Credit: imago images/Oryk HAIST-Scanpix
Credit imago images/Oryk HAIST-Scanpix

After the 78-64 win against Baskonia, Ettore Messina, coach and president of basketball operations of AX Armani Exchange Milan, stressed how important this win was for his team.

3-pointers this season

42%
10,0
Points made: 10,0
Accuracy: 41,7%
Place in standings: 3
Record max: 12
Record min: 8
Most made 3FGs: Devon Hall

"This is a very important victory", said coach Messina. "It's never easy to win here in Vitoria and against a team coached by Ivanovic. We played very well in defense and we moved the ball well".

Milan's head coach reminded, though, that, despite the victory, the season is still very long and there's no time to stop.

"We need to keep working, this was just the second game of the season. The season is very long". 

"Today everything went really well, which is something that you always wish for. The players played a very serious game, everyone gave his own contribution and I'm very happy for this reason", added Messina. 

Messina also reflected on the firing of former Zalgiris Kaunas head coach Martin Schiller, saying it's not easy to be a coach these days.

"In two games, a coach has already been fired," Messina said. "This is not a good day for coaches, and of course, clubs are fully free to do whatever they think is right to do, I am not questioning that."

"I am just saying that the EuroLeague is so challenging that every game is so important, every possession is so important, that to come out with a win tonight from my players means a lot, and I am very, very grateful," he concluded.

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