Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Petteri Koponen Watch: Still starting

H.T. checks in with the latest on the Heart of Finland, Petteri Koponen:

Virtus Bologna continued their winning ways in FIBA EuroChallenge Cup, winning their regular season game against Base Oostende in Belgium 87-76 and improving to 4-0 in EuroChallenge Group G. Petteri Koponen had his fourth start in a row, but Tuesday just wasn't Petteri's night.

In the first half, Petteri played seven minutes, finishing with two turnovers (including a really awkward one) and two fouls. He got back into the game in the end of the third quarter, but managed only three bricked 3pt attempts and one foul in five minutes. Petteri was withdrawn from the game with just seven minutes remaining. He got to play the last minute of the game but in the end, his boxscore showed that he had played 13 minutes with 0-3 field goald shooting, 3 fouls and 2 turnovers.

It's a long season and young guys have their ups and downs, so there's no reason to worry after one bad game. Petteri has cracked the rotation for good under coach Bonicinolli and it seems that the coach has very much patience in his point guard prospect.

Virtus meets Bancatercas Teramo this Sunday at home.


So the bad news is that Petteri had a bad game. The good news is that it is starting to look like he has entrenched himself as a starter on the team. More responsibility and more minutes mean more growth for our man. Watch your back Bayless.

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