FC Barcelona Lassa
"I am especially happy, really happy for two reasons. First, we played, in my opinion, well during 28-30 minutes, in a good way, but without scoring a lot. We controlled the rhythm, limited turnovers, collected steals... We had control of the game. Still, we were leading by 10-12 points because we didn't hit some shots. We were not lucky. The most important thing for me was the last part of the game. Two actions were crucial in this game at the end of the third quarter: a deep three-pointer by Lucca Staiger, from 9-10 meters, and a last-second basket [by Patrick Heckmann] before the start of the fourth quarter. That changed their mentality, as they realized they had the opportunity to beat us here. We controlled the game in the first six, seven minutes of the fourth quarter, but lost it, absolutely, for one minute. In this moment, with three minutes left, we fought, rebounded and played good defense. We lost some games because of our mentality, but we won today and I am very, very happy for this win and very proud of my players. Rakim Sanders was key, played a critical role with excellent intensity and believing in the things that he can do really well. The game had a lot of keys, but Rakim played a critical role tonight."
"We came here to compete, to stay in the game. We knew it was a high-pressure game for Barcelona, one of its last cards to qualify to the playoffs. We wanted to stay the game and put even more pressure to Barcelona. I believe we did it even when we didn't play good basketball. We were down by one with five minutes to go and I believe that we lost our concentration after that. We made some turnovers not allowed in this level and Barcelona took advantage of it. They scored easy baskets without us making a foul; we had 1 team foul then and could have sent the ball to the sideline, avoiding easy baskets, and we paid the price."