This is what the protagonists had to say after the Playoffs Game 4 showdown between Anadolu Efes Istanbul and AX Armani Exchange Milan.
Post-game quotes: Efes vs. Milan
Ergin Ataman, Anadolu Efes Istanbul head coach:
“Big congratulations to my dear friend, best friend, Ettore Messina and his team. It was a great series. We had more luck, especially. All four games, same kinds. We won the game in the last 2 minutes. And they also played incredible. It’s not easy to play in this atmosphere. It’s a great atmosphere, it’s one of the best atmospheres in the world, in Istanbul. I’m so happy for my team, for my players because this team deserves to be back in the Final Four. Two more games for the title! I said last week that we will win again., we will go back-to-back. Now everyone will see that we will be in the Final Four and we will win again!
“We didn’t have a chance to break the game. During the game, we had some times when we led the game by 10 points, but immediately they came back. Tonight, Gigi Datome played an excellent game, maybe his best game this season, and honestly, we didn’t wait for him to play in this series because we were told that he got an injury, he had surgery two weeks ago, but congratulations to him also that maybe he’s not in the best shape after a long injury, but he played a great game. Congratulations to him personally. Like a coach, he got them out of trouble and they came back in the game. Finally, we played good the last 2-3 minutes. It was the same like the last game. Actually, the four games were the same. Actually, all four games were the same, both teams fought for every ball. Both teams played great defense, in three games we found the way to win in the last 2 minutes. In one game Milan won the same way in the last 2 minutes. It was a great series."
Ettore Messina, AX Armani Exchange Milan head coach:
“I want to congratulate Coach Ataman and his team for making the Final Four. I congratulate their crowd that created a fantastic atmosphere for this game. And also congratulate my team for a great EuroLeague season that saw us competing with the reigning champions even without a lot of players like Delaney, Melli, Mitoglou, who for us were key players. I am very happy and thankful for the help Chacho Rodriguez and Gigi Datome, coming back from injuries, gave to us and next year we’ll make a commitment to give it another try, to try to go back to the playoffs and fight to make another Final Four.”
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Interview: Coach Ergin Ataman
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Efes players celebrate at the press conference!
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Championship Game post-game quotes: Tibor Pleiss, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Championship Game post-game quotes: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Championship Game post-game quotes: Elijah Bryant, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Spalding Dunk of the Night: Singleton dunks off a steal!
Anadolu Efes Istanbul celebrates title!
MVP on court interview: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Magic Moment: Micic finds Pleiss
Magic Moment: Poirier stops Pleiss!
Magic Moment: Singleton dunks off a steal!
Magic Moment: Tavares, off the glass!
Magic Moment: Larkin's acrobatic basket
Magic Moment: Fernandez to Poirier for an alley-oop slam
Magic Moment: Singleton's put-back dunk!
Magic Moment: Tavares throws it down
One on One with Darko Peric: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Lookback: Past thrillers between Real and Efes
Championship Game pre-game quotes: Chris Singleton, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Championship Game pre-game quotes: Tibor Pleiss, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Micic's shot as seen from the Efes bench
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Post-game quotes: Bryant Dunston, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
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Post-game quotes: Elijah Bryant, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Magic Moment: MICIC WINS IT!
Magic Moment: Martin ties the game
Magic Moment: Singleton's one-handed slam!
Magic Moment: Dorsey beats the third quarter buzzer
Magic Moment: Dunston with authority
Magic Moment: Walkup at both ends!
Magic Moment: Dunston stops Papanikolaou
Magic Moment: Fall finishes strong,
Inside the semis with Vasilije Micic, Efes
Dream Team: Krunoslav Simon
Final Four arrivals: Efes is on the ground!
Our Season: Anadolu Efes Istanbul
EuroLeague title memories: Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Ask me Anything: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Ask me Anything: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2021-22 All-EuroLeague Second Team: Shavon Shields, AX Armani Exchange Milan
2021-22 All-EuroLeague First Team: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2021-22 All-EuroLeague Second Team: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2021-22 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
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Tibor Pleiss | Playoffs Game 4 MVP | Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Tibor Pleiss, Anadolu Efes Istanbul center:
"It’s an incredible feeling. We had not an easy season and that we now beat one of the best teams in the EuroLeague is just a great feeling. Now we have two more to go. The team was amazing. We did a great job together today and in the last few days. I am just happy, too many emotions right now to put into words… I just tried to give my team what they needed the most. I tried to do my job, helping my team win this game. I don’t think so much about what I’m doing, I’m just happy that we won together. I mean, it’s my family and now I go with my family to Belgrade. What a feeling!”
Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard:
“We didn’t start the season well. I believe that experience from previous years gave us extra confidence not to give up until the last game, like we did. We played very well in this playoff series, very mature, very smart. Even though I have to congratulate Milan; they fought till the end even though they missed a lot of players, important players. But this is basketball. Every season we face different experiences: COVID, missing some teams, everything that comes together in basketball. The most important thing is that we believed in each other, we stuck together and now we have to forget this - okay celebrate tonight - and turn ourselves towards the next game."