EFES PILSEN (Turkey) vs POWER ELECTRONICS VALENCIA (Spain), Euro League Day 2,
Efes Pilsen and Valencia both lost their opening matches in Euro league against Union Olimpija and Panathinaikos, but if you look behind the results there is optimism for one team and more disappointment expected for the other team.
Efes Pilsen lost 95-90 in double overtime in front of 8,700 fans at Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, but this was a game Efes Pilsen should have won as they were in front several times.
Valencia was at home to Panathinaikos, but were brushed aside due to some fantastic defence by the Greeks. The final result was 56-72.
Efes Pilsen is lead by head coach Vladimir Perasovic who is highly regarded by both players and officials in the game. He lead Cibona to success, and the Turks have high expectations. They have a fine mix; 4 Turkish national team players led by Kerem Tunceri and quality imports like Igor Rakosevic and Bootsy Thornton. This trio should be able to pick Valencia apart on Wednesday night.
Valencia have seen a lot of changes to their roster, and a new head coach has arrived. Despite losing 3 straight matches in the Liga ACB, they have been given praise for good effort and decent performances. You also have to admit they have had a tough opening schedule.. After beating C.B Granada 104-81, Valencia are on a losing streak; 70-77 away to Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and, 69-78 at home to Regal FC Barcelona and then 63-75 away to league leader Real Madrid.
The three defeats have affected the players’ confidence, and to make it even worse Valencia have some injuries to deal with.
PS! On Monday Efes Pilsen signed experienced Nikola Vujcic (32 years, 211 cm) who has played 9 seasons in Euro League (successful career at Maccabi Tel-Aviv and also played for Olympiacos).
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