Dusan Ivkovic: “We showed our true face in the third quarter...”

Defeating Tofaş 89-76 at the 18th week match of Turkish Basketball League, Anadolu Efes coach Dusan Ivkovic stated his thoughts at the post-game press conference:

Today, we showed our true face in the third quarter, as we were supposed to. We did good defense, got easy points and had a 26-9 run throughout the quarter. We didn’t have the desired level of control over the game in the first half. There were also occasions in the second half that we lost control. 12 turnovers in this part of the game and occasional concentration loss were the reasons for those. Today, all our 12 players in the roster had the chance to play. Birkan is also back among us after a long time. Back from a tough injury, he worked hard and he still does. I wish him the best. Starting from tomorrow, we will continue training for Friday’s game in the Euroleague...”

Anadolu Efes’s Birkan, back onto the court after a long injury, also stated his thoughts: “We knew it would be a tough game. We had played on road against EA Milano, a formidable opponent. We weren’t able to display the basketball we were looking for in the first half of the game. In the second half, however, we increased the lead through our strength in defense. We had some turnovers in the final quarter, but we managed to win through experience. We will now play a tough match against Fenerbahçe in the Euroleague. I hope we will snatch the win from this home game...”

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  • Dusan Ivkovic