Quotes Bulgaria vs. Estonia

29.08.2013

Tiit Sokk, head coach of Estonia:

"It was an important game for the spot at EuroBasket 2015. That's why both teams played hard and tough. We started quite well. Bulgaria made a great effort [to come back] in the third quarter. They pressed us a lot, so we started to miss shots. In the last quarter we managed to come back. It will be really hard [at home] because Bulgaria is a very good team with good players. But I hope - we have a big chance to succeed."

Rain Veideman, Estonia:

"It was a tough game. It is a good result as we are going back to Tallinn. With these three points difference that we lost we have a good chance to qualify for EuroBasket 2015. We played really good in the first half. The third quarter was a disaster for us. In the final quarter we had some [nervous] situations, but it is good for us, although we lost.

Konstantin Papazov, head coach of Bulgaria:

"It was really hard for us in the first half. It was obvious that both teams were nervous - we were under pressure, because this is a final for the spot at EuroBasket 2015. This game doesn't show the real abilities of the two teams. Both teams played very good in defense. Today we were really nervous and that is why our shooting percentage was so bad. It is a question of psychology. I wish we'd won with bigger difference. We have the quality and will try to win in Tallinn. We played good defense today and if we go on this way, it will be easier for us to score. The pressure stays with the hosts as it was with us today."

Branko Mirkovich, Bulgaria:

"I think, we had the chances for bigger difference, especially when we led with 10 points but we let them come back. Three points is not a big advance, so we are going to Estonia to win."


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