2015-16Top 16Round 10
March 11, 2016 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.4 Points 82.5
33.5 Rebounds 36.3
9.8 O. Rebounds 11.3
23.7 D. Rebounds 25.0
16.8 Assists 19.7
6.4 Steals 5.6
2.9 Blocks 3.3
14.5 Turnovers 13.4
50.3 % 2PT 50.9 %
35.1 % 3PT 40.9 %
66.5 % FT 68.5 %
78.0 Index 92.7

Player Stats

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10.4 / Harangody Points 11.8 / Heurtel
5.2 / Erden Rebounds 5.4 / Brown
1.6 / Erden OR 2.1 / Dunston
3.6 / Erden DR 4.0 / Saric
3.7 / Gordon Assists 7.6 / Heurtel
1.5 / Gordon Steals 0.8 / Heurtel
0.9 / Slaughter Blocks 1.0 / Dunston
2.1 / Gordon Turnovers 3.1 / Heurtel
66.7 % / Arslan 2PT 64.3 % / Duverioglu
50.0 % / Harangody 3PT 48.0 % / Diebler
100.0 % / Yagmur FT 92.3 % / Saric
11.9 / Erden Index 15.8 / Heurtel


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-6 Top 16 3-6
4-6 Regular Season 6-4
7-12 Overall 9-10


Crew Chief

The Take

Another Istanbul derby highlights Friday action in Group E. Visiting Efes is in a tough spot after dropping four games in a row and then losing shooting guard Jon Diebler to injury. And now it faces a team whose defense has greatly improved recently. Coach Ivkovic will look to playmakers Thomas Heurtel and Jayson Granger and active swingman Cedi Osman to make up for Diebler’s absence against a Darussafaka team that has won three of four to revive its once-slim playoff hopes. Jamon Gordon, Scottie Wilbekin and Reggie Redding will also get the call at times to try stopping the Efes guards. The hosts will look to Semih Erden and Marcus Slaughter to control things in the paint, while stretch-four Luke Harangody could play a critical part, too. Efes splits time at center between Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus, while Dario Saric and Derrick Brown make up a talented duo at power forward. There is much familiarity between these Turkish League foes, which should only make both sides play harder. The winning team will sit alone in fifth place.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Game Notes

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul

Coach Oktay Mahmuti spent nearly two decades on the Efes bench as an assistant and head coach from 1992 through 2007 and again in the 2012-13 season. Mahmuti’s name is attached to some of Efes’s greatest accomplishments, including reaching the 2001 SuproLeague Final Four, three appearances in the Euroleague playoffs and winning four straight Turkish League crowns from 2001 through 2004.

Semih Erden is 4 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Emir Preldzic is 2 assists away from becoming the 19th player in competition history to reach 500 assists.

Oguz Savas has made 11 free throws in a row in Euroleague games.

Manuchar Markoishvii needs 2 more steals to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Marcus Slaughter needs 5 more steals to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Jamon Gordon has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last eight Euroleague games.

Gordon can tie injured CSKA forward Victor Khryapa for 10th place on the Euroleague’s all-time steals charts with his next steal. Gordon enters this week’s game with 209 career steals.

Ender Arslan grew up in the Efes junior program and played for the senior team from 2000 through 2011 with the exception of one season. Arslan won five Turkish League titles and Turkish Cups with Efes.

Semih Erden and Jamon Gordon were teammates at Efes for two seasons between 2012 and 2014. They were teammates there of current Efes players Dogus Balbay, Birkan Batuk, Emircan Kosut and Cedi Osman.

Milko Bjelica spent the previous season and a half playing for Efes.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Coach Dusan Ivkovic has used 12 different players in the starting lineup so far this season.

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader in assists with 7.6 per game; He is now the competition’s all-time leader in assists per game too with an average of 5.4 per game.

Cedi Osman has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Osman has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Alex Tyus is last in the league among qualified players in free throw accuracy at 44.9%.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We won our last three games in the Euroleague. We’re now playing at home and we surely want to win before our home crowd. We just got the level of our game up the last few weeks. There’s no reason to doubt about a win if we keep on playing like that."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"After losing a game against Lokomotiv Kuban with a very bad game control, this week we will play against Darussafaka Dogus on the road. We must be serious and well prepared. I respect Darussafaka very much. They have experienced players. For the first time they appear in Euroleague but all players have Eurolegue experience. From our side we have a big problem about Jon Diebler’s injury. He will not be able to play. I did not expect that this injury was so serious but the latest information says that he will not be able to be with us for approximately 3 weeks. I expect a good level game. My team will be ready for this important game."


Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"This week we’re up against very talented Anadolu Efes team. We play at home and we need this win. At this point of the season, anything can happen right now. Both teams are 3-6 now. That’s why it’s such a big game, especially for us because we play at home. We need to protect our homecourt and come out with a win but it’s not going to be easy. For the last month we’re coming together as a team. Defensively we improved a lot and it gives us better options in the offense as well."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Darussafaka has got a deep roster with talented and Euroleague experienced players. This game is crucial not only for us but also for Darussafaka, because both teams have the same record with 3 wins and 6 losses in Top 16. It will be a very tough game. The last victory against Pınar Karşıyaka in the Turkish League motivated us. We must show a better performance against Darussafaka than we did in Karşıyaka game and we must put this performance on court for 40 minutes. The only aim of ours is winning this game."

Efes hangs on to take derby at Darussafaka

Anadolu Efes Istanbul stayed within striking distance of playoffs contention by hanging onto a 68-72 road win in a city derby against host Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday. The result broke their tie in Top 16 Group E, lifting Efes into fifth place at 4-6 and dropping Darussafaka into a sixth-place tie with Unicaja Malaga at 3-7. Its two losses to Efes make Darussafaka's playoffs path steeper than ever with just four rounds left in the Top 16. Efes led most of the game, but Darussafaka rallied from 10 behind in the fourth quarter to make it 68-70 in the final minute. Darussafaka had a chance to tie or go ahead with the last full possession, but the Efes defense forced an airball and Thomas Heurtel hit insurance free throws to seal the victory. Heurtel paced the winners with 21 points. Jayson Granger added 14 points and Cedi Osman 13 plus 4 steals, while Elijah Johnson scored 11 in his first Euroleague game. Darussafaka got 17 points off the bench from Scottie Wilbekin, who buried 4 of 9 three-pointers, while Reggie Redding added 12 points and Semih Erden 11. Both teams attempted and made the same amount of three-pointers and free throws, but Efes took and made 2 more two-pointers, which proved the difference in the game at the end.

First quarter: Defenses dominate early

Efes started point guards Heurtel and Granger together for the first time all season, but Redding got the hosts going first with a mid-range jump shot. Heurtel matched him putting back an offensive rebound for Efes. Redding drove for another basket that Heurtel again copied with a floater from the lane. The hosts made the first break then as Erden tipped in a miss, Luke Harangody dropped a hook shot and Gordon made 1 of 2 free throws for a 9-4 Darussafaka lead. Granger boosted Efes with a long two-pointer and then Derrick Brown hit a baseline layup to make it 9-8. Heurtel then fed Osman in the corner for his team's first triple and first lead, 9-11. Redding quickly tied it up and, after a lull, Jamon Gordon drove strong for the go-ahead basket for Darussafaka. Harangody added a transition basket at 15-11. Johnson then climbed off the Efes bench for the first time and found a lane to the basket to bring the guests within 15-13 at the end of 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Johnson lifts Efes in front

Johnson liked the scoring feeling and added a three-pointer from the corner and a shot from the lane to get Efes ahead 15-18. Wilbekin answered from deep to tie for Darussafaka before Dario Saric's tip-in put Efes back in front, 18-20. Next, Heurtel went coast to coast for a layup to extend the lead, but Furkan Aldemir matched him with a tip-in at the other end. Granger drove hard for a layup high off the board at 20-24 and Osman added 1 of 2 free throws for the visitors. Gordon backed down his defender and hit a turnaround, but Saric answered with long two-pointer at the other end. Osman made a steal and passed ahead to Heurtel for a fastbreak three-pointer as Efes took its biggest lead yet, 22-30. After Ender Arslan got a layup for Darussafaka, Osman stole again and broke in for a dunk at 24-32. Now in the final minute of the half, Redding hit a big jumper for the hosts, but Darussafaka missed its last shot and Johnson had time to race the other way for a layup that left Efes in charge, 26-34, at the break.

Third quarter: Darussafaka keeps it close

Alex Tyus tried to set the pace with an early monster block for Efes, but Harangody drilled a triple and Mehmet Yagmur put back an offensive rebound to get the hosts close at 31-34. Granger answered for Efes with a space-making triple and Tyus scored in close to restore an eight-point lead, 31-39. Gordon hit a one-hander from the lane for Darussafaka that Granger undid with his own. A block party ensued, with Erden, Tyus and Gordon all swatting shots, in between which Osman stole again and made a layup for the game's first double-digit lead, 33-43. Yagmur's free throw combined with a monster put-back dunk and foul shot by Erden cut the difference to 37-43. But again Granger was the answer man for Efes from downtown. Bryant Dunston joined the block party for Efes, while Manuchar Markoishvili joined Darussafaka's scoring column with a big triple of his own at 40-46. Osman made the first of 2 free throws and Dunston put back the rebound of the second to make it 40-49. Wilbekin answered with a three-point strike for the hosts before Osman went back to the foul line and hit both his chances to make it 43-51. Markoishvili's offensive rebound led to another Erden layup, but Johnson raced the other way for his own. After Wilbekin drained a triple, Heurtel downed 2 free throws, but Erden banked in a short shot to end the third quarter with Efes clinging to a 50-55 advantage.

Fourth quarter: Efes holds on by a thread

Erden's 1 of 2 free throws opened the fourth-quarter scoring before Heurtel's step-back jumper raised the Efes lead to 51-57. The scoring stalled until Brown drove, spun and made the basket. Darussafaka coach Oktay Mahmuti argued with the refs, got called for two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. Heurtel's made 1 of 2 technical free throws to make it 51-60 with 7:30 to play. Gordon responded with a driving layup, but Granger did the same at the other end. Harangody cut the difference to 55-62 from downtown. Heurtel got a last-second shot to drop that Gordon answered at the other end. But Heurtel then got a clear look at a triple next and made it count for a new double-digit lead, 57-67. Wilbekin got the roll on his own triple before Dunston made a free throw at 60-68. Erden and Wilbekin made 1 of 2 free throws each for a 62-68 score with 2:40 to play. A steal put Wilbekin back on the line and this time he hit both shots, but at the other end, Osman drove for a high-arching floater at 64-70. Wilbekin again hit 2 of 2 free throws at 66-70 with 1:10 to play. Marcus Slaughter then made a steal that sent Redding the other way for a layup. After a Saric miss from deep, Darussafaka had a chance to tie or go ahead, but the Efes defense held strong forcing an airball on the shot-clock buzzer with 6 seconds left. After a timeout, Heurtel was fouled and iced the game with 2 perfect free throws to send Efes across town with a good-as-gold win.

Jayson Granger - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB15
Friday, March 11, 2016
Attendance: 4989
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Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul15112418
Anadolu Efes Istanbul13212117
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Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul15265068
Anadolu Efes Istanbul13345572
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 23:17 17   4/9 5/6         2 1     1 6 17
4 YAGMUR, MEHMET 11:57 3 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 3 4     1   1 3 2 1
5 REDDING, REGGIE 29:33 12 6/10 0/1   3 4 7 3   1   2 1 2 15
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 20:37 11 4/10   3/5 4 3 7     2 1 2 3 4 8
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 15:44 3 0/2 1/2   1 1 2 1   2     4   -3
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 7:45 2 1/2     2 1 3           1   3
22 GORDON, JAMON 29:52 9 4/8   1/2 1 3 4 3 3 1 1   2 2 14
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 4:46 2 1/2 0/1     1 1     2         -1
42 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 11:38   0/1       3 3 1 1 2     1   1
44 HARANGODY, LUKE 29:55 9 3/4 1/3   3 5 8     1   1 3 2 11
51 BJELICA, MILKO 10:01   0/1 0/2   1 2 3     3         -3
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 4:55   0/2 0/1                   1   -4
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 68 20/44 6/20 10/15 17 27 44 8 6 16 2 6 20 18 61
        45.5% 30% 66.7%
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON, ELIJAH 18:47 11 4/4 1/4     1 1     1     2   6
2 TYUS, ALEX 11:19 2 1/4     1   1       3   2 1 2
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 0:35                              
5 BROWN, DERRICK 25:15 4 2/6 0/1 0/1   1 1     1   1 1 3 -1
6 OSMAN, CEDI 32:00 13 3/7 1/5 4/6 3 3 6 1 4 1     2 4 15
8 BATUK, BIRKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SARIC, DARIO 25:51 4 2/5 0/2   1 6 7 1   2 1   1 1 6
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 4:53     0/1             1     2   -4
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 33:44 14 4/9 2/3     2 2 1 1 3     3 3 9
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 30:01 21 5/7 2/4 5/6 1 4 5 3   2   1 3 6 24
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 17:35 3 1/4   1/2 5 3 8       2   2 2 9
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 72 22/46 6/20 10/15 13 21 34 6 5 11 6 2 18 20 69
        47.8% 30% 66.7%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"Congratulations to Anadolu Efes. We had a bad second quarter. We had no contribution at all from the bench in that quarter. We used some early shots and made many easy mistakes and turnovers. We got only 1 assist and 9 turnovers in the first half. After that we tried to recover, always behind some easy turnover. At the end the game was still tight in the very final minute, but we lost. "
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I think that we deserved the victory. We were the better team. For our team, the real problem was we made two turnovers in a row, and immediately three fouls after those, letting Wilbekin score in those situations. It's a very, very important victory for us. We have to continue like a team."


Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
“We made a lot of easy mistakes in the second quarter. And they got some tough shots. We were a bit unlucky today. The game was close. If you look at the stats, no team had a lot of assists. They had far more turnovers well above their standards. We lost to a team that has good players and a good coach.”
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a tough game. The last quarter they were really good tough. The last minutes, they played really good defense, but we won and that is the most important thing. The next game we will prepare well at home and go one game by one."
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