Ataman: ”Keep Fighting...”

Head coach Ergin Ataman of Anadolu Efes, who won the home game 97-91 against Fenerbahçe Beko in the 3rd match of the Türkiye Sigorts Basketball Super League Semi-Finals, shared his views after the game:

“It's been a great fight. Congratulations to both teams. In the playoffs, all matches are played with the same excitement and struggle. It is not enough just to play basketball, it is necessary to fight very well and do extra work. Amath M'Baye did not play well throughout the game, we managed to win the game with two points after his offensive rebound at the end. We will play one more game on Friday night, and it will go the same way. In the last part of the match, our fans also stepped in. I congratulate them too. This series will go like this, it's obvious. Keep fighting, don't quit. There are those who do not believe in us, but we did. We believed until the end, I hope we will succeed. At the end of the match, there was no tension on our side. They always say "Ergin Ataman is tense". I did nothing, the atmosphere was tense again. Let's see who messed up this time, and who will be punished. I was fined 24 thousand TL after the first game. We'll see now. No problem. Of course, they are not nice. Anadolu Efes fans came to the fore in Europe with their fair play behavior and support for the team in EuroLeague. Now, on Friday evening, our fans will fill this place even more, and their support for the team will continue. In the last part of the match, we used some of Fenerbahçe Beko's weaknesses well. Wilbekin had a great evening with them today. We had a hard time stopping it in the first period. Then he got tired and we went over his defensive weaknesses. We used Micic, and Clyburn. Elijah also did a great job. We managed to turn the series by getting over the tiredness of Fenerbahçe Beko. We did not do an easy job, we were seven points behind with six minutes to go. Morally, Fenerbahçe was more advantageous, but we managed to turn the match from there. This shows that we will not leave the series. The next match will be in the same competition. Fenerbahce Beko is a very good team, we respect them. We also need to play better. Let's see, we'll see, keep fighting."

  • Ergin Ataman