Belarus Head Coach Andrei Krivonos
"We fought hard. It was our second game in the qualifiers and we showed that we are a good team. Because of a lack of concentration we fell behind, then found a way to close the gap, but Turkey won with a last-second shot."
Turkey Head Coach Bogdan Tanjevic
"We faced a very well-prepared team and were a little bit surprised by their start to the game. In the third period we were up by 12 and my players thought that we won the game, but Belarus fought back. Nevertheless, I am happy with this win which came from a clutch three-pointer. Now we will get ready to face Italy."
Belarus player Artsiom Parakhouski
"Congratulations to Turkey. They have a lot of experienced players, some of them play in the Euroleague, some in the NBA. We played well but lost our energy in the third quarter. We managed to come back in the fourth but unfortunately the last shot went in and we lost."
Turkey player Serhat Çetin
"Winning the first game is important for us. It was hard but we are happy. Our young players were excited and we made some mistakes. We played well in the third period but repeated the same mistakes in the fourth quarter. In the end we won and I believe we will play harder against Italy."