Ataman: ”We are in the Finals, I congratulate my players ...”

Defeating the Beşiktaş Icrypex team 96-66 in the Play-Off Semifinal third match of ING Basketball Super League and qualifying to the finals, Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman stated his thoughts post-game:

“First of all, Beşiktaş Icrypex team is applauded by their managers and fans who are here. I also applaud the young players of Beşiktaş Icrypex. I also congratulate coach Ahmet. They did a great job, they added color to Turkish basketball. They did very important work for the future of Turkish basketball. But of course, our team's capacity is much higher. For example, the level of our foreign players, we are in good shape. On the one hand, we are preparing for the Final Four. We played these matches both as a preparation for the Final Four, and as a result, we played a semi-final series, seriously. Especially in the first 2 games, we had a hard time winning the matches clearly. Today we started the game with a good team and we started the game very well and after catching the 20-point difference, we rested the players we will play more in the Final Four. Our other players also contributed very well. We got a clear win. I congratulate my players, we reached the finals. But from now on we're closing a chapter here. From now on, we will consider the Final Four from tomorrow. We will start his preparations. We don't have an injury before the Final Four, there are minor things, but it doesn't matter. These matches are not a measure, CSKA Moscow is a very strong team. A very tough match awaits us. We will try to pass the semi-final first. We have as many championship chances as the other teams there."

  • Ergin Ataman