Borche Ilievski, ÍR’s coach, saw various positives in his performance against Stjarnan, even though he was disappointed with the result of the game. The All-Stars won by eight points, 95 – 87, in a game where they always had the lead.
“I’m not happy with the loss. We lost by seven points for Keflavík and eight points tonight, “said Borche to Vísi after the game.
He could easily put his finger on what his men were missing tonight.
“Rebounds, penalties, and then a lack of concentration for a few moments in defense. We lost focus and Stjarnan punished. Overall, we can withstand these best teams, but in some areas we need to improve. ”
Zvonko Buljan played his first game for ÍR tonight and seemed rusty. “He only managed one fifty minute training session with us yesterday. He messed up shots, his legs were heavy and we have to work on his physical shape. But when everything clicks together, I think we can compete, “said Borche.
ÍR was always in a chase game tonight. The biggest difference was eighteen points in the 3rd half where the ÍRs had a hard time drawing.
“They got a good advantage but the good thing is that we came back. We need to be more focused, especially in defense, “said Borche, who is optimistic about the coming weeks.
” Overall, I am very optimistic. My boys give everything they have for the games. We were playing against Keflavík and Stjarnan who are the top team and these were equal games. We need to build on that. ”