2006-07Regular SeasonRound 9
December 20, 2006 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Marcus Haislip - Efes Pilsen Marcus Haislip scored a career-high 33 points to lead Efes Pilsen to a 91-76 win over RheinEnergie Cologne on Wednesday night at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey. Efes improved to 5-4 in Group A, joining Dynamo Moscow for third place. RheinEnergie dropped to 2-7, sharing the group cellar with Climamio Bologna. Haislip was everywhere, scoring from downtown while also throwing down a host of alley-oop slams to delight the crowd on the way to a big win. The power forward made 9-of-10 two-pointers and drilled 5-of-10 threes, while adding 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Drew Nicholas also netted five threes on the way to a season-high 24, Ermal Kuqo added 14 and Horace Jenkins finished with 10 points and 9 assists. Ronnie Burrell led RheinEnergie with 23 points and 8 rebounds, Demond Mallet had 21 and Mladjen Sljivancanin 11. Haislip's slams helped Efes take an early lead, but RheinEnergie bounced back to take a brief lead in the second period. Haislip and Kuqo pushed Efes to a 49-39 halftime lead and the hosts held on throughout the second half.

Mustafa Abli opened the scoring for Efes after just 14 seconds with a three-pointer as the hosts shined immediately on the offensive end. Sljivancanin answered with RheinEnergie's first points, but Kuqo helped Efes surge with back-to-back baskets followed by a pair of assist to Haislip for alley-oop slams that made it 13-7. Haislip remained hot, drilling a triple and taking two more alley-oop dishes from Jenkins for a 20-11 lead. But RheinEnergie didn’t quit, keeping close behind points from from Mallet and Sljivancanin. Haislip added another three-pointer to give him 14 first-quarter points and Marcin Gortat made a free throw to end the opening period with Efes on top 29-22.

Demond Mallet - RheinEnergieThe visitors slowed the game down in the second quarter with increased defensive pressure. Mallet’s skillful layup helped inspire a RheinEnergie run, which Marcus Faison capped with a layup plus foul to get his team to 32-31. Burrell gave the visitors their first lead when he made a pair of free throws midway through the quarter, 35-36, but Haislip and Kuqo returned to the court instead of Kerem Gonlum and Nikola Prkacin and the momentum turned back Efes's way. Haislip and Nicholas sparked a 14-3 run that ended the half with the hosts leading 49-39.

Efes made a quick start to the second half and extended its lead to 14 points through Haislip again. However the visitors responded with a 0-8 spurt over the next two minutes as Sljivancanin and Janar Talts heated up, closing the gap to 55-49. Haislip threw down an alley-oop slam for the fifth time to again increase Efes's advantage to double figures. The pace quieted for the rest of the third quarter as both teams missed good opportunities to score. Mallet fixed the score at 66-59 from the line after 30 minutes.

Haislip started the fourth quarter with another three and Nicholas and Jenkins joined the party too as Efes looked to pull away. Mallet and Burrell tried to get the visitors back, but the home team looked unstoppable. Haislip, Jenkins and Nicholas helped Efes increase its lead to 17 points before Burrell dunked with 14 seconds left. Prkacin scored the final basket with a layup on an assist from Jenkins to finalize the big win for the hosts, 91-76.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Gokhan Ture, Istanbu
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
Attendance: 5600
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Efes Pilsen29496691
RheinEnergie22395976
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 31:15 24 3/6 5/12 3/3   1 1     2   1 2 1 11
6 ERMIS, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 15:15 5 2/3   1/2 1 4 5 1 1 2     4 4 8
9 PROFIT, LaRon 5:30               1             1
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 22:45 3   1/1   1 2 3 1 1       1   7
11 ERDEN, CUNEYT 6:15               2 1       2   1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 3:30         1   1       1     1 3
13 HAISLIP, MARCUS 36:30 33 9/10 5/9 0/1 2 8 10   1 1 3   1 2 41
14 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 JENKINS, HORACE 33:45 10 2/6 2/6 0/2   4 4 9 1 2 1 2 3 6 14
23 KUQO, ERMAL 24:45 14 7/8   0/1 3 4 7 4   3     4 1 17
41 AKYOL, CENK 20:30 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   3 3 1 1 3     3 2  
Team                                
Totals 200:00 91 23/34 13/30 6/11 8 26 34 19 6 13 5 3 20 17 103
        67.6% 43.3% 54.5%
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
RheinEnergie
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 STRASSER, JOHANNES 8:45   0/1           1   1   1 1   -3
12 TALTS, JANAR 18:00 9 2/3 1/2 2/4 3 2 5         1 3 2 8
13 GORTAT, MARCIN 21:45 1 0/4   1/2 2 2 4 1 1 2 2   2 1 1
16 CARDUCK, STEPHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 MALLET, DEMOND 35:30 21 3/9 2/6 9/10   2 2 1 1 1   1 3 7 16
22 FAISON, MARCUS 26:00 5 1/1 0/1 3/3   1 1 1 1       2 2 7
30 BURRELL, RONNIE 32:45 23 7/12 1/2 6/6 3 5 8 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 27
31 GRUNHEID, GUIDO 24:00 6 3/7 0/3   1 4 5 3 2 1     2   6
32 SLJIVANCANIN, MLADJEN 33:15 11 1/3 3/6   1 3 4 2 1 2     3 4 12
44 JONES, ALVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 76 17/40 7/20 21/25 10 19 29 10 7 9 3 5 17 20 74
        42.5% 35% 84%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen

 "We had a very good offensive performance in the game. We succeeded on offense for all 40 minutes and I'm satisfied with the performance of my team. My players shared the ball extremely well and that was the key to our the success on offense. But RheinEnergie also played disciplined and they really made it hard for most of the game. I cannot say that our defense was good for the whole game but also it was not bad too."

OBRADOVIC, SASA
RheinEnergie
"Efes Pilsen is a new team, but [they are] improving the way they play game by game. I didn't expected that kind of scoring potential from Efes tonight, but our problem was another thing. We weren't able to challange they way we wanted during the game. They really deserved to win the game. We are doing everything to become a good team, which is showing good teamwork. We have a good generation of young German players and this is good for the future."

Players

KUQO, ERMAL
Efes Pilsen
"It was an exciting game for both sides and I really enjoyed the game. Marcus Haislip especially did great job tonight and he made incredible shots and alley-oops to help the team both for scoring and motivation sides of the game. I think tonight we hid our defensive mistakes with good work on offense. There's nothing much to say but it really feels good to keep our chances alive for the top three in our group."
MALLET, DEMOND
RheinEnergie
"I think we played a good offensive game against a very good defensive team tonight. But at the same time, the problem was our defence... That we couldn't challange them on that point. They were really hot tonight, especially Marcus Haislip was on fire and really did an excellent job. We'll try to get the chance for the Top 16 in the next games."
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