County derby as warm-up for next week's Euroleague season opener
We are hosting CMB CARGO UNI GYŐR in Novomatic Aréna on Saturday from 6 pm., where we would like to improve ahead of the road game against Flammes Carolo.
The mid-week game in Zalaegerszeg has already shown some improvements. We were moving well on offense, but our defense was hectic. The defensice work of the third quarter resembled that of last season, and that's what we want to see on Saturday's derby.
Our opponent's roster has changed a lot during the summer according to what Sandro Orlando had imagined. As they have stated when presenting the roster, their aim was to create a motivated team able to fight hard, and that they would like to make it to the league finals this season. From last year's bronze medal-winning team only Anna Laklóth, Tímea Czank, Zsófia Varga, Petra Szabó, Ágnes Török and Krisztina Horváth stayed for this season .For a boost in the Hungarian core they have acquired Dóra Nagy from Diósgyőr, and Hungarian national team captain Krisztina Raksányi. Because of her domestic player status we have to mention Sara Krnjic as well who is well-known among our fans. The center who has won the European championship wth the Serbian national team as well as an Olympic bronze medal has played many years for our team, and has then caused trouble for us last year wearing Szekszárd's colors.
Let's take a look at the international players. After the World Championship in Spain 25-year-old Greek Power Forward Artemis Spanou has joined the team, who has previous experience from Euroleague with Polkowice. 24-year-old- guard Lexie Brown graduated from Duke university, and was drafted this year as the 9th pick by the Connecticut Sun. Other American Reshanda Gray can play in the center position. She has spent recent years in Naples and Korea. They have acquired 19-year-old young Bosnian prospect Melissa Brcaninovic from Famila Schio on a loan deal, but she hasn't lived up to the expectations, so they let her go, but they will surely find her replacement soon.
It is a powerful roster, but we know, that team building takes time. Our rivals had experienced this a week ago when they have suffered a painful loss at home against ZTE. They will most likely want to make their fans forget about that, so we will face a doubly determined team that had an entire week to prepare for the game against us.
The day before the game Debóra Dubei also mentioned that when we asked her about the upcoming fixture.
Entry to the game below the age of 14 and above 70 is free of charge.
Sopron Basket vs. Győr
45 wins, 6 losses
4144 points scored, 3040 conceded
Our 4000th point against them was scored by Yvonne
Our head coach Roberto Iniguez spent two wonderful years with us, who has visited our Managing Director Zoltán Török as promised with whom they agreed in a discussion about the future that he will come back to Sopron one day