2006-07Top 16Round 5
March 14, 2007 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Marcus Haislip - Efes Pilsen Efes Pilsen got its first Top 16 win in Group F by beating Winterthur FC Barcelona 82-78 in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday night. Efes, though already eliminated from teh Quarterfinal Playoffs race, improved to 1-4. Meanwhile, Barcelona dropped to 3-2, is already qualified for the playoffs and will finish in second place no matter what if Panathinaikos beats Prokom Trefl on Thursday. Marcus Haislip led the winnes with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Kerem Gonlum added 18 points, while Cuneyt Erden had 11 for Efes. Juan Carlos Navarro had 16 points for Barcelona, Fran Vazquez added 14 and Jaka Lakovic 12. Gonlum had all his team's points in a 10-0 run that allowed Efes to take a 46-39 lead at halftime, while Haislip took over in the third quarter to make it a 15-point game, 60-45. Roko-Leni Ukic, Vazquez and Lakovic rallied Barcelona to within 78-77 with 41 seconds to go before free throws by Baris Hersek and Gonlum allowed Efes to seal the outcome.

Vazquez got Barcelona going with a dunk but Erden answered from downtown to give Efes a 3-2 lead. Lakovic sank a short jumper for the guests that Niksa Prkacin bettered with a layup-plus-free throw for Efes. Navarro made free throws that Prkacin matched with a put-back, and then Efes started to get Haislip involved. Navarro and Haislip traded three-pointers while Rodrigo De La Fuente made foul shots to tie the game again, 11-11. Haislip insisted from downtown while Erden added an easy layup to give Efes a 16-11 lead. Vazquez scored in the paint and Jordi Trias dunked in a 0-6 run that Navarro capped with a layup off a midcourt steal. Haislip took over again with a driving layup and Prkacin scored in the low post, while a running jumper by Mustafa Abi made Barcelona call timeout at 22-17. Barcelona kept struggling to score while Haislip capped a 8-0 run with a baseline jumper to boost the Efes lead to 24-17 after 10 minutes.

Juan Carlos Navarro - Winterthur FC BarcelonaBarcelona improved its defense early in the second quarter and finally found a go-to guy in Navarro, as he sank a big triple to get Barcelona within 26-21. Denis Marconato added a second-chance layup while Navarro shined with his trademark "bomba" shot to make Efes call timeout at 26-25. Antonio Granger stepped in to help Efes with a triple from downtown but Marconato followed a dunk with a long jumper to tie at 29-29. Efes had lost control now while Marconato scored off a pick-and-roll with Lakovic to put Barcelona back ahead, 29-31. Lakovic capped a 0-9 run with a triple from the top of the key, making it 29-34, but Gonlum was waiting to rescue Efes. He exploded with 10 unanswered points by himself, including a three-point play and back-to-back jumpers to put Efes back ahead, 39-34. Lakovic buried a three-pointer and Michalis Kakiouzis added a reverse layup, but Gonlum - who else? - dunked it for a 41-39 Efes edge. The first basket by Drew Nicholas and another triple by Haislip fixed the halftime score at 46-39.

Haislip provided a highlight with a dunk-plus-free throw right after the break to give Efes its first double-digit margin, 49-39. Gianluca Basile tried to change things with a low two-pointer and Navarro added a mid-range jumper bur Prkacin scored again down low to keep Efes out of trouble at 51-43. Baris Hersek followed a turnaround jumper with a three-pointer to make it a 13-point game, 56-43, after a 7-0 run. Navarro shined with a left-handed layup but Haislip erased that with a wild put-back dunk and soon added a baseline jumper to make Barcelona call timeout at 60-45. Haislip scored again in the paint but Roko-Leni Ukic bettered him with a three-pointer. A red-hot Haislip fired in his fourth triple, as Vazquez tried to ignite a Barcelona comeback with a five-meter jumper and a block. Gonlum stepped up with a put-back basket but free throws by Ukic brought Barcelona within 67-56 after 30 minutes.

Kerem Gonlum - Efes PilsenDe La Fuente buried a three-pointer right at the start of the fourth quarter and then free throws by Trias brought Barcelona as close as 67-61. Gonlum shined with a jump-hook but Ukic hit free throws and fed Vazquez for a five-meter jumper, forcing Efes to call timeout at 70-65. Nicholas stepped up with a corner three-pointer and Erden copied him soon after that to boost the Efes lead back into double digits again, 76-66, midway through the final period. Trias and Vazquez again got Barcelona closer at 76-69, and even when Lakovic hit a free throw, Erden finished another long Efes offense with a layup. Lakovic hit a seven-meter bomb while Roger Grimau added a fast break layup to get Barcelona within 78-75 with less than 2 minutes remaining. Vazquez hit a shot with 41 seconds to go while Hersek and Grimau traded free throws for a 79-78 edge with 15.4 seconds to go. Hersek returned to the foul line and did not miss this time, while Grimau failed on a key three-point shot and Gonlum assured Efes the victory with free throws.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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Referees: SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR)
Attendance: 6000
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Efes Pilsen24222115
Winterthur FC Barcelona17221722
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Efes Pilsen24466782
Winterthur FC Barcelona17395678
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 30:00 5 1/8 1/2     1 1 8 2       3 1 6
6 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 14:00   0/1           2 1     1 1 2 2
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 28:30 9 4/6   1/1 4 3 7 4 1 3     1 4 19
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 14:00 2 1/2           2         4   -1
11 ERDEN, CUNEYT 26:00 10 2/2 2/6     3 3 1 1 1     4 2 8
12 GONLUM, KEREM 14:15 18 6/8   6/9 2 1 3   1         6 23
13 HAISLIP, MARCUS 33:45 25 6/8 4/8 1/3 2 9 11   2 3 1 1 4 2 25
14 HERSEK, BARIS 21:00 8 1/1 1/2 3/4 1 2 3 1 2 1 1   3 3 12
17 BAYAV, EMRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GRANGER, ANTONIO 15:00 5 1/2 1/3                 1 1    
23 KUQO, ERMAL 3:30   0/2           1   1         -2
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 82 22/40 9/21 11/17 9 19 28 19 10 10 2 3 21 20 91
        55% 42.9% 64.7%
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
Winterthur FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 16:15 2 1/1 0/1     1 1   1 1     1 1 2
8 TRIAS, JORDI 26:45 5 1/4   3/4 4 3 7 3 1 1 1     4 16
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 12:45 9 4/5   1/2 1 5 6   1 1     4 2 11
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 20:15 12 1/2 3/4 1/2   2 2 5 1 3     3 2 13
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 19:00 16 4/4 2/5 2/2   1 1 1 1 3       3 16
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 26:45 8 1/1 1/3 3/4   2 2 2 1 1   1 2 3 9
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 27:15 14 7/12     4 3 7 2 1 1 1   5 1 15
20 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 12:15 2 1/1 0/1     2 2           1   2
21 UKIC, ROKO 20:15 7 0/3 1/4 4/5   1 1 2         2 4 5
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 18:30 3 1/3 0/2 1/2   2 2     1 1 1 2 1 -2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 78 21/36 7/20 15/21 9 22 31 15 7 12 3 2 20 21 87
        58.3% 35% 71.4%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
"It's good to have a win against a great opponent like Winterthur Barcelona after a long losing streak. But winning is not the main thing for us as we are trying to build up our new formation. In this new formation, we were able to do what we wanted to for most of the game. Of course, we have some doubts. We could be better on offense, especially in the second half. Anyway, this was a kind of a prestige game for us. We won and are happy for it but still have long way."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"First of all, I congratulate Efes Pilsen for their win. We were motivated to win this game, but we had a very tough opponent in the first half, trying to do everything to win the game. In the second half, we did everything we could to turn back the game, but it didn't work. Marcus Haislip and Nicola Prkacin played excellent tonight and did a great job, especially inside. If you let your opponent play the way they want and if your opponent is Efes Pilsen, it's normal to lose."

Players

HERSEK, BARIS
Efes Pilsen
"We lost our chance, but despite this handicap, we are well motivated and challenged very well for most of the game. We did everything we can especially in defense. I also think that I used my chance very well on the court, since I'm not getting that much time. I tried to defend Juan Carlos Navarro as good as I can. Now we want to end the season with another win against Prokom Trefl on the road next week."
KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"I think we were feeling a little bit lack of motivation tonight now that we've already guaranteed to qualify to the quarterfinals. Efes Pilsen is a very good team and if you're not focused well enough, you can lose anyway. We realized that we are losing the game finally in the last quarter, but it was too late."
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