Yukatel Merkezefendi Belediye Denizli Basket missed the league and Euroleague champions Anadolu Efes in the away overtime in their first match.
Playing in the ING Basketball Super League for the first time in its history, Yukatel Merkezefendi Belediye Denizli Basket missed the league and Euroleague champions Anadolu Efes in the away overtime in their first match. Coming from behind with a margin of 16 points against his strong opponent, Merkezefendi took the lead in the third period and carried the game into overtime, the normal time of which was 86-86. Anadolu Efes won the game with a score of 94-93 by only 1 point in extra time. Although the Denizli representative did not win, the European giant received applause with his performance in front of his opponent.
Denizli Basket Coach Zafer Aktaş said after the match, “We reacted well as a team against such a strong opponent. There are situations in basketball that we can’t control. They hurt us a lot. Especially rebounds, we gave a lot of offensive rebounds at the beginning of the match. Maybe if we didn’t give them away. “At the end of the match, we will be the winner. We are a very new team in the league, it will get better every day. I congratulate Anadolu Efes. I wish you success in the game they will play during the week.” (DHA)