The draw of the Euroleague's Top-16

giannakis_zocThe teams that represent Greece in Euroleague, learned the teams which they will face in the Top-16. Panagiotis Giannakis of Olympiakos, Dimitris Itoudis of Panathinaikos and Giorgos Bartzokas of Maroussi, commented the draw and their opponents.

The "reds" will face Caja Laboral, Khimki and Cibona, with coach Giannakis saying that "we are building a team that will not be intimidated by any team or any gym. That is what we are trying to do from day one and I think that we have managed to do so in some percentage. Now we are facing three teams that have earned the respect of everybody.

Caja despite the big roster changes showed that it is a team that is built in solid ground. Khmiki may be a newcomer in the competition, but has experienced coach and players that brought the team in the Top-16. Cibona is a traditional team that always fights until the end. We know that we don't have an easy task, but for everybody that wishes to qualify to the Final-Four the road is never easy".

Panathinaikos will play against Maroussi in the E' Group, in which also Barcelona and Partizan are taking part. The assistant to Zeljco Obradovic talked about the draw saying that "we pretty much knew which teams we were going to play, due to the criteria of the Euroleague. The thing that is important is the trips we are going to make and the schedule.

We know what Top-16 means... Every detail counts, each rebound, each turnover, each second may be crucial. Everybody has to help to make the next step. The players have the star role, but the coaching staff and the fans have to help in every play. We have the Top-16 experience and we know how important the schedule is, because we have to plan our transportation, our practices and the way we will work and we will rest.

The teams that have reached the Top-16, they deserve it. Barcelona is undefeated in the Euroleague. Partizan has proven once more that is constant to the philosophy of coach Vujosevic. They fight for the win in every game home or away. They have a "hot" arena and a team with a lot of talent. Maroussi is playing good, win big games, moves the ball wall, tries to find the open man and has a full roster".

Giorgos Bartzokas commented "Maroussi is proud to be among the 16 best teams in Europe. We are going to play against teams, which have written great history in the competition and that makes the challenge even greater. Panathinaikos is the champion, Barcelona is the playing the best basketball in Europe right now and Partizan has tremendous tradition and experience. Our goal is to maintain the same philosophy that brought us here. We want to remain competitive. We know that through these games you can only gain something in every aspect".


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