gran canaria confident of reaching spanish liga acb semi-finals

15:00    31 May 2018

Herbalife Gran Canaria's head coach Luis Casimiro (C) reacts during the EuroCup basketball match between Alba Berlin and Herbalife Gran Canaria at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, 30 January 2018. EPA/HAYOUNG JEON
Herbalife Gran Canaria head coach Luis Casimiro is confident that his side will reach the 2017/18 ACB play-offs semi-finals.

Canaria lost 71-56 defeat to Valencia Basket in the first game of the quarter-final series at the Fuente de San Luis in Valencia, Spain on Monday.

But they got their revenge in the second game as they beat Valencia 97-70 at the Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas on Wednesday.

The Spanish tactician is hopeful that his side will defeat Valencia in the third and final game of the series and reach the semi-finals.

"With this intensity that we have shown, in addition to the tactical variations we have made from the first quarter to the next we have been very good, the team has responded," said Casimiro said on the ACB website.

"In a previous press conference (at the first game) they asked me if it would be a surprise to eliminate Valencia and I said yes, because they have a Euroleague team, with a very deep squad," he recalled.

"As our fans shout, 'yes you can', so my team must believe it and try to win back to Valencia Basket," he said in reference to Friday's final game at the Fuente de San Luis.

The winner between Canaria and Valencia will take on Real Madrid in the semi-finals which will be played next month.

Real Madrid, who defeated Iberostar Tenerife in the quarter-finals, are the defending champions.

They secured the 2016/17 ACB title after defeating Valencia in the finals.

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