Ataman: “I needed to try new adjustments, considering our players who were not yet in shape…”

Defeating Aliağa Petkim Sports team 75-71 in the 11th-week match of ING Basketball Super League, Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman stated his thoughts post-game:

"We’ve played very well within the first half of the match, actually, we’ve played with our usual routine. In the second half of the match, before the two Euroleague matches we will play next week, I had to try new arrangements, considering our players who returned from injuries and were not yet in shape. We’ve seen that we aren’t ready for the system we’ve played with last year. It was a test for us because we have no time for training. We will play against LDLC Asvel Villeurbanne on Tuesday in Istanbul and play against Valencia in next Thursday away game. These are very critical matches for us and because of it, we’ve risked this match. Our rival managed to return to the game, we were about to lose the match from 20 points difference. I needed to do these trials. I’ve seen what I needed to see, we’ve won this league match as well and we are still the unbeaten leader of the league.”

  • Ergin Ataman
  • Aliağa Petkimspor