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Neven Spahija makes an immediate impact on Baskonia
Nov 19, 2021, 4:03:00 AM

Neven Spahija makes an immediate impact on Baskonia

Duško Ivanović was removed from his post at Baskonia and was promptly replaced by Neven Spahija. The new coach has made an instant impact as he led Baskonia to a 93-74 drubbing of Crvena Zvezda to snap a four-game EuroLeague losing streak.

Duško was a good coach for Baskonia but he was not the right fit for the club. With Neven joining the ball club, they started with a strong performance against Zvezda. They came in with the right energy as they proved that they can win games and not suffer through long losing streaks. 

It was a rough ending for Duško’s coaching stint but Neven has breathed new life into the squad. Baskonia is playing with more energy than before as they looked more motivated. This should be credited to the new coach because Neven ensured that this squad would be held accountable for mistakes and they’re given the chance to learn from those missteps.

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The trio of Steven Enoch, Rokas Giedraitis, and Wade Baldwin scored 23, 21, and 14 points apiece to help the club blow out Zvezda. Baskonia managed to beat one of the strongest defensive teams in the EuroLeague which is a strong indication that the team is in good hands with Neven as the coach.

After the match, Enoch talked about how much the new system is helping him and the rest of the team. 

He said, ‘I feel like it’s all coming together. It’s just a matter of time. I always just try to control what I can. Don’t worry about what I can’t control. Just go out there and play my best. I feel like we had a mentality where we knew we had to go out there and just figure it out’.

Neven gave the squad more freedom to work with because the previous system was too restrictive. Now, the players are having more fun on the court as they can do what they want. It’s still contained in the system but Neven encourages the players to do what they want and he will adjust his tactics to better suit the players’ needs. 

It is an exciting time for Baskonia fans because signing Neven as the new head coach is the best choice possible.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA