Dusan Ivkovic: “We were unexpectedly awful on defense...”

Defeated by the Spanish side Laboral Kutxa 87-84 at the eighth week match of Euroleague Top 16 Group F, Anadolu Efes Coach Dusan Ivkovic commented on the post-game press conference:

“It was a very challenging match today. Laboral Kutxa deserved to win the match. We had a terrible start to the game. We were unexpectedly awful on defense. We allowed 20 points to the opponent from uncontested shots in the first half. Our control of the game was terrible. Laboral Kutxa is one of the leading teams in offensive rebounds in Euroleague. Today, they got a total of 40 rebounds, 12 of which were offensive rebounds. We allowed 8 offensive rebounds in the first half, and they hit 8/15 three pointers in the first 20 minute. Our situation today was unexpected. We have to analyze this very carefully. Today’s match was very similar to the one against Unicaja Malaga in the first half of Top 16. In that match, we had managed to win thanks to our fight in the second half after being down by 14 points. Tonight, my team tried their best, but it was not enough for the win. Being unable to catch up with the opponent in the last two minutes, we lost. Laboral Kutxa plays very good basketball recently, and we knew that. They were also really good against Fenerbahçe. We have things to learn from this match. We have to stay concentrated and continue training. On Sunday, we will play against Galatasaray in the Turkish League. We have to prepare as good as we can...”

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