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Laso: “There was some magnificent team work”

NEWS | 13/02/2020 | Edu Bueno (Málaga) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Pedro Castillo

“We played a solid game against a top rival who are playing well”, he added.
Pablo Laso spoke about his team winning against Bilbao Basket and getting into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. The Whites’ boss was thrilled with the game: “We have to say well done to the team for the win tonight. It was a top basketball game. We were so solid, winning those first three quarters and drawing the final one. We were focused on the game and had few losses. Without feeling great, we were solid against a stellar team.”
“They are fifth in the league and there is a reason for that, they have a lot of confidence and are playing well. It was vital for us to win. The players worked magnificently. We prepared and executed the game so well, I am thrilled to have won. I must congratulate Bilbao Basket for their progress.”
The Copa
“The funny thing about the Copa is the predictions. What happens is completely understandable but the Copa is so hard. They are all finals and I try to say that there are no surprises here and there are great teams and great games. As a coach, my main focus is to know what we are doing and tonight I am very happy with how the team did”.

Laso: “It was a great game”

“Valencia Basket are a tough team, they are good both up front and at the back. Hey are well rounded and that is why they compete so well in both Euroleague and Endesa League. Today they showed spirit. We know that it will be tough and we have the utmost respect for them, as they deserve to be in the semi0final of the Copa del Rey.”
Rudy's injury
“He had an adductor problem for a while. We were trying to meet the deadlines and today he suffered. We must not force someone even if they want to play. I hope it's not too serious and that he can feature this Saturday. Let's see what happens in the next 48 hours.”
Tavares and Llull
“Tavares is a different player that conditions the game for both teams. We never doubted his contribution. His attitude is key and gives us a lot. His stats and his game are brilliant. Regarding Llull he is phenomenal”.