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Stellazzurra Basketball Academy at the third stage EYBL in Kaunas

Pubblicato il Lunedì 16 Marzo 2015 - EYBL / EGBL



Stellazzurra Basketball Academy coached by Michele Catalani is preparing to face the third and decisive stage of the EYBL U17 that will define which will be the teams that will participate at the SuperFinals in May. Only the first six teams on the general standing  will qualify for the finals.

The third stage will be held in Kaunas, in Lithuania, from 20 to 22 March and the italian team will have two direct matches to face: against Aisciai, second in the general classification, and against Sabonis Academy, the first on ranking,  tie with Stellazzurra.

The stage is rather hard. In the opening game, on friday 20 at 12 am local time, the Stellazzurra will meet the Klaipeda, that count currently 3 wins and 7 losses, on the same day at 19.30 will face Aisciai, just second in the standings with 8 wins and 2 losses and in the morning of the next day, at 10:30 am local time, guys will stand for another decisive match against the Sabonis Academy that has the same number of victories and defeats of 'stellini', 9 against 1. Always at 16.30 local time of march 21 Stellazzurra Academy  will play against the team of Kaunas and the closing match will be held against Namika Lahti Juniorit, team that count  4 wins and 6 losses.

Before the departure coach Catalani says:
"That's the last decisive phase in which we want to reach the access at the SuperFinals. We know the value of these matches and we know the caliber  of our opponents. We'll have to get ready trying to optimize our resources to the maximum target, trying to impose our game since the first match”.

How do you prepare to this stage?

“Any of our players knows the importance of getting ready to this appointment without leaving anything to fate. We want  to return to Italy with the qualification to the SuperFinals and maybe to access it while keeping the first place on ranking”.

Wich will be your strategy?

“We will have to improve the offensive games, especially because it's so long time that the team does not plays together. We will try  to take advantage of the qualities of our individual players. Defensively, we will insist on working together to be operative and we will oppose all our physicality to stop offensive plays of our opponents. Teams will face are full of talent and we should be very careful.  We should play an energetic basket trying to involve all our offensive solutions, even in defense we will try to force opponents to their secondary options, removing their first choice of shooting”.

Schedule Stage3:
20 marzo 2015, ore 12.00: BS Klaipeda – Stellazzurra Basketball Academy

20 marzo 2015, ore 19.30: Stellazzurra Basketball Academy – BS Aisciai

21 marzo 2015, ore 10.30: A Sabonis BS – Stellazzurra Basketball Academy

21 marzo 2015, ore 16.30: Stellazzurra Basketball Academy – BS Kaunas

22 marzo 2015, ore 10.30: Namika Lahti Juniorit – Stellazzurra Basketball Academy

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