2014-15Top 16Round 11
March 19, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Anadolu Efes gets back on winning track

Anadolu Efes Istanbul snapped its four-game winning streak, and improved its chances in the playoff race by downing visiting Nizhny Novgorod 79-75 in Game of the Week on Thursday. The win improved Efes to 5-6 and at least a share of fourth place in Group F, while Nizhny, which was missing Trey Thompkins and Tarence Kinsey, dropped to 3-7. It was fourth meeting between the two sides this season, and Efes, playing without big man Nenad Krstic, took control in the first half behind Thomas Heurtel and Milko Bjelica. Dario Saric lifted the hosts to 48-39 halftime lead and the margin remained in double figures for most of the second half. A triple from Cedi Osman extended it to 75-57 in the fourth quarter. Nizhny tried to rally, but the hosts’ lead, and victory, was never in danger. Bjelica finished with 15 points, while Osman and Stephane Lasme had 13 apiece in victory. Stratos Perperoglou scored 10 and Heurtel finished with 8 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Artsiom Parakhouski collected 22 points and 7 rebounds for Nizhny. Taylor Rochestie netted 18, while Gal Mekel had 13 in defeat.

First quarter: Heurtel and Bjelica get Efes going

After Parakhouski’s jumper-plus-free throw, Stephane Lasme split foul shots to open Efes’s tally and then sank a jumper. Dmitry Khvostov drove for a three-point-play, and after Perperoglou drove for a layup on the other end, Rochestie nailed a three-pointer to make it 7-9. Perperoglou countered with a wide-open jumper, but Parakhouski answered with a reverse layup and Rihards Kuksiks knocked down a triple for a 7-14 lead. Heurtel drove the length of the court for a layup before a timeout, and sank a mid-range jumper after it. Perperoglou's free throws cut the deficit to a single point, but Semen Antonov buried one from long range for the visitors to remain on top, 13-17. Lasme and Mekel traded easy layups, but Heurtel hit another jumper, Bjelica a pair of free throws, and Perperoglou drove for a layup and a 21-19 edge. Parakhouski banked in a shot, but Bjelica drove for a layup-plus-free throw in the final seconds of the quarter, making it 24-21 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Efes maintains lead

Bjelica kept it going inside and after Mekel answered with a drive to the hoop, Dario Saric knocked down a triple for a 29-23 lead. Parkhouski had a dunk and a layup for Nizhny, but Osman nailed a corner three followed by Lasme making a move inside, before Bjelica drove for a layup-plus-free throw and a 10-point cushion. Rochestie drove the lane twice, with Parakhouski making a baseline jumper in between. Bjelica scored a runner, but Rochesite hit a triple, cutting it to 39-36. Osman made a tough baseline floater, and Heurtel scored from close range to keep Efes ahead. Rochestie nailed another triple, but Saric countered with a three-point play and followed it with a fastbreak dunk, making it 48-39 at halftime.

Third quarter: The hosts open 14-point margin

On the first possession of the second half, Perperoglou’s turnaround jumper extended the margin into double digits, and Efes kept the visitors without a basket for two minutes. But Mekel found Parakhouski for a jumper, then drove for a layup, before Antonov’s put-back cut it to 50-45. Bjelica scored from close range, and Matt Janning made a jumper for the hosts. Parakhouski made an uncontested slam dunk on the other end, but Osman drove on a fast break for a three-point play and 57-47 lead. Lasme kept the margin in the double figures with a jumper and a couple of free throws. Meanwhile Nizhny players went 3 of 6 from the free throw line. A triple from Birkan Batuk extended it to 64-50, before Rochestie drove to the rim to make it 64-52.

Fourth quarter: Nizny rallies too late

Rochestie made a three-pointer, but that was a lone Nizhny basket in the first four minutes of the quarter. Efes did not score from the field during that stretch, either, but free throws from Bjelica and Osman kept the lead in double figures. A fastbreak layup-plus-foul from Dontaye Draper extended it to 70-55. After free throws from Kuksiks, a jumper from Lasme and a corner triple from Osman made it 75-57. Parakhouski had a put-back-plus-free throw, and Ivan Savelyev banked in a runner, cutting the deficit. A pair of driving layups by Mekel, including a three-point-play, made it 75-67. However, Draper’s triple snapped a 0-10 run with under two minutes to go to put the game away. The visitors did score 8 points in a row through Kuksiks, Parakhouski and Mekel in closing within 78-75 with 4 seconds left, but Perperoglou iced the game from the free throw line.

Matt Janning celebrates - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB14
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE)
Attendance: 3562
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul24241615
Nizhny Novgorod21181323
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul24486479
Nizhny Novgorod21395275
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BALBAY, DOGUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 OSMAN, CEDI 26:22 13 2/6 2/2 3/3 2 3 5 1         3 2 14
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 24:43 10 4/7 0/3 2/4 1 3 4 1       1 3 4 7
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 10:58 4 0/2 1/3 1/2                 2 1 -2
9 SARIC, DARIO 20:42 8 2/3 1/2 1/1 1 2 3     2       1 8
10 DRAPER, DONTAYE 27:32 6 1/1 1/4 1/1 1 2 3 3 1 1     4 2 7
12 KRSTIC, NENAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 LASME, STEPHANE 25:28 13 5/6 0/1 3/4 3 1 4       1   5 4 14
23 JANNING, MATT 13:43 2 1/1 0/2     4 4 1 1 2 1     1 6
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 29:16 8 4/8 0/5   2 5 7 9   2     2   11
32 KILICLI, DENIZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BJELICA, MILKO 21:16 15 5/7 0/3 5/6 2 3 5 3 1     1 3 8 22
Team           4 1 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 79 24/41 5/25 16/21 16 24 40 18 3 8 2 2 22 23 91
        58.5% 20% 76.2%
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
Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 15:09   0/1 0/1                   3   -5
8 MEKEL, GAL 21:17 13 6/11 0/1 1/1   2 2 4 1 2   1 2 2 11
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 29:17 22 10/15   2/2 1 6 7       1 1 4 5 25
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 28:48 7 2/3 1/2 0/2 2 1 3     1 1   1 1 6
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 24:51 3 1/4 0/1 1/1   4 4 3   2     2 4 6
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 23:41 18 3/7 4/7     1 1     2     1 3 12
23 SAVELYEV, IVAN 13:53 3 1/1   1/2   1 1           3 3 3
24 KUKSIKS, RIHARDS 25:06 7 1/1 1/1 2/2   3 3 1 2       4 2 11
31 KRIVOSHEEV, MAKSIM 8:14 2     2/4   1 1           1 2 2
33 THOMPKINS, TREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 9:44   0/1           2         2   -1
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 75 24/44 6/13 9/14 3 22 25 10 3 7 2 2 23 22 73
        54.5% 46.2% 64.3%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“We played a very crucial game. We controlled the game in general. We were well-motivated and careful about the matchups inside the paint. We made the right choices in defense. I took the responsibility for the 18-4 run of our opponent in the last four minutes. I’m really very sorry about that. Despite having a lot of trouble with the injuries, we fought really well.”
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
“Tonight we challenged really well. My players desired to win the game. Anadolu Efes was in control for most of the game. If we had a little bit of luck on our side in the last couple of minutes, we could have won the game. The main reason we lost the game were the mistakes in defense. It was a very important game for us, but we lost it.”

Players

BJELICA, MILKO
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was an important game for us to stay in the playoff race. I think we did a good job. Only in the last couple of minutes our level dropped on defense and they scored some easy points. But I think the game should have ended with a bigger difference. "
DRAPER, DONTAYE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“This game was really important for us. We hustled really well and remained tough in defense for most of the game. We did great job in rebounds and had many second-chance points. This was the key for the win.”