Coach Panagiotis Yannakis: “First half, Spain took advantage of our mistakes. In the second half we tried to make something happen. We cut the deficit but we made more mistakes and that was the key.”
(On if he was surprised at how much zone defense Spain played): “Spain played them I expected Spain to play zone for large parts of the game. I think we can play better if we have a clearer idea of what we want to do. Our first-half performance was what made the difference.”
Dimitrios Diamantidis: “We played against a very strong team and tried our best but it wasn’t enough. I would say that there were two parts to the game. In the first part, we more or less kept the level and then in the second part I feel we gave it away, we let it slip.”
“We have some deficiencies in our game but it’s still very early in the tournament and I feel we’ll be able to improve and advance.
Coach Pepu Hernandez: “I’m really happy because of the great job of the team. I’m happy with the tightness in our defense. We had a great team effort defensively and that helped us get out on the fast-break. It’s been difficult to play good team defense against a team with great shooters. We were tired in the last part of the game but everyone tried their best to finish the job.”
(On the team reacting to the defeat against Croatia and bouncing back): “We have great players and a great team so you expect us to bounce back as we did. It’s what we had to do.”
Rudy Fernandez: “We were able to control the rebounds during the game and we were particularly accurate with the perimeter players. We were able to control the tempo for most of the game. They played uptempo for a bit but we slowed them down. I think we owe the win to our good defense.”
“I had a good personal performance but this team doesn’t have individual personalities. Everyone contributes, everyone plays his role and that’s why we are here. That’s why we were able to beat Greece.”