Turkish Basketball League playoffs are continuing and Fenerbahce is now leading the series 2-0 against Galatasaray Odeabank at semifinals. Euroleague finalist and Eurocup champion are now having a psychological war. Fenerbahce won the first game with the score of 93-79. In this article, we take a different look at the first match and psychological aspects of the series.
Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are biggest rivals of the league and there is a mental war outside and inside the court every game. As our readers know, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce faced again at the end of the 2014-2015 season play-off finals. At the last game Galatasaray management made a decision and Galatasaray team didn’t start the match. As a result Galatasaray were handed a loss 0-20 by forfeiting and Fenerbahce team declared as the champion of the season.
During the first match of the series tension between Göksenin Koksal and Macedonian Pero Antic has risen. Ergin Ataman is objected with technical foul by the referee Engin Kennerman. In these minutes, Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim, protested at the referees and Galatasaray head coach Engin Ataman.
After the match, Galatasaray official website published a message of condemnation. Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yıldırım also published some messages from media. Ergin Ataman involved this speaking war too and Turkish coach declared that he is going to sue some of the Fenerbahce fans.
Fenerbahce and Galatasaray fans are always in the mood of the derby. Regarding this they don’t lose home games against each other for a long time. The 3rd game is at Abdi İpekci Arena (Galatasaray’s home) and we will see if the series are tied at 2-2 or not.