Hapoel Holon will take to the court tomorrow (Friday) at the Toto Arena for a season game as far as it is concerned, a game from which there is no turning back. The champions will host Maccabi Tel Aviv for the second game of the playoff semi-final series and know that a loss means the end of the season tomorrow.
The team's coach, Guy Goodes, spoke ahead of the game: "We will try to do things better than what happened in the last game and in general against Maccabi Tel Aviv, whether it's going down to defense, defensive rebounding or stopping the threes. A lot of parameters have to be consistent, we had good minutes in the last game but to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv you need 40 minutes of concentration, first of all in defense. It's also doomed to attack."
Goodes added: "There's no fear, that's a fact. If we lose it's our last game, if we win we'll move on. I trust 100% that every player will give everything. If that's not enough then that's life, there's nothing we can do. Playing against the best."
Speaking ahead of the game, the team's forward, Sean Dawson said: "What would I improve in terms of the game? Replaces judges. It's about judgment, unequivocally. I would change other things, we didn't guard well enough. We had to stop there, they scored a lot of easy baskets on us. Too much offensive rebounding. We need to be better offensively, we didn't execute our drills well enough and we didn't score a lot of shots. Everything needs to be improved."
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Dawson was asked why things went harder this season against Maccabi Tel Aviv and replied: "Why didn't it go this season? It happens, happens and will happen. Now it's a new game, we have to come focused, not forget what was. We want to beat them after five losses this season, believe it is possible in the semi-finals at home. If not now, then when? But it's on us."
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