Ataman: “I thought that it was going to be an easy win after the first quarter…”

Defeating the KK Crvena Zvezda team 84-83 in the 17th-week match of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman stated his thoughts post-game:

“We started off very well. To be honest I believed that we were going to play our own basketball and it was going to be an easy win after the first quarter. Though basketball is an interesting sport. Starting to rotate in the second quarter we’ve lost control of the game despite using experienced players such as Micic, Simon, and Bryant. KK Crvena Zvezda played amazingly. We already knew that they are the best team on defense in Euroleague but they’ve played an amazing offensive game. Kalinic especially played well. Nate Wolters and Ivanović scored critical three-pointers. Their young players also played well. They deserved to win tonight but Micic’s performance and Kalinic’s missed fouls, also our luck helped us to win.”

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