2013-14Top 16Round 8
February 27, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Tomic, Dorsey lead Barcelona to big OT win

In one of the most thrilling games of the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, FC Barcelona needed overtime to edge Anadolu Efes Istanbul 84-89 in Group E on the road on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 8-0 while Efes dropped to 2-6. Ante Tomic paced the winners with career-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds, hitting 11 of his 16 shots for a performance index rating of 40. Juan Carlos Navarro added 17 points and a career-high 11 assists, while Kostas Papanikolaou had 10 points for Barcelona. Zoran Planinic and Kostas Vasileiadis led Efes with 14 points apiece. Planinic dished 9 assists. Jamon Gordon and Kerem Gonlum each had 13 for the hosts. Tomic shined early and got plenty of help from Erazem Lorbek and Papanikolaou to give Barcelona a 6-20 lead. Vasileiadis and an outstanding Gonlum brought Efes within 17-22 after 10 minutes. Barcelona improved its defense late in the first half, as Papanikolaou and a close basket by Marko Todorovic allowed the guests to get a 12-point margin at halftime. A dunk by Bostjan Nachbar gave Barcelona its biggest lead, 33-48. Cedi Osman stepped up with consecutive triples, getting help from Dusko Savanovic and Milko Bjelica to make it a three-point game late in the third quarter. A layup by Planinic completed the hosts' comeback, 57-55. Navarro and Huertas helped Barcelona tie the game again, 64-64, but a 7-0 run that Vasileadis capped with a layup gave Efes a 71-64 lead. Barcelona did not give up and a tip-in by Joey Dorsey on Brad Oleson's missed free throw attempt send the game to overtime, 75-75. Tomic and Navarro shined in the extra period, making sure that Barcelona grabbed its 20th consecutive Top 16 win.

First quarter: Tomic gives Barcelona early lead

Head coach Evangelos Aggelou surprised everyone by placing guard Birkan Batuk in Efes's starting lineup for the first time this season. Erazem Lorbek got Barcelona going with a second-chance basket. Dusko Savanovic answered with a basket in penetration. Marcelinho Huertas sank a floating jumper and free throws gave the guests a 2-6 lead. Lorbek hit a close jumper and Juan Carlos Navarro followed Tomic's tip-in with a 'bomba', which saw Efes call timeout at 2-12. Kostas Papanikolaou capped a 0-12 run with a six-meter jumper. Kostas Vasileiadis answered from downtown, before Tomic hit a jump hook. A free throw by Kerem Gonlum kept Efes within 6-16. Tomic scored down low and a fast break layup by Papanikolaou made it a 14-point game. Gonlum scored twice around the basket, Zoran Planinic added free throws and a triple by Vasileiadis saw Barcelona call timeout at 15-20, after a 9-0 run. A jumper by Alex Abrines and a close basket by Gonlum fixed the score at 17-22 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Barcelona improves defense, grabs double-digit edge

Abrines buried a three-pointer. Efes tried a more mobile lineup with Savanovic and Milko Bjelica around the baskets. Bjelica scored in the low post, but Barcelona brought Navarro and Tomic back on court. Navarro came off a screen to knock down a three-pointer. A layup by Batuk kept the hosts within 21-28. Bostjan Nachbar sank his trademark fade-away jumper, as Efes started to miss open shots. A fast break layup by Brad Oleson made it a double-digit game, 21-32. Tomic took over with an alley-oop layup in traffic, but Semih Erden and Savanovic made free throws. Papanikolaou shined with a high-flying tip-in, but Planinic answered with a driving layup. An easy basket by Marko Todorovic kept Barcelona way ahead, 26-38, as both teams headed to the locker rooms.

Third quarter: Osman ignites hosts' comeback

Both teams struggled to score after the break until Gonlum stepped up with a backdoor layup. Tomic split free throws and a close jumper by Jamon Gordon brought Efes within single digits, 30-39. Nachbar silenced the crowd with a bomb from downtown and a put-back basket by Tomic boosted Barcelona's lead to 30-44. After Batuk nailed a corner triple, Tomic scored again and a dunk by Nachbar caused Efes to call timeout at 33-48. Efes found a go-to guy in Osman, who buried back-to-back three-pointers, one from each corner, that got the crowd involved at 39-48. A layup by Gordon saw Barcelona stop the game at 41-48. Savanovic capped a 10-0 Efes run with a driving basket. Joey Dorsey scored down low for the visitors. Savanovic scored in the low post and a free throw by Planinic made it a 4-point game. After Lorbek split free throws, Bjelica sank a fade-away jumper. A second-chance basket by Abrines gave Barcelona a 48-53 edge.

Fourth quarter: Planinic, Gordon put Efes up, Dorsey forces OT

Planinic scored in penetration. Victor Sada swished a five-meter jumper, but Gonlum matched it with a power layup and a three-pointer by Vasileiadis tied it at 55-55, with over seven minutes left. A driving layup by Planinic completed the hosts' comeback. Barcelona could not find the way to the basket and a jumper by an unstoppable Planinic ignited the crowd at 59-55. Papanikolaou sank free throws that Gordon matched with a four-meter jumper. Tomic scored around the basket, but Gordon took over with a three-pointer. Navarro answered from downtown and a floater by Huertas tied the game at 64-64, with less than four minutes left. Gordon kept pushing Efes forward with a jumper and a three-pointer by Planinic created a 69-64 Efes edge. Vasileadis capped a 7-0 run with a fast break layup. Navarro stepped up with a big basket. Tomic scored in the paint to make it 71-68 with a minute left. Navarro and Savanovic split foul shots. Then Navarro free throws made it 72-71 with 10 seconds to go. Vasileiadis made free throws before Huertas and Savanovic split attempts. In the closing seconds, Efes fouled Oleson, who missed his second shot on purpose, but Dorsey soared for a tip-in that sent the game to overtime.

Overtime: Tomic, Navarro seal the guests' win

Tomic shined with a tip-in early in the extra period and soon added a three-point play for a 75-80 Barcelona lead. Planinic scored around the basket, but Navarro fed Tomic for another layup that kept Barcelona ahead. Navarro provided a highlight with an off-balance basket, but Vasileiadis and Bjelica kept Efes within 80-84 in the final minute. Navarro secured the outcome from the foul line, 80-86 though Gordon and Bjelica got Efes as close as 84-87. Free throws by Papanikolaou ended any doubt, 84-89, with 5 seconds left, allowing Barcelona to celebrate a thrilling road win.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona - EB13
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), OBRADOVIC, PETAR (BIH)
Attendance: 7136 (Tentative)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul17922279
FC Barcelona2216152214
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul1726487584
FC Barcelona2238537589
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BALBAY, DOGUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 OSMAN, CEDI 6:48 6   2/3     1 1           2 1 5
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 38:26 14 1/4 3/6 3/4   4 4     2     3 3 9
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 17:43 5 1/4 1/2   2 1 3           5   -1
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 10:42 2 0/3   2/2 1   1           2 1 -1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 26:58 13 6/6   1/3 2 5 7 1 2       5 3 19
13 KILICLI, DENIZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 34:04 9 3/6 0/2 3/6 1 4 5 2   2   1 3 6 8
22 GORDON, JAMON 41:08 13 5/10 1/4   1 3 4 5 4 1   1 3 1 14
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 31:06 14 4/11 1/2 3/5   1 1 9 2     1 2 7 20
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BJELICA, MILKO 18:05 8 4/6 0/3   1 1 2   1 3         3
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 225:00 84 24/50 8/22 12/20 10 24 34 17 9 9 0 3 25 22 81
        48% 36.4% 60%
Head coach: ANGELOU, EVANGELOS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 PULLEN, JACOB DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DORSEY, JOEY 11:06 4 2/2     1 1 2     2     2   2
8 SADA, VICTOR 20:45 2 1/1       4 4 1   2     4 1 2
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 24:13 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   4 4 3 1 3 1     3 11
10 ABRINES, ALEX 8:14 7 2/4 1/1   1 1 2           1   6
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 36:38 17 3/5 2/8 5/6   3 3 11   1       7 28
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 7:22 2 1/2       2 2       1   2   2
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 31:29 10 3/5 0/2 4/4 2 4 6 2   1 1   1 2 15
24 OLESON, BRAD 14:26 4 1/3 0/1 2/4       1 1       2 2 1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 18:58 5 2/6 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 1   1     2 2 2
34 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 17:55 7 2/2 1/4     1 1 1 1       5 1 3
44 TOMIC, ANTE 33:54 26 11/16   4/5 6 9 15 3   2     3 7 40
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 225:00 89 30/49 4/18 17/23 13 32 45 23 3 13 3 0 22 25 114
        61.2% 22.2% 73.9%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

ANGELOU, EVANGELOS
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was really a very interesting game tonight. There’s not much to say about the game. I just want to congratulate my players for their effort. Also many thanks to our fans for their great support. We have to keep on fighting by keeping our effort at the same level. Anadolu Efes will keep on fighting with the same ambition. I believe that we will be much better next season."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona
"It was a very tough game. First of all I want to congratulate Anadolu Efes for their great effort and challenge. I also want to congratulate for their fans. Actually there were three different matches at once. We were especially excellent in the first quarter. We were really close to crushing Efes. But things started to change with the start of the second quarter. But we played really smart in the last couple of minutes of regular time and we put our hearts on the court and managed to win the game."

Players

GONLUM, KEREM
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a dramatic lost for us. We weren’t able to reward our fight to come back from a 15-point deficit in the middle of the third quarter. We took a 7-point lead with two and a half minutes remaining. But we let them tie the game in the last second. Nothing we can do. We will keep on fighting until the end."
NACHBAR, BOSTJAN
FC Barcelona
"It was a very tough and interesting game. We had a good margin at the beginning of the second half, but Anadolu Efes fought really well to come back. But we played really smart in the last minutes and also in the overtime, Efes was demoralized after regular time and it helped us to win."