2020-21Regular SeasonRound 5
December 08, 2020 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM SPORTS HALL.

Efes rallies late to edge ASVEL

Anadolu Efes Istanbul got back to its winning ways with a hard-fought 72-68 win over visiting LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne in a rescheduled Round 5 game on Tuesday night. The win improved Efes's record to 7-5, while ASVEL dropped to 3-8 on the season. Efes seemed in control and led by 13 points early in the third quarter, but the visitors used their zone defense to disrupt Efes's rhythm and confidence in rallying with a 6-22 run to take a 50-53 lead early in the fourth. ASVEL also led 57-63 with less than 4 minutes left, but Efes stepped up defensively to answer with a 13-2 run to pull out the victory. Vasilije Micic had 22 points to pace Efes and Larkin scored 18 points. Bryant Dunston added 13 for the winners. David Lighty and William Howard scored 14 apiece for ASVEL, Amine Noua had 11 points, and Kevarrius Hayes delivered 8 rebounds and a club-record 6 blocks in defeat.

Micic and Guerschon Yabusele traded three-pointers before Dunston and Moustapha Fall exchanged dunks. Back-to-back threes from Charles Kahudi and Antoine Diot made it 9-12 midway through the first quarter. The scoring slowed down after a timeout, but Noua hit a triple for the visitors and nailed a step-back baseline jumper just before the buzzer to make it 13-19 after 10 minutes. However, Efes needed 100 seconds and a 6-0 run to tie the game with baskets from Tibor Pleiss and James Anderson. Noua and Yabusele had big dunks for the visitors, but Pleiss, Micic and Dunston fueled another Efes run. The hosts entered the final minute of the second quarter with a 10-point advantage before Fall and Noua cut it to 33-27 at halftime.

Larkin got Efes going after the break by scoring a runner and a three-point play before he and Micic slalomed to the rim on back-to-back possessions to open a 44-31 decision. However, Yabusele knocked down a triple and Hayes delivered a pair of blocks, the latter of which led to a transition triple by Howard to cut the deficit to 44-39. A three from Diot got ASVEL within a single point, but Larkin scored a last-second three-point-play to make it 48-44 going into the fourth quarter. The visitors' charge continued as they used defensive traps deep in the Efes half of the court and then dropped into a zone defense that the hosts had no answers for. Noua hit a jumper and Diot fed Howard for a layup before Lighty knocked down a triple-plus foul to make it 50-53. Adrien Moerman had a tough runner and a badly needed triple for Efes, but 5 points from Howard, including a triple, made it 57-63 with 3:47 to go. However, Efes never stopped going inside and it paid off with Dunston powering in a baseline layup and Micic driving for a layup-plus-foul before Larkin took it to the rim to put Efes up 66-65 going into the final minute. On the other end, Efes did not allow a field goal in the final 4 minutes of the game and Larkin and Micic sealed the outcome from the foul line./p>

Decisive run

ASVEL dominated with 15 offensive rebounds compared to 8 by Efes and held a 6-point lead with 4 minutes to go. But Efes got control of the boards by putting a big lineup of Dustin Bryant, Adrien Moerman and Chris Singleton together on the floor for the opportunity to attack in transition. It led to a 13-2 run that decided the game.

Overcoming offense

Efes won despite making 2 triples on 9 attempts. This game marked only the fourth time this century Efes attempted fewer than 10 three-pointers. Efes also dished just 8 assists, its fewest since March 2016.

Shot-blocking record

ASVEL's rookie big man Kevarrius Hayes entered this game with 3 blocked shots for the season, but he had that many in the third quarter alone. Hayes had his first block of the game in the first quarter, then deliver 3 in the third, and two more in the fourth to set the ASVEL club record. It was also the most by any player in a single game since Ekpe Udoh had 7 in February 2016.

Milestone 1,500

Shane Larkin entered the game with 1,499 career points and reached the 1,500-point milestone with a driving layup late in the first quarter. Larkin needed 99 games to achieve this feat, as he is averaging 15.3 points per game for his career, fourth-best among the active players.

Next up

Both teams have another game this week in Round 13. Efes will be in action again on Thursday when it visits Valencia Basket, while ASVEL will travel to face FC Bayern Munich on Friday.

Vasilije Micic - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB20
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Attendance: 0
By Quarter1234
Anadolu Efes Istanbul13201524
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne1981724
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul13334872
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne19274468
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 31:04 18 7/10 0/2 4/4   5 5 3 2 1   1   4 25
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 12:40   0/2 0/1             1     1   -5
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 24:59 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 5 6     1 2 1 2 2 5
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 2:19                           1 1
8 GECIM, TOLGA 6:27   0/1 0/1     1 1 1   1       1  
15 SANLI, SERTAC 0:05 2     2/2                   1 3
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 18:28 5 1/3 1/1     7 7 1   2   1 1   7
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN 0:20                              
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 13:58 4 2/8     1 3 4   1 2 1 2 1 1  
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 34:53 22 6/7 1/3 7/7   1 1 2 1 4   1 3 6 21
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 28:45 6 2/3   2/4 2 2 4   1       5 2 5
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 26:02 13 6/8   1/2 2 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 3 4 16
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 72 24/44 2/9 18/21 8 26 34 8 6 13 5 7 16 22 81
        54.5% 22.2% 85.7%
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
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 FREEMAN, ALLERIK 14:12   0/2 0/2     1 1   1 1   1     -4
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 15:15 3 0/2 1/3   1 1 2   1       1 1 2
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 8:10   0/1               1         -2
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 17:34 8 1/3 2/3   1 1 2 7 1 1     3 1 12
9 LOMAZS, RIHARDS 5:48     0/2                   1 1 -2
10 FALL, MOUSTAPHA 16:43 5 2/5   1/3   3 3   1 2 1 1 3 3 2
12 NOUA, AMINE 16:00 11 4/5 1/3   1 1 2 1       1     10
13 HAYES, KEVARRIUS 19:38 3 1/1   1/2 5 3 8     1 6   4 4 15
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 29:04 14 4/7 1/3 3/3 2 3 5 1 3 2     3 4 17
25 HOWARD, WILLIAM 14:12 14 1/1 3/7 3/4   1 1 1 2 2     2 2 11
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON 23:20 8 1/3 2/4     4 4 2 1 2   2 2   5
30 COLE, NORRIS 20:04 2 1/4 0/5     1 1 2   1     3   -7
Team           5 2 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 68 15/34 10/32 8/12 15 21 36 14 10 14 7 5 22 16 65
        44.1% 31.3% 66.7%
Head coach: PARKER, TJ

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

"We didn't play our basketball. We had 8 assists, and we have 17 assists on average. We just made 2 three-point shots. But we found the way to win the game. We did not attack their zone well, but in the last 3 or 4 minutes we found a way. And also with three bigs we found a way to control the board with Chris Singleton at position three. We did not play good basketball, but it is important that we took the victory because we start a very long and difficult series of games."

"It is an important victory for us because we did not play our best basketball. In the EuroLeague, we averaged 19 assists and we have only 8 tonight. And the first time in a EuroLeague game we scored on 2 three-point shots. In these conditions, it is important to win on bad days, when we don't play our regular basketball. We had a problem defending against David Lighty, especially in the second half, but in the last 5 minutes we changed our strategy and played with three bigs, with Chris Singleton against him, and we started switching on man-to-man defense, and they did not find an easy score. And with penetrations, we found a way to attack. We had a lot of turnovers, we had 14, and a lot of that was by a low post player after we created a mismatch. It is hard for me to understand that we have 7 turnovers by players in the low post after creating mismatches. But finally, we found their bigs with our guards, got penetration points and won the game."

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"I think we found the solution in the second half. I think we started our offense, but again we did not close out the game. I think we deserved a different result tonight, but I guess we've got to earn some respect."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Important win for us. Unfortunately, we lost so many games at home, which is unusual for us, but that's the season we expected this year, with no fans. But we have to find our own motivation for every game. Maybe this was not a pretty victory, but an important one, and maybe it can turn us into the mode that we are in generally. It's a long season, with so many games ahead of us, especially this month. Game by game, I think we will keep our focus on the right path. I don't follow the game statistically so much because a game is a live thing, and it cannot prepare you well. I believe every player on our team wants to play the best he can, and nobody wants to miss shots. In general, how we play is that we are a spontaneous team that controls the game in a moment, not so much in preparation, which is tough to defend, if we are in good shape and very unpredictable. Sometimes we will have more assists, sometime we will shoot better percentages. Especially, we are not shooting well on our home court. There is no special explanation for that, except that we've just got to keep working and I think it is going to come."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It is a good win for us. We haven't really been in rhythm all season. We had injuries; things have not been going our way. But we stuck together, we fought and pulled out a big win for us at home. I am feeling better. It was a long offseason, but I feel better every single game. Playing a lot of games right now, so we are just trying to stay healthy, stay in shape, and continue to get better, continue to grow our rhythm as a team and try to keep winning games. It is a lot of games in a little bit of days, but we love to play so let's just try to stay focused, go to Valencia and try to get a big win on the road."