The faces this week at Josean Gasca are different after Sunday’s victory against Tenerife. After the two hard blows of the first weekend of the year, in which he lost to Bilbao Basket and Echenique was injured for the entire season, it was important to show that Acunsa GBC is still alive. Dino Radoncic explains that «when a team loses games it is very difficult to keep working, that’s why I think this victory gives us confidence, motivation and I’m sure there will be many more. Winning without our best player and without Marcelo has given us motivation to continue.
Regarding the latter, the Montenegrin reveals that «Marcelo has sent us a video congratulating us on the great game we played. Against Tenerife I saw the delegate continuously receiving messages from him, I’m sure he suffered a lot and I want to see him here soon. The Argentine is still confined infected by Covid-19 and, at least today, Iñaki Martín will again offer the press conference prior to Saturday’s match against Joventut (8:45 p.m.).
The first leg does not augur hopeful reasons for victory. The Catalans won 68-99 on the twelfth matchday. “It’s a team that beat us thirty points. It’s a very good group, they play very hard, each player knows their role and I think it will be difficult to win them, but if we do the job like against Tenerife we will have our chance. Joventut is going to play the Cup, they have a great coach and we have to continue progressing without just looking at this game.
Personally, Radoncic, just turned 22, is the player who plays the most minutes on the squad (28:35 per game) and the second highest scorer, with 10.4 points. «Since I’ve been at the ACB, this is the moment I’ve been happiest of the last three years. From the first minute they have shown me that they really wanted to have me here, to put up with my mistakes and my youth ».