Endesa League and even recalled his team's triumph in the final phase in Valencia. To achieve the third victory against the Vitoria in just one year, Duran said that his team "must enhance their virtues, which go through playing our best basketball and with maximum energy. That will be our challenge in Madrid."

Comparing the current team with the one that reached the semifinals two years ago led by Nico Laprovittola after eliminating Baskonia in the quarterfinals, Duran said that the current team is "more solid and has more resources" and that young people like Xabi López Arostegui or Joel Parra, who were part of that team are now "more mature." Duran was "proud" of the team's trajectory since he took charge of it three seasons ago when he was on the verge of relegation and even disappearance. "It has been three superpositive years. When I arrived they told me that I was getting into a dead end and the pot has been wonderful with many players in the house being important. The most important thing is that we have made a wonderful path and we do not give up anything" commented the technician.

Pau Ribas: "We are going to the Cup to enjoy and compete"

The Joventut de Badalona guard, Pau Ribas, said this Wednesday that his team goes to the Copa del Rey "to enjoy and compete" and that there is nothing "better" for this than doing it against "a classic" of the tournament like TD Systems Baskonia. The green-black player assured that it is "easy" to have a good mentality in a competition like this, although he acknowledged that it will be "difficult to enter" the game for both teams without the presence of the public, something that they should "take advantage of" since the Vitorian woman be the most numerous in these quotes.

Ribas was "sure" that his team will compete in Madrid and will do so "to win" a team that he considers to be "a great rival to whom we have already won this season." The former player, among others, from TD Systems Baskonia, insisted on the absence of a public in Madrid and how this circumstance can harm the teams. "It is worse to play without an audience because the motivation comes from the fans and when they pressure you, they bring out the best in you. I would have liked to see the stands with an audience," he said. Del Baskonia, the guard said that they are a "physically very powerful" team and that for Penya it is "better" to play against them to a victory than in a three-win playoff. To get to the semifinals, the player stated that they must jump onto the track "prepared to compete" .

Asking about the similarities of the Joventut team that won the last Copa del Rey for La Penya in 2008 with him in the squad, Ribas replied that that "great" team went to Vitoria "with confidence and good basketball, and nobody expected us to win ". If that team in which Rudy Fernández and Pau Ribas were also won the Copa del Rey and the ULEB Cup, the current one "is in it", said Ribas, playing in those same tournaments "wanting to compete." "I'm content with winning one of those two titles this season," said the player.

Ribas, one of the authorized voices of the green-black dressing room, appreciated the "very important change for the future" that the club has made in the last three years and sent a message to the fans asking them "not to forget who we are and where we come from" . Ribas gave value to the youth of the team and said that veterans like him or Ante Tomic depend "on the quality of the youngest that the better they are, the more they will give to the team." "There is good dynamics and good chemistry in the team and that is what makes us enjoy. We have to go little by little and enjoy every moment," concluded the player.

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