2015-16Regular SeasonRound 6
November 20, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Brown, Heurtel lead Efes past Limoges

Anadolu Efes Istanbul stopped its three-game losing streak in Group B by downing Limoges CSP 92-74 at home on Friday. Efes improved to 3-3, while Limoges dropped to 2-4. Derrick Brown led the winners with 21 points, Thomas Heurtel added 20, Bryant Dunston posted a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, Jon Diebler also scored 12 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting and Dario Saric netted 10 points for Efes. Yakhouba Diawara led Limoges with 17 points, Will Daniels and Ali Traore each scored 12 and Leo Westermann added 11 for the guests. Heurtel struck twice from downtown early to help Efes to a 12-5 start. Matt Gatens and Traore kept Limoges within 25-20 after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Gatens brought Limoges within 31-29, but Brown and Heurtel fueled a 15-0 run that broke the game open and allowed the hosts to take a 51-35 halftime advantage. Nothing changed after the break, as Efes held a 70-57 lead through three quarters and blocked Limoges's comeback attempts.

First quarter: Heurtel puts Efes in charge

Heurtel got Efes going with a stop-and-pop jumper and soon added a three-pointer for a 5-0 lead. Yakhouba Diawara answered from downtown and erased Derrick Brown's put-back dunk with a big basket to make it 7-5. Heurtel fired in another one from beyond the arc, which Brown followed with his trademark jumper off the dribble to give Efes a 7-point lead. Heiko Schaffartzik joined the three-point shootout, before Bryant Dunston ignited the crowd with a monster dunk. A jump hook by Ali Traore kept Limoges within 14-10. Heurtel stayed unstoppable with a one-handed floater, which Cedi Osman followed with a mid-range jumper that boosted the hosts' lead to 18-10. Traore took over with a put-back jump hook. Dario Saric scored down low, but and back-to-back three-pointer by Matt Gatens brought Limoges closer, 20-18. Jayson Granger shined with a big triple and Saric buried a baseline jumper, but a fast break layup by Leo Westermann fixed the score at 25-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts take control with 15-0 run

Saric kept pacing Efes with a driving layup early in the quarter. After Frejus Zerbo downed a mid-range jumper, Granger fed Alex Tyus for a backdoor layup. Will Daniels found his first points to keep Limoges within 5. After Daniels hit free throws, Granger banked in a running shot. Another three-pointer by Gatens gave the guests hope at 31-29. Furkan Korkmaz shined with a one-handed floater off the baseline and free throws by Saric gave Efes fresh air. Heurtel took over with another stop-and-pop triple and a layup by Dunston made it a double-digit game. Heurtel split free throws and a corner triple by Brown broke the game open. Limoges kept struggling to score and free throws by Brown capped a 15-0 run. Schaffartzik split free throws and Diawara improved Brown's dunk with a corner three-pointer. Dunston and Brown kept pacing Efes, but a close basket by Westermann brought Limoges within 51-35 at halftime.

Third quarter: Limoges fights hard, but Efes keeps lead safe

Traore scored twice around the basket in a 0-6 run that prompted Efes to call timeout at 51-41. Traore scored again off an incredible Efes turnover, but Heurtel quickly stepped up with a three-pointer. Dunston finished a three-chance Efes offense with a layup. Traore hit his trademark jump hook and Diawara got Limoges within 56-46. After Diebler buried a corner triple, Westermann scored in penetration and a layup by Nobel Boungou-Colo brought the guests within single digits. Schaffartzik fed Diawara for a fast break layup that caused Efes to call another timeout at 59-52. Then Schaffartzik buried a three-pointer off the dribble, but Brown nailed a mid-range jumper and Diebler fired in one from beyond the arc to boost Efes's lead to 64-55. Then Diebler downed a catch-and-shoot three-pointer off a screen. After Zerbo hit a four-meter jumper, Osman boosted his team's margin to 70-57.

Fourth quarter: Efes wraps up the win with time to spare

Korkmaz split free throws early in the quarter, as Limoges struggled to score without Traore and Diawara on the floor. Saric hit foul shots, but Westermann did better with a wild three-point play to bring Limoges within 73-60 with seven minutes left. Dunston ignited the crowd with a two-handed put-back slam and Efes forced Limoges into a 24-second turnover. The visitors called timeout and Daniels made free throws, which Brown matched with a big dunk for a 77-62 Efes lead with over four minutes left. An up-and-under layup by Osman sealed the outcome, 79-64, right after that. Daniels hit back-to-back three-pointers and Westermann scored off an inbounds steal, but Diebler and Dunston kept Efes way ahead, 84-72. Nothing changed from that moment, as Heurtel and Brown struck from downtown to seal Efes's win in style.

Bryant Dunston - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB15
Friday, November 20, 2015
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER)
Attendance: 4122
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TYUS, ALEX 8:45 2 1/4             1       2   -2
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 8:54   0/1 0/1     2 2 2   1     1    
5 BROWN, DERRICK 24:53 21 6/10 2/5 3/4 1 4 5 1 3 2     1 3 22
6 OSMAN, CEDI 21:33 7 2/4 1/3     1 1   3 2       1 6
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 12:08   0/1 0/1   1   1   1 2     1   -3
9 SARIC, DARIO 15:07 10 3/5 0/1 4/4   2 2 1         4 4 10
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 10:53 3 1/1 0/1 1/2                 2 1  
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 10:56 5 1/3 1/1         1 1     1 1 1 4
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 28:53 20 2/4 5/7 1/3   2 2 5 1 2     2 4 22
33 DIEBLER, JON 26:43 12 0/1 4/5         2   1       2 13
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 31:15 12 6/8     8 3 11 7 2 2 1   3 1 27
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 92 22/42 13/25 9/13 11 16 27 19 12 12 1 1 17 17 102
        52.4% 52% 69.2%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 29:32 7   2/3 1/2       5   2     2 2 8
5 WOJCIECHOWSKI, MATHIEU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANIELS, WILL 15:49 12 1/1 2/2 4/4   1 1 1   1     2 2 13
8 GATENS, MATT 19:42 9   3/5     3 3 2   3     2 1 8
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 30:46 11 5/7 0/2 1/1 2 2 4 7 2 7   1 1 5 16
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 12:54           1 1     2     1 2  
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 24:11 2 1/3 0/3     2 2 1 1 3     2 1 -3
24 TRAORE, ALI 24:48 12 6/8     1 5 6   1       2   15
29 DIAWARA, YAKHOUBA 27:06 17 4/8 2/4 3/4   1 1 1   4     3 3 8
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 15:12 4 2/3   0/2   6 6     1 1   2 1 6
74 DIALLO, ABOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 74 19/30 9/19 9/13 5 25 30 17 4 24 1 1 17 17 76
        63.3% 47.4% 69.2%
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE

Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"After losing three games in a row, two of them in overtime, this game was very, very important for the team. It was a must-win game for us. We deserved this victory. In the first half, we absolutely controlled the game. In the second quarter, we led by 15 points. In the last minutes of that quarter, Granger was injured. Our medical team said he had to rest, but he wanted to play. We did not let him play. One bad part of our game was in the third quarter, which we lost and we made 7 turnovers. I'd like to congratulate my players. Our defense was great and very aggressive. Limoges made 24 turnovers, which is the result of our good defense. We were good on offense and more balanced tonight, making 13 three-pointers for 53%. Dunston made a double-double, which is very important for us. Every game becomes more serious and game by game we are becoming more aggressive."
HERVE, PHILIPPE
Limoges CSP
"It was a bad game for us. Efes has very good players. We have serious injuries, and my players had no confidence tonight. We could not show the things we worked on. We made mistakes. Efes had a good performance on defense, and also there very good on offense. We gave them too many open shots. Congratulations to Efes. Especially their pick-and-roll and their good defense made them win."

Players

DIEBLER, JON
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I think it was a good win for us. We played pretty well defensively against a good team. We forced a lot of turnovers and offensively, we did a good job sharing the ball and finding the right person to make the shots. Being up and down is definitely something that we have to fix. When we play well, we are really tough. We have some ups and down during the game, but that's basketball, it is going to happen; teams are going to make runs. I think we took a right step in the right direction answering their run and playing hard in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter."