Clark disappointed with European defeat

Lions coach looking for improved performance next week

London Lions coach Mark Clark couldn’t hide his disappointment as his team lost their first home Euro Cup game 82-74 against Zibny Brno:

“I think we started the game too passively, and never really recovered from that passive start” he said. “That never really gave us a chance to get back in it. But we were playing an experienced team, their organisation has been in European competition for a number of years and as such they are not on the steep learning curve that we are."

Lions are again in action at the Copper Box next Wednesday when they host Castors Braine and Clark is looking for an improved performance: “The focus heading into next week is that every team is going to scout us, we have to do a better job on the inside, on the glass” he said. “

We need to understand how the game is called in Europe and we have to adjust. But we are 1-1 in the group, and we have to learn from this one and get ready to face Castors back here next week.”

Lions’ GB guard Holly Winterburn felt her side could have played better: “It hurts because we let them win rather than them beating us” she said. “We weren’t good enough from the start and let them bully us into bad decisions. This is a huge lesson for us and will help us down the stretch in this competition

“We've got to work harder and be better every single possession next week. You get nothing easy in European competition and we need to learn how to make the first punch. We will come back harder and stronger.”

Wednesday’s other game in Group K saw Castors Braine finish strongly to make it two wins from as many games with a 61-59 victory against Rutronik Stars Keltern.