2015-16Top 16Round 4
January 21, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 DRAZEN PETROVIC ZAGREB

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.7 Points 85.3
34.2 Rebounds 37.2
10.4 O. Rebounds 11.0
23.8 D. Rebounds 26.2
16.2 Assists 21.1
5.0 Steals 5.9
1.5 Blocks 3.5
13.8 Turnovers 13.7
51.1 % 2PT 50.8 %
34.3 % 3PT 43.7 %
74.8 % FT 68.7 %
77.7 Index 98.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.1 / Pullen Points 12.6 / Heurtel
6.7 / Bilan Rebounds 5.6 / Dunston
2.6 / Bilan OR 2.3 / Dunston
4.4 / Babic DR 4.2 / Saric
3.8 / Pullen Assists 7.8 / Heurtel
1.0 / White Steals 0.9 / Granger
0.4 / Bilan Blocks 1.0 / Dunston
2.7 / Pullen Turnovers 2.9 / Heurtel
61.5 % / Pilepic 2PT 61.6 % / Dunston
48.3 % / Pilepic 3PT 52.1 % / Heurtel
100.0 % / Pilepic FT 90.9 % / Saric
16.5 / Bilan Index 17.2 / Heurtel

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-2 Top 16 2-1
4-6 Regular Season 6-4
5-8 Overall 8-5

Referees

Crew Chief
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany
Referee
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain
Umpire
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece

The Take

After beating each other in the road in the regular season, Cedevita and Efes meet for the third time. Efes’s offense has been fantastic this season; it ranks first in assists (21 apg.) and three-point shooting percentage (43.7%) and second in scoring (85.3 ppg.). Cedevita has improved its three-point shooting percentage in the Top 16 to 37.7% from 33% in the regular season. That better balances the offense, with center Miro Bilan as its main pillar. Point guard Jacob Pullen and forward Luka Babic are the other main options, though swingmen Henry Walker and James White and power forward Marko Arapovic make for a well-rounded attack. Efes boasts great depth with Best Defender Award winner Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus around to guard Bilan and the power forward duo of Derrick Brown and Dario Saric always tough to contend with. Point guards Thomas Heurtel and Jayson Granger push the offense nonstop for 40 minutes and sharpshooter Jon Diebler and sparkplug Cedi Osman keep the opposition on its heels. Bilan averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds in the two previous games and Efes’s ability to contain him could be what determines the outcome on Thursday.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Cedevita Zagreb

Cedevita and Efes split a pair of games in the regular season with each winning on the road.

Jacob Pullen has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last nine Euroleague appearances.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 16 for 16 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Pilepic has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games; he is shooting 14 for 28 from downtown (50%) over that span.

James White recorded the first and to date only double-double of his Euroleague career in last season’s season opener against Efes. White tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for Unics Kazan in an 82-76 defeat in Istanbul.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes leads the league through Round 3 of the Top 16 in both three-point shots made (132) and accuracy (43.7%).

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader – through Round 3 of the Top 16 – in assists with 7.8 per game.

Heurtel has posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his past eight Euroleague games.

Jon Diebler is tied for the Euroleague lead in three-pointers made with 35 through round 3 of the Top 16. Khimki Moscow Region guard Alexey Shved also made 35.

Diebler has made at least 1 three-pointer in four straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Jayson Granger has made at least 1 three-pointer in four straight and 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Granger has recorded at least 1 steal in six consecutive Euroleague games.

Dario Saric has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Saric was a teammate of Cedevita players Marko Arapovic, Tomislav Zubcic and Lovro Mazalin at different periods at Cibona Zagreb between 2012 and 2014.

Saric has played alongside both Luka Zoric and Miro Bilan over recent summers on the Croatian national team.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"We have played four games in a row away from home. Our players are tired and with a lack of energy there is also a lack of focus. Against Anadolu Efes we must stop their transition. It is important to make them play slow on offense. They have great shooters and our main goal is to stop them in transition and prevent them to shoot the ball in the first 10 seconds of a possession. It is also important for us to play smart on offense. We must be careful and we can’t allow ourselves to make to many mistakes, because that would help them to hurt us in transition. Unfortunately, Luka Zoric is injured and he probably won’t play on Thursday."
IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We have a game on the road against Cedevita Zagreb, the team which we were in the same group in regular season with. Both games are different. For sure the chemistry and the shapes of the two teams at the moment are completely different than during the regular season. I expect an interesting, tough and a close game."

Players

PILEPIC, FRAN
Cedevita Zagreb
"We are very excited about this game. We defeated them in Istanbul and we had an 8-point lead before the beginning of the fourth quarter when we played against them in Zagreb. If we play at 100 percent, I think we will have our chance to win this game. We played poorly in our previous three games, but we are optimistic and we will do our best to get us back on the right track. Every player needs to take responsibility and we need to work hard."
BROWN, DERRICK
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It will be a difficult game. We have to try to control each quarter and we have to limit their transition points. We must set a solid defense. In the Euroleague, every game is different than the other so just because we won in the past does not mean anything."

Cedevita Zagreb hold on to beat Efes at home

Cedevita Zagreb recorded its second victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul this season and its first at home on Thursday with an 84-80 win at Drazen Petrovic Zagreb. The hosts led by as many as 13 in the third quarter before Derrick Brown led an Efes comeback. The fourth quarter had plenty of drama and featured six lead changes and two ties before Cedevita’s two stars of the game, Miro Bilan and Marko Arapovic, came together on the go-ahead basket and Jacob Pullen iced with a clutch jumper with 9.7 seconds remaining. The win bumped Cedevita’s record to 2-2 in Group E of the Top 16, while Efes now sports the same mark. Bilan and Arapovic scored 16 point apiece to pace the winners, while Luka Babic posted 12 points and 10 rebounds, Fan Pilepic also scored 12 and Pullen 11. Derrick Brown led Efes with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks, Dario Saric added 16 points and Thomas Heurtel delivered 12 points and 10 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Unstoppable Bilan pushes hosts ahead

Heurtel made a perfect entry pass to Alex Tyus for a layup and game’s first points. Bilan backed down Saric to get the hosts going. Then Karlo Zganec scored inside and James White hit a three from the corner to put the hosts up 7-2. Saric heated up with a jumper and a triple sandwiching Bilan free throws. Great passing led to a Zganec layup. The same player soon made free throws for a 13-7 advantage. Cedi Osman connected from downtown, but Bilan went to work in the low post to shake off Bryant Dunston and keep the hosts on a roll. Saric finished inside to make it 15-12 midway through the quarter. After a timeout, Luka Babic drilled a three and Bilan faked out Dunston again to put the hosts up 8. Dunston got some revenge with a three-point play. Saric posted up Henry Walker for a hook shot that drew the visitors within 3. Pullen pickpocketed Jayson granger for a layup and after Dunson split free throws, Bilan put Cedevita up 6 with a tip-in. Osman attacked the glass for a put-back to bring Efes within 24-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Heurtel and Brown put Efes on track

Granger hit a pull-up jumper and Brown drilled a triple to give Efes its first lead, 24-25. Bilan overcame a double team for a scoop shot. Granger found a cutting Diebler for a layup, but Bilan buried a jumper at the other end. Walker collected a pair of steals to frustrate the visitors and Fran Pilepic added free throws for a 30-27 lead. After Brown trimmed the gap, Granger’s well-time put-back gave Efes control. After a timeout, Pilepic buried a tough three, but Granger drove for a layup that tied it at 33-33. After Heurtel made a brilliant pass to Saric for a layup, Zganec faked out a defender and set up Arapovic for a layup. After a Heurtel floater, Babic scored thanks to a pretty pass from Pilepic. Diebler struck from downtown to make it 37-40. Nemanja Gordic stepped up with 4 points – including a tip-in of his own missed shot – as the hosts went ahead again. Arapovic shined with a dunk before Brown knocked down a pull-up jumper. Gordic left a pass for Bilan, who scored and was fouled. Heurtel and Arapovic traded baskets before Diebler’s second triple tied it at 47-47 at the break.

Third quarter: Arapovic powers Cedevita to double-digit lead

Cedevita went to Arapovic inside to start the second-half scoring. Heurtel dished to a cutting Osman to tie it again. After Arapovic’s put-back, Pullen sank a pull-up three in transition. After Tyus split free throws, Arapovic stormed the offensive glass again for a three-point play and a 57-50 advantage. White scored inside and after a timeout Pullen added a layup for a double-digit lead. Four Cedevita players touched the ball on a break that ended in a Babic layup and a 63-50 lead. Brown tried to revive the visitors with a two-handed jam and Saric added a three-point play. Heurtel shook off a defender for a layup as Efes came within 64-57. Arapovic split free throws, but Heurtel countered with a layup to bring Efes within 65-59.

Fourth quarter: After six lead changes, Cedevita stands tall

Brown’s tip-in-plus-foul, steal and basket inside brought Efes within 1. After Babic’s fancy play for a layup, Brown tied the game at 67-67 with a three-pointer. Saric capped a 2-10 Efes run with a layup that put the visitors ahead. Pilepic tied it gain with a long jumper before Arapovic found Babic for a three-point play. Pullen split free throws to put the hosts up 74-69. Efes turned to Birkan Batuk, who nailed back-to-back triples – both from Heurtel assists – to put the visitors ahead. Pilepic and Heurtel traded threes and the intensity rose. Zganec split free throws to tie things at 78-78 with two and a half minutes remaining. Bilan tipped an offensive rebound to Arapovic for a slam and a Cedevita lead. Brown came up with a pair of blocked shots to keep Efes in the game, but Pullen sank a rainbow jumper with 9.7 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game. After Diebler split free throws, Pilepic made 2 with 7.3 seconds left for an 84-79 lead. Efes called timeout with an eye toward trimming the deficit for tiebreaker purposes and Heurtel split free throws before Cedevita went off to celebrate.

Marko Arapovic - Cedevita Zagreb - EB15
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE)
Attendance: 3661
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Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 25:09 11 3/8 1/5 2/2       1 3 3   2 2 4 3
4 WHITE, JAMES 22:56 5 1/6 1/2     5 5 2       1 2   3
6 KATIC, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 18:52 12 1/1 2/4 4/4   1 1 1 1       1 2 14
9 BABIC, LUKA 35:40 12 4/7 1/3 1/1   10 10 3   5   1 3 1 12
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 14:00 8 2/4   4/6 2 1 3 3         4 3 9
12 WALKER, HENRY 10:27     0/2     1 1   2       3   -2
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 29:24 16 7/11 0/1 2/3 4 3 7 1       1 2 6 21
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 17:23 4 2/5     1 1 2 2         1 2 6
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 26:09 16 7/7 0/2 2/3 3 2 5 1         1 4 22
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 84 27/49 5/19 15/19 12 25 37 14 6 8 0 5 19 22 91
        55.1% 26.3% 78.9%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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
2 TYUS, ALEX 7:41 3 1/2   1/2 1 2 3     1     3 3 3
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 0:21                              
5 BROWN, DERRICK 24:37 17 5/6 2/2 1/1 2 5 7   1 1 3     1 27
6 OSMAN, CEDI 19:22 7 2/4 1/4   2 1 3     1     2 1 3
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 16:13 6   2/4     2 2 1         4   3
9 SARIC, DARIO 33:41 16 6/12 1/4 1/1 1 3 4 4 2 3 1   2 4 17
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 25:20 6 3/6 0/3   1 1 2 3 1 2     5 2 1
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 28:35 12 4/7 1/6 1/2 1 2 3 10   1     1 5 19
33 DIEBLER, JON 30:09 9 1/2 2/3 1/2 1 3 4           3 1 8
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 12:39 4 1/1   2/3   2 2     2 1   2 2 4
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 1:22               1             1
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 80 23/40 9/26 7/11 9 25 34 19 4 12 5 0 22 19 89
        57.5% 34.6% 63.6%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"I like games like this very much because we won offensively. Both teams played really good and in the second half we were better in defense than in the first half. In the end of the game we made some smart moves. We scored some shots and Efes missed and we won this game. We are very happy for that. We played great on offense too because on the other side we have [Efes]. Efes is a great team. We saw very athletic players, very physical; it’s not easy to play against them. We knew that they are much better offensively than defensively and we planned to play that way, to score more points. Fortunately we were right. "
IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Congratulations to Cedevita. They deserved this win and we must use this game as a lesson. We missed some easy shots in the last quarter, and my team played terrible defense on Bilan in the first half. In the third quarter we had some problems to organize our offense and Cedevita built the lead. We managed to get back in the game, but we lost at the end."

Players

BILAN, MIRO
Cedevita Zagreb
"We deserved this win. We played smart and I think we were the better team today. It is difficult to play against Anadolu Efes. They have a lot of players who are both good shooters and play well in the paint. I played very well on offense in the first half, but in the second half they changed their defense and they didn’t allow me to play one-on-one."
BROWN, DERRICK
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We played terrible on defense. There is no excuse for that. They were well prepared, but we have to do much better as a team in the future. It is important to have mental focus for 40 minutes. We must prepare ourselves better for the next game."
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