Quotes Rivas Ecopolis vs. Bourges

29.02.2012

Miguel Méndez (Rivas Ecópolis coach):
"I'm so happy about qualifying to the Final Eight in Istanbul; we've worked so hard to do it and we were able to do it after a tough series against Bourges. We were expecting another close game, and I have to congratulate my players for the defence they played, stopping Bourges at 56 points. After halftime we knew that we had to go after the game without thinking of any other thing, and the crowd played a key role also. We were running out of energy in the last minutes, but that's what home court advantage is good for, our fans gave us a lot of energy."

Valerie Garnier (Bourges Basket coach):
"I have to congratulate Rivas Ecópolis, they deserved to advance. It's been another tough game, but basketball is a team sport, and we committed today some mistakes, missing some easy shots and lacking some defence sometimes. We had our chances, but let the game slip from us on some details."

Elisa Aguilar (Rivas Ecópolis guard):
"I'm so happy to advance to the Final Eight with Rivas Ecópolis, I've been playing finals with other strong teams, but it feels special to do it with a growing team like this one is. It's been a tough game, but we knew that playing defence was key for us to get the win. We made some adjustements in the second half, and it all worked out well."

Celine Dumerc (Bourges Basket guard):
"We didn't play good constantly in this game, letting them have some advantages in the score. We tried to come back, but in the end, we were not able to play well on key plays. We knew it would be a tough game, and we knew we will have our chances, but I think that Rivas deserve to advance overall. Playing at home helps a lot in a competition like EuroLeague, where you can find so many teams playing at the same level."


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