2019-20Regular SeasonRound 26
February 27, 2020 CET: 20:00
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Records

9-16 Regular Season 22-3
9-16 Overall 22-3

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

The top two teams in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in alphabetical order will clash on Thursday in the German capital when ALBA hosts Efes. ALBA, which has won four of its last five road games, will try to capture a valuable victory at home to remain in the playoff hunt; ALBA enters the round two wins behind eighth-placed Khimki Moscow Region in the standings. ALBA has lost its last three home games. Efes, which comes to Berlin without the league’s top performer this season, Shane Larkin, has won 10 in a row.

When they last met…

Efes needed overtime before disposing of ALBA 106-105 in Round 2. The teams traded leads throughout the game, with ALBA hitting a club-record 14 three-point shots, but the backcourt duo of Shane Larkin and Vaislije Micic guided Efes to victory. Larkin finished with 26 points on 5-for-9 three-point shooting along with 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Micic had 23 points and career highs of 13 assists and 4 steals. For ALBA, Rokas Giedraitis netted 21 points and Luke Sikma had 15 plus 8 rebounds.

Marquee matchup

Luke Sikma is ALBA's silent assassin as he puts of strong numbers across the board to fuel ALBA by taking advantage of whatever the opposing defense gives him, whether that is allowing him to set up teammates from the post, score or crash the glass. Efes's Chris Singleton is the right type of player to neutralize Sikma as a team-first big man with the skills to impact the game at both ends. They may not put up the big numbers, but these two will surely have something big to say about the outcome.

Keys to victory: ALBA

It figures to be a high-scoring game with ALBA ranked third in scoring (85.1 ppg.) and Efes second (87.1 ppg.). Even though ALBA allows by far the most points in the league (89.0 ppg.), it has also managed to win many games when allowing opponents to score in the high 80s and more. Against Efes, the key will be not to slow down the pace, but to stop the opponents from getting easy shots and converting at their league-best rates (57.1% on two-pointers and 42.0% on threes). If Efes must work harder – or decides to settle for quicker, less open shots in a fast-paced game, ALBA will be in a promising spot.  

Keys to victory: Efes

On paper, this game seems to be right up Efes's alley, but the team will still need to get maximum production from guards Vasilije Micic, Rodrigue Beaubois and Kruno Simon to make up for the absence of Larkin. That trio has the experience and shot-making ability to handle the role and if Efes does not fall out of rhythm with its go-to scoring injured, it can add another road win to its impressive record.

Monday, February 24, 2020
Euroleague.net
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MASON, MAKAI G 1.85 24
3 SIVA, PEYTON G 1.82 29
5 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 28
6 DELOW, MALTE G 1.94 18
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS G 2.01 26
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.94 20
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 22
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ F 2.04 20
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 25
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.13 20
25 OGBE, KENNETH G 1.98 25
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 27
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 26
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER F 2.06 26
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 25
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 30
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.93 22
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 LARKIN, SHANE G 1.82 27
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE G 1.95 32
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS F 2.06 30
3 SAYBIR, YIGITCAN F 2.03 21
4 BALBAY, DOGUS G 1.85 31
6 KURTULDUM, MUSTAFA F 1.96 18
8 GECIM, TOLGA F 2.06 23
10 ILYASOGLU, OMERCAN G 1.95 19
15 SANLI, SERTAC C 2.12 28
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN F 2.02 31
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN G 1.93 26
21 PLEISS, TIBOR C 2.21 30
22 MICIC, VASILIJE G 1.96 26
23 ANDERSON, JAMES F 1.98 30
25 PETERS, ALEC F 2.06 24
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT C 2.03 33
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV G 1.97 34

Player Stats

Larkin, S. / 22.0 Micic, V. / 14.2 Beaubois, R. / 9.4
Sikma, L. / 6.3 Nnoko, L. / 5.8
Siva, P. / 5.2 Hermannsson, M. / 4.7 Sikma, L. / 4.4
Micic, V. / 5.7 Larkin, S. / 4.0 Simon, K. / 2.8
Singleton, C. / 1.4 Larkin, S. / 1.3 Micic, V. / 1.2
Nnoko, L. / 0.8 Sikma, L. / 0.5
Pleiss, T. / 0.5
2PT
Nnoko, L. / 63.3% Thiemann, J. / 55.1% Giedraitis, R. / 54.1%
Sanli, S. / 67.9% Peters, A. / 67.6% Pleiss, T. / 64.2%
3PT
Giffey, N. / 49.1% Eriksson, M. / 46.4% Mason, M. / 44.1%
Larkin, S. / 51.0% Singleton, C. / 48.6% Simon, K. / 44.0%
FT
Mason, M. / 91.9% Hermannsson, M. / 88.1% Giedraitis, R. / 87.3%
Micic, V. / 95.1% Larkin, S. / 89.8% Singleton, C. / 88.2%
PIR
Sikma, L. / 16.3 Giedraitis, R. / 14.9 Nnoko, L. / 12.2
Larkin, S. / 25.7 Micic, V. / 15.4 Singleton, C. / 11.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
85.1 Points 87.1
33.5 Rebounds 33.6
11.5 O. Rebounds 9.3
22.0 D. Rebounds 24.3
19.6 Assists 17.7
7.1 Steals 7.0
2.0 Blocks 2.4
49.5% 2PT 57.1%
39.5% 3PT 42.0%
81.0% FT 85.6%
93.0 PIR 103.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
89.0 Points 77.4
34.7 Rebounds 32.7
10.6 O. Rebounds 11.3
24.1 D. Rebounds 21.4
20.9 Assists 19.4
7.2 Steals 5.8
2.6 Blocks 2.6
57.6% 2PT 51.0%
39.2% 3PT 35.9%
80.5% FT 80.6%
101.7 PIR 81.9

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"In our first game, which we lost in Istanbul only after overtime, we were a surprise for Efes. But onw all our opponents know that we compete in every game and Efes knows that the game in Berlin will be a difficult one. Like in many games before also against Efes we miss several injured players. Nevertheless you have possibilities to win in every game. But in our current situation I don’t worry too much about winning or losing. More important is for me, that the players, that are available, play with the maximum that is possible."

Players

HERMANNSSON, MARTIN
ALBA Berlin
"Despite so many injury problems, we recently were able to win a few close games, which we did not in the first half of the season. If we had learned that a little bit earlier, we could be in a playoff spot right now. But anyway this is a really good sign for the rest of the season. We knew that we would lose games in the EuroLeague because of our lack of experience, but now feel ready, to do better. Of course, playing Efes will be a huge challenge. Last week they proved in Munich even without Shane Larkin, that there is a reason, why they are number one in the EuroLeague."

ALBA Berlin vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

· Efes holds an 8-1 lead over ALBA in their EuroLeague meetings this century, but between 2004 and this season they've played just twice, in 2012-13.

· In their Round 2 clash, Efes pulled out a 106-105 overtime win. Vasilije Micic had 23 points and career-highs of 13 assists and 4 steals. He also had a career-best PIR 32, earning MVP of the Round honor. Shane Larkin scored 26 points in that game.

· ALBA set a club record with 33 free throws made in a 73-74 home loss against Efes in January 2002.

· ALBA recorded its club record in index rating (127) and assists (28) in the Round 2 loss against Efes.

·  Efes center Tibor Pleiss and ALBA forward Niels Giffey have been teammates on the German national team. 

· Martin Hermannsson tied a club record with his career-best 11 assists in the loss against Efes in Round 2.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Euroleague.net

ALBA Berlin  

Roster
ALBA has registered 17 players for EuroLeague action. All 17 have appeared in at least one game and 12 of them have started. No player started every game for ALBA this season.
Stefan Peno is recovering from a knee injury sustained last season.

Streaks
Markus Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in 17 straight and 29 of his last 30 games.
Eriksson has collected at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games. 
Rokas Giedraitis has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 13 of his last 14 games.
Giedraitis has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 13 games. 
Giedraitis has posted double-digit PIRs in each of his last 14 games. 
Giedraitis has a steal in six of his last seven games.
Giedraitis has made 17 consecutive free throws.
Luke Sikma has posted double-figure PIRs in 13 of his last 14 games.
Sikma has at least 1 steal in nine of his last 10 games.
Martin Hermannsson has made at least 1 three-point shot in nine of his last 10 games.
Tyler Cavanaugh has made 14 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Rokas Giedraitis is tied for fourth in steals this season with 1.4 per game.
Marcus Eriksson ranks seventh this season with 2.4 three-point shots made per game.

Records/Milestones
Niels Giffey ranks 15th all-time in three-point accuracy at 44.8%.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Roster
Coach Ataman has used 12 different players as starters this season. No player has started every game.
Chris Singleton has never sat out a EuroLeague game. He has 158 appearances in his fifth season in the competition, tied for the fifth-longest streak in the EuroLeague all-time.
Bryant Dunston has been sidelined since Round 8 with an injury.
Shane Larkin missed Round 25 with an ankle injury.

Streaks
Shane Larkin has made at least 1 three-point shot in 36 of his last 37 appearances. He has made multiple threes in 10 straight games. 
Larkin has scored in double figures and posted double-digit PIRs in 10 straight and 19 of his last 20 games.
Larkin has collected at least 1 steal in nine of his last 10 games.
Larkin has made 11 consecutive free throws.
Rodrigue Beaubois has made at least 1 three-point shot in 12 straight games.
Beaubois has at least 1 steal in 10 of his last 11 games.
Bryant Dunston has blocked at least 1 shot in 14 consecutive games.
Chris Singleton has hit at least 1 three-point shot in 10 straight games.
Vasilije Micic had double-digit PIRs in five of his last six games.
Micic has hit at least 1 three-pointer in five of his last six games.

Rankings
Shane Larkin leads the league this season in average PIR with 25.7 per game.
Larkin leads the league in scoring this season with 21.96 points per game.
Larkin ranks fourth this season in three-point accuracy at 50.98%.
Larkin ranks second this season with 3.4 three-point shots made per game.
Vasilije Micic ranks fifth this season with 5.7 assists per game.
Chris Singleton ranks sixth in steals this season with 1.4 per game.

Records/Milestones
Shane Larkin set the EuroLeague all-time single-game scoring record with 49 points in a Round 11 win over FC Bayern Munich. In that game, he also tied the competition record with 10 three-pointers made.
Bryant Dunston ranks second all-time with 242 blocks. He trails only Fran Vazquez (249).
Dunston ranks ninth with 403 career offensive rebounds. Othello Hunter of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv is eighth with 409 and counting. Kerem Gonlum is seventh with 421.
Tibor Pleiss is tied with Stephane Lasme for sixth place all-time with 174 blocked shots. Ioannis Bourousis is fifth with 194.
Dogus Balbay needs 5 more steals to reach 100 for his career.
Chris Singleton needs 5 points to reach 1,500 for his career.
James Anderson needs 13 rebounds to reach 500 for his career.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
1 - 8
ALBA Berlin Anadolu Efes Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 1-3
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 0-5
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 5-0
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 3-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 11 October 2019 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 106 - 105 ALBA Berlin
2012-13 06 March 2013 Top 16 Alba Berlin 86 - 91 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 11 January 2013 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71 - 62 Alba Berlin
2003-04 04 February 2004 Regular Season Alba Berlin 77 - 61 Efes Pilsen
2003-04 03 December 2003 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 79 - 68 Alba Berlin
2002-03 12 December 2002 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 74 - 62 Alba Berlin
2002-03 10 October 2002 Regular Season Alba Berlin 63 - 84 Efes Pilsen
2001-02 09 January 2002 Regular Season Alba Berlin 73 - 74 Efes Pilsen
2001-02 24 October 2001 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 78 - 72 Alba Berlin