2014-15Top 16Round 1
January 02, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Anadolu Efes rallies past Laboral for road win

Anadolu Efes Istanbul opened Top 16 Group F in style by rallying to edge Laboral Kutxa Vitoria on the road on Friday. Stratos Perperoglou paced the winners with 15 points and Stephane Lasme added 13 for Efes. Mirza Begic had 16 points for Laboral, while Mike James scored 12. Fabien Causeur shined early to give Laboral a 10-2 lead. Begic took over right after that to make it a 13-point game, 22-9, enough for the hosts to keep a 24-16 margin after 10 minutes. Efes improved its defense and a jumper by Lasme soon gave the guests their first lead, 27-29. A couple of a long three-pointers by Davis Bertans gave Laboral the lead, 41-35, at halftime. A driving layup by James made it 58-49 late in the third quarter, but Nenad Krstic and Matt Janning brought Efes within 58-55 after 30 minutes. Perperoglou and Janning hit critical three-pointers and a jumper by Lasme gave Efes a 67-69 lead. Laboral was held scoreless in crunch time and free throws by Lasme and Janning sealed the outcome.

First quarter: Causeur, Begic put Laboral ahead

Fernando San Emeterio banked in a running shot to get Laboral going and a fast break layup by James gave the hosts a 4-0 lead. Dario Saric stepped up with a second-chance layup, but Fabien Causeur followed a backdoor basket with a three-pointer for a 9-2 Laboral margin. Perperoglou struck from downtown, but Causeur and San Emeterio kept the hosts way ahead, 12-5. Saric took over with a layup-plus-foul, as Efes had to change its defensive strategy once it entered the foul penalty. Begic shined with a jump hook and followed Toko Shengelia's close basket with another hook shot for a double-digit Laboral lead, 18-8. Perperoglou split foul shots, but a reverse layup by James and a dunk by Begic caused Efes to call timeout at 22-9. Dontaye Draper hit a triple and a dunk by Lasme brought the guests within 22-14. Free throws by Causeur and a six-meter jumper by Perperoglou fixed the score at 24-16 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Bertans keeps hosts in charge

Furkan Korkmaz nailed a three-pointer early in the quarter and fed Lasme for an alley-oop layup to bring Efes as close as 24-21. Begic split free throws and another triple by Draper made it a 1-point game. Cedi Osman split free throws, but Davis Bertans found Begic for a layup. A driving basket by Milko Bjelica tied the game again at 27-27. A five-meter jumper by Lasme gave Efes its first lead of the game, 27-29. Bertans answered from way, way downtown and a dunk by Begic ignited the crowd. Lasme and Darius Adams exchanged jumpers, as Efes struggled to find a way to the basket. Bertans split free throws before an off-balance basket by Saric kept his team within 35-33. James answered from downtown and Bertans hit his trademark long three-pointer off the dribble for a 41-33 lead. Saric hit free throws to keep Efes within 41-35 at halftime.

Third quarter: Efes keeps its chances alive

Begic nailed another jump hook immediately after the break, as Laboral held Efes scoreless for almost two minutes. Perperoglou hit one from beyond the arc and free throws by Causeur allowed Laboral to restore a 44-38 edge. Perperoglou and San Emeterio traded baskets and Dogus Balbay brought Efes a bit closer, 46-42. Shengelia scored around the basket and a driving layup by James got the crowd involved at 50-42. Lasme nailed a mid-range jumper, which Begic erased with foul shots. Osman fired in a corner three-pointer, James split free throws and a jump hook by Nenad Krstic - his first points - brought the guests within 53-49. Shengelia rescued Laboral with a catch-and-shoot triple, which James followed with a driving layup for a 58-49 margin. Krstic kept pacing Efes with a layup-plus-foul and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Matt Janning brought the guests within 58-55.

Fourth quarter: Tension lasts till the final seconds

Both teams struggled to score early in the quarter until Osman stepped up with a driving layup. Bertans scored in the low post, but a three-pointer by Osman tied it at 60-60. Adams tried to change things with free throws to put Laboral back in charge, 62-60, with less than six minutes left. Perperoglou split foul shots, but Adams did better with an off-balance basket. Efes tried to use longer possessions without much success, as Laboral was all over the place on defense. Meanwhile, free throws by Adams gave the hosts plenty of fresh air, 66-61, with three minutes left. Perperoglou struck from downtown, Begic split free throws and a three-pointer by Janning tied it again, 67-67. Lasme swished a mid-range jumper for a 67-69 Efes lead in the next-to-last minute. James and San Emeterio missed respective shots from downtown and a free throw by Lasme made it 67-70, with 14.8 seconds left. Bertans missed from downtown and free throws by Janning sealed the outcome.

Friday, January 2, 2015
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), CHIARI, ROBERTO (ITA)
Attendance: 10052
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria2417179
Anadolu Efes Istanbul16192017
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria24415867
Anadolu Efes Istanbul16355572
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 ADAMS, DARIUS 11:16 8 2/3 0/2 4/4   2 2 2   1       3 11
3 JAMES, MIKE 28:44 12 4/6 1/6 1/2   6 6 2 2 2     4 3 11
4 IVERSON, COLTON 13:54         1   1     1     3 1 -2
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 28:59 9 1/4 1/3 4/6 1 2 3 3 3 1     2 5 13
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 22:02 7 2/8 1/1   3 4 7     1 1 1 1 1 7
10 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 DIOP, ILIMANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 TILLIE, KIM 17:44   0/1       3 3   1       4   -1
15 BEGIC, MIRZA 26:06 16 6/8   4/6 3 4 7     1 1 1 1 4 21
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 27:54 6 2/5 0/3 2/2   5 5 3   1     2 1 6
23 HANSBROUGH, BEN 7:20                   1     1 1 -1
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 16:01 9 1/3 2/5 1/2   3 3 2   1 1   2 3 9
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 67 18/38 5/20 16/22 9 30 39 12 6 11 3 2 20 22 75
        47.4% 25% 72.7%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON
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
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 9:48 2 0/2   2/2   1 1 1         2 1 1
6 OSMAN, CEDI 19:41 9 1/4 2/5 1/2 1 4 5 3 1       2 1 10
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 23:53 15 2/6 3/4 2/4   2 2 2       1 1 5 15
9 SARIC, DARIO 22:00 9 3/7 0/1 3/3 2 6 8 2 1 3 1 1 1 4 15
10 DRAPER, DONTAYE 15:06 6   2/3     1 1 1 1       4   4
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 16:03 5 2/4   1/1   3 3     1 1   2 3 7
13 LASME, STEPHANE 21:39 13 6/7   1/2 1   1           2 1 11
22 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 16:02 3   1/4     1 1 3 3 1     2 1 5
23 JANNING, MATT 23:58 8 0/2 2/5 2/2 1 1 2   1 1     2 1 4
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 15:06   0/3       1 1     2   1 1 2 -4
32 KILICLI, DENIZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BJELICA, MILKO 16:44 2 1/2 0/2   1 2 3 3   1     3 1 2
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 72 15/37 10/24 12/16 8 24 32 15 7 9 2 3 22 20 74
        40.5% 41.7% 75%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

NAVARRO, IBON
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We didn't know how to execute the right plays in the last quarter, they were more intense and tougher in clutch time. We should have been smarter and take advantage of the foul bonus, draw fouls, read the game better and finish it. I got the feeling that we had it already, but we let it go. We must know ourselves better and must be able to identify and choose the right player at the right moment, choose the ones that are able to read the game better, the ones that feel better in a specific moment, and to build our team chemistry."
IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a very tough game, which I think Laboral Kutxa had under control for the first three quarters. We didn't start the game at the level we expected and allowed them to play their game, with three-pointers and transition plays. We played a very good defense in the second half. They scored just 28 points, and 9 in the fourth quarter. I think was the key to the game. We have to keep on fighting, to play and win games until the end because this is a very tough competition, we just opened The Top 16 today."

Players

BEGIC, MIRZA
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We had a very good opportunity to win the game against one of the best teams of the competition, but I think we missed some extra energy and more concentration in the end to seal it. One of the reasons, for sure, is that we had like four or five new players in the last month, including me, and at this moment it is sometimes difficult to execute our plays like we should."
SARIC, DARIO
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We didn't play our best game here in Vitoria but we fought all game long and tried to play tough. We got some open shots in the final 5 minutes and got a very good result."
BJELICA, MILKO
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It is very important to start with a win here, because this court will be very hard to for other teams in the Top 16. It is also important to get a first win early, right after the holiday break, we need to stay focused. I think that in the end we showed more experience on defense and won. We had a bad start in the beginning but came back, stayed on our legs, started to play as we know and deserved the win. Our goal is to reach the playoffs and I hope we will achieve it."