2018-19Regular SeasonRound 3
October 19, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Balbay miracle gives Efes win over Khimki

Dogus Balbay struck a sensational deep three-pointer with two seconds remaining to give Anadolu Efes Istanbul a stunning victory over heartbroken Khimki Moscow Region. After three quarters it looked like Efes was cruising with a 12-point lead, but then an incredible scoring streak from Alexey Shved – with 14 points in less than four minutes – brought Khimki back. The home team led throughout the final few minutes but the visitors had one last chance and Balbay took it with an incredible long-range conversion, giving Efes its second road triumph of the season and leaving Khimki winless. Efes was led by 26 points from Rodrigue Beaubois, nearly half of which came in the second quarter. Adrien Moerman scored 12 and Krunoslav Simon added 11 for the victors. Shved inevitably top scored for Khimki with 25 points including 6 three-pointers, while Anthony Gill added 15 points, Tony Crocker scored 13 and Jordan Mickey netted 12.

The game was delayed early on by nearly 20 minutes due to technical issues, and when action resumed Dee Bost sank a couple of triples for the hosts. After the scoring slowed, Crocker reignited the scoreboard with another a pair of three-pointers to help make it 21-18 at the end of the first. Simon’s off-balance buzzer-beating triple and a fast flurry of points from Beaubois sent the visitors in front, but Khimki responded and the lead regularly swapped hands as Gill came to the fore. Brock Motum, Charles Jenkins, Beaubois and Shved all struck from deep as the three-point party continued, but Efes pulled away as a three-point play from Motum plus Beaubois’s free throws secured a 37-45 edge. Khimki started the second half strong as Mickey scored twice, but a Simon triple kept Efes comfortable. Shved and Moerman traded triples, before a pair of baskets from Tibor Pleiss and a layup by Beaubois made it 55-67 after three quarters. A pair of trademark triples from Shved started the final period on a high for Khimki, and last season’s scoring king continued his incredible spurt capped by another triple to make it 69-69. Beaubois and a pair of Dunston baskets sent Efes back in front, but Markovic struck from deep to make it 76-76 with two minutes left. Jenkins sent Khimki ahead from the foul line, and it became a battle of free throws. Crucially, Crocker missed one of those to give Efes a last chance, and Balbay seized it in memorable fashion.

Balbay shines at both ends

Balbay’s initial role was a defensive one of shackling Shved, and he did that extremely well by keeping the Khimki scoring machine off the board in the first quarter, before returning to seal the victory in incredible fashion.

Shved shreds it at start of fourth

Khimki looked beaten after three quarters, trailing by 12, but then Shved took over by scoring all his team’s points in a 14-2 run – including a trio of three-pointers – in less than four minutes.

Beaubois dominates before the break

If Shved owned the last quarter, the second had belonged to Beaubois, who netted 14 points in that second period to give his team a lead which for a long time to look impregnable.

Next round

Round 4 will see Khimki go on the road in search of its first win with a trip to face AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan on Thursday, the same night that Efes hosts a big local derby against perfect-so-far Fenerbahce.

Dogus Balbay - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB18
Friday, October 19, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN; MAJKIC, MARIO
Attendance: 5153
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Khimki Moscow Region21161829
Anadolu Efes Istanbul18272218
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Khimki Moscow Region21375584
Anadolu Efes Istanbul18456785
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 36:09 25 1/4 6/17 5/9 1 3 4 5 2 3   1 3 11 22
3 BOST, DEE 19:41 6 0/1 2/4         1   2     2    
5 CROCKER, TONY 21:20 13 2/3 2/3 3/4   1 1   1 1     3 2 10
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 20:19 3   1/3 0/2 2 2 4 3 1       3 1 5
12 MONIA, SERGEY 2:54   0/1       1 1           1   -1
13 GILL, ANTHONY 30:07 15 5/6 1/4 2/2 1 1 2 3 1       2 1 16
15 GUBANOV, PETR 6:55     0/2 0/2                 2 1 -5
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 22:35 7 1/1 1/3 2/2 3 2 5 2   2     5 2 7
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 20:00 3 0/1 1/1   2 4 6 4 1 1     3 1 10
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 20:00 12 5/7 0/2 2/3 1 3 4 1 1   1     4 18
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 84 14/24 14/39 14/24 13 19 32 19 7 9 1 1 24 23 87
        58.3% 35.9% 58.3%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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
0 LARKIN, SHANE 20:19 4 0/2 0/2 4/4   3 3 3 1 2     1 2 6
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 30:35 26 5/9 2/7 10/12 1 3 4 4   1     1 9 30
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 18:36 9 1/2 2/2 1/1 2 1 3 6   1     4 1 13
12 MOTUM, BROCK 9:52 8 2/2 1/1 1/1 1 1 2           1 1 10
15 SANLI, SERTAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 30:18 12 3/6 2/4     9 9   3 1 1   3 2 18
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 14:36 6 3/5     1 1 2 1   2     3 3 5
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 11:20   0/1 0/1     2 2 1   3     2 1 -3
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 7:38   0/1             1       2   -2
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 25:15 8 3/4   2/2 2 3 5 1 2     1 4 2 12
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 31:31 12 1/2 3/5 1/2   2 2 1   1     2 3 11
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 85 18/34 10/22 19/22 9 25 34 17 7 11 1 1 23 24 102
        52.9% 45.5% 86.4%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region
“Congratulations to Efes. It was a very strange game with a lot of stoppages at the beginning because of the clock. We allowed Efes to play at their rhythm but when we came back we had a chance to win. But everything was against us – twice we missed free throws, Alexey and Tony, and then they scored a crazy three-point shot to win. That’s basketball, but when it happens against you it’s tough. We have started badly in EuroLeague and we need to get better. We didn’t play well. We need to have more players playing well. It’s not enough to finish the game with six or seven players, we want everybody’s contribution. Everybody has to be ready, especially at this level.”
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul

"For 30 minutes we played perfect and led the game but then we made defensive mistakes against Shved, and he started to find three-pointers – those are his shots. We started to miss open shots and free throws. So it was a strange game, but then with an unbelievable shot from Balbay we won the game. We are a new team so we need to improve our basketball, we made a lot of mistakes, we got up ten points but immediately started to go down. But two road wins in the EuroLeague is very important."

“When Crocker missed the first free throw, I kept Balbay on the court because he’s very fast. I told the players to penetrate, but Balbay shot the ball and honestly he’s not a specialist so it was the worst thing he could do, but he made it!”

Players

GILL, ANTHONY
Khimki Moscow Region
"[In the last possession] it was a situation that they had a guy who was a three-point shooter with a shot. And he made a shot. It was a great shot from him. Our rotation was a little bit too late. But this is a long season and we just have to learn from this. It’s great for us to fight the way we did in the second half, but we had to be better in the first."
BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"After the last game we wanted to react and we showed a good reaction. It was a crazy game, they had it but thanks to our captain we got the win. Amazing shot. Everyone knows Shved is a great player but we were focussed on us, we wanted to play better than two days ago."
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