October 25, 2021 – 11:04 am clock
Berlin (dpa) – Alba Berlin still lacks constancy. Coach Israel Gonzalez criticized the lack of focus of his team after the unexpected 59:65 home defeat against BG Göttingen in the basketball Bundesliga. The players had shown commitment, “but we only hit 10 percent of our three-point throws and discarded 14 free throws. That is very unusual. It is a question of mental attitude,” said the Spaniard. Only three of 29 distance throws and 16 of 30 free throws found their target. The team had to learn not to be ready for a league game again 48 hours after a difficult Euroleague game. “Because it will be like this all season,” said Gonzalez. Alba won 78:63 at Red Star Belgrade on Friday.
And this week continues with this rhythm. Alba travels to Greece on Monday. The Euroleague game at Olympiacos is scheduled for Tuesday in Piraeus. There is hardly any time to work through the disappointing performance against Göttingen.
Before leaving, a video lesson – especially with the positive aspects of the game. “I don’t want to show the players how to discard their free throws and open threesomes,” said Gonzalez. In the evening after arrival, video preparation for Piraeus and a light training session. “Olympiacos are one of the strongest teams defensively. It will be tough and physical,” said Gonzalez.
After all, two players returned against Göttingen in national players Johannes Thiemann and Christ Koumadje after several weeks of injury. Due to the lack of training units, they now have to be reintegrated into the game. This is not easy, but it must be done as soon as possible, said Gonzalez. Especially since the next failure is imminent. Forward Yovel Zoosman got a blow to the hand against Göttingen in the first half but was unable to continue after that.
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