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Scariolo: “We learned a lesson in th first half”


Coach Sergio Scariolo talked with the media at the end of the Istanbul game: “We played a good fist half when we understood we can play defense with intensity and efficiently: now we have to extend the minutes of good defense. This game gives us the confidence to do that. We couldn’t keep the same intensity level in the second half, but Sasha Vujacic showed why he’s a top-level player. We defended well ion him in the first half, although. Two factors were crucial to the outcome: the size difference underneath created a lot of foul troubles for us with our centers and we struggled inside; then we built very good open shots with our bigs but we didn’t convert. Those shots were crucial to take their big men out. We are also disappointed because of some missed free throws”.