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HYVAA JOULUA - Dec 26, 2012

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Hello there, it is time for a little break, time to spend time with family and relax, but as a coach time to look back, analyze-learn and starting preparations for the games after the break.

Basketball has been is a struggle lately, the results ( three game losing streak!) are one thing, but even more worrying is our health situation. It looks like we have been hit with all the possible problems U can imagine:

Hamstring, broken nose, broken jaw ( two players)," not even the doctors have a glue"-condition, back injury of the 14 players roster only five guys have played all our games.

All that is something we are cannot focus on (or use it as an excuse). Just hoping that all the guys get back and I know that our medical staff is doing a great job.

The bottom line is that we have not played well at all. Our d has been bad, our offense has been out of sync and whats worst, we have not respected the game like we should have had. Respecting the game = respecting the opponents, respecting the referees etc.. And have to say this league has a lot of good players and good coaching.

Well, we will fix this, we will start with new focus and intensity at 27th, will also have a little minicamp and a lot of practice sessions before our league starts again (5th of January! Why that late? Please, do not ask me..).

Basketball has not been just a struggle, a lot of positives, things that have made me feel good, have taken place also : Four Finnish guys play in the Euroleague, doing well. Joensuun Kataja is making some noise in Eurochallenge (congratulations guys!). The coaching staff on senior NT has already started the preparations for Eurobasket 2013, exciting! Cannot wait for all those great games!

And of course, despite the results lately, I have a great team, it has been a joy to work with these guys.

Now it is time to go to Sauna, turn the computer of and relax.

Hyvaa Joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Finnish players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former international guard Henna Salomaa (176-89). She contributed to an easy Herner TC's victory against the ninth-ranked BC Pharmaserv Marburg in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game. [read more] All-Finnish League Awards 2014- Apr.27, 2014  (by Eurobasket Center)

Player of the Year: Alexandria Anderson (186-G/F-86) of Catz Guard of the Year: Andrea Barbour (178-G-89) of PeKa Forward of the Year: Alexandria Anderson (186-G/F-86) of Catz Center of the Year: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo Import of the Year: Alexandria Anderson (186-G/F-86) of Catz Domestic Player of the Year: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo Defensive Player of the Year: Minna Sten (190-F-87) of HoNsU Coach of the Year: Mika Haakana of Catz 1st Team G: Jordan Murph... [read more]
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We bring you last week's top performances from Finns who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international forward Tiina Sten (188-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports). She contributed to an easy TSV 1880 Wasserburg's victory against the league leader TV Saarlouis Royals in the German DBBL in Saturday night's game. [read more]
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