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Laso: "The keys were our defense and dominating the rebounds"

NEWS | 07/12/2018

"Our class shone through in the end", commented Ayón.
Pablo Laso and Ayón addressed the media in the aftermath of the tremendous road win against Anadolu Efes, with the Whites' coach commenting: "We fought back in the final quarter. We improved defensively and in attack we moved the ball around to secure the win on what's a very difficult floor. The keys were our defense and dominating the rebounds. It was an incredible contest".

"In the first half we were unable to handle Anadolu Efes defensively. We did some good things but failed to control the match. We made a good start to the third quarter, but we then dropped off and they took a significant lead".

"Despite that, the most important thing was that we kept ourselves in the game and the players that came off the bench really made an impact: Rudy did a fantastic job in defense against Micic. However, it wasn't just him, they all battled to win the game and that's what I always ask for from my players: to be competitive until the end".

Ayón: "It was important that we got that winning buzz back"
"After what had happened in our previous games, the most important thing was to regain the positve vibes. What's more, it turned out to be a tough game for the most part but in the end, our class shone through and we started to defend and secured what's a very important win for us".

"I'm pleased because the work that I'm putting in every day is being reflected in the games but I'm even happier about the win. It was important that we got that winning buzz back. The intensity in defense in the last quarter was amazing and that's something we have to reproduce in every game, because that's the only way we'll successfully defend last season's title. The key thing is how great these players are and it's a real pleasure to play with them".