Top 16 Round 5 - April 04, 2002 CET: 00:00 Local time: 00:00 - ABDI IPEKÇI SPORTS HALL

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
10-8 Overall 9-9

Referees

Crew Chief
AMOROS, XAVIER, Spain
Referee
ROTH, ANDREAS, Australia
Umpire
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.3 Points 89.5
29.3 Rebounds 31.6
9.9 O. Rebounds 9.3
19.4 D. Rebounds 22.2
9.8 Assists 15.6
8.8 Steals 7.3
2.4 Blocks 4.2
10.3 Turnovers 14.7
46.6 % 2PT 55.7 %
38.2 % 3PT 38.1 %
70.8 % FT 76.1 %
68.8 Index 97.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.2 / KAMBALA, K. Points 17.8 / AVLEEV, RUSLAN
7.2 / KAMBALA, K. Rebounds 7.0 / MIKHAILOV, MIKHAIL
2.6 / KAMBALA, K. OR 2.3 / AVLEEV, RUSLAN
4.7 / KAMBALA, K. DR 4.8 / MIKHAILOV, MIKHAIL
3.3 / BROWN, MARCUS Assists 3.3 / KARASEV, VASILY
1.7 / STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS Steals 1.3 / PANOV, SERGEY
0.8 / OKUR, MEHMET Blocks 1.8 / MIKHAILOV, MIKHAIL
1.8 / STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS Turnovers 2.4 / AVLEEV, RUSLAN
55.6 % / KAMBALA, K. 2PT 64.3 % / PANOV, SERGEY
46.6 % / STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 3PT 100.0 % / MIKHAILOV, MIKHAIL
86.3 % / BROWN, MARCUS FT 86.7 % / DAINEKO, V.
17.4 / KAMBALA, K. Index 22.2 / AVLEEV, RUSLAN

Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Two Euroleague competitors playing for pride and third place in Group F gave the fans in Istanbul a show on Wednesday before host Efes Pilsen was able to pull away to a 101-84 victory against Ural Great of Russia. Efes raised its record to 2-3 while Ural dropped to 1-4. Efes used a zone defense and its young bucks off the bench to shut down Ural at a couple key junctures and move ahead of the visitors just one game before the end of the Top 16. Marcus Brown led the winners with 25 points, while Mehmet Okur added 22, Kaspars Kambala, Ardan Vekiloglu and Saulius Stombergas 11 each. For Ural, Alexander Bashminov had his biggest game of the season with 24 points, the same total as Ruslan Avleev. Ural played without the help of head coach Sergei Belov, who could not make the trip for personal reasons. His assistant, the legendary player Valdemaras Chomicius, coached in Belov's place.

Efes Pilsen started the game faster than Ural Great, taking a 5-0 lead after two minutes that included Saulius Stombergas nailing a quick three-pointer from the left side. Ural Great missed five straight attempts but was then able to string together enough points to take the lead, 5-7, on Vassili Karasev's jumper from the foul line. Efes tried to play the fastbreak game while Ural Great seemed content to push the ball inside to Alexander Bashminov, Mikhail Mikhailov and Ruslan Avleev, all of whom scored in the paint. As it turned out, both sides got much of what they were looking for as the first quarter finished with Efes Pilsen in the lead of a quick-paced, offensive game, 26-23.

The two teams, both eliminated from Final Four contention, seemed to want to give the crowd a show in the first quarter, but in the second, Efes turned to a zone defense and called on bench players like Omer Onan, Arda Vekiloglu Alper Yilmaz and Ender Arslan to execute it. The did their job as Efes shot ahead 32-23 on an inside drive by Onan that delighted the fans. The teenaged Arslan then turned it into a show when he made an incredible assist for a Mehmet Okur dunk for a 15-point Efes lead, 38-23, after 15 minutes. Ural than woke up from a sleep and found its first basket of the second quarter Bashminov dunk. Ural tried to come back from there, but was able just to reduce the difference to 10 points at the end of the second quarter, 48-38. Brown had 12 of those points and Okur 11 for Efes, Bashminov 9 and Sergei Panov 8 for Ural.

In the third period, Ural tried the same tactic that Efes used so effectively in the second: to concentrate on defense while trying to get its offense going. It worked. The visitors played well enough on the defensive end for 5 minutes to cut the deficit down to 56-52 on a three-point play by Mikhailov. But Efes turned to its zone defence again in the 26th minute and stopped Ural again. The hosts were able to get back all of their halftime lead when Vekiloglu tipped in a rebound right before the buzzer to put Efes up 10 points again, 71-61. The fourth quarter showed a drop in quality compared to the other quarters, but a rise in point-scoring that pleased the home crowd. With both teams losing motivation on defense, Efes was able to retain control of the match and even add to its lead, minute by minute, until finally Stombergas decided put the game away at the foulline for the Turks for a 101-84 final score.
Thursday, April 4, 2002
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
Referees: AMOROS, XAVIER (ESP), ROTH, ANDREAS (AUS), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE)
Attendance: 2300
By Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen26222330
Ural Great23152323
End of Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen264871101
Ural Great23386184
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 ARSLAN, ENDER 16:52 7 0/1 1/1 4/6   2 2 3         4 4 9
5 BROWN, MARCUS 31:02 25 2/2 4/6 9/9   3 3 6 4 1     2 8 41
6 ONAN, OMER 17:06 10 2/3 2/3 0/2   2 2 1 1 2     2 3 9
7 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 13:21 11 1/1 2/2 3/3   2 2 1   2     4 2 10
8 EKMEN, ENVER 0:48                              
9 VEKILOGLU, ARDA 25:58 11 3/5 0/2 5/6 3 3 6 1   1 1   5 4 12
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 23:08 4 1/4 0/1 2/2   3 3 3 1 1   1 1 1 5
11 YILMAZ, ALPER 23:31     0/1     5 5 3 3       4 1 7
13 OKUR, MEHMET 32:04 22 9/11 0/1 4/8 1 6 7 1   4   1 1 6 23
15 KAMBALA, KASPARS 16:10 11 4/6   3/6 1 1 2     3   1 3 6 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 101 22/33 9/17 30/42 5 27 32 19 9 14 1 3 26 35 123
66.7% 52.9% 71.4%
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
Head coach: BELOV, SERGEY
Ural Great
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 SHUSHAKOV, VYACHESLAV 3:26     0/1   1   1 1   1     5   -5
5 BASHMINOV, ALEXANDR 30:20 24 8/12 2/4 2/3 4 5 9 1     2   4 3 28
6 PANOV, SERGEY 9:56 8 2/2 0/2 4/4   1 1   1 1     4 2 5
7 KARASEV, VASILY 32:27 8 2/3 0/6 4/5   2 2 4 1       2 6 11
9 SHEYKO, ANDREY 17:21     0/2 0/2 1 1 2   1 1 1   1 1 -1
11 MIKHAILOV, MIKHAIL 15:10 9 2/5 0/1 5/5   2 2 1   2     3 4 7
12 LIADELIS, PANAGIOTIS 14:10 4 0/1 0/1 4/4 1 1 2 2   2     5 3 2
13 PEGUSHIN, ALEXEY 21:03 5 1/2 1/4   2   2 2   1     3   1
14 AVLEEV, RUSLAN 29:57 24 5/10 3/4 5/7 1 3 4 1   1   1 2 6 23
18 LEE BOWIE, ANTHONY 18:06   0/2 0/2         2 2 1     5   -6
19 EVTIMOV, VASSIL 8:04 2 0/2   2/2 2 2 4 3 1 1     1 1 7
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 84 20/39 6/27 26/32 12 17 29 17 6 12 3 1 35 26 71
51.3% 22.2% 81.3%
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Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
"We played a good defensive game tonight. After we got used to playing the zone defence, we played our best and fastest game. Despite a lack of motivation both teams tried to play their best. Now we are one game away from the end. We will play to win that one in Madrid, too."

Players

YILMAZ, ALPER
Efes Pilsen
"We were playing the last game in front of our own spectators. We tried to win that game for them and we did. Now we will play against Real Madrid in the last game in Madrid, Spain. We want to finish the second phase with a win."
EVTIMOV, VASSIL
Ural Great
"It was very hard to win against Efes for us. We can not concentrate, especially on defence. We did nothing to win in offence. Marcus Brown again played a good game and Mehmet Okur also was very good inside."
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