2003-04Regular SeasonRound 9
January 14, 2004 CET: 20:40
Local time: 20:40 ASTROBALLE
Efes Pilsen became the exclusive leader in Group C by beating Adecco Asvel 67-73 on Wednesday in Villeurbanne, France. Efes improved its record to 7-2 and moves ahead of Benetton Treviso (6-3), which lost on the road to Tau Ceramica (5-4). Meanwhile, Asvel falls to 2-7 and little hopes at all of making the Top 16. The game turned into a physical battle in the second half, when Efes took over late to clinch a hard-fought win. Trajan Langdon led the winners with 21 points, while Antonio Granger added 13 and Kaya Peker 11 before leaving the game late in the second quarter with a sprained ankle. Harold Mrazek led Asvel with 15 points on 5 of 5 three-pointers. Andre Owens added 14, Robert Gulyas posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Sacha Giffa also chipped in 12 for the hosts.

Giffa, with a three-pointer and a mid-range jumper from the right side, gave Asvel a 5-3 lead to start the game. Both teams were scoring fluently, as Peker dominated Gulyas in the offensive end, while Langdon started to find his rhythm. A basket by Owens and another jumper by Giffa gave the hosts a 15-14 lead after 5 minutes, but a four-meter shot by Langdon started a 1-6 run in which Ender Arslan added a layup and Peker a two-handed slam put Efes ahead 16-20. A triple by Mrazek meant fresh air to the hosts, but it didn't last long, as Langdon hit 2 triples of his own, from the corner and the top of the arc, helping Efes to a 19-27 advantage after 10 minutes.

Another three-pointer by Granger made it 19-30 to start the second quarter. Only then, Asvel started to come back, as a strong basket by newcomer Marcus Taylor helped an 11-3 run in which Herve Toure had a left-handed slam and a three-pointer. Up now by only 30-33, Efes responded with a 4-12 blast started with a three-pointer by Arslan and including a basket each by Granger, Peker, Langdon and Niksa Prkacin. Owens drilled a mid-range jumper which Prkacin immediately answered in the other end. Peker had to leave the game with a sprained ankle, but Goran Nikolic came off the bench to dunk it in the final play of the half, which gave Efes a 12-point lead, 37-49.

A five-meter jumper by Gulyas and 5 points by Owens made it a seven-point game, 44-51, early in the third quarter. Efes called timeout, but Mrazek drilled a three-pointer right after it, making it a 10-2 run for Asvel. Langdon finally found the way to the basket with a layup, but Karim Souchu answered at the other end. Asvel's zone defense was really aggressive against one of the toughest teams in the competition, but Efes found its go-to guy in Nikolic, who drilled a turnaround jumper and a long two-pointer, and assisted Ermal Kuqo for an easy layup. As suc, the guests boosted their lead to 50-59 entering the fourth, making up for their bad start of the quarter, in which they scored just 6 points in 8 minutes.

Efes went scoreless for 3 minutes early in the final period, while a three by Mrazek and a jumper by Taylor brought Asvel within 55-60. As the Efes defense got more physical, an off-balanced jumper by Granger and free throws by Prkacin pushed the lead to 9 points, 55-64, with 5 minutes to go. After Gulyas answered with a short jumper, both teams failed to score for the next 2 minutes. With a seven-meter shot by Arslan, Efes entered the final 2 minutes ahead by 10, 57-67. The game had turned into a defensive battle. Giffa's 2 foul shots mad it 59-67, but time seemed short until a pair of huge three-pointers by Mrazek with 39.6 seconds to go brought the hosts within 4 points, 66-70. Asvel never came closer, however, and a carousel of free throws followed, in which Langdon made 2 to seal the win for the guests.
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), MAILHABIAU, PHILIPPE (FRA)
Attendance: 4564
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 AKA, JONATHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 OWENS, ANDRE 35:30 14 5/7 0/1 4/5 2 2 4 3 3 3     2 6 21
9 MRAZEK, HAROLD 29:00 15   5/5     4 4 2 1 3     4   15
13 FRIGOUT, DAVID 14:30 1 0/1   1/4 2 4 6       1   1 2 5
16 TAYLOR, MARCUS 12:00 4 2/9 0/2   2   2 2         1 1 -1
18 GULYAS, ROBERT 34:15 12 5/8 0/2 2/4 3 7 10     1 4   4 5 19
21 TOURE, HERVE 14:30 5 1/2 1/2     1 1 1   2     2   1
23 ALIJEVAS, ROLANDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GIFFA, SANYA 31:15 12 3/9 1/2 3/4 3 3 6 2   1     3 4 12
43 SOUCHU, KARIM 29:00 4 2/5 0/6     3 3 1 1 2     2   -4
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 67 18/41 7/20 10/17 13 24 37 11 5 12 5 0 19 18 69
        43.9% 35% 58.8%
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE
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
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ARSLAN, ENDER 28:00 9 1/1 2/6 1/2   1 1 4 1 3     2 3 8
6 ONAN, OMER 0:30 2 1/1                         2
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 25:30 8 3/7   2/2 3 6 9 3 1 1   2 5 3 12
12 NIKOLIC, GORAN 24:30 7 3/6   1/2 2 5 7 2   2     2 2 10
13 SAYGIN, SELIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PEKER, KAYA 14:30 11 4/6   3/4 3 2 5   1 1   1   2 14
15 PASTAL, VALENTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 34:00 21 4/7 3/6 4/4 1 3 4 3 1       1 4 26
23 KUQO, ERMAL 11:30 2 1/6   0/2 1 2 3   1     1 4 1 -5
32 GRANGER, ANTONIO 40:00 13 3/6 2/7 1/2   3 3 1   2   1 1 4 8
41 AKYOL, CENK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 YILMAZ, ALPER 21:30     0/2   1 3 4 4 1 1     3   3
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 73 20/40 7/21 12/18 12 25 37 17 6 10 0 5 18 19 79
        50% 33.3% 66.7%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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