Nine days after the first men’s national championship, Union Reign basketball took first place in the Pool A game. She arrived this summer from Lorient, and Chief Sebastian Cape plays a major role in Rin’s success. For you, Ti Sport has collected his words. excerpts.
You started the tournament strong with your first place, did you expect such a start?
Whether it was the staff or the player, we had high ambitions for this season, so we weren’t really surprised. We are happy that we succeeded, and we knew there would be very difficult teams, because there are no easy matches in this tournament. We are also happy that we were able to hold our heads high after losing the first match against Lorient and then managed to pick up the wins together.
“We did a pre-season camp in Saint-Malo which went really well, and helped build the squad.”
After this start to the season, what is the group’s current state of mind?
Inevitably we are healthy and calm. The group lives well and we are satisfied with what is happening. Now we will continue to work because I think we can do better.
You arrived from Lorient this summer, how did your integration go?
It went well, I’m 29 now so I’m used to the club changes. All the staff did what was necessary to welcome me in the best possible way and I already know quite a few of the guys. It always takes a little getting used to knowing everyone. We did a pre-season camp in Saint-Malo which went really well, and it helped build the group.
“We’re not one of the clubs with the biggest budget and we’re already doing very well.”
You’re off to a strong start to the season on a personal level, how do you explain that?
There are many different factors. The fact that I’m in a well-built group with a coach who has the features of the game that works for me well and who trusts me, that really plays a big role. We can add to this the experience I’m starting to get and the work I do every summer to pass a course every season. But playing with players who look the same way and a coach who trusts me 100% is definitely good for me.
“You have to take the goals one by one, at the moment the goal is to win as many games as possible and qualify for the top five.”
Think you have what it takes to move up to Pro B?
For my part, I am convinced of this. He will go through a lot of things, we will have to advance especially in defence. But if we continue to play liberally and with the same desire on the field, we can scare a lot of people. After that, we’re not one of the clubs with the biggest budget and we’re already doing very well.
Therefore, it is up to us to continue the effort and show that we would like to be respected a little more than we are now. Now, we have to take the targets one by one, for now, we have to win as many matches as possible and qualify for the top 5. Then, if we can get this chicken from the top to go up in Pro B, we’ll have to get out of the game, but I convinced we can do it.