Prometey Slobozhanske is already off to one of the best seasons by any debutant in the history of the 7DAYS EuroCup. And Prometey has done so against all odds, playing its home games outside Ukraine, handling injuries and remaining competitive throughout the season. One of its pillars has been center Ondrej Balvin, who is in his sixth EuroCup season. Balvin started his career with Cajasol Sevilla and made his EuroCup debut in the 2011 quarterfinals. After six seasons in Sevilla, Balvin went on to play for FC Bayern Munich of Germany, Estudiantes Madrid, Gran Canaria and Bilbao Basket of Spain and Gunma Crane Thunders of Japan before joining Prometey. His dog Charlie and his PlayStation go with him everywhere, and Riga is no exception. Keep an eye on Balvin's updates throughout the 7DAYS EuroCup Playoffs!
Hello there! First things first, we are in the quarterfinals! I think this victory gave us the energy boost that we really needed, because we had a lot of injuries, especially in the last two weeks. We lost, I think, five people. That was incredible. I have never, ever seen something like this. We played the Latvian-Estonian domestic league final. We played with basically six, six and a half people because we had six healthy players and Ivan Tkachenko had a shoulder injury, but he still had to play through it. So we know how much this team can fight and I think we showed it also in the EuroCup Eighthfinals against Hamburg because obviously, on paper, we were the favorites. But right now, in the situation we've been, I think the chances were 50-50 and Hamburg fought, they played really well. I think it was a perfect playoff game, with a lot of intensity, many score changes and some nice drama at the end.