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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:18 +0300

Time For Tough Tests In Men's Basketball

NICOSIA, 20 May 2009 - It was about time for some serious tests. The Cyprus Men's Basketball National Team as of today is in Novi Sad, Serbia, as part of its preparations for the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. Cyprus will face Vojvodina Novi Sad (on Thursday), KK Novi Sad (on Friday), Zeleznik Belgrade (on Saturday) and Radnicki  Kragujevac (on Sunday). All games will be played in Novi Sad, except for the one against Zeleznik, which will be in Belgrade.

Friendlies against tough opponents assist the improvement of team chemistry and will definitely help the coaches. The Cyprus National Team will be back home on 26 May. From 31 May, the whole delegation will move into a hotel, for the duration of the GSSE.

"We are going to Novi Sad in order to prepare as well as possible for the GSSE, where we have set high goals," said Evangelos Acheriotis, head of the Cyprus delegation in Serbia. "I am sure that all the players will work hard and will give their best so that the team is ready for the GSSE. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Electric Authority of Cyprus, which is the National Teamís primary sponsor, as well as our secondary sponsors, Cyta, Hellenic Bank, Lumiere TV and OPAP."

On behalf of the players, Giorgos Palalas said: "We will work hard, together with our coaches, mainly to improve team chemistry, but also for each one of us to be ready for the GSSE. I think that the friendly games in Serbia will help us a lot, as we will face some really good opponents."

The players of the delegation in Seribia are: Panayiotis Trisokkas, Panayiotis Yiannas, Joseph (Jo-Jo) Garcia, Aris Koronides, Giorgos Anastasiadis, Giorgos Palalas, Alexis Liatsos, Grigoris Pantouris, Giorgos Neophytou, Giorgos Theocharides, Stratis Stylianou, Tolis Kaskiris, Vasilis Kounas, Christopher Razis. The coaches are Christos Stylianides, Linos Gavriel and Nikos Lambrias, accompanied by team assistant is Petros Efthivoulou.

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