Eurocup Hoops: Hapoel Jerusalem aims for repeat win in Zadar

Eurocup Hoops Hapoel Je

Hapoel Jerusalem can move to the brink of qualification for the Eurocup last 16 with a victory over KK Zadar in Croatia on Tuesday. Guy Goodes's men claimed an impressive 93-74 win over the Croats at Malha Arena last week and the coach is hoping for another dominating performance to close in on a toptwo finish in Group C. "Everyone understands that this will be a very difficult game," Goodes said. "The players realize that this is a cup final. There is no room for mistakes in this competition. "Everyone will need to give their all from the start. It is going to be a different story on their home court. We will be playing much more physically, it will be completely different." Hapoel all but clinched last week's victory by the break, leading 52-32 at halftime. Nevertheless, Yuval Naimi, who scored just three points in 14 minutes at Malha, has no doubt that Tuesday's encounter will be far tougher. "We are in good shape after three consecutive wins in the Eurocup and the league," he said. "We are going to play as a group. We will win as a team or lose as a team. I am feeling more experienced with each game and I am sure the other players feel the same way. Zadar is a great team and it will be harder than it was in the last game, but we believe in ourselves and our abilities." Despite last week's poor performance in Jerusalem, Zadar will be entering Tuesday's game in a confident mood after its 89-83 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Adriatic League on Saturday. "The 19-point difference from the first game did not reflect the reality of the encounter in my opinion," said Zadar's Vladimer Boisa, who led his team with 17 points in Malha. "I think Hapoel is not that much better than us. We will have to make an effort to play better than in Jerusalem. If we commit fewer mistakes, I think we can claim the home win."