Ataman: ”We Showed a Good Reaction Tonight...”

After defeating Bahçeşehir Koleji 73-62 in the 20th week of the Türkiye Sigorta Basketball Super League, Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman shared his views as follows:

"When you look at the overall game, we had physical and mental fatigue due to the heavy defeat in the Maccabi Tel Aviv match. We showed a good reaction after the first five minutes. We played energetic, active, and with good defense tonight. We need to score more points, we can't score as many points as we would like. The first factor is that of course our guards have not yet entered the rhythm. Micic gave us hope before the important games we will play this week. Larkin and Elijah played well. We need to increase our tempo a little more so that we can evaluate good defense with fast attacks. Aggressive away has good pressure on the ball, and good pass channels. We played energetically by closing in. This way, we dragged the opponent to turnovers. We also need to reduce the turnovers we made on offense. It was bad for us that the Real Madrid postponement match was put on this week, especially before the most critical Partizan match, in an overlapping match tempo... Beaubois is still injured. It seems difficult to be on the field in the Real Madrid game. We've seen that this evening turned out to be more positive, so we used our foreign preference especially for Micic so that he can reach the match tempo as soon as possible. An important week, and nothing lost yet, we have five more games at home. That's why we want to win the Real Madrid fight and enter the most critical match, Partizan, with morale."

  • Ergin Ataman