2012-13PlayoffsGame 3
April 17, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

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72.3 Points 76.7
34.8 Rebounds 36.1
10.7 O. Rebounds 10.4
24.2 D. Rebounds 25.7
14.6 Assists 15.4
7.0 Steals 5.3
2.2 Blocks 3.2
13.7 Turnovers 12.4
49.6 % 2PT 50.0 %
33.8 % 3PT 35.6 %
71.3 % FT 72.7 %
78.3 Index 84.0

Player Stats

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13.7 / Farmar Points 15.3 / Spanoulis
5.1 / Erden Rebounds 6.0 / Hines
2.0 / Erden OR 2.7 / Hines
3.6 / Gonlum DR 3.3 / Papanikolaou
4.1 / Farmar Assists 5.6 / Spanoulis
1.8 / Gordon Steals 1.0 / Spanoulis
0.8 / Erden Blocks 1.0 / Hines
2.6 / Farmar Turnovers 3.3 / Spanoulis
57.4 % / Erden 2PT 59.8 % / Hines
38.5 % / Farmar 3PT 52.5 % / Papanikolaou
92.9 % / Shipp FT 86.0 % / Sloukas
14.2 / Farmar Index 16.2 / Spanoulis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-2 Playoffs 2-0
9-5 Top 16 9-5
5-5 Regular Season 8-2
14-12 Overall 19-7


Crew Chief

The Take

Anadolu Efes will try to extend its season by at least one game when it hosts reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos on Wednesday in Istanbul. Efes trails 2-0 in the best-of-five playoffs series and will need the backing of its fans to force a Game 4. The Reds won the first two games in Greece. While Game 1 was a nail-biter not decided till the final minute, Olympiacos dominated Game 2 by a margin of victory of 18. Efes, however, is considerably stronger at home, where it is 9-3 this season – including a 26-point thumping of Olympiacos in October.

While veteran big man Kerem Gonlum has stood out thus far in the playoffs, effectively doubling his regular season production, many of Efes’s best players have yet to find their footing in the series. Chief among them is Jordan Farmar. Though he is Efes’s leading scorer this season, Farmar did not reach double figures in points in either game, is 0 for 7 from downtown and has committed 6 turnovers. In fact, Efes as a whole is struggling with its shot, having made just 3 of 34 threes (8.8%) so far and will need to drastically improve that number to have a real chance at taking Olympiacos down. Alongside improving its own attack, Efes must find ways to limit Olympiacos’s top players, among them Vassilis Spanoulis, who leads the series in assists; Georgios Printezis, who leads the series in scoring; and Kyle Hines. Shooting guard Sasha Vujacic, swingman Jamon Lucas, power forward Dusko Savanovic and center Semih Erden are also high on the list of players Efes needs to come through in Game 3. If Vujacic and Savanovic can find their respective shooting strokes, it would open the floor, create space for Erden inside and open lanes for Farmar and Lucas. At the other end, Savanovic and Gonlum must contain Printezis and Kostas Papanikolaou, while Lucas and Farmar need to limit Spanoulis.

The change in venue renders some of the Game 2 results void. At home, Efes should be recharged and motivated to present their fans with a win to get back into the series. However, in spite of the home-court advantage, Olympiacos is not a team to be taken lightly and anything short of maximum effort by the hosts could see the Reds sweep a playoffs series for the first time.
Monday, April 15, 2013

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes is making its first playoffs appearance since 2006.

Efes was 5-0 in Top 16 games decided by 5 points or less.

Efes is 9-0 when it has scored at least 77 points this season.

Jordan Farmar has made 21 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Farmar flirted with a triple-double in a victory over Olympiacos in October. He tallied 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in 98-72 victory.

Josh Shipp has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kerem Tunceri needs 7 more assists to join the Euroleague’s exclusive 500-assist club.  

Tunceri (if in the starting five) will be making his 100th career Euroleague start.

Jamon Lucas has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight and 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.

Ermal Kuqo registered the best game of his lengthy Euroleague career in his rookie season against Olympiacos. Kuqo went for 26 points and 13 rebounds as Efes bested Olympiacos 61-52 in January 2004.

Kerem Gonlum is the playoffs’ leading rebounder with 9.5 per game.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos is 4-9 in playoff games on the road since the introduction of the current format in 2005.

Eleven different Olympiacos players have appeared in the starting lineup this season. Vassilis Spanoulis is the only player to start every game.

Spanoulis has made 11 consecutive free throws since the start of the playoffs.

Spanoulis leads the league lead in fouls drawn with 144.

Spanoulis has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.7 per game.

Hines has blocked at least 1 shot in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague appearances.

Kostas Papanikolaou is this season’s most accurate three-point shooter at 52.5%.

Martynas Gecevicius had one of the best games of his Euroleague career against Efes in the 2009-10 season opener. Gecevicius set career highs with 21 points and a performance index rating of 25 in leading his team at the time, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, to a 77-70 victory.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"In the first two games of the series unfortunately we could not succeed what we previously planned. We were wanting to return back to Istanbul with at least one win. But the series is going on. If we win the first game in Istanbul the fourth game will be here too. Our aim is to win those two games and then there will be a great fight for Final Four in Athens."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We are very close to qualify to the Final Four. We want one more win to qualify and we want that win as soon as possible. We have not to let them believe that they can come back to Athens for a fifth game. It will not be easy. Efes is a great team and they deserve our respect. I know that they will react and we have to be ready for that."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"The third game of the playoff series against Olympiacos will be played at our home court. We want to win the third game and then comes the fourth game. It also will be played at our home court. We want to extend the series into the fifth game. From the beginning of the season our goal is to reach the Final Four. We will try to do our best."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It's a very difficult game for us. We are in front 2-0 but it will not be easy. They have a great team, a great coach and the fans will support them as usual. So our mission will be very difficult. But we are ready to fight, our motivation is high because we want to qualify to the Final Four."

Anadolu Efes still alive after beating Olympiacos

Anadolu Efes Istanbul extended its Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by at least two more days after beating reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus 83-72 in Game 3 of their best-of-five playoffs series at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall on Wednesday. Jordan Farmar scored 17 and Jamon Lucas flirted with a triple-double to pace Efes, which hosts Game 4 on Friday. The keys to victory were excellent three-point shooting and clear domination in rebounds. After struggling from downtown in the games in Piraeus, Coach Oktay Mahmuti’s men drained 8 of 15 (53.3%) from behind the arc in Game 3. They also nabbed 12 offensive rebounds – turning many of them into second-chance baskets – while outrebounding Olympiacos 39-30. Dusko Savanovic led the way for Efes early and finished with 15 points, while Semih Erden tallied 15 points and 9 rebounds and Jamon Lucas finished with 13 points, 9 boards, 7 assists and 3 steals. Acie Law led the visitors with 19 points, Georgios Printezis scored 11, Kyle Hines 10 and Vassilis Spanoulis dished 8 assists, though the Reds’ leading scorer was held to just 4 points. Efes led for much of the game. Olympiacos moved ahead 27-28 on Startos Perperoglou’s second quarter hook shot, however Efes went on a 15-1 run spanning the second and third quarters to take control. Savanovic fueled a 7-0 spurt that made it 56-39 later in the third quarter. Olympiacos rallied late, but Efes held on comfortably.

First quarter: Savanovic, Farmar shoot Efes to narrow lead

Savanovic got the hosts going with a jumper just 14 seconds into the game. Five offensive rebounds on one lengthy trip down the court allowed Savanovic to make it 4-0 before Josh Powell scored the Reds’ first points from the line. Printezis kept it close with a three from the elbow, though another score on the offensive glass, this time by Erden, kept the hosts in front. A Printezis floater and Savanovic baseline jumper left it 12-9 midway through the opening quarter. Spanoulis found an open Powell in transition for a layup only for a Farmar triple to boost the hosts’ lead. Another Farmar jumper made it 17-11. Quickly, a pair of Farmar turnovers led to a pair of Law layups. Giorgi Shermadini knotted the score in the final minute, but Lucas found a wide-open Kerem Gonlum for a slam to make it 19-17 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: After Reds take first lead, Efes responds 10-1

Stanko Barac doubled the Efes lead with a jumper. Law and Sasha Vujacic traded threes. Perperoglou followed with a long jumper for the visitors only to see Farmar’s second three make it 27-22. Law beat the shot clock with a tough runner-and-foul. A long Pero Antic jumper brought Olympiacos within 1 before a hook shot by Perperoglou gave Olympiacos its first lead, 27-28, at the halfway point for the quarter. Farmar connected with Erden to put Efes on top again and Lucas followed with a floater. Savanovic scored the next 4 points to make it 35-28 before an Olympiacos timeout. Printezis ended the Olympiacos drought with a free throw, however Vujacic hit a jumper to leave Efes ahead 37-29 at the half.

Third quarter: Vujacic takes hosts’ lead to 19

Efes picked up where it left off at the end of the first half. Erden converted a three-point play inside and Lucas added another second-chance bucket to boost the lead to 13. Spanoulis free throws and a Printezis triple kept the Reds alive. Shipp and Kostas Papanikolaou traded threes before Savanovic scored inside. Savanovic’s first three of the night put the hosts in the driver’s seat, 52-39. Erden added a basket on the offensive glass and a Shipp steal led to free throws and a 17-point lead. Antic and Hines helped narrow the gap. A series of free throws on both ends slowed the pace of the game, but had little impact on Efes’s control. The lead reached new heights when Vujacic drained a triple and responded by wagging his tongue, 65-46. Following free throws by Antic, Hines and Sloukas, the scoreboard showed 65-50 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Olympiacos rally is too little, too late

Olympiacos set the stage for a comeback by keeping Efes scoreless for the first two and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, but Sloukas was the lone Red to put the ball in the basket in that time. A technical foul on the Olympiacos bench allowed Farmar to make it 67-52. Hines and Sloukas carried Olympiacos to within 9 with five minutes to go. After a timeout, a goaltending call gave Efes a much-needed basket. A Lucas jumper made it 71-59, however Law hit right back with a three and then a pull-up jumper to make it a 7-point game. Farmar sank a jumper and set Gonlum up to draw a foul inside. Free throws by Gonlum and later Erden made it 77-64. Olympiacos fought on with a Perperoglou three with two minutes to go. Another Farmar three almost sealed the outcome, as eve Law’s next three left the Reds trailing by 10 with 69 seconds to go. But a Lucas steal allowed the hosts to run out the clock before he celebrated the win with a big three to rev up the crowd before Game 4.

Dusko Savanovic - Anadolu Efes - EB12
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Attendance: 10982
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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
4 BALBAY, DOGUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 FARMAR, JORDAN 33:30 17 3/7 3/5 2/4   3 3 5 1 5     3 2 12
7 VUJACIC, SASHA 17:43 8 1/3 2/2 0/2 1   1 2   2   1   1 5
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 27:55 15 5/11   5/5 5 4 9   1 1 1 2 4 7 20
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 11:15   0/1 0/1     1 1 1 1         1 2
11 SHIPP, JOSHUA 28:14 7 1/4 1/2 2/2 2 3 5 1 2 1     1 1 10
12 GONLUM, KEREM 12:08 4 1/2   2/2   3 3           3 1 4
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 27:52 15 6/10 1/2   1 2 3 1   2   1 4 3 10
22 GORDON, JAMON 29:18 13 5/10 1/3   3 6 9 7 3       4 3 24
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 12:05 4 2/3       4 4       1   4   4
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 83 24/51 8/15 11/15 12 27 39 17 8 12 2 4 23 19 91
        47.1% 53.3% 73.3%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HINES, KYLE 21:45 12 3/4   6/8 2 4 6 1 1 1 1   1 5 21
5 LAW, ACIE 25:38 19 5/7 3/5 0/1       1   2     2 1 12
6 ANTIC, PERO 15:43 5 1/2 0/4 3/4 1 2 3 1   1   1 2 4 3
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 23:34 4 1/2 0/5 2/2   1 1 8   5     2 4 4
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 19:57 7 2/4 1/4     4 4 1   1 1   2 3 8
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 9:16 2 1/3       1 1 1 2 1   1 3 1  
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 19:03 5 1/2 0/2 3/4       4 1 1       2 7
12 POWELL, JOSH 8:59 4 1/2   2/2   2 2       1   2 1 5
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 4:18               1             1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 18:14 11 2/4 2/3 1/2   3 3           1 2 11
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 26:06 3   1/2   3 4 7 2   1 1   2   9
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 7:27   0/1                     2   -3
Team           3 1 4           1   3
Totals 200:00 72 17/31 7/25 17/23 9 22 31 20 4 13 4 2 20 23 81
        54.8% 28% 73.9%

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It’s a very crucial win for us. Tonight we shared the ball very well in order to become much more affective compared to the first two games in Athens. We used both inside and outside much better in offence. When we did the things well in defense, we had nearly a 20-point lead in the game. But after that, we lost the rhythm and the foul trouble was the main reason for that. But we performed the details better tonight and deserved to win. We have to do the same on Friday."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"First of all, congratulations to Anadolu Efes for their win. Efes won the game tonight because they did everything better in the small details of the game. Anyway, we are still leading the series 2-1. A win can take us to the Final Four. This is what we will be digging and trying for in one of thee next two games."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a special night for us in that we did pretty good job both in defense and offense. I cannot say for in the last quarter, but we did everything better in all parameters during the first three quarters. There’s no time to enjoy the win. We have to be very serious and careful as much as we can also on Friday night. We believe in ourselves that we can bring the series to the last game. If we can, no one knows what will happen then."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Congratulations to Anadolu Efes for their win. We didn’t start the game well and lost control especially in the beginning of the second half. We tried to come back from 19 points difference, but Efes made critical shots after we reduced the gap to 7 points. Tonight they shot much better from the three-point line and this was the main reason we lost; we failed to stop them."
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