I would like to congratulate Baskonia for the win. The game was as we expected. We needed to overdo a lot of things to win this game today. We used a lot of tricks, defensively and offensively, but we knew that if we wanted to win this game, we needed, first of all, a better percentage for threes. And also we needed to spend the fouls smarter than we did. We were afraid of that because we didn’t have a lot of players on the bench and gave them the opportunity in the first half to find confidence. They have a lot of great shooters and in the first 20 minutes, they had 60% for threes and 75% for twos. So it was the wrong approach.
We improved in the second half and closed the game to 7 points, but finally, when we had the possession and were to score with Spanoulis, it was a foul that was against us, flagrant, and from this call sometimes, at this level, we couldn’t have a second effort to win this game. Anyway, this is the situation. We cannot cry, we are pros. We just expect our five players to come back, to start having more quality in practices. For example, for Martin, it is difficult to play against three seven-footers which he doesn’t have any contact in practice. It’s okay, congratulations to our kids, our players. We had good and bad moments in the game but finally, we need to stay together and focus on the next game.
In this EuroLeague, everybody can lose everywhere. Let’s focus, be all together and fight in every game.