Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc
with spanish coach Maikel Lopez and our players Naigmouna Coulibaly and
Romina Ciappina will play today at 6pm agains PEAC Pecs the most
interesting game of the Hungarian Cup Quarterfinals.
the Cup after winning seven of his last eight league games and after recovering
averages against PEAC Pecs (13-5), Gyor (12-6) and Pinkk Pecs (11-7) to finish
the regular season in the third position with a 12 wins 6 losses balance.
We spoke with Maikel
Lopez a few hours before the start of the Hungarian Cup:
Your Miskolc arrives to the
Hungarian Cup after improving the performance in the second round of the
regular season and especially against your closest rivals. A good example is
the last game against Györ in which you won by 12 points away after losing at home
in the first round.
What has changed in your team
so that in this second part of the competition your results are quite better?
The big difference is that now
we are quite different from the first round team.
Then we were all game winning
except in the last minute that they went ahead and did not know how to react.
In that game also our two
starting posts were ejected by five fouls, further adding that the two
foreigners who had a fresh from an injury and had only two weeks training with
what played quite reduced.
Our team is now rather more
complete and that bound to have worked several weeks with almost complete
template has enabled us to achieve positive dynamic in which we find ourselves.
It was precisely your victory
on the final day to Györ and recover the average what has allowed you to finish
the regular season in third position. Otherwise you would have finished fourth
with a complicated semifinal against Sopron which is by far the most budget
team competition. How have you experienced this key game against Györ and how
the game was developed?
The game started in the worst
possible way as in the first quarter almost scored 8 consecutive triples that
ignited all alarms and came to send the score by 17 points which blew all
However, overall the game we
were the better because once we beat anxiety for wanting to win and begin to
regain positive feelings we get to be the only team on the court, also joined
the logical lowering their rates.
In the games against Pinkk
something similar happened. Defeat in the first leg victory 69-64 and 71-55 in
the return, One more confirmation of your evolution during the championship?
One of the main problems is
motivated because much of the first round we played with only two foreign
players and a less extensive than at present template.
We had two situations with
major players finally could not play with our club (for serious injury and
administrative problems) and that conditioned our first round.
To this must be added the injuries that prevented us to rotate more in matches
and train with sufficient quality. All this together made our start was quite
complicated and also did not have too many options to do different approaches.
The good news is that despite
that we were able to compete and still losing games set to do so later in the
second round and now with the "complete" team "greased"
getting beat and recover averages.
Naignouma Coulibaly is
being the most outstanding player in your team, averaging 12.7 points and 10.3
rebounds and +19.6 efficiency in 26 minutes per game, being also the best
rebounder of all FIBA CUP and gradually gaining more "responsibility"
in your team. ¿What is your vision about Naignouma and did you expect that she
would give this performance?
crucial player in the zone and a great specialist in rebound and defense.
With us, she has taken a step
further because we have sought situations where she has to define and establish
herself as the leader of the team.
Over the years it is true that
the players are acquiring a field in which to specialize but in my point of
view, Coulibaly is a very complete player and she has to go further. Her
physical and talents are formidable and now she is involved in every play,
making herself available to other players and her teammates try to find
her. She is an example to follow.
Now that the regular season
has finished, it comes the most important part of the season, that is the Cup
and the Playoffs. How is your team preparing this part of the season and which
is your goal now?
As for the Cup, the top eight
teams in the regular season play and their matchups are decided through
We have a very difficult game
this Thursday because we start against (2nd best team in regular season and the
only one until now to be able to beat Sopron). They know us and we know
them will and will try to make them make mistakes.
After the Cup we will start
the quarterfinals in the playoffs and against ZTE NKK (6th place), a team that
is around 500 km from Miskolc and that has managed to win at their court
against some of our rivals, even we were able to win both games against them.
Hungarian league has this
season 5 teams that compete in FIBA Cup and each of them has some high level
That makes us aware that every season is complicated and interesting
but also at the same time we want to keep growing inside and outside the
As for our goals, we are
ambitious and we will go for both the League and Cup.