2010-11Regular SeasonRound 2
October 27, 2010 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 SINAN ERDEM DOME
Igor Rakocevic - Efes Pilsen - EB10

Efes Pilsen downed Power Electronics Valencia 79-63

Efes Pilsen registered its first win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Group D by downing Power Electronics Valencia 79-63 in front of 8,300 fans at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday night. Efes improved to 1-1 in Group D while Valencia dropped to 0-2. Igor Rakocevic led the winners with 20 points. Bootsy Thornton added 19, Kerem Tunceri had 16 while Bostjan Nachbar had 11 for Efes. Thornton added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Dusko Savanovic led Valencis with 15 points. Serhiy Lishchuk added 12 while Robertas Javtokas had 10 for the guests. All five Valencia starters scored in a 2-12 opening run that kept the guests ahead for the best part of the first half. Tunceri and Thornton stepped up late in the second quarter to make Efes get a 34-29 lead at the break. Tunceri and Thornton struck from downtown in an 8-0 run that boosted Efes' lead to 46-37 late in the third quarter. The hosts boosted their margin to 57-43 soon after that and did not have major problems to keep full control of the game until the final buzzer.

Javtokas got Valencia going with a jump hook, as Efes tried to speed up the game tempo from the very beginning. Efes went scoreless in the opening 2 minutes, however, and a driving layup by Rafa Martinez gave Valencia a 0-4 lead. Tunceri stepped up with a baseline jumper that Victor Claver bettered with a three-pointer, good for a 2-7 score. Despite powering the offensive board, Efes kept struggling to find open shots while and easy basket by Javtokas and a big triple by Savanovic boosted the guests' lead to double digits, 2-12. Tunceri and Javtokas traded layups and Thornton scored in penetration to get the crowd involved at 6-14. Rakocevic scored in penetration but a follow-up basket by Javtokas kept Valencia out of trouble, 8-16. Thornton kept pacing Efes with a put-back layup and Nachbar added free throws to get Efes within 12-16. Efes had improved its ball circulation with Nikola Vujcic on court and Thornton beat the buzzer with another put-back basket that made it a two-point game, 14-16, after 10 minutes.

Lishchuk struck from downtown early in the second quarter, as Efes tried Sinan Guler to guard backup point guard Jose Simeon. Efes did not find its game rhythm but Vujcic took over with free throws and his trademark jump hook for a 18-20 deficit. Valencia had troubles to beat Efes' full court pressure. Nachbar sank a jumper to tie the game, 20-20, midway through the second quarter. Fernandez gave Valencia some fresh air with a wild layup-plus-foul and a free throw by Lishchuk restored a 20-24 Valencia lead. Thornton did not miss from the foul line and Tunceri sank a corner three-pointer to complete the hosts' comeback, 25-24. Valencia kept running its offense through Lishchuk and a put-back layup by Florent Pietrus put the guests back ahead, 27-28. Rakocevic hit free throws and a power basket by Thornton forced Valencia to call timeout at 31-28. Lishchuk and Vujcic traded free throws but Tunceri beat the buzzer with a driving basket to fix the halftime score at 34-29.

Savanovic dunked it immediately after the break, as Valencia started to play more physical at both ends. Efes could not find the way to the basket and a layup by Javtokas got the guests within 34-33. Tunceri tried to change things with free throws and Rakocevic added a driving layup to keep Efes out of trouble, 38-33. Savanovic sank a jumper and Martinez added a fast break layup but Efes had its own go-to guy in Thornton. He followed a three-pointer with a driving basket and fed Tunceri for a running triple in an 8-0 run that boosted the hosts' lead to 46-37. Cook and Savanovic stepped up with free throws but an acrobatic basket by Thornton and a fallaway jumper by Tunceri restored a 50-41 Efes lead. Nachbar shined with a put-back layup and soon added a triple that made it a 12-point game, 55-43. Lawrence Roberts and Martinez traded free throws for a 57-45 score after three quarters.

Valencia needed a quick comeback to return to the game and Lishchuk tried to ignite it with a power layup. Roberts matched it with a power layup but a baseline jumper by Claver kept Valencia within 59-49 with 8 minutes left. Nachbar sank free throws and even when Cook scored in transition, Rakocevic downed a wild three-pointer that boosted Efes' lead to 64-51. Valencia tried to speed up its offense but a fast break layup by Rakocevic sealed the outcome, 66-51. The guests tried a more dynamic frontcourt with Savanovic and Lishchuk together on court, who scored down low to make Efes call timeout at 68-55. Efes tried to run the game clock down by using long possessions. Rakocevic sank free throws and buried a catch-and-shoot three-pointer that sent the crowd to their feet, 73-55. Everything was said and done already, as Efes had registered its first win while Valencia has to bounce back right away to improve its chances to reach the Top 16.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
Attendance: 8300 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen Istanbul14202322
Power Electronics Valencia16131618
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Efes Pilsen Istanbul14345779
Power Electronics Valencia16294563
Efes Pilsen Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WISNIEWSKI, ANDREW 8:58   0/2           2   1   1 3   -5
7 AKYOL, CENK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 24:28 20 4/7 2/4 6/6   1 1 1   4     2 4 15
9 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 20:56 6 1/4   4/4 2 5 7     2     3 3 8
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 28:21 16 4/7 2/4 2/2 2 2 4 4 3       1 3 24
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 33:34 19 7/8 1/2 2/2 3 7 10 2 2 2     2 2 29
12 GONLUM, KEREM 20:54 2 1/3       3 3   1         2 6
13 ARSLAN, ENDER 5:51     0/1                   1   -2
18 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 18:29 5 1/4   3/4 3 3 6 2         4 2 7
21 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 21:57 11 2/9 1/1 4/4 1 1 2 1 1 1   1 3 4 7
32 GULER, SINAN 16:32     0/2           1 1     1 1 -2
35 DUDLEY, ERWIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 79 20/44 6/14 21/22 13 24 37 12 8 12 0 2 20 21 90
        45.5% 42.9% 95.5%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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
Power Electronics Valencia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 31:36 4 1/4 0/2 2/2   3 3 7 2 5     2 1 5
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 30:04 6 1/4 1/3 1/2 2 3 5 1   2     1 4 7
10 SIMEON, JOSE 9:02 2 1/5     1 2 3 3   1     1 2 4
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 19:28 12 2/6 1/1 5/11 3 1 4       2   4 6 10
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 28:32 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   2 2   2 1     5 1 3
19 PIETRUS, FLORENT 11:30 2 1/3     2   2     1     1    
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 29:07 15 5/11 1/3 2/2 4 4 8     1     1 2 15
23 FERNANDEZ, MARC 17:37 6 1/3 1/5 1/1 2 1 3     2     2 1  
30 ARNAU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 NAVARRO, JUANLU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 23:04 10 5/6     3   3 2   3     4 3 10
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 63 19/45 4/15 13/20 17 19 36 13 4 16 2 0 21 20 57
        42.2% 26.7% 65%
Head coach: HUSSEIN, MANUEL

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Efes Pilsen Istanbul
"It was a very important victory for us. At the beginning of the game we played bad and let our opponent create easy points. But we played most of the rest of the game under control. We wanted to win the game and that changed the destiny of the game, starting in the second quarter. We missed many easy shots, but the team worked well. We made the right choices in offense and broke through in the third period. We had great advantage then in the beginning of the last period. We did everything possible to win the game and managed to win with a good difference."
HUSSEIN, MANUEL
Power Electronics Valencia
"I think that we started the game by controlling the ball very well. We defended good and managed to score in offense. But we had many problems then, especially in rebounding. And that was the reason we lost control of the game. They took control of the game, especially in the third period with experienced players like Igor Rakocevic and Kerem Tunceri. We could not balance the game and change the destiny of the game after Efes Pilsen took a big advantage. We could not find solutions for Rakocevic with our 2-3 zone defense."

Players

GULER, SINAN
Efes Pilsen Istanbul
"I think that we had a bad start, but then challenged very well starting from the second quarter. This is a very important win for us. We showed a real good example of good team spirit and managed to snatch the win. At the same time, the 16 points margin is another important thing for us that can help in the upcoming stages of the first round. Now we will have another tough game next week against Armani Jeans Milano. We have to play the same way with team spirit to win this game, too."
COOK, OMAR
Power Electronics Valencia
"It's a pity to lose the game which we started well. We couldn't answer the same way when they put pressure in defense. Their good defense broke our resistance. They had many experienced shooters and that made the difference in the game."
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