Dusan Ivkovic: ''We made critical mistakes on defense...''

Defeated 78-77 by the Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban at the second week match of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Group E, Anadolu Efes Coach Dusan Ivkovic commented at the post-game press conference:

“It was a very exciting game tonight. We had the control of the game except for the second quarter and fourth quarter, during which we allowed 24 and 25 points respectively. We made critical mistakes on defense. We also had problems with box outs and rebounds in the final quarter, and made too many turnovers. Although we were leading by six points in the beginning of the fourth quarter, we lost the match by one point. The season is long. This was only the second match of Top 16. We had seized the psychological advantage during this match. However, we failed to capitalize. We need to keep working a lot.”

Showcasing the best performance for Anadolu Efes with an index score of 25, Derrick Brown also stated his thoughts: “It was a very challenging match. We had the control in most parts of the game. When the opponent managed to hit very hard three point attempts, the fans also got involved. The opponent then got the momentum. We had a mental downfall in the last minutes. We failed to score in our last possession.”

  • Dusan Ivkovic
  • Derrick Brown