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Laso: “I'm thrilled with the win and the atmosphere in the Palacio”

NEWS | 14/11/2019

“It's hugely motivating for us to have the fans cheer us on like that, the win is for them”, said Deck.
Pablo Laso and Gabriel Deck assessed the Whites' win over Barça in the Euroleague Clásico. The coach was pleased with his team's efforts: “Congratulations to the team on the win. It was a strange first half. Our first quarter was very good, we built up a big lead. The second was terrible and they turned the game on its head. The second half was more of a normal game, without there being such big swings on the score board. In the end we picked up a solid advantage and a win we knew would be a tough one”.

“There's a big rivalry in ever Clásico. I'm thrilled with the atmosphere at the Palacio, the support they gave us in the good and the bad moments, it's that extra which we have to give back to the fans. I think both teams played with real intensity, it reflects well on the two outfits. They're a very strong rival and I'm very pleased with how my team responded”.

“When you fly into such an easy lead, you think you're going to keep scoring no problem, but if you don't, a team of this quality will punish you. We were able to get back to the game plan and the second half was more open. I feel like we dominated that second half and that's why we took the win”.

“We were extremely focused at the start of the second half and made very few errors. We controlled the game with a superb effort from everyone, despite having some difficulty with players on fouls”.

Laso: “We dominated the second half and that saw us to the win”.

“The team's efforts on Davies were much better, we brought his numbers down a lot compared to the Super Cup”.

Randolph's performance
“He was fantastic, it was probably his best game of the season, not just in terms of stats. I felt as though he was fully focused on what he had to do in defense and offense. He had a great game”.

Defensive elements
“Our defense hasn't been bad overall. The second half was very solid today against a team full of quality, it's normal that we highlight that. We have individual and collective elements we can improve on, situations in games, but the team is showing a good attitude defensively”.

Deck: “We did a great job”
“Seeing that Palacio like it was today is wonderful, it's such great support. We all wanted to win it, knowing the importance of a Clásico so we're all very happy. It's hugely motivating for us to have the fans come and cheer us on like that. This win is for them, too. It makes me very happy to see people supporting me, and the everyone, because it helps us give it everything on court”.

Key aspects
“We had a great start and then our concentration levels dipped. But the team did a fantastic job in the second half and managed to pick up the win. We had some great defensive spells as well”.