2004-05Top 16Round 3
March 10, 2005 CET: 19:40
Local time: 19:40 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
In the lowest-scoring Euroleague game ever, Efes Pilsen used a record-breaking defensive perfomance to beat Benetton Treviso 52-43 at home in Istanbul on Thursday and take over second place in Group G of the Top 16. Efes improved to 2-1 in the Group G standings while Benetton Treviso dropped to 1-2 and is third. Henry Domercant led the winners with 16 points, Ermal Kuqo added 11 and Will Solomon 10. Denis Marconato's 8 points were the most any Benetton player could manage against an Efes defense that knocked down several records. The hosts set a new Top 16 mark by limiting Benetton to 43 points, shattering the previous record held by CSKA Moscow in the 2002-03 season, when it allowed Efes to score just 54 points. Efes also set a new overall Euroleague record by limiting Benetton to just 2 points in the third quarter. The previous record low - 5 points in any quarter - was shared by Slask Wroclaw, Paf Bologna and Opel Skyliners. Finally, the combined point total of 95 for both teams made this the lowest-scoring Euroleague game ever, well below the previous record of 113 from four different games, last one when Efes beat Slask 63-51 on January 16, 2002.

Efes started the game at full speed with a second-chance basket by Kuqo, but Ramunas Siskauskas matched that with a dunk coming off the baseline. Domercant fired in a three, but Bulleri followed Siskauskas's left-handed layup with a spectacular layup against strong defese to give Benetton a 5-6 edge. Efes did not panic, as Kuqo stepped up with a three-point play and another inside basket to keep Efes ahead at 10-8. Garnett took over with a corner triple, but Domercant slashed for a layup and added a basket-plus-foul in a 7-1 Efes run which gave the hosts a 17-12 lead. Benetton reserves Matteo Soragna and David Bluthenthal each fired in jumpers, but in between came Domercant's second bomb from downtown to keep Efes in front, 20-17 after 10 minutes

Bulleri made a running layup to bring Benetton within 20-19 early in the second, but Peker dunked at the other end to keep Efes in charge. Both teams played with long possessions now, until a jump hook by Denis Marconato tied the game, 22-22. Mustafa Abi drilled a long two-pointer from the right wing and Kuqo added a fallaway jumper to make Efes keep a 26-24 edge. The hosts entered the foul bonus too early, but Efes found a go-to guy in Domercant, who drilled an amazing three-pointer in front of his defender. Solomon, back after 2 first-quarter fouls, copied from downtown, forcing a Benetton timeout at 32-26. The guests had foul trouble now, too, as Marcus Goree and Joey Beard were whistled for their third each now. Both teams struggled in the final 3 minutes of the half, but Garnett and Peker exchanged free throws for a 34-28 Efes lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the game became a defensive war between both sides, but Efes lasted longer - much longer. Solomon took charge of his team after a quiet first half, and with help from Peker, increased the difference minute-by-minute. Benetton could not break through the Efes defense in any way. The visitors either turned the ball over, missed increasingly tough shots or failed to get draw fouls while shooting. A full 8 minutes, 35 seconds passed before a basket came for the guests, a layup by Bluthenthal, but even though that made the score 41-30 - a reachable deficit in most games - it did not signal a comeback. Benetton failed to score another point and finished with 2 total of the quarter, making it the lowest-scoring 10 minutes in Euroleague history. Meanwhile, Peker's dunk in the final minute gave Efes its highest lead all night, 45-30, after 30 minutes.

Benetton's historic drought ended as the final quarter started with a three-pointer from Soragna that sparked a 2-7 run that left the difference at 47-37 after Marconato hit 2 foul shots. Neither defense was ready to give up more baskets, however, and for more than 6 minutes in the middle of the quarter, the only points scored came on free throws. One of those, by Siskauskas, reduced the Efes advantage to 9 points, 49-40, but there were only 2 minutes left then, and a free throw at a time was not going to add up to a rally for the guests. Efes was in danger of ranking second behind Benetton on the record list with only 4 points in the quarter until Ender Arslan made a free throw and Kuqo a layup at the end, by which time the hosts had a firm grip on second place in Group G.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL; MARTIN, JOSE; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; ZYCH, WIESLAW
Attendance: 0
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Efes Pilsen2014117
Benetton Basket1711213
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Efes Pilsen20344552
Benetton Basket17283043
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 11:30 1 0/2   1/4 1   1 2 1     1 1 2  
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 32:00 10 0/3 3/10 1/2   3 3 2 1 3   1 3 6 4
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 15:00 4 2/6     1 2 3   1 2     5 1 -2
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 16:45 2 1/1       1 1   1       4    
12 NIKOLIC, GORAN 18:30   0/3       4 4 1   1   1   1 1
14 PEKER, KAYA 22:00 8 3/7   2/4 1 5 6 1 1       2 4 12
15 PASTAL, VALENTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 KECMAN, DUSAN 5:15   0/1       2 2     1          
23 KUQO, ERMAL 24:30 11 5/12   1/1 4 3 7     3   1 3 3 7
41 AKYOL, CENK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 40:00 16 2/4 3/8 3/3 1 7 8   3 1 1     4 24
55 YILMAZ, ALPER 14:30           1 1 1 2       4    
Team                     1     1   -2
Totals 200:00 52 13/39 6/18 8/14 8 28 36 7 10 12 1 4 23 21 44
        33.3% 33.3% 57.1%
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
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 23:00 7 3/4 0/1 1/4   2 2 1 1 2     2 5 7
5 MORLENDE, PACCELIS 14:15 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1   1 1 1 1     4 1 -3
6 ILUNGA, OLIVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 26:15 5 1/4 1/1   1 3 4   3 1     3 2 7
8 MARCONATO, DENIS 31:30 8 1/6   6/8 3 7 10 1 1 4 2   3 5 13
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 28:00 4 2/3 0/6     1 1 3 1 3 1 1 2 3  
11 BARGNANI, ANDREA 4:45 2 1/2     2   2               3
12 GARNETT, MARLON 15:30 5 0/1 1/4 2/2   1 1             1 3
13 BLU, DAVID 27:15 6 3/4 0/4 0/1 2 6 8 1 1 1 1     1 11
16 SOTTANA, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GOREE, MARCUS 24:45 5 2/6 0/3 1/2 1 3 4 1 1 4     4 4 -1
19 BEARD, JOEY 4:45           1 1 1   1     3   -2
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 43 13/31 2/20 11/19 10 24 34 9 9 18 4 1 21 22 37
        41.9% 10% 57.9%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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