2018-19PlayoffsGame 2
April 19, 2019 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Hanga leads Barcelona to tie series

FC Barcelona Lassa levelled its series with Anadolu Efes Istanbul by snatching a 72-74 victory in an incredibly tight and tense playoffs battle at the Sinan Erdem Dome. The lead swung back and forth throughout, with Barcelona leading by 9 in the second quarter and Efes up by 7 in the third, but the outcome was eventually decided by Adam Hanga’s driving lay-up off the glass with 28 seconds remaining. Hanga led Barcelona with 17 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting, and received support from Ante Tomic with 13 points and Thomas Heurtel with 12. Efes playmaker Shane Larkin led all scorers with 18 points, and Vasilije Micic added 15. Krunoslav Simon scored 14 and Adrien Moerman netted 11 against his former club.

Jaka Blazic and Victor Claver drove to give the visitors an early lead, but Simon netted twice in a 7-0 run to send Efes ahead. Bryant Dunston and Tomic scored down low and the game was tied 11-11 after 6 minutes, before two baskets from Hanga and a three-point play from Dunston made it 16-19 at the end of the first. Barca started the second quarter strong through Pau Ribas’s mid-range jumper and Kevin Pangos’s triple, and an off-balance basket by Hanga made it 20-28. An alley-oop from Tibor Pleiss helped bring Efes closer, before two baskets from Micic pulled it back to 30-30. 5 fast points from Heurtel restored Barca’s lead, and free throws made it 34-38 at the break. Tomic opened the second half scoring inside, but Larkin made consecutive steals and scores to spark Efes, and Simon scored 8 quick points including back-to-back triples to send the hosts ahead. Moerman’s three-pointer completed a 9-0 run for a 49-45 lead, before Tomic revived Barca with a left-handed hook shot. Larkin struck from deep, but Heurtel scored twice and Chris Singleton made a triple to keep the visitors close. Larkin and Hanga both converted from long-range, and a Roland Smits triple helped send Barca ahead, 59-62, at the end of the third. Neither team could score in the opening 2:30 of the final period, before Hanga and Pangos scored from long-range to make it 61-68. The visiting team’s defense held firm and Heurtel struck from deep, but a triple from Micic restarted Efes and Moerman’s runner followed by Micic’s three-point play made it 72-71 with 3 minutes left. After nearly two minutes without scoring, Tomic split free throws to tie the game. Hanga drove to lay-up for the lead, and Efes could make nothing of its final two possessions.

Blazic sets early standard

Barcelona’s intense energy was epitomised from the opening tip-off by Jaka Blazic, who drove to the basket to score the first points after just 5 seconds and then made a steal on Efes’s first possession.

Rebounding battle won by Barca

The visiting team’s physical efforts were also reflected in the rebounding stats: Barcelona won the battle of the boards 30-36, only allowing Efes to claim 1 offensive rebound in the first half. The visiting team’s excellent defense also limited Efes to just 12 assists.

Three-point famine in early stages

Both teams focussed their offensive efforts inside during the early going. Only 2 three-pointers were scored during the first quarter – one apiece from Krunoslav Simon and Chris Singleton. Efes looked for deep shots much more in the second half, netting 4 in five minutes at start of second half after making only 3 in the entire first half.

Fourth quarter defense secures victory

Barca’s defense stood strong when it mattered the most: Efes only netted free throws in the opening 5:35 of the final quarter, and didn’t score at all in the final 3 minutes of the game.

Back to Barcelona

With the series now tied at 1-1, the action now heads across the Mediterranean to Barcelona, with Game 3 scheduled for 9pm CET at Palau Blaugrana next Wednesday, April 24.

Adam Hanga - FC Barcelona Lassa - EB18
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; LATISEVS, OLEGS; DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Attendance: 15125 (Tentative)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul16182513
FC Barcelona Lassa19192412
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul16345972
FC Barcelona Lassa19386274
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LARKIN, SHANE 24:29 18 2/5 3/6 5/7   2 2 2 2 1     1 4 18
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 9:45   0/1 0/2     1 1           1 1 -2
3 SAYBIR, YIGITCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 6:57           2 2 1     1   2   2
15 SANLI, SERTAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 40:00 11 3/6 1/3 2/2 1 5 6 2 1 1     1 4 17
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 10:01 4 2/2       5 5           2 1 8
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 35:37 15 2/7 2/8 5/5   1 1 4   3   1 2 5 8
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 15:46 2 1/1 0/2     4 4           1   3
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 29:56 8 3/4 0/1 2/3 2 2 4       1   2 4 12
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 27:29 14 2/5 3/5 1/2 1 1 2 3 3 1   1 4 2 12
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 72 15/31 9/27 15/19 6 24 30 12 6 6 2 2 16 21 81
        48.4% 33.3% 78.9%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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 Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 17:21 6 0/2 2/2     1 1 1   1   1 2 2 4
5 RIBAS, PAU 20:57 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 5 6           1 3 11
6 SINGLETON, CHRIS 30:01 8 1/2 2/6   2 3 5   2 1     3 2 8
8 HANGA, ADAM 24:37 17 4/6 3/5 0/1   4 4 3 1 2 1   2 4 21
9 BLAZIC, JAKA 8:10 2 1/1 0/1     1 1 2   1 1   2   2
10 SMITS, ROLANDS 9:59 3   1/2     1 1 1   1     1   2
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS 22:25 12 3/6 2/2     1 1 3   3   1 3   6
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 14:52 2 1/3 0/1     3 3 5         2 1 6
24 KURIC, KYLE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 CLAVER, VICTOR 26:30 5 2/5 0/2 1/2 2 3 5 1 1 1     3 2 4
44 TOMIC, ANTE 25:08 13 6/10   1/2 3 4 7 1   2     2 2 14
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 74 20/38 10/23 4/7 10 26 36 17 4 12 2 2 21 16 80
        52.6% 43.5% 57.1%
Head coach: PESIC, SVETISLAV

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“In the first half we didn’t find our regular tempo because they used Tomic and Singleton very well inside, and we didn’t have success in finding our fast break transition running game offense. Only in the third quarter were we successful in controlling the game and we had a 7-point advantage, but we got tired. I didn’t want to play with two bigs because every time they play with Singleton and Smits in the 4 position, so Adrien Moerman stayed on the floor for 40 minutes. We missed our shots in the last minutes, we missed everything, and we have lost the home court advantage. They beat us in our court, now we will go to Barcelona to beat them in their court.”
PESIC, SVETISLAV
FC Barcelona Lassa

“We wanted to not repeat the first ten minutes of the first game, when we didn’t play basketball. Of course you don’t win the game at the start, but it’s much better if you don’t lose it by allowing 26 points in the first quarter. We improved our defense, we played our game. In this kind of atmosphere it’s important to keep the ball in your hands on offense, not to improvise too much and to respect your rules. It was a playoffs game – physical, emotional. Now the team that is able to control the mentality will qualify for the Final Four.”

“We didn’t change our concept of the game. We have respect for our opponent, especially against a team like Efes who play excellent basketball. It’s not easy to win here, and I’d like to say congratulations to my players because they played 40 minutes with good concentration, we controlled the game, and I think this is the reason we go back to Barcelona with 1-1. Now we have time to regenerate and prepare for the next game. Efes has confidence on offense, but also good defense. They have very experienced players, the coach knows how to find solutions, but this is now the time for us to celebrate a little bit and think how we can prepare for the next game.”

Players

HANGA, ADAM
FC Barcelona Lassa
“Obviously it was a very tough game and I expect all the games are going to be like this in the future. It’s 1-1 so we still have to win two more. Our goal was to get a win in Istanbul, we accomplished it but now we’ve got to look at the next goal and finish this in Barcelona. My only motivation is the team, I just want to win the game and help my team in any way possible. Obviously it feels good to help the team on offense but I made couple of mistakes on defense so I have to get better on that part of the game, but the most important thing is that we got the win.”
TOMIC, ANTE
FC Barcelona Lassa
“We are happy winning a playoffs game in front of this great crowd in a difficult arena. It’s a really important win for us, and now we have a good chance to go to the Final Four. We have two games at home but this is far from finished.”