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Tina Jovanovic: “I know that we can play the Final"

Tina Jovanovic is shining with Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc, averaging 12.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and +16.3 efficiency in 19 minutes per game, being the ninth best rebounder in the competition and is a contributing factor in her team's current position of third place in the Hungarian top division, with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses.

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc coached by Maikel López is also having a dream Eurocup, being the only team undefeated in the competition, with a spectacular record of 10 wins in 10 games. They have qualified for the quarter-finals, with Tina averaging 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.

Tina Jovanovic and her Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc start the Hungarian Cup on Wednesday and will have ZTE-NKK as an opponent in the quarter-finals.

We speak with Tina hours before the start of the Hungarian Cup:

Tina, this is your second experience in the top Hungarian League after playing one season with PEAC-Pécs and this current year with Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc, you are playing so well both in league and in Eurocup. How are you feeling on the court?

The truth is that I am too much of a perfectionist and I always think that I can play better but this current year I must say that I am happy to be here in Miskolc. The results have been great and our practices are high quality so I think I'm improving every day.

Your Miskolc is in good shape playing Eurocup because is the only team undefeated in the European competition, with a spectacular record of 10 wins in 10 games and has already qualified for the quarter-finals. What is your impression of Miskolc's Eurocup competition so far and what do you think that will happen in the next knockout game against Basket Landes

I think that all these good results in Eurocup were thanks to all the team work, all of us contributed and gave the 100% of ourselves in all the matches.

I can also say that we had a little bit of luck because in the groups round our rivals were easier compared with the other one, so I would say that we did a good job and also the opponents weren't better than us.

Regarding Basket Landes, I know that the knockout will be so complicated because they have a strong, well-rounded roster and for sure, the first game away will be so difficult to win. We are lucky because in the second leg we will have all our supporters cheering us on and that will help us to win!

We want to keep winning and stay undefeated, that is for sure!

In the top Hungarian league your team is also having a good season, currently in the third place and achieving 11 wins in this competitive league. How is the national competition going so far?

Regarding the league, I must say we shouldn't have lost those two games, but apart from that, I think that the rest of the games we have done a great job, fighting in all of them and winning the vast majority.

I also want to say I'm sad because we lost the two games against Uniqa Sopron, both were so close and I'm sure in the playoffs we will do better and I hope this time we will be able to beat them!

Truly I believe in my team and I know that if we keep focused we can reach the Final.

This week the Hungarian Cup will be played and in the quarter-finals you play against ZTE-NKK. How do you see this first game and what are your expectations in this competition?

The first game in the Hungarian Cup is the most difficult because if you lose it, you are out and that would mean that we have had a terrible competition. I know that if we play focused everything will go well. Furthermore, the rival is not one of the strongest of Hungary. However, all the games that we have played against them were difficult because they are always motivated against us.

Right now we are in good shape, we are practising and playing so well so I hope for a good result in the Cup. And even better if we can win it!

This current year in Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc you have as a coach the Spanish Maikel López, who has a wide knowledge about Spanish First Division League and since 2013 is coaching Miskolc and getting great results.  How do you see your coach and what do you think he contributes most to you?

Since the first day that I practised with him, I realised he is a good coach but also he is a good person, who tries to help his players in every way that he can. He always speaks with all of us and tries to improve us in all the practices. That is a thing that I really appreciate about him.

One of his strong points is that he knows how to cooperate with everybody, with his assistants, with his players, with the club board, etc. because his communication is so good. Also another aspect that I like about Maikel is that he sees us as a human beings and he respects us a lot.

Of course, the good results also indicate how good a coach he is.

Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc is also known for having great supporters, what is the feeling when you play in front of fans like that?

Last year when I came here to play against Miskolc the game was so difficult because the supporters didn't stop singing and cheering them on.

This year having them on my side is great, they help us a lot to achieve the wins and we have a full gym at all the games! So I can say that I am so happy and proud of having fans like that!

In the following video you can watch Tina Jovanovic highlights of this current season:

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