Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
"Except the first quarter, we played a great game. We beat them by a 20-point difference except for that quarter. At halftime, we said in the locker room that we must improve, especially our defense in the paint. And we were successful. We didn't let them get easy scores in the second half in the paint. We had said this also before the game. We missed the first quarter, then played great and got confidence. This EuroLeague for us has been very strange. We came here to play good basketball, that's all. The first quarter we play terrible, then we start to play good, and in the second half, we understood that we have a chance to win the game. We got the victory, so congratulations to my players."
"Of course, it's not easy for us to get good motivation before the game, because we lost our playoff chances. And for this reason, I think we start the game terrible in the first quarter. And after the first quarter everyone who watched the game and here, everybody thinks that tonight we would lose by 30 or 40. But basketball is a strange game. After I saw this in the first quarter, that our starters were not motivated for the game, I put all reserve players for the second quarter, and they didn't give up. This gave us energy for the second half. In the locker room at halftime, we said we are playing a EuroLeague game and we must play more aggressive. Our biggest mistake in the first half was the paint, where we gave up 12 offensive rebounds and had only 9 defensive rebounds. We didn't start the second half good, either, but after we changed Tibor Pleiss with Alex Tyus, we got more energy and more protection in the paint. We tried to make a good defense against the Olympiacos pick-and-roll. We protected the boards, especially with Alex Tyus. We got good spacing on offense and we got lucky tonight because we made 10 three-pointers in 16 and Olympiacos had only two in 20. So we got control of the game, and it was a surprise for everybody, but we played good basketball and we enjoyed this victory."