27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Zaryazhko: Basketball players of Russia could lose Universiade gold only by themselves

The team defender Victor Zaryazhko stated that basketball players of the Russian team could lose the Universiade gold in the final only by themselves.

The Russian basketball team won in the final match with Australia, and gained gold awards of the University Games.


Universiade. Day 9. Baskatball © RIA Novosti/Aleksey Filippov

"Before the game coach said to be more attentive. It's not a rival who can win, it's we who can lose. It was important not to give them a chance, not let them feel that they can win, otherwise it will be hard," Zaryazhko said to R-Sport. "Now I think not about the game and it is difficult to say (why rival managed to shorten the break in score) - I don't think we relaxed. We lost the direction of the game, and they punished us at once. In time-out coach reminded that last two games Australians won from "-17". Then everything took its place, and - confident victory," he added. Basketball player remarked that he was surprised by the stands' support. "Astonishing, stands supported us so much. Astonishing was that it took place in Russia. There was a full house, and viewers were not made come as usual," athlete shared his opinion.

R-Sport, July 17