May 2009 -
Preparations are in full throttle for the Cyprus Men's
Basketball team ahead of the XIII Games of the Small
States of Europe. The team's training, which began on 27
April, has been picking up pace. Three players
Panagiotis Trisokkas, Georgios Anastasiades and Michalis
Kounounis, who are expected to have a key role for our
side in the games, tell their views on the upcoming task
of the team:
aim is to put in a good performance at the Games," said
Trisokkas. "The fact that will go to Novi Sad for
training is a positive step for us. We didn't meet
expectations at the previous GSSE in Monaco, so we have
to do what is necessary to erase those memories."
Anastasiades, meanwhile, spoke of the home support. "We
want to put on a good show. We have our supporters and
they will be there for us. We believe in our own
strengths and we will do our best."
upbeat was Kounounis who said, "Although quite a few
players have not had much playing time, the main thing
is that we have players of quality. Despite what
happened in Monaco, I don't feel that we have anything
to prove. We are a good team but we need the help of our
National Team coaching staff comprises of Christos
Stylianides, Lino Gavriel and Nikos Lambria. All three
have been at the drawing board in an effort to prepare
the team for a solid performance without, however,
underestimating our opponents. The quality and the
effort of the players in the team is beyond dispute but
the coaching staff still have a job in bringing the side
up to par due to the fact that some players lack playing
time at their respective clubs.
May the National Team will leave for Novi Sad in Serbia
for a series of friendly matches. They will take on
Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Metalac and Hemofarm. The chance to
also play Red Star or Partizan in Belgrade has also not
been ruled out.
team will return to Cyprus on 26 May before withdrawing
to their hotel on 31 May ahead of their GSSE duties.
players currently training with the national team are:
Georgios Palalas, Michalis Kounounis, Alexandros Liatsos,
Christos Loizides, Panagiotis Trisokkas, Panagiotis
Yiannas, Christoforos Razis, Georgios Theocharides,
Stratis Stylianou, Jo Jo Garcia, Georgios Anastasiades,
Georgios Neofytou, Andreas Sizopoulos, Aris Koronides,
Tolis Kaskiris and Grigoris Pantouris.