Ataman: ”We Started the Season With a Derby Win...”

After the derby that Anadolu Efes hosted Galatasaray Nef at the Sinan Erdem Dome in the first week of the 2022-23 season of the Türkiye Sigorta Basketball Super League and won the match with a 77-68 win, the head coach Ergin Ataman shared his views after the game as follows:

"We went through a lot of ups and downs during the match. Galatasaray Nef team also fought very well. They took us out of our defense, especially with pick&pops and behind-the-arc shots from frontcourt players. The numbers Sadik matched with Zizic broke our order. Every time we came back, they came back. They also came to the point of winning. We played the last two minutes very well, especially with Rodrigue Beaubois. He showed a great performance on offense. When Micic and M'baye joined him, we knew he started the season with a derby win. Congratulations to my players. There are two important things, I want to say. We live in Istanbul, a big metropolis. We have many fans, we will not play such a derby at this hour again. We used to play this match in front of 10,000 fans at a normal hour. The second issue is that many of my players were warned. Ads on the pitch are extremely slippery. It should be noted, players have slipped in many positions. We have passed the first week of the league, the Euroleague starts on Friday evening. We want to leave the Red Star match with a win, together with our fans who will embrace the champions in the full hall."

  • Ergin Ataman