2007-08Regular SeasonRound 2
October 31, 2007 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Andrew Nicholas - Efes Pilsen Efes Pilsen protected its home court and got in the win column of Group B with a back-and-forth 80-70 decision over visiting Armani Jeans Milano on Thursday in Istanbul. Efes evened its record at 1-1 while Milano dropped to 0-2. Efes used a 16-0 run bridging the first two quarters to take over the scoreboard and shook off any Milano comeback attempts late in the game. Drew Nicholas led five Efes scorers into double figures with 16 points. Kenny Gregory followed with 13, Serkan Erdogan with 12, Andre Hutson with 11 and Ermal Kuqo with 10. Just as important was the hosts' 35-26 advantage in rebounds, with Woods and Nicholas pulling 7 boards each. Massimo Bulleri scored a game-high 18 points for Milano, including 5 in a 0-7 start for the visitors. Reece Gaines followed him with 13 points while Ansu Sesay had 11 and Cheyne Gadson 10. Travis Watson pulled 11 rebounds for Milano.

Milano made an impressive 0-7 start to the game with a layup by Travis Watson and then 5 points on a pair of shots Bulleri in a span of just 90 seconds. But it didn't take Efes much more time to respond with an even bigger run. Kerem Gonlum started and ended it with inside shots, while Nicholas and Gregory also scored baskets for a quick 8-7 Efes advantage. Bulleri put Milano back in front as offenses got the better of defenses and the scoreboard numbers went back and forth. Ansu Sesay's triple had the guests in front 11-14 and a jumper by Reece Gaines kept them ahead 15-18. Efes put the finishing touches on the quarter with a 5-0 run in which Nicholas and Hutson split the scoring and game their team a 20-18 lead after 10 minutes.

Ansu Sesay - Armani Jeans MilanoLittle did anone know that Efes had started a game-breaking run. In addition to the last 5 points in the first quarter, the hosts rolled off the first 11 of the second as Ermal Kuqo, Ender Arslan and Serkan Erdogan joined Hutson and Nicholas, who had a three-pointer, in pushing the difference to 31-18. Watson and Cheyne Gadson finally broke through the Efes defense for baskets that steadied the guests. Erdogan rained a triple, however, to maintain a wide 38-22 advantage, the highest lead yet. Milano was able to play even for a couple minutes, but Nicholas discouraged the visitors with a triple on the buzzer to carry Efes into the locker room with a commanding 46-28 advantage.

Nothing changed early in the third quarter, as Efes kept dominating the defensive board, taking advantage of that to run the break as often as possible. Meanwhile, Milano struggled to score and did not manage to find second-chance options. By the time Loren Woods scored again, Efes had made it a 20-point game, 52-32. Bulleri and Gaines trying to ignit the Milano comeback, but Efes run its offense through Erdogan and an outstanding Gregory, who were now unstoppable. Gregory stepped up with a layup to restore a 21-point Efes lead, 56-35. Milano finally found its rhythm in offense, as Efes started to use long possessions to keep its lead alibe. Sesay hit a jumper to bring Milano within 66-50 but Erdogan answered from downtown for a 69-50 Efes lead. A final basket by Cheyne Gadson fixed the score at 69-62 after three quarters.

Milano found a go-to guy in Herve Toure, who changed the game completely, giving the guests the aggressivity they needed. Efes was limited to just 2 points in the next 6 minutes. Meanwhile, a 2-10 run gave Milano some hope, 71-62, after a layup by Watson. Milano had improved its defense, but Efes missed too many open shots and committed many turnovers, too. Efes finally regained its momentum by improving its defense, playing with its most athletic team on court. Nicholas stepped up with a layup while Woods added free throws to give the hosts some fresh air, 75-62, with 3 minutes to go. Armani kept attacking the basket with Sesay, Bulleri and Gaines, but Hutson and Gregory answered in the other end to make Efes keep a safe cushion. Efes had sealed the outcome when Hutson buried a jumper already in the final minute, as a three-pointer by Sesay happened to be too little, too late for the guests. All Efes fans went back home with a smile, while Milano needs to start winning right away to keep its Top 16 hopes alive.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO)
Attendance: 5000
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Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICHOLAS, DREW 33:10 16 3/7 3/7 1/1   7 7 1 1 1   1 1 3 17
5 PENN, SCOONIE 24:52   0/2 0/3     3 3 1 2 2     3 1 -3
6 WOODS, LOREN 23:25 7 1/1   5/6 1 6 7 1   2 2   1 5 18
7 AKYOL, CENK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 GREGORY, KENNY 22:20 13 6/7 0/1 1/1 2   2     1     3 1 10
10 ABI, MUSTAFA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 PACUN, BORA HUN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GONLUM, KEREM 20:49 9 4/6   1/4 2 1 3 1 2 1       2 11
17 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 27:04 12 1/2 2/5 4/4   2 2 3 2 1     3 2 13
23 KUQO, ERMAL 11:15 10 4/7 0/1 2/2 2 2 4     2     4 1 5
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 12:34 2 1/2 0/2     1 1 1 1         1 3
34 HUTSON, ANDRE 24:31 11 4/10   3/3 3 2 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 13
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 80 24/44 5/19 17/21 11 24 35 9 9 11 3 2 16 19 88
        54.5% 26.3% 81%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
AJ Milano
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 SESAY, ANSU 37:16 11 1/5 3/5   1 4 5 2 1 2 2   2 1 12
6 GAINES, REECE 32:47 13 4/8 0/4 5/6   1 1 1 2     1 1 7 13
7 TOURE, HERVE 8:07 6 1/1 1/1 1/1   1 1           1 3 9
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 33:07 18 6/7 2/4   1 2 3 4 2 5     3   16
10 ARADORI, PIETRO 1:48           1 1               1
11 SHAW, CASEY 13:50 2 0/1   2/2   1 1   1     1 3 1  
12 MARELLI, DAVIDE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 WATSON, TRAVIS 20:47 8 4/6   0/1 2 9 11   2 2     4 1 13
14 VUKCEVIC, DUSAN 29:27 2 1/4 0/3     2 2     2     5 1 -8
16 GENTILE, STEFANO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GADSON, CHEYNE 22:51 10 4/9 0/1 2/3 1   1 2   1   1   2 6
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 70 21/41 6/18 10/13 5 21 26 9 8 13 2 3 19 16 61
        51.2% 33.3% 76.9%
Head coach: CAJA, ATTILIO

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Efes Pilsen
"It's a very good win for Efes Pilsen and it was really very important. Last time when I was talking to you here, I was less happy. We have to take one step at a time. Not only winning a basketball game but getting our pride back a little bit. We had three very good quarters and we won the game in three quarters. Second thing is I think that we had a little pressure on ourselves because it's been a very hard week. We played excellent defense in three quarters and it was very important for us. Not really in three, maybe, but in the first half especially. I can say that we were also good on offense, too. Winning is always good."
CAJA, ATTILIO
AJ Milano
"It was a very difficult game for us. I think we started well in the first quarter. In the second quarter, their defense picked up and we had problems. We turned the ball over and our offense was down. We had a good reaction in the third and the fourth quarter where we had a good chance get back in the game. We shot the ball, tried to come back. It's very difficult to play against a team that plays the way Efes did in the second quarter. The aggressiveness of Efes in the second quarter and the offensive rebounds was the key of the game."

Players

GREGORY, KENNY
Efes Pilsen
"We had a great first half and we were especially good in defense and rebounds, enough to get the difference up to 18 points. And with the half of this advantage, in the second half, we pushed on the break and let the opponent stay level with us. But in the last quarter, we failed on offense and struggled to score. At the same time, Armani made successful shots and tried to get close us. But everbody must know that this is really a big and experienced team, and we never want to lose a game in which we had 20 points difference."
BULLERI, MASSIMO
AJ Milano
"The game was very difficult. We were outrebounded and this was too much to handle. The game got close again at the end. We had couple of great chances to catch the opponent, but we missed those chances and it caused us to lose the game."
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