Even though with different final results, both of our teams played well and showed great improvements.
JCU Men’s Basketball team faced a very tough opponent last night, Lokomotiv Prenestino (LPB). It was a very intense game, but JCU was able to top LPB few minutes before the final buzzer, winning 81-80.
The second quarter saw a head-to-head game with LPB taking the advantage in the first part thanks to a change in their strategy.
“We committed a few mistakes both in defense and offense in the second quarter, which helped LPB to score more. But despite that, we were able to keep the lead and won the set, 45-36,” coach Serraino pointed out.
JCU reacted then in the last quarter, and in the first few minutes, our Gladiators were able to tie. However, towards the end of the game, JCU lost a little bit of drive and allowed the opposing team to took the lead again until the very last minutes. From his inside position, Mobley smartly threw the ball to the outside where Lacerda caught it and shot, scoring a 3-point bucket and leading JCU to victory by only one point.
The game ended, 81-80 for our Gladiators.
Congratulations, Gladiators! You proved again what a great team you are! We are proud of you!
MVP – Andre Lacerda
Unfortunately, JCU wasn’t able to get their payback after last-week defeat against ASM, but our Gladiators still played a very good game and showed improvements both on a technical and teamwork level.
“We played against a very competitive team who had two extremely powerful attackers. We knew it wasn’t easy to win, but what I liked the most is that I saw a different team, tonight, who tries its best in order to win together,” Coach Papari commented.
“Despite the final result, tonight, we showed that we have potential. Of course, we don’t like to lose, but at least, I didn’t see all the problems we had in the previous games. The team is reacting, and they are all trying to improve. The simple fact that we won one set, tonight, means a lot,” Papari concluded.
Good job, Gladiators! It is only with commitment, teamwork, and determination that the hardest battles are won, so keep it up!
MVP – Yassin Abo Kheshim