Bagatskis: The first two quarters of the match were our best at EuroBasket

Bagatskis: The first two quarters of the match were our best at EuroBasket

Blue-yellows lost to Greece by 20 points

Head coach of the Ukrainian national team Ainars Bagatskis commented on the defeat of his wards in the match of the 4th round of the EuroBasket group stage against Greece.

“It was very easy to prepare the team for this match. Everyone is completely clear what Greece is doing on the site with Giannis, and what without him. They play really aggressive basketball and if you don’t show them the same or even more aggression in response, you will have big problems.”

“I would say that our first two quarters were the best in this championship. Minimum losses, good defensive decisions, aggressive defense. It looked like they even confused the opponent a little.”

“At the beginning of the third quarter, we lost the idea in attack. This had an impact on defensive action and Greece got a lot of chances for easy open shots, which they converted. When we got back into the game, we had very good shots, but we didn’t hit them. That’s all”.

“Why didn’t Gerun and Lukashov play? I can’t tell you all the secrets, but it was a planned decision. They are not injured, everything is fine with them. There’s nothing special about it, it’s just part of the preparation.”

“The exit of Len and Pustovoy at the start? It was quite obvious to me what lineup the Greeks would start playing. We put Bliznyuk against Antetokounmpo.”

“It’s very easy to say how to stop Antetokumbō on paper, but in real life it’s not that simple at all. Therefore, Len and Pustovoy helped in this.”

“Moments were all right, some of this idea worked, some didn’t. We have used the two “big ones” a lot together and we will continue to do so. We must understand how to use them more. That’s what we need.”

Ukraine in the group stage will play with Croatia on 8 September. The four best teams from the group will advance to the 1/8 finals. After four matches, the blue-yellows are in second place.

Source: Sportarena

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