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Interview with Dusan Sakota - Jun 1, 2012


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Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86) former Panathinaikos player spoke to Eurobasket.com:

With scale 1-5 rate the situation in Oostende and tell us few things about.

Payments: 5
Everything in Oostende concerning the payments was 100% professional and on time.

Facilities: 4
Everything in and around the gym was great, except for one detail that I didn't like personally, which is that the weight room was ten minutes by car from the gym, so that makes it a little harder to work out during the season as you'd like.

Fans: 4
Although the gym is rarely full, the fans of Oostende are very supportive of their players and coaches, and always bring a positive energy and atmosphere to the game!

League: 3
Even though many people underestimate the level of basketball played in Belgium, I give it a 3 because of three reasons. Very poor TV and media coverage, very low level of refereeing, and most importantly, very few teams participating in the league (only 9)

City: 5
A great, cozy city by the sea, that makes every basketball player feel comfortable in Belgium, making it that much easier to have your mind only on basketball

Are you happy in Russia now, what plans you have for the new season? Do you want to return to Greece?

I was very glad that I signed for Enisey, Russia for the remainder of the season in January, since it was a great experience to play and live in Siberia for 4 months, and also I believe it was a tremendous help for me to get back on my old level before the injury physically and mentally, by playing in one of the toughest leagues in Europe against teams such as CSKA and Khimki. Of course, I would love to one day return and play in Greece since I have spent 18 years of my life there, but for now my biggest basketball wish and goal is to try and return to the Italian League.

What advice you give to those who have a serious injury to overcome, what you did in your case?

The advice I would give to players overcoming hard injuries is mainly two: DON'T GIVE UP and HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE! I know for a fact that the hardest possible thing a basketball player has to do in his career is to force himself to practice and rehabilitate as fast as possible, especially when no one is around. Its always easier when there is a coach or a trainer on top of your head telling you what and how to do it, but when you are alone in that gym, thats when you really have to show your love and devotion to the game of basketball, as well as your personal zeal and will to overcome all obstacles in front of you and get back to doing what you love most.. PLAYING!

Who was the best teammate ever had in your career so far.

In my opinion the best teammate player-wise that I ever had would be Diamantidis.

Do you follow the Greek finals? Whats your prediction, Panathinaikos or Olympiakos?

Of course, I am closely following the finals of the Greek League this year. OSFP is bringing a tremendous combination of energy and confidence on the court, especially after winning the Euroleague in a heroic fashion, which makes it very difficult to beat them in any aspect of the game. they dominate on the offensive rebounds, they get many steals and fly to the transition game, and their percentages are sky high due to their incredible confidence, combined with a great desire and wish to finally become champions after 15 years! However, you can never underestimate the heart of the champion, and also since I have spent 5 years of my life there, I know for a fact that PAO is not going to give up without a great fight, using maybe the only advantage that they have over their opponents in this moment...their vast experience in playing games with no tomorrow and winning! So, basically I believe that the best thing to do is not make any predictions but sit back and enjoy the show!!

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Aris starts today (18/05) the series against AEK in which the winner will take the third place of the league. The team of Thessaloniki has the home advantage for these games against the team of Athens. The big problem for Dimitris Priftis is that the starting center of Aris, Jamelle Hagins (206-F-90, college: Delaware) will not be available to play because he was seriously injured in the second game against Kifisia for the playoffs. However the greek coach can use Xanthopoulos and Zaras...   [read more]

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Galatasaray beat Strasbourg to claim title - Apr 27, 2016  
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Awards 2016 - Apr 27, 2016  
Strasbourg narrowly defeat Galatasaray in Finals opening leg - Apr 22, 2016  
2015-16 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy: Mateusz Ponitka, Stelmet Zielona Gora - Apr 13, 2016  
Maurizio Buscaglia (Trento) is the Eurocup Coach of the Year - Apr 13, 2016  
Euroleague and Eurocup competition structures set for 2016-17 - Apr 11, 2016  
Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Strasbourg and Galatasaray enter Finals - Apr 6, 2016  
Strong German Generation (s) - Apr 5, 2016  
Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Galatasaray and Trento celebrate victories - Mar 30, 2016  
Trento upset Strasbourg in opener - Mar 29, 2016  
Strasbourg, Trento, Galatasaray and Gran Canaria enter semifinal stage - Mar 23, 2016  
Galatasaray scorch Bayern, advance into semifinal stage - Mar 22, 2016  
Recap of Opening Leg of Quarter-Finals - Mar 16, 2016  
Clubs, domestic leagues and Euroleague Basketball hold working group on future of European club competitions - Mar 15, 2016  
Vasiliadis and Schortsanitis back to the games - Mar 12, 2016  
Quarterfinals are all set - Mar 2, 2016  
EA7 Milano 79 Banvit 76: ready for the Quarterfinals Italian derby - Mar 2, 2016  
ANGT Belgrade: Individual efforts - Feb 29, 2016  
B.Muenchen is close to sign Chad Toppert - Feb 25, 2016  
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Eurocup Standings
Group G
 1 B.Muenchen 4-2 
 2 Banvit BK 4-2 
 3 Dominion BB 3-3 
 4 Ratiopharm 1-5 
Group H
 1 Gran Canaria 5-1 
 2 Strasbourg 4-2 
 3 Avtodor 3-3 
 4 Hapoel J-M 0-6 
Group I
 1 EWE Baskets 4-2 
 2 Limoges 3-3 
 3 Valencia 3-3 
 4 PAOK 2-4 
Group J
 1 EA7 Armani 4-2 
 2 ALBA 3-3 
 3 Aris 3-3 
 4 Neptunas 2-4 
Group K
 1 Dolomiti En. TR 4-2 
 2 Karsiyaka 3-3 
 3 Trabzonspor 3-3 
 4 Grissin Bon RE 2-4 
Group L
 1 Zenit 4-2 
 2 Stelmet ZG 3-3 
 3 Ludwigsburg 3-3 
 4 Umana VE 2-4 
Group M
 1 Unics 6-0 
 2 N.Novgorod 3-3 
 3 Maccabi T-A 2-4 
 4 Un.Olimpija 1-5 
Group N
 1 Galatasaray 4-2 
 2 CAI Zaragoza 4-2 
 3 Banco di Srd 3-3 
 4 Szolnok 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Points Per Game
 Loukas MAVROKEFALIDIS
  AEK A.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Mavrokefalid., AEK24.2 
 2. Baron, Spirou20.7 
 3. Langford, Unics19.7 
 4. Toolson, Zenit18.5 
 5. McCollum, Galatasa.18.1 
 6. Peterson, Avtodor18.1 
 7. Hardy, Trabzonspor15.8 
 8. Rudd, N.Novgorod15.8 
 9. Bertans, Dominion.15.5 
 10. Chappell, Avtodor15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tumba, Spirou9.9 
 2. Mavrokefalid., AEK9.7 
 3. Yarou, Le Mans9.0 
 4. Moerman, Banvit BK8.6 
 5. Pietrus, Nancy8.6 
 6. Brockman, Ludwigsb.8.3 
 7. Brooks, Avtodor8.2 
 8. Nicoara, Steaua C.7.7 
 9. Omic, Gran Canaria7.6 
 10. Kitchen, Trabzons.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Monaco
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cooper, Monaco10.2 
 2. Colom, Unics7.6 
 3. Stoll, Avtodor7.5 
 4. Lawrence, Telekom7.4 
 5. Cook, Buducnost7.0 
 6. Khvostov, N.Nov.6.7 
 7. Fortson, Banvit BK5.8 
 8. Green, Umana VE5.5 
 9. Laprovittola, Estu.5.5 
 10. Bost, Stelmet ZG5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  Estudian.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pumprla, Estudian.2.3 
 2. Trice, Ludwigsburg2.2 
 3. Stoll, Avtodor2.1 
 4. Lafayette, EA7 A.1.9 
 5. Smith, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 6. Riley, Nanterre1.8 
 7. Fortson, Banvit BK1.8 
 8. Cook, Buducnost1.8 
 9. Lacombe, Stras.1.7 
 10. Cherry, ALBA1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.6 
 2. James, Eskisehi.2.1 
 3. Kravtsov, CAI Z.1.9 
 4. Fischer, Hapoel J.1.6 
 5. Elonu, Besiktas1.6 
 6. Begic, Dominion BB1.5 
 7. Lasme, Galatasaray1.4 
 8. Mbakwe, Maccabi1.4 
 9. Neumann, Ratio.1.2 
 10. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
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