Czech Republic head coach Pavel Budinsky
"Congratulations to Italy. They played in a very good and aggressive way. The turning point of the game was the first minutes of the second quarter where we were not able to score. In the third quarter our defence was good but not enough to come back. We played the game in a very nice atmosphere."
Italy head coach Simone Pianigiani
"I am very happy for the qualification, but particularly for the way we reached it. We won six games in a row and in each of them responsibilities and defence were shared from all players. I can say that this is the qualification of all the team, where everybody, even who played few minutes, was fundamental. The Czech Republic is a very talented team, they are taller, but we were clever to pass the ball, to defend strong all the game and we were able to force them not to score more than 56 points. The experience we are gaining this year will be very useful in the future."
Czech Republic player Jakub Kudlacek
"It was a tough game. We wanted to win even because we had lost our home game against them. We were not aggresive enough in the first period, we went down and we were not able to come back. I do not think that it would have been impossible to beat our opponents, but the fact the game was played in Italy was decisive and of a great help for them."
Italy player Daniel Hackett
"It was important for us to win because we could qualify to EuroBasket 2013. Our defence was very decisive for this game. We have been working all summer to this aim. We are happy, but we know we have still to improve to became a top team in Europe. Next game is against Turkey, a good chance to gain more experience."