Date: February 17th, 2018

Ataman: ”We are on the finale, we are happy but the important thing is to win the cup…”

Defeating Darüşşafaka Basketball 90-76 in the PTT Turkey Cup Semifinal game, Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman stated his thoughts at the post-game press conference:
Ataman: ”We are on the finale, we are happy but the important thing is to win the cup…”

“First of all, I congratulate my players. They played an amazing basketball today. We started off very well. As we planned Doğuş defended Wilbekin and therefore we lock down our rival’s the most important offense options. We closed down the hoop’s under well and we found empty shoots with Simon especially on offense and tackles. With the serious score difference in the first quarter, we showed to the rival that the control of the match will be on us. In the end, this is a semifinal match, Darüşşafaka has a quality team. They showed resistance and tried to get close but my players have done whatever is necessary. Today, each player contributed to the team. I cannot say that any of the players have played below 60-70%. We are in the finale, we are happy. Though Anadolu Efes is used to the finales. What is important for us to win the cup. There is another tough match tomorrow that awaits us. It is the finale, overall. We will prepare ourselves in the best way…”  

Our player Brock Motum also stated his thoughts in the press conference as; “We knew that it was going to be a tough match. Darüşşafaka is a very good team. We already knew that we were to start off well as because this is the semifinal match. We were supposed to prepare ourselves in the best way after Fenerbahçe Doğuş victory. Now we must prepare ourselves for the finale in the best way possible…”