2021-22Regular SeasonRound 10
November 17, 2021 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM SPORTS HALL.

Dominant fourth quarter lifts Efes over Reds

Anadolu Efes Istanbul claimed its second win in a row for the first time this season by defeating visiting Olympiacos Piraeus 88-69 at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall on Wednesday night. The hosts, whose record improved to 4-6, used a strong defensive display in the fourth quarter, in which they held Olympiacos to just 3 points to break open a game that had been close for the first 30 minutes. Rodrigue Beaubois led the winners with a career-high 29 points on 7-of-10 in three-point shooting, followed by Vasiljie Micic, who tallied 19 points. Shane Larkin posted 10 points and assists. Sasha Vezenkov led the way for the Reds with 17 points and 8 rebounds for a PIR of 26 and Moustapha Fall finished with 15 points. Olympiacos remained winless on the road and dropped to 6-4.

Beaubois got Efes going with back-to-back three-point plays right after the tip-off, but Olympiacos struck back with Fall rocking under the rim. The French center scored the visitors’ first 7 points, setting the momentum that allowed the Reds to go on a 2-11 run that pushed them ahead, 10-17, after 6 minutes. Micic stepped up to break the trend and make Efes react. He scored 8 of the hosts’ next 13 points in less than 3 minutes to give the lead back to the champs, 23-22. A free throw by Hassan Martin tied it and Vezenkov closed the first quarter with a layup that gave the visitors a slim edge, 23-25. 

Georgios Printezis took the leading role for Olympiacos early in the second quarter, providing a layup and drilling a three-pointer that kept the visitors in charge, 27-32. Beaubois heated up again with back-to-back triples before Larkin scored a long jumper that completed the comeback, 37-36. Beaubois remained red hot and hit his fifth three of the night and then contributed another jump shot to light his team up, but Olympiacos found an answer through Kostas Sloukas and Printezis to make it all square, 42-42, at the intermission.

Both teams traded baskets right after the break to maintain a balanced score, 49-49, that Beaubois dismantled with a bucket. Adrien Moerman showed up at that moment to fire up the hosts, going for 7 points in a row that set up a 58-52 advantage for Efes. Fall and Thomas Walkup tried to hold off the charge, but Micic and Larkin joined in for Efes and extended the margin to 63-56. The Reds didn’t tremble, though, and reacted in style through Fall; he first added a couple of free throws and then finished a fastbreak with a thunderous dunk for a 0-7 run that reset the game once again, 63-63. Simon banked a shot and Larkin converted 3 free throws to get Efes back in front, but Vezenkov aborted the run with a timely corner three that made it 68-66 entering the last stanza. 

Krunoslav Simon had a three-point play to open the fourth and Beaubois connected from behind the arc again to build a 74-66 hole that Olympiacos tried to refill with a timeout. Despite Olympiacos managing to contain Efes’s offense, it remained scoreless for more than 5 minutes, which allowed Micic to raise a double-digit lead, 77-66, midway through the last period. Things got even worse for the Reds when Bryant Dunston drew an unsportsmanlike foul from Martin that turned into a couple of free throws to cap a 10-0 run and make the gap 79-66. Fall put the visitors’ drought to its end from the line, but Efes felt already in full control of the game. Beaubouis’s seventh triple of the night had the visitors with their backs to the wall, 84-69, entering crunch time and Singleton in the last minute sealed the outcome.

Red-hot Beaubois turns the light on for Efes

Rodrigue Beaubois was the key factor that allowed Anadolu Efes Istanbul to claim its second win in a row for the first time of the season, and he proved it from the very beginning. He opened fire early in the game with a three-pointer and a three-point play, showing he was more than ready for the challenge of leading his team. Beaubois finished the first half with 20 points and 5 three-pointers and continued the show in the second with 2 more bombs from downtown that launched him to a career-high 29 points on 7-of-10 shooting from three. He added 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks for a PIR of 33, but what was more important is that his shooting made up for his team's so-so accuracy overall. The rest of his team made just 5 of 23 from deep and Micic was for 1 for 10. 

Defense lifts Efes to sixth consecutive win over Olympiacos

In a game that saw several lead changes and ties, and that was tight for the first 30 minutes, Efes managed to prevail thanks to a 20-3 score in the last quarter. A quick 10-0 run sparked by back-to-back threes by Beaubois and Micic when the game entered its last frame helped Efes to build a double-digit lead that Olympiacos could not recover from. The Reds needed more than 6 minutes to score a field goal and when they did it was too late for any comeback attempt. That final drought prevented Olympiacos from breaking a negative trend against Efes, which had won all of their last five encounters. The last Olympiacos victory over the Efes came on December 13, 2018.

Telling number: To care is to win

Anadolu Efes signed off a fantastic assist-turnover ratio against Olympiacos. The hosts made just 6 turnovers and dished 21 assists, compared to the Reds 13 and 19, respectively. Moreover, Efes made the difference in taking care of the ball much better in the last period, as it didn’t turn the ball over on any possession, also preventing its opponent from recording any assist over the last 10 minutes of the game. Shooting percentages were also on the winners’ side, as the home team went 19 for 34 on two-pointers (56%), 12 for 33 on triples (36%) and 14 for 15 from the line (93%), against 56% on twos, 26% on threes and 81% on free throws by Olympiacos. Efes had a 30-point difference in PIR in the end (109-79). 

Vasilije Micic - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB21
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Attendance: 9377
By Quarter1234
Anadolu Efes Istanbul23212420
Olympiacos Piraeus2519223
End of Quarter1234
Anadolu Efes Istanbul23446888
Olympiacos Piraeus25446669
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 25:22 10 2/4 1/4 3/3   2 2 6 2 1     2 3 15
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 27:01 29 3/4 7/10 2/3 1 4 5 1 2   2   4 3 33
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 15:46 3 0/1 1/1   2 3 5 2 1       2 1 9
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 1:05                              
6 BRYANT, ELIJAH 8:04   0/2 0/1         1       1     -3
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 24:14 9 3/5 1/3   3 5 8 2   1     2 1 13
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 13:31 2 1/4 0/1   1 1 2 1   1     3   -3
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 28:18 19 5/7 1/10 6/6 1 1 2 5   1     2 7 19
33 PETRUSEV, FILIP 12:47 4 2/2     1 2 3           1   6
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 11:06 4 1/1   2/2 1 2 3           3 2 6
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 32:46 8 2/4 1/3 1/1   6 6 3 3 1     2 2 15
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 88 19/34 12/33 14/15 10 26 36 21 8 6 2 1 21 19 109
        55.9% 36.4% 93.3%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WALKUP, THOMAS 20:48 9 3/4 1/3         2 1       3 2 8
1 ACY, QUINCY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 DORSEY, TYLER 19:55 2 1/4 0/2   2 1 3 1 1 4   2 2 3 -3
4 LOUNTZIS, MICHALIS 1:37     0/1         1              
5 LARENTZAKIS, GIANNOULIS 9:29   0/2 0/1         1   2     1   -5
10 FALL, MOUSTAPHA 23:44 15 5/8   5/6 1 2 3     1     3 5 15
11 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 19:38 5 0/2 1/4 2/2   5 5 4   1       2 10
12 MARTIN, HASSAN 16:16 5 2/3   1/2 2 3 5       1   3 3 9
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 30:00 17 4/4 2/4 3/3 2 6 8 3   2       2 26
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 18:32 9 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 1         1 1 9
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 20:23 3   1/5     1 1 3         4   -1
77 MCKISSIC, SHAQUIELLE 19:38 4 2/3 0/1 0/1   4 4 3 2 1     2 3 10
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 69 19/34 6/23 13/16 9 25 34 19 4 13 1 2 19 21 79
        55.9% 26.1% 81.3%

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Of course, it was a good win for us. We lost our last one in our home court, two weeks ago. And after we got a road victory last week against Alba in Berlin, to get this one was a very important thing for us. It was also important because tonight there were more than 10,000 fans with us that still believe in us. I think we had good concentration tonight, we made only 6 turnovers, and it was very important for our offense. We also got 21 assists, shared the ball, and tonight we found Rodrigue Beaubois. He was very hot on offense, with his shots, but others were not. Micic shot only 1 of 10, also Larkin was not very good in shooting, but Beaubois gave us so much when we had a problem on offense. I believe, in the last quarter especially, in the most important time, we made a great defense. We didn’t make the same mistakes we made in the previous games in rebounding. We took defensive rebounds and we took a great victory."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Congratulations to Efes, they were consistent for the 40 minutes. Something that was completely the opposite to what we were. We controlled the game for 30 minutes, we stayed in our game plan and that was why the score was tight, but the last quarter was a disaster for us. We stopped playing offensively and defensively. We looked so disappointed and we stopped playing on both ends. That’s why we lost. Next game is on Friday so it’s now our new challenge. It will be difficult, against Maccabi, but we must forget this. "


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I didn’t know they just scored 3 points in the last period, honestly, but I think that our energy was definitely on a higher level than in previous games. I think it’s a well-deserved victory for us tonight. We found a way to win and that is the most important thing today. I think we are always playing aggressively offensively, and that’s a little bit risky sometimes because you are trying to find the best way to penetrate, to kick out and to score. Fortunately, we have a lot of ball handlers and when we understand that we have to take care of the ball, playing solid, we can find the way to do the same we made today and get better percentages."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a great win, it’s very important to win in front of our fans. They were amazing. In the first half, we didn’t defend very well. I think when we came back in the second half, we did a way better job so that’s a great win tonight. I just tried to be aggressive for my team. As a team, we did a great job in the second half. If we want to win games that’s just what we need to do, to play more aggressively, we know we can do it."
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