Dusan Ivkovic: “It was a match with breathtaking action throughout 40 minutes...”

Defeating Karşıyaka 91-87 at the fifth week match of Spor Toto Basketball League, Anadolu Efes coach Dusan Ivkovic stated his thoughts at the post-game press conference:

“Just like any other match with Karşıyaka, this one was also a very tough, high-quality match with breathtaking action throughout 40 minutes. Today, we played in a balanced manner and performed very well in offense. We got 13 three-pointers with 54% accuracy, and made 24 assists. These are very good numbers for the Euroleague level, yet we need to perform better on defense. We allowed Karşıyaka to collect 18 offensive rebounds today, giving them possessions after their shots. We have had problems due to injuries. Today has been the first day for Cedi and Furkan at full capacity. As you know, Birkan is also injured even though he is at the bench. He will be training with the team starting from tomorrow. Emircan also has an injury, and he will be back into training soon. I’m hoping that we will be able to train with our full roster prior to our game against Olympiacos, the match of the week. I’d like to say a word or two about our captain Doğuş after his injury. I don’t think of him as a defense-only player or an occasional rotation player. It’s just that he is not yet ready to take on serious roles for 40 minutes after his injury. I would like to congratulate Karşıyaka. They played good basketball, and were very aggressive. They fought till the last possession. We deserved the victory today. We need to keep working a lot. We have to improve our defense. Although we scored 91 points today, we also allowed 87. This is not acceptable for us. We need to keep working...”

Anadolu Efes’s young talent Cedi Osman also stated his thoughts: “First of all, I would like to congratulate Karşıyaka. They fought really well. They arrived here after a tough away game. This match was extremely important for them. Yet of course, it was crucial for us, too. We haven’t been able to play very good basketball recently. Considering our next match against Olympiacos, we fought so well in this important match. We kept the game under control, and managed to win it despite having a hard time in the later moments. Right now, we have to concentrate on the match against Olympiacos in the Euroleague. We want to prepare as good as we can for that game, and emerge victorious...”

  • Cedi Osman
  • Dusan Ivkovic