The debut of the American-Trinidadian legionnaire was one of the most notable events of the game against Zenit – Akun-Purcell scored 20 points, sharing with Thomas Ertel the title of the most productive player of the match.
- How would you comment on the match?
- – We conceded because of our defensive play. We need to react better to the opponent's mistakes and make the most of them.
- Several times during the match, you talked about something with Zenit center Richard Solomon, and judging by the body language, it was a conversation in raised tones…
- – Basketball is a contact game, and we compete at a high level. Different people may have different views on the same things. Do not attach any importance to this.
- To score 20 points in the opening match is a cool achievement. How do you rate your personal performance today?
- – I just tried to use the moments that my partners created for me. I didn't force the game, and I didn't try to do anything outstanding. I concentrated on the most basic elements of the game, on the simplest things.
- How quickly does the "elbow feeling" come with partners?
- – Many things will still be adjusted, changed and improved. This is our first match together after just a week of general training. We are getting better day by day, we are gaining in understanding and organization. In the next matches, I think the result will be different – we will become better both defensively and offensively. Victories will come.
- Today you made your debut in the VTB United League. What do you think about the level of the tournament?
- – I can say for sure that there are no invincible teams. Everyone can lose – it's basketball. It is simply necessary to prepare qualitatively for each next game, and victories will come.
- You went to the locker room from the playground with Jaylen Barford. Did you discuss his last throw, which could bring Loko victory?
- – We still have a lot of matches ahead of us. I told JB to throw next time in a similar situation – and not to think about it.
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