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Ataman: “The series is getting tougher, this was an important win.”

Defeating Tofaş 94-88 in playoff semifinals 3rd match of Tahincioğlu Basketball Super League game, Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman stated his thoughts at the post-game press conference:

“We brought the series to 2-1. We planned an aggressive defense from the beginning of the match. Thus, we tried to leave Doğuş and last match’s scorer Henry tonight and we succeeded on that. We turned the flow of the match towards us. Our only issue was the rebounds. We had an issue with Morgan’s one-on-ones. Especially in the second quarter, McCollum took part. He played well today, he decided by himself. We won in the end. It is a tough series. We caught offhanded on the match in Bursa. The matches are tough. This is an important victory. I congratulate Tofaş. They show a great fight. We will try to bring the series to 2-2 now.”

Our captain Doğuş Balbay stated his thoughts at the press conference as: “First of all I’ve checked the rebound statistics, we have 40-29 lead. Also, we have 18 offensive rebounds. We managed to protect our home in the end. We are not supposed to lose at home. There is no place for mistakes. We know that we will return to Bursa, this is the motivation we went on to the arena with. We started off well with the support of our fans. This was a victory that we wanted to win. We will continue to work tomorrow. We must win on Saturday in order to go to Bursa. Our target is to carry the series to the last match. I congratulate Tofaş, they fought well. We concentrated better than them and played with fewer mistakes.” 

  • Doğuş Balbay
  • Ergin Ataman
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