By Eurohoops Team / firstname.lastname@example.org
In what was a late-game thriller, Zalgiris Kaunas defeated Unicaja Malaga thanks to Ulanovas’ game-saving block. After the game coach, Jasikevicious and December’s MVP Paulius Jankunas who received his trophy just before the tipoff shared their thoughts on the game.
Paulius Jankunas explained how things changed in the second half: “Our defense was the key. Because we started to play better defense in the second half, it helped us win. You don’t want to know what coach said to us at halftime. It was a good feeling to be December MVP, but it is in the past. Even last year. We are looking forward, we want to play better and win as many games as we can.”
Coach Saras Jasikevicius also stated to why it feels great but why the team was not great tonight: “I feel great because it is victory, whether it is a nervous or a not nervous victory. But I want to thank the fans, I think they gave us the energy tonight. Without them, this win would not have been possible. If we played away we would have lost by double digits. We were not that good tonight. I don’t want to tell the public what I told the players at halftime. Fewer speeches like that would be better for us in that locker room, and it is a great locker room… We need to understand that teams are coming after us. If we don’t understand it, we are going to suffer a lot in the second half of the regular season. Teams see as somebody they can catch. If we are not ready for that, we are going to have many problems.”