Turkey head coach Bogdan Tanjevic:
"It was a similar game like the first game in Italy. I think we were very close to win the game there and tonight too. We increased the gap to more than 10 points, two times during the game but at the end of the game, we had to protect a four-point lead after the time out. We used zone defense but they made the three-point shot and a lay-up on the left side. This defeat was a punishment of our errors in the second half. Especially the beginning of the second half was bad for us. They almost got eight points without spending too much energy. In the end, they are the group leader and play really hard. Especially, they are good at three-point shots. We were under pressure but they were not that's another advantage for them. Now, we have to win the next two games."
Turkey player Dogus Balbay:
"Today, we again saw that even a lead of 15-18 points during the match was not enough to win the game. At the end of the first half, we could go to the locker room with a 20-point lead but we did it by 12 points due to our unforced errors. In addition, we couldn't start the third quarter as we wanted. I guess we fought till the end of the game but sometimes those little mistakes can sweep away the whole game."
Italy head coach Simone Pianigiani:
"I'm very proud of my team. It was difficult to play in here. Turkey is a good and skilled team, the atmosphere in Kayseri was also hard to play against. However, my players want to build a status for them to win all of their games. They had excellent preparation games and qualification games too. Although we are qualified for EuroBasket 2013 already, we aim to finish the group unbeaten. Tonight's victory belongs to my players, not to me. The team showed that they compete until the end and this is what I expect from my players."
Italy player Danilo Gallinari:
"It was a tough game. Although we are qualified for EuroBasket 2013, we were motivated enough to win this game. That's why this victory was important for our team. They played more aggressive in the beginning of the game but we never gave up. We came back and decreased the gap. In the second half we played really good and this helped to get the victory."