2006-07Top 16Round 6
March 21, 2007 CET: 19:45
Local time: 19:45 OLIVIA SPORT HALL
Antonio Granger - Efes Pilsen A 10th game in three seasons between them saw Efes Pilsen reestablish its winning ways against Prokom with a 64-72 road win to close out the Top 16 and the Euroleague season for both teams. Efes raised its record to 2-4 and took third place in Group F with the victory. Prokom finished last at 1-5, but had broken its eight-game losing streak against Efes earlier with the only Top 16 victory ever by a Polish team. After being injured most of the season, Antonio Granger had his best game of the Top 16 for Efes with 23 points. Ermal Kuqo added 13 and Drew Nicholas 10. Jasmin Hukic popped for 15 points and Donatas Slanina 14 for Prokom.

Kuqo got Efes going on the right foot with a pair of quick jumpers to which Granger added a layup for a 0-6 start. Slanina lit up Prokom's side of the scoreboard with a three-pointer, while Besok scored the hosts' next 5 points, but Efes stayed ahead by going to its big men, Kuqo and Marcus Haislip. After Granger and Slanina traded triples, Kuqo boosted his point total to 9 already as Efes went ahead 11-16. Granger soon added his second strike from the arc, while Haislip detonated a dunk with a free throw as bonus to make it 13-22. Slanina and Michael Andersen got 5 points back for Prokom, but Niksa Prkacin finished the quarter with a bucket that left Efes holding an 18-24 edge.

Donatas Slanina - Prokom TreflPrkacin opened the second quarter with another basket to which Erden Cuneyt added free throws for the first double-digit lead, 18-28. Andersen and Slanina, from downtown, cut the difference in half, but Granger kept scoring to lift it back up again to 11 points, 23-34, for the visitors. After Jasmin Hukic broke a scoreless minute for Prokom, Granger was back with a new three-pointer at 25-37. The teams were content to trade baskets over the last few minutes of the half until Kerem Gonlum's slam dunk led them to the lockers with Efes still clearly in charge at 31-45.

Granger added to the Efes lead after the break before Rashid Atkins, Andersen and Adam Wojcik scored the next 8 points to pull Prokom within 39-47. A lull in the scoring ended with Nicholas landing a shot from the arc to reestablish a double-digit lead, 39-50. Slaninas and Atkins brought it back down to 43-50 before Kuqo, Baris Hersek and Nicholas ended the quarter with a 0-9 barrage that had the guests back in the driver's seat, up 43-59 after 30 minutes.

Ermal Kuqo - Efes PilsenThe Sopot fans saw a shooting contest as Christian Dalmay and Hukic of Prokom hit 3 triples between them while Granger and Hersek each hit his own for Efes to start the final quarter. That left a 52-65 scoreboard that the hosts kept firing away to reduce. The difference fell to 59-67. Almost 3 scoreless minutes followed until Hukic blasted a triple and buouyed Prokom's hopes at 62-67, but Granger matched him to end the threat as Efes left Poland with third place in Group F.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY (RUS)
Attendance: 3000
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Prokom Trefl Sopot18131221
Efes Pilsen24211413
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Prokom Trefl Sopot18314364
Efes Pilsen24455972
Prokom Trefl Sopot
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUKIC, JASMIN 33:15 15 3/5 3/5     3 3 2 1 1 1   2 3 18
5 ATKINS, RASHID 29:45 8 4/9   0/1       3 1       1 4 9
7 MASIULIS, TOMAS 19:15 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 1 2 2     2 1 2
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 18:00 3 0/3 1/2   2 2 4     2     3   -2
9 DALMAU, CHRISTIAN 21:00 5 1/5 1/4         1   2     1 4  
10 WOJCIK, ADAM 15:00 4 2/7 0/1   4 1 5       1   1 2 5
12 BESOK, HUSEYIN 12:15 7 3/8 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 2 1 2 2   2 1 4
13 SLANINA, DONATAS 36:00 14 1/2 3/6 3/3   1 1 3 3   1   3 3 18
14 ANDERSEN, MICHAEL 15:30 6 3/5     3 3 6 1 1 1     2   9
17 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 FRANK, RAFAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                   3 1         2
Totals 200:00 64 17/45 8/20 6/8 11 12 23 13 12 11 5 0 17 18 65
        37.8% 40% 75%
Head coach: KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
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
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 32:00 10 1/1 2/5 2/2   2 2 6 1 4   3 2 2 9
6 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 6:45 2 1/2           2   2     1    
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 16:45 5 2/2   1/2 2 4 6 2   5     2 1 6
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 0:15                         1   -1
11 ERDEN, CUNEYT 33:15 2 0/1 0/4 2/2   4 4 3   3     1 3 3
12 GONLUM, KEREM 22:30 4 2/3     1 5 6   1 2   1 2 2 7
13 HAISLIP, MARCUS 19:30 6 1/3 0/2 4/5   4 4 1   1       3 8
14 HERSEK, BARIS 19:00 7 2/3 1/3 0/2 1 2 3         1 4 1 1
21 GRANGER, ANTONIO 28:45 23 3/3 5/7 2/3 2 3 5 1         2 3 27
23 KUQO, ERMAL 21:15 13 6/8   1/1 2 1 3 1 1 2     3 2 13
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 72 18/26 8/21 12/17 8 25 33 16 6 19 0 5 18 17 76
        69.2% 38.1% 70.6%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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Head Coaches

KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
“We were close to winning. In the last quarter, we cut the gap and had chances to take a lead, but Dylewicz missed an open shot and we could forget about wining. We had both good and bad moments tonight. Generally I'm satisfied of our performance in the Euroleague. It was better season than a year ago. We have won one game in the Top 16, though we had a very strong group. We have realized our goals that were given to us by our sponsors.”
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
“We controlled the game from the beginning till the end. One time Prokom cut the gap to 5 points, but we quickly responded with a triple and we did not let the hosts come back to game. I'm worried about Erden, who is injured and has problems with a knee. I'm pretty satisfied with our Euroleague season.”

Players

ATKINS, RASHID
Prokom Trefl Sopot
“We missed many easy shots. Too easy we let the guests take an advantage. We could not stop their fast breaks. We were struggling today. Now we have to forget about it and concentrate on the Polish league. We will have difficult matches in the next weeks. This Euroleague season was not so good. I'm not fully satisfied. However I think if we played in another group, we could have won more than one game.”
NICHOLAS, DREW
Efes Pilsen
“From the beginning the game was under our control. In the first minutes, we scored some easy points and then we were able to control the tempo of the game. This season was not successful. Efes is a good club that should be in the last eight.”
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