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Coach Dimitris Itoudis admitted that his team was lackluster in this particular game: “Motivation is a magic thing for all of us in sports. We didn’t find motivation, at least not enough. The six-point deficit was an illusion because we didn’t defend at all. We also couldn’t get on the free throws line, despite the fact that we pushed the ball inside for the third, or fourth straight game. Still, Zalgiris deserved it. They had a bigger motivation. I take it for me. We wanted to play better for ourselves, for our fans. I have nothing, in general, to say against my players. I am looking forward to the next game in order to close the regular league the right way”.
From his side, coach Sarunas Jasikevicius was content: “I thought we played a great game. When we controlled the game plan and controlled our emotions, went with the ball where we wanted, we were doing really good. All credit to the players, they were unbelievable. To hold CSKA to 73 is amazing, this is the key. They have such good guards and defend the pick and roll so well, we tried to attack inside and we were very successful today. It’s a great win for us and hopefully, the players will enjoy it. Beno [Udrih] had bad luck with sickness and injury since he joined us but he’s looking better every day and I think he’ll help us even more in the future.”