2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 22, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

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89.0 Points 78.0
32.0 Rebounds 30.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 3.0
23.0 D. Rebounds 27.0
27.0 Assists 17.0
11.0 Steals 10.0
1.0 Blocks 1.0
19.0 Turnovers 15.0
56.3 % 2PT 52.9 %
55.6 % 3PT 31.8 %
72.7 % FT 100.0 %
105.0 Index 89.0

Player Stats

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21.0 / Diebler Points 13.0 / McLean
7.0 / Granger Rebounds 8.0 / Hummel
4.0 / Tyus OR 1.0 / McLean
6.0 / Granger DR 7.0 / Hummel
15.0 / Heurtel Assists 6.0 / Gentile
2.0 / Granger Steals 3.0 / Cinciarini
1.0 / Tyus Blocks 1.0 / Simon
6.0 / Heurtel Turnovers 3.0 / Lafayette
100.0 % / Dunston 2PT 100.0 % / McLean
100.0 % / Saric 3PT 100.0 % / Cinciarini
100.0 % / Granger FT 100.0 % / McLean
21.0 / Heurtel Index 19.0 / McLean


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-0 Regular Season 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0


Crew Chief

The Take

There will be at least one unbeaten team in Group B after two weeks following a showdown between undefeated Anadolu Efes Istanbul and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. History is on Efes's side, as it has a perfect 10-0 home record against Milan since their first showdown in Game 1 of the two-game Korac Cup finals in 1996. Stanko Barac and Oliver Lafayette return to Istanbul to face their former team. Efes opened with a road win at Limoges CSP in which Jon Diebler led six Efes scorers in double figures and Thomas Heurtel dished 15 assists. Milan held off a late rally to beat Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz with Jamel McLean and Alessandro Gentile leading the way. The matchup at shooting guard between Diebler and Gentile will be among the more interesting duels in the game. Milan will use Andre Cinciarini, Charles Jenkins and Lafayette against Heurtel and Jayson Granger. In the paint, Efes relies on Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus at center and Dario Saric and Derrick Brown at power forward. Milan can counter with Robbie Hummel and McLean at power forward and Milan Macvan and Barac at center. Swingman Kruno Simon could play a big role for the visitors, too, it what shapes up to be an important early-season momentum builder for both teams.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Efes defeated Olimpia Milano in the two-game 1996 Korac Cup finals to win its first and only continental title on the strength of Petar Naumoski and Conrad McRae.

Dario Saric was a teammate of Milan guard Krunoslav Simon during the 2011-12 season at KK Zagreb.

Derrick Brown was a teammate of Simon’s at Lokomotiv Kuban during the previous two seasons.

Brown has recorded at least 1 steal in 14 consecutive Euroleague games.

Bryant Dunston tied his Euroleague career high with 4 blocked shots against Milan in a March 2014 Top 16 game.

Dunston has rejected at least 1 shot in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Cedi Osman set his Euroleague career high in rebounding with 8 in a Top 16 clash against Milan last season.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Stanko Barac is set to appear in the 100th game of his Euroleague career.

Barac played three seasons for Anadolu Efes between 2011 and 2014. He was a teammate there of current Efes players Dogus Balbay, Birkan Batuk, Cedi Osman and Emircan Kosut.

Alessandro Gentile has scored in double figures in 11 straight Euroleague appearances.

Oliver Lafayette signed with Anadolu Efes in January 2012 and finished the season there. Only Dogus Balbay remains from Lafayette’s time there.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"In Euroleague every game is important. Three very important games on the road like Karşıyaka, Limoges and Galatasaray, we won three of them. But we have a real problem. Before the Galatasaray game Thomas Heurtel and Birkan Batuk had a very hard infection. Now I do not know if they will be able to be with us on Thursday or not. But they are under strong antibiotics therapy. First of all we have to have the team ready. We will play against EA7 Milan which is formed by very talented players and coached by Jasmin Repesa whom I respect very very much. They have very talented players from number 1 to 5 and their players have Euroleague experience. In the first home game of ours I expect a very high level and a good game. For our problems we have to wait until Thursday. We expect a good presentation to our fans and a good support from our fans to us, I love them very much."
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"It's a very difficult and complicated game. We play against a very strong team and didn't have much time to prepare. But while we respect them a lot we are not in Istanbul showing any white flag. We want to compete even in a very difficult road game."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"The EA7 Milan game will be our first home game in Euroleague this season. Last week, as known, we had a good victory in Limoges, France. Now we want to go on winning and extend our winning streak as long as we can. EA7 Milan -with its new players- is a good team, they had good results in pre season games. I think that it will be a good game on Thursday for ther fans. With the support of our fans, we want to reach the victory and want to make a good start at home."
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We play against a tough team and our job to stay close, focused and mentally strong for the whole game. Then anything can happen."

Heurtel, Diebler lift Efes to 0-2 in Group B

In a high-scoring battle between previously undefeated teams in Group B, Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved to 2-0 by downing EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 89-73 at home on Thursday. Efes leads Group B, while Milan dropped to 1-1. Efes registered its 11th home win against Milan in as many showdowns against the Italian powerhouse on Turkish soil. Jon Diebler paced the winners with 17 points. Thomas Heurtel added 13 and 8 assists, Dario Saric had 12 points, Alex Tyus 11 while Jayson Granger also dished 8 assists for Efes. Alessandro Gentile led Milan with 22 points. Milan Macvan added 18 for the guests. Saric shined early and a free throw by Bryant Dunston gave Efes a 21-20 lead after 10 minutes. Heurtel struck twice from downtown in an 11-0 run that gave the hosts a 32-25 margin. Charles Jenkins and Macvan stepped up to bring Milan within 43-42 at halftime. Gentile took over after the break, but an outstanding Diebler led Efes to a 69-63 margin after three quarters. Efes improved its defense when it mattered most with Heurtel and Derrick Brown stepped up to seal the outcome, 81-69, long before the final buzzer.

First quarter: Saric shines as Efes jumps ahead

Dunston split free throws to get Efes going and a layup by Saric gave his team a 3-0 lead. Macvan scored down low and bettered Diebler's driving layup with a three-pointer for a 5-7 Milan lead. Diebler answered from downtown, but Andrea Cinciarini joined the three-point shootout for an 8-10 Milano lead. Saric also hit one from beyond the arc, but Milan had started to power the offensive glass. Meanwhile Gentile buried a six-meter jumper and added free throws for an 11-15 score. Saric fired in his second triple, as Efes tried twin point guards with Granger and Heurtel together on court. Gentile kept pacing Milan with a turnaround jumper. Saric scored down low before a free throw by Macvan gave Milan a 16-18 edge. Robbie Hummel swished a mid-range jumper, but Tyus and Furkan Korkmaz tied it at 20-20. A free throw by Tyus gave Efes a 21-20 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Heurtel, defense keep hosts ahead

Hummel nailed a corner three-pointer early in the quarter and Gani Lawal had a big block on Tyus, which he followed with a wild alley-oop slam, good for a 21-25 Milan lead. Korkmaz nailed his second three-pointer and free throws by Tyus put Efes back ahead, 26-25. Heurtel buried a big stop-and-pop triple that saw the guests call timeout at 29-25. A red-hot Heurtel hit another one from downtown to cap an 11-0 Efes run. Gentile made free throws, but Tyus split attempts and Granger gave Efes a 35-27 margin. Milan found a new go-to guy in Charles Jenkins, who buried back-to-back triples, which caused Efes to call timeout at 35-34. Dunston took over with a high-flying tip-in and Cedi Osman added a corner triple to boost the hosts' lead to 40-34. Jamel McLean took over with a wild put-back slam and free throws by Macvan kept Milan as close as 40-38. Jenkins nailed a five-meter jumper, but Diebler did better with a three-pointer. A driving layup by Kruno Simon fixed the halftime score at 43-42.

Third quarter: Gentile steps up, Diebler rescues Efes

Gentile scored in the low post immediately after the break, which Saric erased with a one-handed dunk. Macvan split free throws and Gentile erased Tyus's close basket with a two-handed slam to tie it at 47-47. Gentile kept pacing Milan with a wild fast break slam in traffic and soon added free throws to restore a 4-point Milan margin. Granger sank a stop-and-pop jumper and Heurtel fed Tyus for a layup that tied the game again, 51-51. Milan kept missing close shots and free throws by Heurtel provided another lead change. Oliver Lafayette buried a three-pointer and Stanko Barac added a close basket, but Diebler struck from way downtown to tie it. Diebler fed Tyus for a backdoor layup and Brown added a fast break basket for a 60-56 Efes lead. Lafayette sank a three-pointer for a screen, but Diebler followed a one-handed jumper with a layup for a 64-59 score. Macvan followed free throws with a layup, but a three-pointer by Granger and a big basket by Diebler gave Efes a 69-63 edge.

Fourth quarter: Efes's defense seals it early

Macvan nailed one from downtown early in the quarter and a turnaround jumper by Simon brought Milan as close as 69-68. Brown rescued Efes with a three-pointer from the left wing, as Milan tried a smaller lineup with Hummel and McLean together on court. Brown kept pacing Efes with a big slam that caused Milan to call timeout at 74-68. Heurtel shined with a one-handed floater in the lane, as Efes kept excelling on defense. Meanwhile, a step-back three-pointer by Huertel broke the game open, 79-68, with over four minutes left. Simon split free throws and a layup by Dunston gave Efes an 81-69 lead. Gentile scored in penetration, but Granger erased it with another basket to seal the outcome with three minutes left. Brown buried a jumper and even though Milan never gave up, the game was in essence decided.

Jon Diebler - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB15
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Attendance: 5317
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul21222620
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan20222110
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul21436989
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan20426373
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 15:29 11 3/5   5/10 1 3 4     1   1   6 12
3 BAYKAN, OGULCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BROWN, DERRICK 23:57 9 3/7 1/1   1 2 3             1 9
6 OSMAN, CEDI 5:25 3   1/1                   1   2
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 10:26     0/1     1 1   1       3   -2
9 SARIC, DARIO 14:34 12 3/4 2/3   1 4 5 2 1 1     2   15
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 18:23 6 0/1 2/4     1 1 3 1   1   4   5
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 28:34 9 2/8 1/4 2/3   2 2 8   2     2 3 8
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 24:05 13 1/3 3/5 2/2   2 2 8 1 2     2 4 20
33 DIEBLER, JON 33:07 17 4/4 3/5   2 3 5 2 1       2 1 22
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN 1:29 2     2/2                   1 3
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 24:31 7 3/7   1/3 3 3 6     1   1 1 6 10
Team           3 5 8               8
Totals 200:00 89 19/39 13/24 12/20 11 26 37 23 5 7 1 2 17 22 112
        48.7% 54.2% 60%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 McLEAN, JAMEL 19:52 2 1/8 0/2   2   2 3 1 2     3   -6
3 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 15:47 6 0/1 2/4     3 3 6   1     2   9
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 27:22 22 7/10 0/2 8/10 1 3 4 4   1 1 1 2 7 27
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 11:54   0/1     2 2 4           3    
13 MACVAN, MILAN 25:56 18 3/7 2/2 6/8 5 4 9 3 1 1     1 5 28
15 MAGRO, DANIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 12:05 3 0/2 1/1   1 1 2           1 1 3
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 28:55 8 1/3 2/2     2 2 1 1 1     4   5
24 HUMMEL, ROBBIE 21:40 5 1/5 1/3   1 1 2           3 1 -1
27 BARAC, STANKO 6:56 2 1/2                     3 1 -1
31 LAWAL, GANI 5:36 2 1/2       1 1       1   1   2
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 23:57 5 2/4 0/2 1/2   4 4 1   2       2 5
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 73 17/45 8/18 15/20 12 25 37 18 3 9 2 1 23 17 74
        37.8% 44.4% 75%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Our second round game in the Euroleague was at a good level, a Euroleague level. It was tough and balanced. We absolutely deserved to win. The game was characteristic of two different halves. In the first half Milan was concentrated and our defense was not as good as expected. We led at halftime 43-42. The second half was totally different. Our defense was much, much better. We controlled the game better. The second half we finished 46-31 against a very experienced team. We took the advantage of our deeper roster. "
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"Congratulations to Efes, they deserved to win. We lost because of our defense. We did not fight. In the first half we had a good performance. The third quarter was satisfying, but in the fourth quarter I was waiting for support from bench. Fast breaks and offensive rebounds allowed so many points at our basket. Our players were not good physically because of the road games and travelling. After this loss, we have to concentrate on our remaining games. "


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I think as a team we played really good defense in the second half. They are a very talented team and we did a good job of using our defense to propel us and do well on offense in the second half. "
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"It was a difficult game. We played 25-30 good minutes, but after that Efes played better. Efes grabbed offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and played with more confidence, more energy. They deserved the victory. We played two consecutive road games. Now we have to rest and prepare for our coming games."
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