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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 2018/2019,
g w pts
1
CSKA
Moscow, Russia
7 7 14
2
Khimki
Moscow region, Russia
7 7 14
3
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
6 5 11
4
Zenit
St. Petersburg, Russia
5 3 8
5
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Krasnodar, Russia
6 3 9
6
Astana
Astana, Kazakhstan
6 3 9
7
Zielona Gora
Zielona Gora, Poland
4 2 6
8
Avtodor
Saratov, Russia
5 2 7
9
Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
6 2 8
10
Kalev
Tallinn, Estonia
6 2 8
11
Parma
Perm, Russia
6 2 8
12
Enisey
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
7 2 9
13
Tsmoki-Minsk
Minsk, Belarus
6 1 7
14
VEF
Riga, Latvia
7 1 8
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
Eurocup
season 2018/2019, group D
g w pts
1
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
7 6 13
2
Unicaja
Malaga, Spain
6 5 11
3
Fraport Skyliners
Frankfurt, Germany
6 4 10
4
Rytas
Vilnius, Lithuania
7 3 10
5
Mornar
Bar, Montenegro
6 1 7
6
Fiat Turin
Torino, Italy
6 0 6
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
United League VTB U21
season 2018/2019,
g w pts
1
CSKA-Junior
Moscow, Russia
9 9 18
2
Lokomotiv-Kuban-2
Krasnodar, Russia
8 6 14
3
Zenit-2
St. Petersburg, Russia
8 6 14
4
Khimki-2
Moscow region, Russia
10 7 17
5
Avtodor-2
Saratov, Russia
10 6 16
6
Samara-2
Samara, Russia
9 5 14
7
UNICS-2
Kazan, Russia
8 4 12
8
Spartak
St. Peterburg, Russia
8 2 10
9
Parma-2
Perm, Russia
9 2 11
10
Nizhny Novgorod-2
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
8 1 9
11
Enisey-2
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
9 0 9
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;

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