Dusan Ivkovic: “With great defense, we better kept the game under control in the second half...”

Defeating the Italian side EA Milano 89-73 at the second week match of Euroleague first round, Anadolu Efes Coach Dusan Ivkovic commented at the post-game press conference:

“The two halves were extremely different. The match was tough, and truly at the Euroleague level. Today, we deserved the win. As I mentioned, the two halves were nothing like each other. EA Milano was better concentrated in the first half, we could not perform as expected on defense, yet we were able to lead 43-42 at the end of the first half with a one point margin. In the second half, we were great on defense and managed to better keep the game under control. In this half alone, we were ahead 46-31. EA Milano is a very experienced team. We were able to take advantage of our extensive rotation, and gave play time to almost all our players. Our next opponent will be Banvit on Sunday. It will be a tough match, and starting from tomorrow, we have to prepare as good as we can for this game...”

Showcasing the best performance for Anadolu Efes with an index score of 22, Jon Diebler also stated his thoughts: “Today, we performed so well in the second half. We were especially good on defense. The first half did not go as we would have liked. However, in the second half; we brought more energy onto the court, managed to find uncontested shots and played great defense, bringing us the win.”

  • Anadolu Efes
  • Dusan Ivkovic
  • EA Milano