"I'm sorry for the expulsion of Pablo Laso ... it gave us an advantage"

Anadolu Efes coach Ergin Ataman praised his team's victory against Real Madrid and commented on Pablo Laso's expulsion during the third quarter.


Turkish coach Ergin Ataman, whose team Anadolu Efes beat Real Madrid 83-108, said he felt the disqualification of his white counterpart Pablo Laso, sent off after receiving two technical fouls for protesting at the end of the third quarter, although acknowledged that their expulsion gave them an "advantage" .

"I'm sorry for the disqualification of Pablo (Laso), that gave us an advantage because there were five free throws at the end of the third quarter, and we no longer lost control of the game in the last quarter," acknowledged the Efes coach, who with This result qualifies for the Euroleague playoffs.

The Turkish coach was satisfied with the start of his team, but admitted that after him, the "aggressive defense" of Real Madrid could not respond and at the same time they conceded "many open shots". "We didn't get (Shane) Larkin to score either, he went 27 minutes without scoring," said Ataman, who explained that that's why he chose to leave the American point guard on the bench after the break.

"Those who started the second half shared the ball, controlled the game, and then Larkin joined in and started making his points and it was more comfortable for us offensively. Defensively we made a good defense in the second half," concluded the coach of the Anadolu Efes.

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