2015-16Top 16Round 11
March 18, 2016 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.0 Points 74.0
36.2 Rebounds 33.3
11.4 O. Rebounds 10.2
24.8 D. Rebounds 23.1
19.0 Assists 15.8
5.6 Steals 4.9
3.5 Blocks 1.2
13.3 Turnovers 13.4
50.8 % 2PT 51.6 %
40.4 % 3PT 32.5 %
68.5 % FT 75.1 %
91.5 Index 74.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.3 / Heurtel Points 14.3 / Pullen
5.4 / Saric Rebounds 6.3 / Bilan
2.2 / Dunston OR 2.3 / Bilan
4.1 / Saric DR 4.3 / Babic
7.4 / Heurtel Assists 3.1 / Gordic
0.9 / Osman Steals 0.8 / White
1.1 / Dunston Blocks 0.3 / Walker
3.1 / Heurtel Turnovers 2.5 / Pullen
59.8 % / Dunston 2PT 57.5 % / Arapovic
48.0 % / Diebler 3PT 46.4 % / Pilepic
92.3 % / Saric FT 100.0 % / Pilepic
16.2 / Heurtel Index 15.5 / Bilan


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-6 Top 16 2-8
6-4 Regular Season 4-6
10-10 Overall 6-14


Crew Chief

The Take

The hosts desperately need their first Euroleague home win in two months and the visitors need the same victory to perhaps avoid elimination. Efes plays three of its last four games at home, a second home defeat this season to Cedevita could nearly end its playoff hopes. In fact, even though it does not face immediate elimination with a defeat, the hosts must face this final, too. Cedevita is 2-1 against Efes this season, the last one by 84-80 earlier in the Top 16 with Miro Bilan (11.6 ppg., 5.8 rpg.) and Marko Arapovic scoring 16 points each. Efes big men Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus will have to limit them, because a 12% drop in three-point accuracy during the Top 16 has the hosts scoring 3 fewer triples and 9 fewer points per game than in the regular season. With sharpshooter Jon Diebler in doubt again this week, Efes must look to Cedi Osman (10.4) and Dario Saric (10.5) to score in different ways, as well as point guards Jayson Granger (11.3) and Thomas Heurtel (10.6), who started together for the first time as Efes broke a four-game losing streak last week. Cedevita is down to slim chances and may not even survive with a victory. The visitors give up 85 points per game, second-worst in the Top 16, and allows opponents more two-pointers, three-pointers and assists than any other defense. It also ranks last or next-to-last in rebounds, blocks and fouls committed. With no hope but to win, expect the visitors to give everything they have at both ends of the floor, especially against a team they have beaten twice already.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Game Notes

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 7.35 per game.

Heurtel is now the competition’s all-time leader with 5.36 assists per game, too.

Heurtel has dished at least 3 assists in the last 32 Euroleague games he played in, including all 20 this season.

Cedi Osman has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

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

Dario Saric was a teammate of Cedevita players Marko Arapovic and Lovro Mazalin at different periods at Cibona Zagreb between 2012 and 2014.

Saric has played alongside both Luka Zoric and Miro Bilan over recent summers on the Croatian national team.

Cedevita Zagreb

Cedevita and Efes have met four times this season, and Cedevita has won two of three so far.

Miro Bilan had one of his two double-doubles this season, 20 points and 10 rebounds, in a Regular Season Round 3 win over Efes in Istanbul.

This is fourth trip to Istanbul for Cedevita this season, and has 2-1 record so far with wins over Efes and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, and a loss to Fenerbahce Istanbul.

James White recorded the only double-double of his Euroleague career in last season’s season opener against Efes. White tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for Unics Kazan in an 82-76 defeat in Istanbul.

Miro Bilan and James White are among the 11 players that have started every Euroleague game for their team this season.

Jacob Pullen has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague appearances.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 20 for 20 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Henry Walker has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games. He is shooting 9 for 21 from downtown in that stretch.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This will be our fourth game against Cedevita Zagreb this season. We now have one win and two losses against them. The teams have experience after three games. We will play against a team which plays a good and balanced game. We must not forget that they have six losses in a row. Something like this happened in the regular season also. After some losses they won against us in Istanbul. It means that from our side the game needs a good game control, high concentration and I expect to continue to win the game."
Cedevita Zagreb
"We are coming to Istanbul after playing a difficult game against Crvena Zvezda Telekom on Tuesday. We are in the middle of the ABA League playoffs, so the timing of this game is not ideal for us. There is no point in complaining about being tired. We have 12 players that worked hard through the season and we will play the best we can. It is important for us to present ourselves in the best light and that is our only imperative."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Cedevita Zagreb played its last game against Crvena Zvezda on Tuesday in the Adriatic League and they played a very good game. Miro Bilan and Jacob Pullen were their main players in the game leading the game. Bilan will probably attack us on the low post and from outside Pullen will try to force us with pick and roll and one-on-one plays. They beat us two times this season. This will motivate them against us. Before our games they had bad periods. They tried to get out that periods and they will try to do this again. To keep our playoff hopes alive, we must win this game."
Cedevita Zagreb
"After an unlucky overtime loss to Crvena Zvezda, we have prepared ourselves for this game. We need to play in Istanbul like we played against Anadolu Efes in Zagreb, when we beat them in the fourth round of Top 16. This is a very important game for them. We will have a tough task to win, but we will give our best."

Heurtel, Efes outlast Cedevita at home, 80-76

Anadolu Efes Istanbul held on for dear life to a victory that leaves the Group E playoff race wide open when it rallied from double-digit deficits to outlast Cedevita Zagreb 80-76 on Friday. Efes raised its record to 5-6 and will live to fight at least another week from fifth place, one below the playoff spots. Cedevita was eliminated as its record fell to 2-9. With Nemanja Gordic on fire early, the visitors staked double-digit leads in each half, but Thomas Heurtel paced Efes comebacks. The hosts went ahead for good on a Birkan Batuk triple with just over 2 minutes left and preserved the difference with perfect free throw shooting to the finish. Heurtel led Efes with 19 points, including 6-for-6 two-point accuracy, and 6 assists. Derrick Brown and Dario Saric followed with 12 points each and Cedi Osman got 10 including key late free throws. Bryant Dunston blocked 4 shots for the winners. Gordic and Marko Arapovic led Cedevita with 16 each, while Miro Bilan added 14 and James White 10.

First quarter: Gordic lights it up for visitors

Bilan made a pretty reverse for Cedevita and Osman blasted a triple to get Efes going. Gordic downed a layup and White followed with another as Cedevita led 3-6. Dunston rumbled to the basket for Efes before White scored inside again and Luka Babic hit 2 free throws at 5-10. Heurtel joined the Efes scoring column from mid-range, and after Dunston swatted a shot by Arapovic, took the ball the other way to get Efes within 9-10. Arapovic got his basket on the next try and soon Babic was feeding Bilan for a fastbreak dunk. Brown scored before Gordic drained a big triple to make it 11-17. Osman got one basket back before Brown skied for super slam at 15-17. Out of a timeout, a red-hot Gordic fired in 2 more triples as the Cedevita lead climbed to 15-23. Elijah Johnson answered from downtown for Efes and Brown got free for a layup, but Arapovic lined up the next triple for Cedevita at 20-26. Gordic had his foot on the line for his next jumper and it gave him 13 points and Cedevita a 20-28 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Saric leads Efes charge

Babic picked up where Gordic left off, hitting a mid-range jumper for a double-digit Cedevita lead, 20-30. Furkan Korkmaz set up Johnson for another triple and Alex Tyus downed a hook shot to get the hosts within 25-30. Bilan returned to stop an Efes fastbreak with a block at one end, then after a timeout, bank in a shot at the other. He then put back a blocked shot that fell to him to make it 25-34. Tyus did the same at the other end after an offensive rebound by Saric, who soon stuck a triple from the top to trim the difference to 30-34. Another offensive rebound by Saric led to Heurtel making a runner from the lane. And after a Cedevita timeout, Saric tied it up, 34-34 with a deep two-pointer. The Efes defense had held Cedevita to just 6 points in the quarter so far, but Arapovic stopped the hosts' 9-0 run with free throws to let his team keep a 34-36 edge at the half.

Third quarter: Pullen and Heurtel duel

After Cedevita's slow-scoring second quarter, Arapovic immediately converted a nice feed from White to open the second half. Then he picked up a loose pass and drilled a three-pointer to make it 34-41. Heurtel answered with a high floater. White stole and fed Arapovic again for a fastbreak layup and then Jacob Pullen stepped back for a huge swish to restore a double-digit lead, 36-46. Saric was again the answer man for Efes with a triple of his own and a pass that resulted in Dunston hitting 2 free throws. Pullen fed White for a basket, while Heurtel pulled up and hit one for Efes to get within 43-48. Heurtel was back with a quick-trigger triple to get a rise out of the crowd, the Jayson Granger made a driving reverse, his first basket of the game, count for a 48-48 tie. After a timeout, Heurtel fired a bullet pass on the baseline to Granger for the home team's first lead since 3-2. Bilan answered with a layup to tie before Osman made 1 of 2 free throws and Johnson banked a high layup as Efes went up 53-50. Karlo Zganec earned a free throw with an offensive rebound before Pullen reappeared with a go-ahead triple to let Cedevita keep clinging to a lead, 53-54, after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Efes holds on at the finish!

Fran Pilipec ended a scoreless first 90 seconds of the final quarter with a three-point stroke from way downtown for a 53-58 Cedevita lead. Heurtel scored on a pass from Dunston and Saric powered inside to tie it. After Zganec and Granger traded baskets, Babic picked up a loose ball and hit from long range to make it 59-62. Brown would swish two shots for Efes, but in between, Gordic reappeared with a driving layup and three-point conversion. However, Heurtel's steal and long pass to Brown for a fastbreak dunk tied it again, 65-65. After a timeout, White scored in close for Cedevita, and soon after Granger's free throws knotted the scoreboard at 67-67 with under 4 minutes left. Heurtel and Bilan exchanged baskets as both teams strained to get an edge, but couldn't. The ice-breaker came on a drive and assist by Brown to Batuk with a triple from the corner, his first points, at 72-69, with 2:12 to play. Arapovic answered with a lane jumper, but Saric at the other end put back an offensive rebound at 74-71 with 1:13 to play. Bilan answered with a back-down bank shot with 53 seconds left. After Efes missed, Cedevita took a timeout tried to go inside to Bilan, but the ball came loose and Osman picked it up. He was fouled and hit both free throws with 7 seconds left, as did White for Cedevita and Heurtel for Efes in the next two seconds, making it 78-75. Batuk fouled Pullen with 3 seconds left. Pullen hit the first and missed the second, but the rebound fell to Osman, who made both again to make sure of the outcome.

Thomas Heurtel - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB15
Friday, March 18, 2016
Attendance: 3579
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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
1 JOHNSON, ELIJAH 14:44 8 1/1 2/6     5 5     1         8
2 TYUS, ALEX 9:03 4 2/3   0/2 1 2 3     2 1   2 2 3
3 BAYKAN, OGULCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BROWN, DERRICK 27:29 12 6/6 0/2   1 5 6 3 1 2 1   1 2 20
6 OSMAN, CEDI 22:09 10 1/1 1/5 5/6   2 2   1 1     3 3 7
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 12:53 3 0/1 1/2                   5   -4
9 SARIC, DARIO 23:16 12 3/7 2/4   3 2 5 2 1 1     2 3 14
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 14:11   0/1 0/1         1       1   1 -1
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 25:51 8 3/4 0/3 2/2   2 2 3 1 1     4 3 8
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 30:12 19 6/6 1/4 4/4   1 1 8 1 5       5 26
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 20:12 4 1/3   2/2 2 5 7 3     4 1 2 3 16
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 6 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 80 23/33 7/27 13/16 8 30 38 20 5 14 6 2 19 22 103
        69.7% 25.9% 81.3%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 24:57 7 0/3 2/6 1/2       2 1 2   3 2 5  
4 WHITE, JAMES 34:03 10 4/9 0/1 2/3   4 4 4   2   1 4 3 7
6 KATIC, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 17:29 3   1/2     2 2   2       3   3
9 BABIC, LUKA 28:31 7 1/3 1/3 2/2   5 5 3 2 1     4 1 9
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 16:25 3 1/4   1/2 2   2         1 2 1 -1
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 26:58 14 7/9 0/1   2 2 4 3   4 1   2 6 19
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 24:20 16 3/7 3/5 1/1   2 2 3   1     2 1 13
21 ZORIC, LUKA 3:37   0/1               1         -2
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 23:40 16 4/6 2/3 2/4 1 2 3       1 1 3 2 13
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 76 20/42 9/21 9/14 5 21 26 15 5 12 2 6 22 19 64
        47.6% 42.9% 64.3%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was one very, very exciting game. Definitely, like a team, we knew how to finish the game. It was some pressure when we started, shooting too many threes, but I think we concentrated after that and I think we must continue to play much better."

"It was a very important game for my team. The reason we started the game not at the level we expected was because of pressure and we didn't react well to it. We gave up 28 points in the first quarter, which was too much for us. But then in the second quarter, we showed a reaction and only let them have eight points. The comparison of 28 to eight shows how my team reacted against our opponent. I expected us to open the game much better. In the last minutes, the team showed character: good decisions on offense and high percentage on free throws. Our defense was not at the expected level today, though. We shot 70% on two-pointers, which is very high, but only 26% on three-pointers, as we know Diebler is injured. We have to continue working."

Cedevita Zagreb
"Our last four losses in the Euroleague and Adriatic league, they all came in the same manner. In the key moments, we allowed opponents offensive rebounds. Combined with bad decisions we make on offense in those moments, those things decide games that come down to one possession. However, our problem is earlier in the games, when opponents raise their aggressiveness. We go from playing brilliantly, and building eight- or 10-point leads, to having lapses and within two minutes lose those leads. We can lose those leads, but we cannot let it happen so quickly. We need to make opponents work a lot more to catch up with us."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"In the first half, we were slow and not very good on defense. In the second half, we showed our character. We won, and the most important thing is this. After the Darussafaka game, we were on a good way. Now, we'll keep going."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We played already before this game three others against Cedevita. They beat us two times, and we won once. So we knew that we had a hard job. But we did it in the end. Some shots we scored, sometimes we had to be lucky to get some of the possessions, but this was it. I think that Efes showed good character in the end because so many games we lost in the last five minutes and this will be the start of new and better days for Efes. We know that we will have all these games in Istanbul, but we didn't do well in the games before this against Cedevita and Kuban and Red Star, and we are now in a difficult situation. I believe Darussafaka will help us in their game against Panathinaikos, and I believe we can win three games in a row."
Cedevita Zagreb
"It's hard when you lose a game you probably should have won. We played most of the game good. I felt good after my first shot, but we did not turn our good performance into victory. We played four good games this season against Efes, maybe we match up against them well. We played motivated against them, and end this season we're 2-2 in head-to-head matches, but it could have been better. We could have won this one, too."
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