Joan Plaza on win over Olympiacos: “A game that reflects our season”

2018-03-30T22:30:17+00:00 2018-03-30T22:38:39+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

30/Mar/18 22:30

Joan Plaza praised the attitude of his players in the win over Olympiacos.

By Eurohoops team/

Unicaja Malaga head coach was quite pleased with his team’s victory over Olympiacos, particularly when it came to the fighting spirit his players put on the floor when everything seemed against them.

“Obviously, we are happy to beat a team that is already in the EuroLeague playoffs and which will probably make it to the Final Four,” Plaza said during the post-game press conference. “The game is more or less a recap of what we did in this EuroLeague, pending our last game against Fenerbahce, against whom we played our first game six or seven months ago. Tonight’s game reflects what our season was like, in which we competed with great dignity other than in three games. I think the team competed really well throughout the EuroLeague, in wins and losses. The team didn’t give up when it was easy to do so, gaining strength out of nowhere against a strong, physical team like Olympiacos, which didn’t allow us to grab defensive rebounds. It is a good sign of identity and I think everybody should be very proud, even if the game had gone to second overtime and we had lost by a narrow margin. It doesn’t matter – competing against a team like Olympiacos and beating them speaks well about the team and the people in the club.”

The Spanish side lost some matches in crunch time but not this time. Plaza commented his team for closing this game in a fashion.

“We competed in every single game except three games in which we did horrible. We have been competitive in every other game, whether we won or lost. We were able to forget about the players who were not on the bench today, the injured players, and just tried to give our best and never give up, never surrender, always look forward, trying to find the way to improve. And of course, we wanted to win this kind of close game which we lost against Zalgiris, Baskonia and others. I think we need to be proud of our team and our players.”

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