2006-07Regular SeasonRound 5
November 22, 2006 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Andrew Nicholas - Efes Pilsen Efes Pilsen put on a three-point shooting clinic in a record-setting fourth quarter to storm back from an early double-digit deficit and hand Olympiacos its first loss of the season, 95-77 on Wednesday at the Abdi Ipekci arena in Istanbul. The home team buried 8 straight triples and 11 overall as it scored 39 points - a Euroleague record for points in a fourth quarter - to secure the win. In the whole game, Efes hit 17 of 30 three-point attempts. The result saw Efes snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 3-2 in Group A, while Olympiacos fell to 4-1. Drew Nicholas led the Efes charge, making 5-of-6 threes on the way to 20 points and 6 assists. Cuneyt Erden added 15 points, the same as Ermal Kuqo and Marcus Haislip, who also had 7 rebounds.Horace Jenkins returned to the lineup after a two-week absence for 12 points. Alex Acker led Olympiacos with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Andrija Zizic added 18 and 7 and former Efes Pilsen player Henry Domercant had 14. Scoonie Penn finished with 10 points and 4 assists for the Reds, who had led by as many as 16 points in the first half.

Although Efes took early leads as Haislip started the scoring and Akyol hit is first triple, Olympiacos soon had success with pick-and-rolls. Zizic scored three times in succession for the visitors first lead, 5-6. Domercant unloaded a triple and Acker a jumper to make it 5-11 before Zizic added his fourth basket in barely 4 minutes. Efes tried to stay in the game with three-pointers, of which Nicholas hit a pair, but Acker and Zizic were not being stopped. Zizic's fifth layup supplied the Reds with a 12-21 lead before Nicholas's second triple and late free throws by Kerem Gonlum left an 18-25 score after 10 minutes.

Henry Domercant - OlympiacosDomercant pumped in another triple to open the second quarter with Olympiacos enjoying a double-digit lead, 18-28. Efes countered with inside points from Gonlum and Ermal Kuqo but the quick passing game of the Reds kept the hosts from catching up, as did another triple, by Panagiotis Vassilopoulos. Horace Jenkins, who had missed the previous two games, made a surprise entrance for Efes, but Olympiacos kept rolling as Domercant canned his third shot from the arc to make it a 15-point game, 29-44. But whatever Efes did, Olympiacos seemed to stay ahead as Zizic made free throws and Acker another jumper to make it 32-48, the highest lead yet for the visitors. Nicholas with a triple and Prkacin with a layup helped save the hosts with the last 5 points before halftime, but Olympiacos still led 37-48.

The hosts raised their level of defensive intensity in the third quarter, causing Olympiacos to struggle to score. Efes used pressure to try and catch its opponent. Haislip made a three-pointer and added a single free throw on the next possession to cut the difference to 47-53 midway through the period. Olympiacos players made some wrong decisions with the ball, allowing the hosts to keep chipping away. Kuqo's layup over Sofoklis Schortsanidis made the score 53-58. Penn made a layup with 18 seconds left in the period, giving Olympiacos 12 for the period, but Erden's triple finished the third quarter with Efes within 56-60.

Just 15 seconds into the last period, Erden hit another three-pointer to reduce the difference to a single point. A minute later Kuqo drilled a three to level the game at 62-62. Efes took its first lead on a Jenkins three and with the momentum with the home team, funny things started to happen. Kuqo attempted an alley-oop pass to Haislip, but the ball dropped into the basket without touching him for 3 points that made the score 69–64. Then Jenkins, Erden, Haislip and Jenkins again shocked Olympiacos from beyond the arc to extend the lead to 82–70 with five minutes remaining. The visitors were committing turnovers and missing open shots, helping Efes cement its control. Erden hit 2 more three-pointers and Nicholas added another for the 11th three-pointer of the quarter to seal the win. Olympiacos, which had trouble on both ends of the floor in the final period, could only watch quietly as Nicholas sealed the scoring from the line to give Efes the 95–77 victory.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR)
Attendance: 7000
By Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen18191939
Olympiacos25231217
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Efes Pilsen18375695
Olympiacos25486077
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICHOLAS, DREW 38:00 20 2/4 5/6 1/2   5 5 6 1 1     2 4 29
6 ERMIS, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 19:15 3 1/5   1/2 1 1 2 2 1 1     2 3 3
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 12:30 3   0/1 3/4 1 1 2   1 2     1 2 3
11 ERDEN, CUNEYT 32:15 15 0/1 5/9   1 1 2 1 3       4 2 14
12 GONLUM, KEREM 11:15 7 2/4   3/3 4 1 5 1 1     1 1 2 12
13 HAISLIP, MARCUS 28:45 15 3/5 2/5 3/4 1 6 7       1   2 2 17
14 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 JENKINS, HORACE 20:45 12 1/5 2/5 4/4   2 2 4 1 2     3 5 12
17 BAYAV, EMRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 KUQO, ERMAL 20:45 15 4/7 2/2 1/2 1 2 3 2 1 1 1   2 1 16
41 AKYOL, CENK 16:30 5 1/2 1/2     1 1 2 1 1     1 1 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 95 14/33 17/30 16/21 9 20 29 18 10 8 2 1 18 22 112
        42.4% 56.7% 76.2%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PENN, SCOONIE 37:45 10 3/7 0/4 4/5   3 3 4       1 1 6 12
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 8:15     0/2     1 1               -1
6 ACKER, ALEX 32:15 18 9/16 0/1   3 7 10 1 1 3   1 3 2 17
8 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 33:00 20 8/10   4/5 2 5 7 2 1 2     5 5 25
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 1:45   0/1                         -1
11 HARISSIS, CHRISTOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 BARLOS, NIKOS 2:00                         1   -1
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 16:30 7 2/8 1/2   2 1 3   1 1 1   4    
14 STACK, RYAN 24:30 3 1/1   1/2 4 2 6 3   2     3 3 9
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 2:15                              
22 MULAOMEROVIC, DAMIR 8:45 5 2/4   1/2   2 2     2     2 1 1
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 33:00 14 1/3 4/6   1 3 4 1 2 3     3 1 12
Team                                
Totals 200:00 77 26/50 5/15 10/14 12 24 36 11 5 13 1 2 22 18 73
        52% 33.3% 71.4%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
"We had a very bad defensive first half. We weren't able to do what we planned in those two quarters. But starting in the third quarter, we played perfect defense. We stopped them and then with the energy of our defense, we had a respectable percentage on shooting. We made crucial three pointers in the last quarter especially. What makes me happy is that we found our team spirit. The 11 three-pointers in the last quarter is the part of the game. There's nothing much to say about it."
GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"We knew that it's going to be a tough game. I prefer to lose a game by 18-points, instead of losing 18 games by 1 point. What you have seen in the second half, I don't believe that you will see it again in the Euroleague. This happens once in a lifetime and it happened to us. Of course I have complaints about the game. They scored 11 of 12 three-pointers in the last quarter. This is more than a game. For sure, the main players were a little bit fatigued in the second half. But this is not the reason [we lost]. Efes scored at an unbelievable percent and nobody could stop them tonight."

Players

JENKINS, HORACE
Efes Pilsen
c"We had an extraordinary last quarter, in which we made unbelievable shots. We were on fire and we had excellent shooting from the three-point line. It's also good for me to return with a win. Now we have to focus on our next game against Climamio Bologna."
KUQO, ERMAL
Efes Pilsen
"It was a very important game for us. We are still struggling to find our way. I hope this game is going to be the starting point for our rise. We are really happy to beat them after coming back from a 16-point deficit, because Olympiacos is one of the best teams in the Euroleague this season. If we play defense the way we did in the third quarter, we can beat any team."
DOMERCANT, HENRY
Olympiacos
"It was a tough game. Everyone knows that Efes Pilsen is a hard team to beat at home. In the fourth quarter, they started to fire unbelievable shots, which helped them to win the game. It's really very tough to beat a team when they play like this offensively. I congratulate them for their performance. We will try to beat them next time at home."
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