2020-21Regular SeasonRound 26
February 26, 2021 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Micic, Efes dominate the Turkish Derby

Anadolu Efes Istanbul earned plenty of bragging rights in the Istanbul Derby by downing host Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 74-106 at Ulker Sports and Event Hall on Friday. Efes dominated from start to finish behind an outstanding Vasilije Micic to improve to 15-10 in the standings, good for a leap ahead of Fenerbahce into sixth place. Efes now has a four-game winning streak and ended the 10-game streak of Fenerbahce, whose record dropped to 15-11. Micic paced the winners with 35 points. Rodrigue Beaubois added 14, Sertac Sanli 13 and Shane Larkin 11 for Efes. Nando De Colo led Fenerbahce with 24 points while Jan Vesely added 18. Efes led 39-53 at halftime, extended its margin to 58-81 and did not find any resistance to taking the win back across the Bosphorus Strait.


Sanli led an 0-8 opening run by Efes with a dunk and a couple of jumpers. Marko Guduric stepped up for Fenerbahce but Sanli scored again and Micic buried a six-meter shot for a double-digit lead, 2-12. De Colo stepped up with a jumper, a triple and a backdoor layup. Beaubois hit a jumper, Bryant Dunston added a three-point play, and Micic followed a three-pointer with consecutive driving layups to boost Efes's lead to 9-24. Dyshawn Pierre scored down low to bring Fenerbahce within 11-24 after 10 minutes. Guduric and Krunoslav Simon traded layups early in the second quarter and Larkin struck from beyond the arc to break the game open, 13-29. Micic took over with a wild three-point play but Pierre and Lorenzo Brown kept the hosts within 18-32. Dunston found his second layup-plus-free throw combination, then Beaubois and James Anderson each struck from downtown for a 22-42 Efes lead. Jarell Eddie joined the three-point shootout and Vesely scored his team's next 10 points, including back-to-back dunks to get Fenerbahce within 35-46. Simon and Micic stepped up for Efes but De Colo kept the hosts within 39-53 at halftime. Beaubois and Larkin each hit a triple right after the break and Micic struck twice from downtown but De Colo singlehandedly kept Fenerbahce within 49-65. Sanli and Edgaras Ulanovas exchanged three-pointers and Micic restored a 52-70 Efes lead. Sanli sank a long two-pointer and Micic added back-to-back triples – one of them from way downtown – to help the guests take a commanding 58-81 margin after 30 minutes. Beaubois buried a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and added a jumper for a 60-86 score. Simon hit a floater and Chris Singleton connected from downtown to make it a 31-point game, 62-93. Nothing changed in the final 7 minutes, as Efes cruised to a no-doubt-about-it, well-deserved road victory.

Pivotal performer

Micic dominated the game with the best game of his already-solid EuroLeague career. He finished a personal-best 37 points on 4-of-6 two-point shots, 6-of-6 three-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws, adding 5 assists, 3 steals and 8 fouls drawn for a PIR of 44 – his new career high.

Game-changing moment

Efes led from start to finish and got a double-digit advantage right away. Sertac Sanli provided instant offense in the opening minutes with a dunk, a layup and a couple of jumpers. Adrien Moerman had a fastbreak dunk and Vasilije Micic hit a jumper to give Efes a 2-12 lead, and the guests never looked back.

Stellar stat

Efes hit 22-of-30 two-point shots (73.3%) and 14-of-25 three-pointers (56%) for the team's second-best field goal percentage (36-of-55, 65.5%) in its EuroLeague history. Its best, 66.0% (35-of-53), came against FC Bayern Munich on October 11, 2018. Its 106 points tonight ties Efes's third-best mark in EuroLeague history, too. Its highest scoring night, 100, came against Olympiacos Piraeus on December 9, 2004.

Did you know?

Jan Vesely became the fourth player to hit 1,000 two-point shots in EuroLeague history. Vesely achieved this milestone with a layup with 2:11 left in the third quarter. Georgios Printezis and Ante Tomic share first place at 1,137 two-point shots made, followed by Kyle Hines (1,055).

Next game

Both teams return to EuroLeague action early next week. Efes hosts Valencia Basket on Tuesday as Tibor Pleiss goes against his former team. A day later, Fenerbahce visits AX Armani Exchange Milan and Luigi Datome, who won the EuroLeague title with Fenerbahce in 2017.

Vasilije Micic - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB20
Friday, February 26, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL; LATISEVS, OLEGS; PANTHER, ANNE
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul11281916
Anadolu Efes Istanbul24292825
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul11395874
Anadolu Efes Istanbul245381106
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BROWN, LORENZO 14:30 5 2/3 0/1 1/1   1 1 3 1     1   1 8
8 GUDURIC, MARKO 20:55 4 1/4 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 4     3 1 -3
11 O'QUINN, KYLE BRANDON 8:52 8 4/5 0/1   1   1 1   3   1 2   2
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK 5:20   0/1       2 2               1
19 DE COLO, NANDO 30:49 24 8/11 2/5 2/2 1 1 2 5 2 3     2 6 28
21 PIERRE, DYSHAWN 29:37 4 2/4 0/2     1 1 4   2   1 4 3 1
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 15:47     0/1   1 3 4 1             4
24 VESELY, JAN 31:08 18 9/16   0/1 2 4 6 1   2 1   3 1 14
31 EDDIE, JARELL 15:08 3 0/1 1/1   1 1 2       1   4 1 2
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 7:25                         1   -1
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 20:29 8 2/3 1/1 1/3 1   1         1 2 1 4
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 74 28/48 4/14 6/9 10 14 24 16 4 14 2 4 21 14 62
        58.3% 28.6% 66.7%
Head coach: KOKOSKOV, IGOR
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
0 LARKIN, SHANE 24:22 11 1/2 2/4 3/3   1 1 5         1   13
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 26:10 14 4/4 2/5     1 1 2 2 2     2 1 13
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 23:40 6 0/1 1/4 3/5 1 4 5 3         1 2 9
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 2:23 2 1/1       1 1               3
15 SANLI, SERTAC 17:50 13 5/5 1/1   1 3 4 1 1       2   17
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 16:20 2 1/3 0/2   1 1 2 1   3     1   -3
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 30:46 37 4/6 6/6 11/11   1 1 5 3 2   2 4 8 44
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 6:52 6 1/1 1/1 1/2   2 2 2           1 10
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 22:10 6 2/2   2/2   2 2 1 1 1 4   2 5 16
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 29:27 9 3/5 1/2   1 3 4 6         2 2 16
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 106 22/30 14/25 20/23 4 21 25 26 7 10 4 2 15 19 138
        73.3% 56% 87%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

KOKOSKOV, IGOR
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"Congratulations to Efes for their performance tonight. They were the better team for 40 minutes. They played confident, played together and just showed tonight something that we talked about before the game, that we already knew, that they are a very talented, very good team. They are a veteran team that reads the game very well, with a lot of shooters on the court. I am happy for Micic; he had a really good season and I am happy for him. But for us, it is a learning game. We are going to play this team again. We know that. We are going to face this team and learn from mistakes that we made tonight. I am taking full responsibility as a coach that, mentally and psychologically, the team was not prepared. We had 10 turnovers in the first half and 5 turnovers in the opening 5 minutes of the game. I think we were too anxious, too nervous. We have to go back to basics, learning from this game, because we played against a really good team. We know this team is a contender to win the EuroLeague this year. From that point of view, again, we have to give them credit that we played a really good team. But also, I know that we are better that what we showed tonight. We have to stay together as a group and focus on our next game."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I think that we started the game perfect. We won the game in the first quarter, because we played excellent defense. For 5 minutes, we didn't let them score. We got confidence on offense. We moved the ball very well. All the shots we made, especially in the first quarter, were correct shots after we moved the ball, shared the ball and found the right shot. Then we got confidence. OK, maybe during the game, with these 14 [threes] that we made, there were 2 or 3 lucky ones we made in the last seconds of the shot clock. But anyway, we played the whole game perfect. We never gave up on defense. Only in the second quarter, when the score was 28-29, we had a 20-point advantage and we stopped defending and had a little bit of risk to our tempo. But in the beginning of the second half, we started to play regular again. So this is EuroLeague. It's a great win, it's the derby, against the team that didn't lose in the last 10 games. But now we close this because next week there's a double round in the EuroLeague and we play two home games, Valencia and CSKA Moscow. But of course, I am happy about my players' mentality. They showed one more time, like in Barcelona, our power."

Players

MICIC, VASILIJE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul

"It was a lucky day for me today. I scored many tough shots, but I think that personally I started the game well. We also played great defense in the first quarter, which gave us extra confidence. Besides that, [Fenerbahce] was currently the best team in the best shape among us, but today we really stopped their offense. We really played tough. Each player who stepped on the court gave extra effort, and I am really happy for that."

"Every game is a different story. I don't prepare any game with something special. I step on the court and try to feel my body as best I can. Also, we are trying to find this rhythm that was really perfect for us last year, and I think we are getting in that shape, which is very important. This helped me feel confidence as a player, too."

SANLI, SERTAC
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I feel great about this win, because Fenerbahce is a great team in the EuroLeague. They won 10 in a row. We came here to beat them. We played good on defense, we helped each other, and we continued to play with defensive aggressiveness the whole game, and this was it. That's how we won the game."