Velimir Perasovic and Laboral Kutxa have a 2-0 advantage over Panathinaikos and the winning coach had nothing but good things to say about his team.
The Croatian coach said: “We suffered very much. But we know that Athens are a very difficult team, so this victory was very important for us. They scored very difficult three-point shots to go to overtime. They have quality, so we know they could do this. But our team had the capacity to react. We had big problems with the rotation, but the guys put everything out there.”
Forward David Bertans added: “It was tough, going to overtime, with players injured. I think everyone else on the team feels exactly like me, that it’s a good thing we have a few days to get some rest and get ready for the next one in Athens. [After Diamantidis sent the game to overtime], Coach just told us: ‘Let’s go win this game again.’ We came out, started from zero again, took the lead and that was it. It would be nice if we don’t have come back to Vitoria to win it, but it’s going to be really tough. Their crowd is one of the loudest in Europe , pretty much will be the same as here, and I hope we can come back with another win.”