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Ataman after Panathinaikos – Barcelona: “It was as if we had two wins tonight, we showed our strength”

Ataman after Panathinaikos – Barcelona: “It was as if we had two wins tonight, we showed our strength”

In his statements after the end of the Panathinaikos-Barcelona match, Ergin Ataman said that the victory achieved by his players was like two victories, as the Turkish coach stands on the momentum that OAKA enjoys at home.

Ergin Ataman could not hide his joy at the great victory achieved by Panathinaikos over Barcelona with a score of 89-81, a result that raises the “clover” to second place in the Euroleague after the end of the 31st round.

The Turkish coach pointed out that the victory achieved by his players was like two victories, as they were able to equal the score -8 in the first match, and thanks to the average goals, they had the advantage of second place in the standings.

At the same time, the experienced coach did not fail to mention Awaka's dynamics, which prompted his players to turn from the -16 they were losing/

Ataman's words after Panathinaikos – Barcelona

“We didn't play well in the first half, we made a lot of mistakes, we gave up a lot of rebounds, we weren't aggressive enough and we talked about that in the locker room at half-time.

We moved the ball well after that. I think we attacked very intelligently in the recent period with Sluka and Nan as soon as he entered the game. We showed our strength, especially in Ouaka, we have the momentum to come back from -16 against Barcelona who were in second place because we are now in second place.

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We won the game and have the lead now. Because we lost by eight, we won by eight but in total points difference we are at +33.

It's a huge advantage with three games remaining. It feels like we got two wins tonight. Great atmosphere that gave us confidence, great for the kids. Three more matches, we will advance step by step.”