This is what BCL is all about: Speedy Smith & Hapoel Jerusalem faces Tenerife in Round of 16 showdown

Mar 6, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Jerusalem will take on Tenerife on Wednesday (22:00) as the Reds will look to improve their perfect record to 4-0 in the Canary Islands while the hosts would like to very much exact some revenge on the 85-61 beating that they took the last time the two teams played.

In order to make sure that Jerusalem comes in focused with the goal of clinching a spot in the quarterfinals, head coach Ilias Kantzouris knows full well what the secret to their success will be.

Ilias Kantzouris – Photo credit: Dov Halickman and Yehuda Halickman

“The most important thing has to do with the mentality,” the bench boss began. “We want compete and try to win no matter who the opponent is and the circumstances and that is what we need to do. We have to impose what we want to do, the rhythm of the game, playing through our defense and trying to put in a solid performance showing that we are improving as a team.”

Yovel Zoosman gave his thoughts on the upcoming clash, “We have to come very aggressive into the game like the first one as this one is very important. Tenerife is not going to give us anything so we will take a look at the video and try to cut down their attack like we did last game.”

Jerusalem guard Speedy Smith also spoke about the challenge ahead, “This is what the BCL is all about and we will go into an intense environment. It will be fun and exciting with the pressure which is what it’s supposed to be. They have a very good roster up to par with the Euroleague but if we go in with the right mindset and keep to the game plan we should be ok.”

“Energy is really important but teamwork, sense of urgency and concentration will be very important against a very good team,” Kantzouris said. “Every mistake we may make, Tenerife is capable of punishing us. We are talking about a very good team and they have proved how good a club they are and the potential they have as well as what are their strengths. We have to go there with a mindset that this a final and if we think that just because we are 3-0 we will be in trouble.”

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