Fenerbahçe Beko Head Coach Jasikevicius Reflects on EuroLeague Final Four Loss and Looks Ahead to Turkish League

Basketball Fenerbahçe Beko’s head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who lost 87-84 to the Greek team Olympiakos in the THY EuroLeague Final Four third place match, said that the team showed character in general, but could not show the necessary fight in some departments.

Speaking at the press conference held after the match at the Uber Arena in Berlin, the capital of Germany, Jasikevicius started his words by congratulating Olympiacos.

Stating that they showed an inconsistent effort throughout the match, the Lithuanian coach said, “Maybe we could not show the necessary fight in some parts, but overall, I can say that we showed character. We made a good comeback in the third quarter. However, we allowed a simple basket to Olympiacos, which was decisive.” he said.

Answering the question about Yam Madar, one of the players in the squad, Sarunas Jasikevicius emphasized that it is up to the young basketball player to determine his career and said:

“I am really happy to be in the same team with him. He fights very well in training. After I took over the team, I tried to direct him in some matters regarding priorities. He needs to improve in terms of rebounding. I am a selfless and a player that I like very much. He also brings great fun to the team. He has a great character. “He will improve as he plays. I have talked to him a few times. He can come back to basketball at the highest level. We need to be patient with these players.”

Underlining that Olympiacos Head Coach Georgios Bartzokas is a good coach, Jasikevicius said, “I can say that the Bartzokas style of basketball is that his team moves the ball around, they attack patiently, and no player plays selfishly. They are ready to make serious sacrifices. You cannot score 30 points in every game to catch up with the averages in European basketball. You have to be patient.” “I can say that I really like the basketball he plays.” He made a statement.

Finally speaking about the Turkish Insurance Basketball Super League, Jasikevicius concluded his words as follows:

“We need to reflect our performance on the field more clearly and consistently. Some players need to be tougher. Sometimes we make childish mistakes. Especially our experienced players, who get more playing time, are trying to show their best performance within the framework of tactical understanding. They start a series against Beşiktaş on Thursday. “We will start, but the staff there is also different. The fact that we progressed with two different staff was perhaps one of the most important factors in our success.”

2024-05-27 15:51:31
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