Pregame quotes of the Siena – Lietuvos Rytas matchup.
Simone Pianigiani: “It will be a decisive game for them and therefore it means that it will be a hard game for us. They need the win to try to make the Top 16. If we win, we will probably have the mathematic qualification in our hands. Our will to have our home court undefeated, playing a good game and keeping our position in the Euroleague to maintain continuity, this is the first thing that we wanted when we started the regular season. It is also a chance to show our maturity. They are a team that changed a lot since the first time we met: a new coach, Khalid El-Amin, Sarunas Jasikevicius… plus they are in better shape now. They are a team that uses the pick and roll a lot and they do it efficiently. It will bea tough combination of a good roster with the possibility of being eliminated if they lose.”
Milovan Rakovic: “It’s going to be a very tough game because Lietuvos Rytas is a good team. They have many good players like Jasikevicis, the young Valanciunas, and also others. We have to play a good game and control defensive rebound if we want win, because they have many good offensive rebounder. We want to play every game as best we can and we will do the same also with Lietuvos Rytas. This is our priority.”
Cemal Nalga: “In spite of all our desires, we lost to Fenerbahce Ulker last week. I think that this time we will play much better. Why? This is our last chance, our final. I have no doubt that all the players will fight for victory. We lost only in the last moments in the previous meeting against Siena. My team has seen that we can overcome the Italians, and we want to prove it.”