Quarterfinal Analyst: Tre Simmons - Hapoel Jerusalem

Mar 18, 2010 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Tre Simmons - Hapoel Jerusalem When building a new-look roster for the clubs return to the Eurocup, Tre Simmons was one of the first players head coach Guy Goodes sought out and with good reason. A gifted scorer who can knock down jumpers or get to the basket, Simmons all-around game fit perfectly with the team concept at Hapoel and the fit between the sides this season has been ideal. Hapoel is Simmonss fourth team in as many seasons in Israel, where he made a name for himself by knocking off perennial champion Maccabi Electra to win the league in 2008 with Holon. Last year he joined Maccabi Electra and made his Euroleague debut, including a pair of games against Jerusalems next Eurocup opponent, Alba Berlin. Following back-to-back Israeli crowns, Simmons heads to Berlin looking to lead his team to the next stage of the Eurocup as he hunts a continental crown to add to his collection.

You finished the Last 16 with a big road win, scoring 111 points against Galatasaray. How does Hapoel arrive to the Quarterfinals?

"We are in a good moment but have to carry on playing strong. It is the only way that we can advance to the Eurocup Finals. We came off a good game and hope to stay that way against Alba. It is a good team that played in the Euroleague last season and kept all of its main experienced players."

What is the most important thing to consider about Alba?

"I have already played against them last season so I pretty much know what to expect in the game in Berlin. We have very good guards and we must stop them if we want to win the series. We need to play good defense against them, it is the main thing."

How was been the season for you and your team so far?

"It was pretty much up and down. We have tried to play well in both leagues - the Israeli League and the Eurocup - and for the most part, we have done pretty well. The fact that we made it to the Eurocup Quarterfinals proves that we have done a good job."

Since you played against them last season, who are Alba's most dangerous players and why?

"I would say Julius Jenkins and Immanuel McElroy. I think these are the main players, the one we have to focus on. They are great scorers and we have to stop them to have more chances to make it to the next round."

What does your team have to do to beat Alba and seal its ticket to Vitoria?

"We have to go out there and play balanced, help each other out and play defense. We start the series at home and I think that is important to try to get the lead, go to Berlin and give our best."