2012-13Regular SeasonRound 4
November 01, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Anadolu Efes storms back from 18-point deficit for big road win

Anadolu Efes stormed back from a 48-30 halftime deficit to stun Caja Laboral with a 64-76 win at Vitoria’s Fernando Buesa Arena. The visitors limited Laboral to 7 third-quarter points and just 9 in the fourth while finding their own offensive rhythm to claim the vital road win. Efes improved to 3-1 and sits in second place in Group C with a chance to move into first when it hosts undefeated Zalgiris Kaunas next week. Jordan Farmar led the Efes attack with 18 points, while Kerem Gonlum added 10 in 12 minutes. The Efes offense was simply more efficient with 18 assists to Laboral’s 10 and better shooting percentages all around. Carlos Cabezas paced Laboral with 12 points, Andres Nocioni, who played despite suffering a neck injury last week, added 11 points, Brad Oleson netted 10 and Nemanja Bjelica chipped in with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Laboral fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 at home with the loss.

First quarter: Hosts take big early lead, Efes fights back

Oleson opened fire with a three and Heurtel followed with a couple of free throws, as the visitors remained scoreless in the early going. It was Semih Erdem, with a monster one-handed dunk off a pick-and-roll, who ended the drought for the visitors, setting a 5-2 score after the first three minutes. Oleson answered pretty early with another jumper, while Nemanja Bjelica tapped in a miss by Lampe to make it 9-2. Farmar showed his skills nailing a well-guarded three, but Maciej Lampe replied with another bomb in the next possession. Farmar kept rocking and scored in penetration, but he found no help from his teammates as Caja Laboral increased the margin to 17-7 thanks to a three pointer and a pair of free throws made by Tibor Pleiss with three minutes to go. Efes didn’t panic though, as Farmar added two more points and Dusko Savanovic showed up at the low post to avoid an early crisis. Farmar, who else, made another bucket to cap a 0-6 run, but Nocioni hit twice from the line to prevent the visitors from completing the comeback. The game had to stop for a few minutes because of a problem with the shot clock with 54 seconds remaining in the quarter, and when it restarted Mahmuti switched to a zone defense that forced consecutive missed shots from Caja Laboral backcourt. Two free throws by Erden closed the first quarter with the hosts leading 19-15.

Second quarter: Cabezas, Oleson lead charge for comfortable halftime margin

Nocioni took advantage of his size to score in the low post against Josh Shipp, but Sasha Vujacic replied with a fast break dunk to keep Efes afloat. Nocioni and Gonlum exchanged baskets on the next possessions, as the pace of the game started to slow down. The score remained 23-19 until Gonlum hit once from the line to make it a 3-point game with six-and-a-half minutes to go in the half. The hosts were unable to find the key to break Efes’s zone defense , missed consecutive long-distance shots and turned the ball over. But Efes wasn’t so effective on offense and allowed a 3-on-1 fastbreak capped by a Nocioni layup that made it 25-20 right before the TV timeout. The visitors tried to exploit their size advantage size inside, but Gonlum and Erden only scored a half of their free throws as Oleson and Bjelica kept Caja Laboral ahead 29-22 midway through the second quarter. Even with Farmar again on court, Efes was unable to find its momentum, while Laboral got back-to-back threes from Causeur to reach a double-digit lead, 34-23. Mahmuti called an urgent timeout, but it proved useless as Nocioni made the gap even deeper, 39-25, with a three entering the last two minutes. Savanovic came to the rescue with 5 points in a row, but the reaction didn’t take place as Cabezas and Oleson took over on offense on the other end. Things got even worse for the visitors, as Batista committed an offensive foul followed by a technical foul called on Efes’s bench that granted 4 points in a row to Caja Laboral to finish the first half with a comfortable 48-30 lead.

Third quarter: Efes uses 0-12 run to storm back

Farmar hit a jumper right after the intermission, but it was the only basket from either team for the first two minutes of the quarter, so the differences remained in the early going. Erden found the basket inside twice to make it 48-36, as Laboral seemed to have lost its offensive effectiveness, forcing Coach Dusko Ivanovic to replace players too early. Nemanja Bjelica showed up for the first 2 points of the hosts, but Erden dunked the ball again to keep Efes in the right mood. A three pointer from Cabezas was quickly responded by an inside basket by former Laboral center Esteban Batista for a 53-40 hosts lead. Lucas banked a shot to reduce the deficit even more and Guler hit 2 free throws followed by back-to-back threes by Farmar and Shipp to cap a 0-12 run that got Efes into the game, 53-50 with 90 seconds to go in the quarter. Laboral called for an urgent timeout to try to recover its offensive momentum. It worked, as Lampe hit an open jumper that allowed the hosts keep breathing. Lucas answered later with a bank shot to close the quarter with the guests trailing 55-52.

Fourth quarter: Batista’s slams in 0-11 march pave Efes’s way

Shipp made it a 1-point game right after the break and Batista capped a fastbreak with a basket-plus-foul play for the first visitors’ lead of the game, 55-57. Laboral was completely shocked, unable to find open shots against the great defense set by the visiting team. Batista made the hole even deeper with a monster two-handed dunk, while the hosts kept turning the ball over. Vujacic hit a jumper off the screen for a 6-point lead, which caused Ivanovic to stop the game. Nothing seemed to work for Laboral though, as Lampe and Oleson missed three pointers after the timeout. Batista scored inside for a 55-63 Efes lead before Nemanja Belica came to the rescue with a monster dunk off an offensive rebound to end a 0-11 Efes run and bring the crowd to its feet. Gonlum put the game on ice with a corner jumper. Even though Bjelica gave a boost to Laboral, the visitors found no trouble to add easy points on offense through Gonlum and Farmar to make it 59-69 with three minutes to go. Even though the guests remained scoreless for a while, Laboral’s offensive blindness prevented it from thinking of a comeback. Cabezas made a three-point play to reduce the gap to 62-69 with less than two minutes to go, Shipp added one more for Efes, and San Emeterio hit twice form the line to make it 64-70 with 90 seconds to play, but it was the last attempt by the hosts as Tunceri scored a short jumper to confirm the win. Gonlum and Farmar followed him with consecutive baskets to cap an amazing second-half comeback and seal its second road win.

Jordan Farmar - Anadolu Efes - EB12
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Attendance: 11119 (Tentative)
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria192979
Anadolu Efes Istanbul15152224
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria19485564
Anadolu Efes Istanbul15305276
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 29:28 11 3/13 1/5 2/3 1 3 4     2 2   4 4  
11 BJELICA, MILKO 9:44 2 1/1             3 1     3   1
12 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS 18:07 12 3/3 1/1 3/3   2 2 2   1     1 2 16
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 14:03 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   1 1     5       2 -2
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 10:14 5   1/1 2/2 2 1 3     1     2 1 6
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 21:53 2 0/2   2/2   3 3 5 1 2       4 11
24 OLESON, BRAD 32:28 10 2/4 2/7   1 2 3 1 1 2     4 4 6
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 21:06 5 1/3 1/6   1 2 3     1     2   -2
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 30:13 8 3/7 0/5 2/2 7 5 12 2         4 2 11
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 12:44 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   1 1     1     2 1 5
Team           2 1 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 64 14/36 7/27 15/16 14 21 35 10 5 18 2 0 22 20 53
        38.9% 25.9% 93.8%
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 FARMAR, JORDAN 30:18 18 6/8 2/2     6 6 3 1 4     3   19
7 VUJACIC, SASHA 15:01 7 2/3 0/1 3/4   2 2 1         2 3 8
8 BATUK, BIRKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 22:35 9 4/5   1/4   4 4     2     3 5 9
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 18:19 2 1/1           5 1 4     1   3
11 SHIPP, JOSHUA 18:14 6 1/2 1/3 1/2   2 2     1     3 1 1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 11:54 10 4/6   2/4   1 1   1 1     1 3 9
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 16:20 9 4/5   1/1   2 2   1 2   1 1 2 9
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 28:43 7 1/4 1/2 2/2   5 5 2 2         5 17
22 GORDON, JAMON 23:14 6 2/4 0/1 2/4   1 1 4 2 2   1 3 2 4
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 15:22 2     2/2       1         3 1 1
Team           2 3 5           1   4
Totals 200:00 76 25/38 4/9 14/23 2 26 28 16 8 16 0 2 21 22 84
        65.8% 44.4% 60.9%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a great difference between the first and the second half. They played a much better defense in the second, they got tougher, covered passing lines very well while we came out relaxed, and when we tried to come back, we couldn’t. Our offense was out of logic, especially in the first minutes of the third quarter. Our only weapon was three-point shooting. We didn’t penetrate, we didn’t put the ball inside, and we limited our game to just shooting too much from outside, especially our big men. We are in a very difficult situation, but we still have options. We need to play better defense and with more patience in offense."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We saw a very strange game tonight. We committed a lot mistakes in the first half, we had 13 turnovers and that prevented us from getting in the right rhythm. We managed to react in the second half, we tried to put much more pressure on them and we succeed. We forced them to take difficult shots and that gave us confidence in offense. We got a very important win tonight, but this is just the fourth game and there is still a long road ahead for us."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"There were two completely different games in one. We had an awful second half, while they had a great reaction. We gradually lost intensity, and we shot too much from the three-point line and missed a lot of open shots. We let them rebound and run the floor. We played poor offensively in the second half and if you are not scoring it makes it pretty tough, because they got very good players with a lot of talent. We won in Milano last week, which was very important, but we wasted it by losing here tonight. It’s getting very difficult, but we have no other option than working even harder."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a quite strange game. We trailed by 18 points at halftime, but were able to come back and take control of the game. We did a great job. This is a very difficult court to play and to win in, but this is only the beginning and we must avoid thinking we are the best and that everything is already done. It was a very important game for me, as it was an opportunity to play again and try to recover my place in this team. I always try to be professional, especially in a situation and a team like this, with so many good and talented players, so I do my best to seize every opportunity."
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