Quotes TTT Riga vs. ESB Lille Metropole

17 December 2008

Ainars Cukste, coach TTT Riga:
"We learned a lot from our first encounter in Lille, we changed our defensive systems to stop the fast attacks of our opponent. As their centers are mobile it was important to make the game slower. It`s a pity that EuroLeague this year started so early, Essence arrived five days before our first game. And that game against MKB Euroleasing was quite a crucial one. It was possible to forecast a more successful second round. I must agree with Gambrinus coach that Olympians this fall were tired and it takes time for them to come back. On the contrary, Reyer and Euroleasing started very good."

Aija Brumermane, player TTT Riga:
We won more rebounds, but the game was difficult as we made a lot of turnovers too. However, we fought until the end, it paid off with a well deserved victory."

Abdou N'Diaye, coach ESB Lille Metropole:
We tried to play well, we worked hard and made a lot of efforts to stay in the game. Unfortunately we lost too many rebounds in the first half and it took a while to improve our game in defense, but in the final part we didn`t prevent the three-pointers of Troina and Anderson. We will try to get into Top-4 of the French League and return to EuroLeague next year."

Iziane Castro Marques, player ESB Lille Metropole:
It was nice to see more fans in Riga than two years ago when I played here. It's good for women's basketball. TTT played well today, they put some pressure on us and we lost the battle for rebounds. We had won five games in a row but today our winning streak came to an end."

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