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Deryk: "We are aware of the pressure that comes with being the defending champion"

LA BANDA (DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana 2016) - Uniceub / BRB kicked off their defense of the DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana 2016 Horacio Muratore Cup with a win over Gigantes de Guayana by a score of 86-64.

Point guard Deryk Ramos continued with the hot hand and scoring ability that made him the MVP of the 2015 edition of the competition, with 19 points in the win.

Deryk spoke to after the victory. You’ve now officially begun your title defense and did so with a win, what occurred in the third quarter that opened up your lead?
Deryk: It's our first game as defending champion of the competition. Our third quarter was a valuable effort. This team has worked to perform at that level and we were able to impose our tempo at that moment of the game. Our defense was the key factor to get this win. The 12 players were focused on making this our top priority and we did, enabling us to get this import first victory. You scored 19 points in the win, how do you evaluate your performance tonight?
Deryk: My goal is to help the team in the best way possible. As far as I'm concerned I try to have a good sense of the opportunity each rival presents and help where I can. I am the point guard of the team and my focus is not on on personal performance. The important thing is that the team has a good game. That is the goal. Now you face Universidad de Concepcion, what do you know about the team and how do you see the game?
Deryk: It is a very tough team and we are sure it will be a major challenge because they are here. Just being a part of this competition means that you are capable. The DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana is a competition of a high-level and if one has a bad, unfocused or undisciplined outing against any opponent there will be problems. To us the main objective should be to prepare and come out with the seriousness that we brought to our game against Gigantes today. That is our path to victory. It's your first game as defending champions in this DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana, what is your analysis of the team's chances this year?
Deryk: Well, we have to start by recognizing that this is not the same team. It is a different roster. This is normal, a team evolves and players change but we are growing and we still have experienced leaders within the team that know how hard it is to defend an international title. We are aware of the pressure that comes with being the defending champion. That motivates us moving forward.



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