2019-20Regular SeasonRound 4
October 24, 2019 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Dunston powers Efes past Real

Anadolu Efes Istanbul blasted past Real Madrid to take a comprehensive 76-60 victory at the Sinan Erdem Dome on Thursday night. Efes recovered from a slow start with an 18-2 run to take control, and although Real battled back before half-time the host repeatedly surged ahead in the third quarter and would not be denied its first win over Real in eight attempts. Bryant Dunston powered his team throughout, contributing 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Krunoslav Simon inspired Efes’s second-half surge to finish with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Chris Singleton also caught the eye with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and Vasilije Micic added 12 points. Sergio Llull scored 14 points for Real, with Gabriel Deck and Jordan Mickey adding 10 apiece. The game broke the tie between the teams for a share of second place, lifting Efes to 3-1 while Real drops to 2-2.

Real made a confident start with a three-pointer from Rudy Fernandez and two more from Anthony Randolph, forcing Efes into an early time out at 0-9. But Shane Larkin and Singleton got the home team moving, and a steal and slam from Dunston made it 10-11. Micic drove to give Efes its first lead, before Rodrigue Beaubois added an easy layup. Singleton made a triple early in the second quarter, completing an 18-2 run. Real had not scored for more than 6 minutes, but Deck broke the drought from the foul line. James Anderson and Beaubois extended the lead to 22-13, before Jaycee Carroll struck from deep and Llull scored Real’s first two-pointer before then netting from deep as the visitors answered with a 1-10 run, tying the game at 23-23 with Mickey’s close-range finish. Micic and Dunston sent Efes ahead again, but Deck forced another tie from long-range and then raced full court to beat the buzzer for a 29-31 half-time lead. Micic and Larkin opened the second half scoring with triples, and Singleton completed a 8-0 run. Facundo Campazzo answered from deep but Micic struck another three-pointer for a 44-36 lead after a big put-back from Dunston. Then Simon took over, dunking and adding a pair of triples, but three-pointers from Fernandez and Llull kept Real in touch, 56-50, at the end of the third. Simon kept his hot hand with a three-point play and a jumper at the start of the final quarter, securing a double-digit lead, but Carroll and Mickey reduced the deficit. Dunston and Simon steadied Efes, before Singleton’s deep strike and Dunston’s layup completed a 13-0 run to make the hosts safe and the final minutes meaningless to the result.

Efes ends losing streak

This was Efes’s first victory over Real since Game 3 of their playoffs series in April 2015. Since then the Spanish side had won seven straight meetings, scoring at least 84 points in each of the last five encounters between the teams.

Inside woes hamper Real

The first 7 shots of the game were all three-point attempts. Nobody tried their luck from inside the arc until Shane Larkin made a jump shot for Efes with 3:10 played. However, Real didn’t make a two-pointer until Sergio Llull drove to layup with 4:28 played in the second quarter, having missed its first 9 shots from inside the arc. Real ended up converting only 7 of its 30 two-point shots, the lowest in the club’s EuroLeague history.

Efes finds shooting range in second half

Efes struggled offensively in the first half, making only 2 of its 15 three-point attempts. But there was a remarkable transformation after the break as the home team converted all 5 of its long-range strikes in the third quarter. Efes then slowed down to finish with 8-of-26 three-pointers made, but the damage was already done.

Dunston shines bright

A major factor for Efes’s dominance was Bryant Dunston, who produced a superb all-round performance as he netted 17 points on 8-of-10 two-point shooting, along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot, yielding a PIR of 27 – his best since a home loss to Khimki Moscow Region in March 2018.

Next round

Efes will start the first double round week of the season with a home meeting against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade next Tuesday, while Real stays on the road to face FC Bayern Munich the following day.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; NEDOVIC, MILAN
Attendance: 15167
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul15142720
Real Madrid11201910
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul15295676
Real Madrid11315060
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 18:57 9 1/6 2/5 1/2   5 5 2   2   3 4 3 1
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 20:07 6 2/4 0/3 2/2   3 3 1   1 1 2 3 2 2
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 30:14 13 2/4 2/3 3/4 1 4 5   3     1 3 3 16
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 10:02   0/1     1   1 1 1 2     3 1 -2
8 GECIM, TOLGA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SANLI, SERTAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 5:33     0/2     3 3               1
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 31:24 12 2/5 2/8 2/2 1 2 3 4 2 2     3 3 10
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 8:18 2 1/2     1   1             1 3
25 PETERS, ALEC 9:53   0/1     1 1 2     1     1 1  
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 34:20 17 8/10 0/1 1/2 2 6 8 3 2   1   2 2 27
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 31:12 17 5/9 2/4 1/1 1 8 9 4 1 2     1 1 23
Team           4   4     1         3
Totals 200:00 76 21/42 8/26 10/13 12 32 44 15 9 11 2 6 20 17 84
        50% 30.8% 76.9%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 9:20   0/3       2 2     2       1 -2
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 13:15 6 0/2 2/4     1 1     4 1   1 1  
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 24:49 9 1/1 2/6 1/2 1 3 4 1           6 15
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 26:48 5 0/6 1/3 2/2   1 1 7 2 2   2 2 3 4
8 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 5:42           1 1 1         3   -1
14 DECK, GABRIEL 26:45 10 1/2 2/4 2/2 1 2 3 3     1   2 1 13
16 GARUBA, USMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 12:30 6 0/1 2/4     3 3     1       2 7
22 TAVARES, WALTER 14:44   0/1       5 5   1 2 1   2 2 4
23 LLULL, SERGIO 18:12 14 1/2 3/6 3/4       1 1 2     4 3 8
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 25:12 10 4/6 0/1 2/2 3 5 8     3 2   1 1 14
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 22:43   0/6 0/2   3   3 1     1   2   -5
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 60 7/30 12/30 10/12 9 26 35 14 4 16 6 2 17 20 61
        23.3% 40% 83.3%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“All game we played a great defense, and in the first half we had the chance to break the game but we missed a lot of shots, we only made 2 of 15 three-pointers in the first half. We wanted better shot selection in the second half and we did it, we found shots everywhere – from the outside, from pick and roll, with our bigs, and we won the game with a perfect score. I’d like to welcome Chris Singleton back to this level, he showed us he is a great player. Every game is important in EuroLeague, everybody can beat every team, this game is over and next week we have a double week starting on Tuesday against Red Star. That will be a very important and difficult game and I hope we will have this great atmosphere again then. We will continue, it’s very early in the season and we have 30 more games.”
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
“First I congratulate Efes for the victory. They outplayed us in the second half and they deserved the victory. The first half was not very good offensively for either team, but defensively both teams were solid. Their percentages in the first half were not good, but our turnovers were terrible, and that’s why the game was close at half-time. Then in the second half they increased their percentages, and really didn’t give us a chance. To compete at this level we have to play much better. If you have 7 of 30 from the two-point area, 16 turnovers, only 14 assists…and that’s offensively. Defensively we had some mistakes, and if you want to compete at this level you have to play well at both ends of the floor. It’s true we have to step up in positions 4 and 5. But also Simon played good and hurt us, so I’m not concerned only about one thing. There are a lot of things we have to improve.”

Players

SIMON, KRUNOSLAV
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“It was team play. We played a great second half. In the first half we had some problems on offense but we knew if we played our game it would happen for us. It’s nice to play good but the most important thing is the win. We had great defense, especially in the first half when we struggled on offense. We stayed alive on defense, they only scored 31 points in the first half which is a very small total for Real Madrid. When we started to play well on offense in the second half it was impossible for them to stop us.”
DUNSTON, BRYANT
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“It was very important because we lost the last game at home, and the guys stepped up today. Defensively we stepped up in the second half, which was one of keys when we went into the locker room. We always have a defensive goal and today we accomplished it. Hopefully we can play with this same effort in every game.”
CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO
Real Madrid
"It was a tough, difficult game on a very difficult court like this. In order to try to win here, you have to play good basketball, be smart and aggressive, and this is what we lacked in the most important moments. The EuroLeague is a very intense competition that requires 100% from you, physically and mentally. If you want to fight for big goals, you have to give 100%, home or away, and try to get wins. We have to turn the page, practice and think on the next game."