2012-13Top 16Round 3
January 11, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Savanovic leads Efes to second straight victory

Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved to 2-1 in Top 16 Group E by beating Alba Berlin 71-62 at home on Friday. Efes recorded its second consecutive win, while Alba dropped to 0-3. Jordan Farmar and Dusko Savanovic led the winners with 15 points apiece. Kerem Tunceri added 11 while Sasha Vujacic had 10 for Efes. Deon Thompson led Alba with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Je'Kel Foster added 11 points and Yassin Idbihi and DaShaun Wood each had 10 for the guests. Thompson shined early in the game and got help from Foster to give Alba a 16-19 edge after 10 minutes. Tunceri struck three times from downtown in the second quarter to help Efes take a 35-30 lead at the break. Efes found a new go-to guy in Farmar, who took over after the break to boost the hosts' lead to 52-44 through three quarters. A three-pointer by Vujacic gave Efes a 58-47 margin, but Alba improved its defense and got within 58-54 with three minutes to go. Savanovic answered with 7 quick points and Lucas followed a key basket with free throws that sealed the outcome down the stretch.

First quarter: Thompson leads Alba to slim lead

Savanovic got Efes going with a fast break layup, as Alba picked up 2 turnovers in the opening minute. Thompson stepped up with a jump hook and a baseline jumper by Yassin Idbihi gave the guests a 2-4 edge. Zach Morley capped a 0-6 Alba run with a reverse layup. Efes had been scoreless for two minutes when Savanovic stepped up with a backdoor layup. Free throws by Jamon Lucas tied it at 6-6. Lucas and Thompson traded layups and a driving basket by DaShaun Wood put Alba back ahead, 8-10. Semih Erden stepped up with a tip-in, Thompson scored down low and Josh Shipp tied the game again, 12-12. Thompson beat the shot-clock buzzer with a turnaround jumper and a three-pointer by Je'Kel Foster boosted Alba's lead to 12-17. Kerem Gonlum split foul shots and Shipp struck from downtown, but Albert Miralles gave Alba a 16-19 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Tunceri turns back the clock

Both teams struggled to score early in the second quarter until Kerem Tunceri stepped up with a triple from the corner. Alba went scoreless for more than two minutes until Thompson sank a shot. Sasha Vujacic took over with a layup in transition, which Foster bettered with his second triple, good for a 21-24 Alba edge. Tunceri answered from downtown. Foster shined with a layup off a steal before free throws by Savanovic tied it at 26-26. Idbihi scored off an inbounds pass, but Vujacic matched him with a stop-and-pop jumper and a wild turnaround jumper by Savanovic gave Efes the lead, 30-28. Jordan Farmar made free throws only to see Heiko Schaffartzik match with a jumper. Tunceri finished a long, two-chance Efes offense with a bomb from downtown to give his team a 35-30 margin before the teams headed back to the locker rooms.

Third quarter: Farmar takes over to keep Efes ahead

Efes tried twin point guards with Tunceri and Farmar together on court after the break. Wood downed a five-meter jumper and Byars copied him right after that to keep Alba within 35-34. Farmar took over with a big basket in the low post, but Miralles erased with it a fast break layup and Byars soon gave Alba a 37-38 edge. Farmar rescued Efes with a three-pointer from the corner and Gonlum dunked to give Efes some fresh air at 42-38. Farmar kept pushing the hosts with a reverse layup that caused Alba Coach Obradovic to call timeout at 44-38. Idbihi tried to change things with a baseline jumper, but Farmar bettered him with a triple. Idbihi scored again and a floating layup by Schaffartzik caused to Efes stop the game at 47-44. Farmar buried another from beyond the arc and Gonlum dunked again to boost the hosts' lead to 52-44 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Savanovic, Lucas seal the outcome in crunch time

Vujacic made free throws early in the fourth quarter, but Foster beat the shot-clock buzzer with a seven-meter bomb that gave Alba some hope at 55-47. Vujacic answered from downtown only to see Idbihi rescue Alba with a put-back basket. Free throws by Thompson made it a 7-point game with seven minutes left. Both teams struggled to find the way to the basket for more than two minutes until Miralles's tip-in kept Alba within 58-53. Thompson split free throws and Efes finally found a go-to guy in Savanovic, who shined with a three-pointer and added free throws to keep the hosts out of trouble at 63-54. Wood buried a three-pointer, however Savanovic scored in the low post. Wood insisted from downtown and Thompson scored around the basket for a 65-62 Alba deficit with 58 seconds left. Lucas scored in penetration and soon added free throws to allow the Efes fans to celebrate another home win.

Dusko Savanovic - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB12
Friday, January 11, 2013
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 FARMAR, JORDAN 29:00 15 2/4 3/5 2/2   2 2 1         2 4 16
7 VUJACIC, SASHA 18:40 10 2/5 1/6 3/3   4 4 1 1 1     2 2 7
8 BATUK, BIRKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 18:33 2 1/2     1 3 4 1   5 1   3 1  
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 27:12 11 1/2 3/5         4 2 2     1   11
11 SHIPP, JOSHUA 10:09 5 1/1 1/3     1 1   1       1 1 5
12 GONLUM, KEREM 27:48 5 2/3   1/2 1 3 4   1 2     2 1 5
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 23:15 15 4/6 1/3 4/6 3   3 2 1 1     3 7 18
22 GORDON, JAMON 35:08 8 2/4 0/1 4/4   4 4 6 3 3     1 4 18
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 10:15   0/2       3 3 1   2     1   -1
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 71 15/29 9/23 14/17 6 21 27 16 9 16 1 0 16 20 81
        51.7% 39.1% 82.4%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 16:06 4 2/3 0/3                   2 1 -1
9 THOMPSON, DEON 33:05 15 6/8   3/4 4 7 11   2 3     3 5 24
11 BYARS, DERRICK 20:42 4 2/4 0/1     1 1   2 4     1 3 2
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 16:09   0/4 0/1         1   4     2 2 -8
19 MIRALLES, ALBERT 20:39 6 2/3   2/2 3 2 5         1 1 1 9
21 HERWIG, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 23:54 10 2/6 2/2   1   1 5         3 1 10
25 FOSTER, JEKEL 26:13 11 1/6 3/5           2 5     1 1 1
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 23:32 10 5/9     1 5 6   1       3 2 12
44 MORLEY, ZACH 19:40 2 1/4     1 6 7 2   3     4   1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 62 21/47 5/12 5/6 11 24 35 8 7 19 0 1 20 16 54
        44.7% 41.7% 83.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Tonight we were a little bit away from the rhythm that we found in the last couple of games. But of course, it was really very important to win and we did. If Sahsa Vujacic made some of his three-pointers and if we don’t involve some trouble in defense, we could have won much easier. But Alba Berlin played really tough in defense and they didn’t let us to take the game away. Kerem Tunceri contributed very well in the last couple of games. I am looking forward to see our stability for all 40 minutes."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
Alba Berlin
"First of all congratulations to Anadolu Efes for their win. Tonight we came very close to taking a very important win on the road. My players did a great job in defense, but the easy turnovers and the mistakes on offense cost us a possible surprise. Anyway, we will keep on fighting in the next games."

Players

TUNCERI, KEREM
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was good to keep on winning at home. Alba Berlin did good job in defense and never let us snatch the game away. But we did well, especially in the crunch time. For me, it’s good to back in shape. I hope to do better in the next games."
WOOD, DASHAUN
Alba Berlin
"It was a very tough game against a very talented team. We made easy turnovers in the critical moments and wasted our chance of winning the game. They took advantage of our mistakes to win."