Bartzokas: “We need to buy time a little bit”

2017-10-13T22:44:20+00:00 2017-10-13T22:44:20+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

13/Oct/17 22:44

There’s plenty room for improvement in Khimki Moscow and Giorgos Bartzokas says time will work on his team’s side.

By Eurohoops team/

Khimki Moscow beat Valencia thanks to a massive defensive effort in the last 15 minutes of the game and that’s what head coach Giorgos Bartzokas emphasized in the post-game press conference.”

“Our defense was solid in the third quarter when we came back from a six- or seven-point difference that Valencia took. It was very important for us to be stable on defense. So we were very aggressive. We stole some balls but we cleared defensive rebounds and we scored in transition. We were nervous during the game. It was normal, you know, in the first EuroLeague game on our home court,” said Bartzokas.

“We have a lot of newcomers, so we need to buy time a little bit to find out our chemistry. I would like to give credit to our organization. They prepared everything in this new arena for us. Don’t forget that we made two practices on this court, in this arena, like Valencia. So basically it’s not our home court yet. But the fans were here, it was a full gym and a very warm audience, which was very important for us,” he added.