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Interview with Jonathan Tabu (Belgian NT) - Sep 3, 2013


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IVAN MILENKOVIC
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Jonathan
Tabu
Belgium qualified for 2013 EuroBasket after finishing third in Group E of qualifications, behind Poland and Finland, in front of Switzerland and Albania.
Two best players in Belgian national team were Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86, averaged 12.0 points per game) and Jonathan Tabu (190-PG-85, 11.9 ppg). Interestingly, both of them will play in Spanish league next season - Sam Van Rossom moved from Zaragoza to Valencia, while Jonathan Tabu is new player of Zaragoza. They will lead Belgian team at EuroBasket as well and Eurobasket.com talked to Jonathan Tabu...

When have you started with preparations for EuroBasket and where did you spend your preparation period?

We started on 25th of July and we spent the preparation mostly in Belgium. We have been to Lithuania for two games and to Turkey for three games.

Belgium played 12 friendly games, won five and lost seven, are you satisfied with team's performance in test games?

Well, we met some really good teams! When you see teams like Serbia, Turkey, Croatia, Lithuania - those are second round or even podium candidate teams in my opinion and it was good to play those teams. Because even though we lost, we did some really good things! We need to be more consistent for 40 minutes! Could have been better if we had stolen one game or two.

What you need to improve in upcoming days before the start of competition?

We need to be better throughout the whole game, not just some part of the game, and improve our execution. I think this is going to help us a lot! This is what we have to work on before the start of the competition!

What will be your team's main strengths in Slovenia?

Our main strength is the team! We don't have that superstar that can take over the game and I like that the danger can come from anywhere! I think this is good.

Belgium will play in Group A, how do you rate your rivals - France, Germany, Israel, Ukraine and Great Britain?

I think the favourite team is France. For the others I would say that it is pretty open, but we gonna have to be ready and focus on each game because it is not going to be easy at all.

Belgium finished 21st at 2011 EuroBasket, what is your goal for upcoming tournament and which final position would satisfy you?

I might shock some people, but I think we gotta chance to go for the second round! Two years ago was two years ago, we learned and I think this one will be different! Anyway, we gonna have to show it on the court. We will take game after game!   




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European Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Finland 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Greece 0-0 
 4. Iceland 0-0 
 5. Poland 0-0 
 6. Slovenia 0-0 
Group B
 1. Georgia 0-0 
 2. Germany 0-0 
 3. Israel 0-0 
 4. Italy 0-0 
 5. Lithuania 0-0 
 6. Ukraine 0-0 
Group C
 1. Croatia 0-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 0-0 
 3. Spain 0-0 
 4. Hungary 0-0 
 5. Montenegro 0-0 
 6. Romania 0-0 
Group D
 1. Belgium 0-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 0-0 
 3. Latvia 0-0 
 4. Russia 0-0 
 5. Serbia 0-0 
 6. Turkey 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vojdan STOJANOVSKI
  MKD
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Stojanovski, Vojdan28.0 
 2. Veideman, Rain24.0 
 3. Hanga, Adam23.0 
 4. Gomes, Joao22.0 
 5. Dragic, Goran21.0 
 6. Vojvoda, David20.5 
 7. de Jong, Worthy19.5 
 8. Nurkic, Jusuf19.0 
 9. Lawrence, Andrew19.0 
 10. Hermannsson, Mart.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jusuf NURKIC
  BIH
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Nurkic, Jusuf15.0 
 2. Gomes, Joao10.5 
 3. Baeringsson, Hlynur9.5 
 4. Todorovic, Marko9.0 
 5. Karasev, Sergey9.0 
 6. Iarochevitch, Ioa.8.0 
 7. Shengelia, Tornike7.5 
 8. Tumba, Kevin7.0 
 9. Gordon, Ben7.0 
 10. Fesenko, Kyrylo7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Goran DRAGIC
  SLO
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Dragic, Goran8.5 
 2. Lypovyy, Oleksandr7.5 
 3. Tsintsadze, Giorgi7.5 
 4. Gordon, Ben6.5 
 5. Mihailovic, Vladim.5.5 
 6. Vojvoda, David5.5 
 7. Travis, Romeo5.5 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Hord.5.0 
 9. Tabu, Jonathan5.0 
 10. Velikov, Asen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek NEEDHAM
  USA
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Needham, Derek4.0 
 2. Dorbek, Martin3.5 
 3. Keller, Akos3.0 
 4. Baburin, Evgenii3.0 
 5. Hajrizi, Drilon3.0 
 6. Obasohan, Retin3.0 
 7. Broadus, Rashaun3.0 
 8. Tumba, Kevin2.5 
 9. Barroso, Tomas2.5 
 10. Kostov, Chavdar2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  UKR
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bobrov, Vyacheslav2.0 
 2. Kulagin, Dmitrii2.0 
 3. Panteli, Iakovos1.5 
 4. Zipser, Paul1.5 
 5. Benzing, Robin1.5 
 6. Palsson, Haukur1.5 
 7. Hajrizi, Drilon1.5 
 8. Bergstedt, Jonas1.5 
 9. Kitsing, Kristjan1.0 
 10. Mahalbasic, Rasid1.0 
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