From the 27th of February to the 1st of March Canarias Basketball Academy is going to take part for the third time in the Euroleague Belgrade Tournament whose champion will be in the U18 Euroleague F4 in Madrid from the 14th to the 17th of May.


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There are several players that have already played this tournament or in L’Hospitalet. Jordan Blount, for example, is one of the fortunate ones since he is going to repeat: “Last season I was the youngest of the team and got a great experience which I hope it is going to be useful to help my teammates”. Irish forward thinks that “we have possibilities to be among the first three and obviously we have winning mentality”, and that is why he underlines that “the key is playing like a team in the good and in the bad things, we will have to be all together”.

Andrés Díaz follows the same idea and he has played both in L’Hospitalet with Cajasol (Sevilla) and in Belgrade with CBA: “Everyone must trust himself and the teammates”. Moreover, Díaz expresses that he played against “ACB stars nowadays like Kristaps Porzingis and Mario Hezonja, because the level is very good in both venues”.


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Xabi Gómez, for his part, played the Catalonian tournament in the host team and remembers that moment with pride as he was the local MVP. He remarks that “it is spectacular to play a tournament like this, as there are big European teams and the environment is fantastic; there are a lot of people in the stands, in addition to agents and renound coaches”.

First CBA team forward adds that they key “is to defend, play with a lot of rhythm and be lucky as you must not fail against those kind of teams”.

Pablo Martín

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Furthermore, his teammate in Adecco Plata, Pablo Martín, points out that “before playing in Belgrade there was a lack of tight games in the Canarian league and we did not have enough experience to know how to act in this sort of situations”. “My valoration is very positive because it is one of the best sport experiences I have ever had and that I will always remember”, Martín says and adds: “It was something different because I had never played a tournament abroad and with such a high level. I remember that the gym was full in every game and we were not used to the opponent’s different kind of play”.

Finally, Dimitrije Nikolic faces this opportunity with a mixture of feelings because he has never taken part in this compertition but he knows the place since he comes back to the city where he began playing basketball: “CBA has quality to win so we have that motivation. I am looking forward to going to Serbia and see my family who will attend to all my games”. “I am thrilled”, he comes to an end.


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