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Dimitris Prifts: Euroleague is a big motivation.

Dimitris Prifts: Euroleague is a big motivation.
Date: 01 jun 2018
Source: Press BC UNICS
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Head coach of UNICS Dimitris Priftis commented on the victory over Nizhny Novgorod in the 1/4 finals of the VTB United League championship (3-1).

"I would like to congratulate the team. It's very good that we will be in the "Final Four", Priftis said. We deserved it, because we had a stable season. I knew that this series with "NN" would be interesting and complicated. I have said many times that this is a special team because their "big" can attack both from under the ring and from a long distance, they play smartly. This created problems for us in defense. In the third quarter, we showed good defense, scored a lot of easy points, fled. Once again I congratulate the players. Now we have a week to prepare for the "Final Four".

- What can you say about the excellent third quarter?

- We played very aggressively and did not make stupid fouls, did not allow the opponent to score penalties. We scored light balls in fastbreaks.

- Did you want to finish the series with a score of 3-0?

- We had four difficult matches. On the one hand, we are more prepared for the difficult games that are coming in the "Final Four". Of course, we would like to finish the series with a score of 3 - 0, but our opponent was really good. As I said, this "NN" is a good team, and it was difficult to play against them. So I'm glad and 3-1. For us this is a serious achievement.

- What do you think about Khimki?

- If we talk about Khimki, I believe that we are not favorites. We have a match with the team from the Top eight of the Euroleague. Difficult task. The opponent has a lot of talent. We must show a very good game. Anyway, we will fight in the semifinals.

- Do you agree that the main player of "Khimki" is Alexei Shved?

- Yes. Shved is a special player for Khimki. He is not just a sniper, he is also a creative player, he perfectly sees the pitch and finds open players, helps them to score.

- Have you changed your negative attitude to the formula-play of the VTB United League, 1-2-2?

- First of all, I want to say that I respect the league, but I do not agree with this formula. The whole season the team struggled for the advantage of its site, but after the first game had to play two games on the road. I would prefer to play the classical scheme up to the final in the series to three wins. However, the "Final Four", where everything is decided in one meeting, in one evening gives entertainment.

- The prospect of entering the Euroleague motivates you?

- Of course. This is a great motivation for the whole team and for me as well. We, of course, will try to get there. But only one game will determine everything. We'll play, we'll see how it works out.

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TOURNAMENTS
#
VTB League
season 2017/2018,
g w pts
1
CSKA
Moscow, Russia
24 22 46
2
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
24 22 46
3
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Krasnodar, Russia
24 17 41
4
Zenit
St. Petersburg, Russia
24 16 40
5
Avtodor
Saratov, Russia
24 14 38
6
Khimki
Moscow region, Russia
24 13 37
7
Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
23 9 32
8
VEF
Riga, Latvia
24 8 32
9
Tsmoki-Minsk
Minsk, Belarus
24 8 32
10
Parma
Perm, Russia
23 7 30
11
Astana
Astana, Kazakhstan
24 7 31
12
Kalev
Tallinn, Estonia
24 6 30
13
Enisey
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
24 6 30
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
Eurocup
season 2017/2018, group H
g w pts
1
Reggio Emilio
Reggio Emilia, Italy
6 4 10
2
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
6 4 10
3
Asvel Lyon
Villeurbanne, France
6 3 9
4
Limoges CSP
Limoges, France
6 1 7
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
United League VTB U21
season 2017/2018,
g w pts
1
Khimki-2
Moscow region, Russia
36 30 66
2
Samara-2
Samara, Russia
35 26 61
3
Lokomotiv-Kuban-2
Krasnodar, Russia
36 26 62
4
UNICS-2
Kazan, Russia
36 20 56
5
CSKA-2
Moscow, Russia
34 16 50
6
Parma-2
Perm, Russia
36 16 52
7
Zenit-2
St. Petersburg, Russia
36 15 51
8
Nizhny Novgorod-2
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
33 12 45
9
Avtodor-2
Saratov, Russia
34 9 43
10
Enisey-2
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
34 5 39
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;

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