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(photo credit: Blake-Ezra Cole)
Hapoel Jerusalem faces an uphill battle in its Eurocup Last 16 group opener at Valencia in Spain on Tuesday.
claimed a confidence-boosting victory over Maccabi Haifa in the BSL on
Saturday, but coach Guy Goodes knows his team will have to play much
better if it's to triumph on Tuesday as well.
"The game against Valencia will be completely different to the one against Haifa," Goodes said.
"Valencia's roster is taller and stronger than ours so this will
be a tough challenge for us. However, the pressure will be on them and
we will try to spring a surprise."
While Jerusalem only scraped into the Last 16,
Valencia, guided by former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Neven Spahija,
cruised in the first group stage, winning its first five matches before
losing a meaningless encounter at Le Mans.
Valencia has also played well in the Spanish league, winning 13
of 19 games, including an impressive 60-59 victory over Barcelona on
Saturday, handing the Catalans just their second loss in all
competitions this season.
Spahija has assembled a
balanced and deep roster in Valencia. Eight players average between 20
and 28 minutes on court, with Nando De Colo leading the team in scoring
(12.8 ppg) and Victor Claver the side's only player to start in all six
Eurocup games so far, averaging 11.5 points and leading Valencia in
rebounding (5.7 rpg).
However, Jerusalem needs first and foremost to find a way to
break down Valencia's defense, with the Spaniards holding their
opponents to just 66.2 points in their five victories in the Eurocup to
"We don't know much about Valencia, but I think this is a good
chance to steal a road win," Hapoel's Dijon Thompson said. "An away win
will put is in an excellent situation ahead of the rest of our group