The Barça coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, stated that in Tuesday’s victory at the Palau Blaugrana against Surne Bilbao Basket (84-62) they were “the sensations are more important than the result“.
“We haven’t started the game well, but the second and third quarters have been good. We’re pretty solid defensivelyand in attack we have tried to play with most players shooting from outside for a long time, and it worked quite well for us“, summed up the Lithuanian coach in the press room of the Barça pavilion.
Jasikevicius underlined Barça’s victory in the battle for the rebound: “Lately we weren’t very good there and Bilbao is a team that ‘rebounds’ very well“.
“We have to be happy to have Saturday’s game in Manresa, because it’s going to demand a lot from us, in a tough environment and with a team that has played very well all season. I hope to arrive well and take advantage of this opportunity for Belgrade“, Valued the Baltic coach about his next league commitment.
On the other hand, Jasikevicius praised the performance of Cory Higgins, who this Tuesday played his second game after more than three months absent due to injury: “He is one of the most solid players we have. Think a lot. He is privileged in the first step and speed, but he understands what we need at all times“.
“He is not forcing, he knows he has to play within the system. And if one day they defend him in a way, he is capable of scoring 20; and if everything is focused on him, he is capable of releasing the ball. Your experience helps us“, he added.
Lastly, the Barça coach did not clarify whether Dante Exum will be recovered to play the Euroleague Final Four, from May 19 to 21: “We do not know. Tomorrow or the day after he still won’t be able to be with the team. We’ll see if he can play a few minutes against Manresa. It is more to test every day how his sensations are and to see what we can have from him“.