2015-16Regular SeasonRound 3
October 29, 2015 CET: 19:45
Local time: 21:45 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
89.0 Points 70.5
34.5 Rebounds 35.5
10.0 O. Rebounds 13.0
24.5 D. Rebounds 22.5
25.0 Assists 15.5
8.0 Steals 5.0
1.0 Blocks 1.5
13.0 Turnovers 15.5
52.1 % 2PT 54.7 %
54.9 % 3PT 22.4 %
64.5 % FT 78.8 %
108.5 Index 64.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.0 / Diebler Points 19.5 / Pullen
5.0 / Saric Rebounds 6.5 / Bilan
2.5 / Tyus OR 2.5 / Bilan
4.0 / Granger DR 4.5 / Zubcic
11.5 / Heurtel Assists 3.5 / Gordic
1.5 / Saric Steals 1.5 / Pullen
1.0 / Korkmaz Blocks 1.0 / White
4.0 / Heurtel Turnovers 3.5 / Bilan
100.0 % / Diebler 2PT 100.0 % / Zganec
100.0 % / Osman 3PT 35.3 % / Pullen
100.0 % / Heurtel FT 100.0 % / White
20.5 / Diebler Index 18.0 / Pullen


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-0 Regular Season 0-2
2-0 Overall 0-2


Crew Chief
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

The Take

It’s first place in the group against the cellar dweller when Anadolu Efes Istanbul hosts Cedevita Zagreb. Efes enters the game in great shape having won both its games by double figures, while Cedevita comes off a disappointing home loss to Limoges. Efes has thrived behind its standout backcourt of Thomas Heurtel, who leads the league in assists, and Jon Diebler, who is tied for the league lead in three-pointers made. Cedevita will try to keep them in check through Jacob Pullen, Nemanja Gordic and Fran Pilepic. Cedevita center Miro Bilan is key to his team’s hopes, while stretch four Tomislav Zubcic and teenage rebounder Marko Arapovic help him in the paint. Efes has defensive aces Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus as well as Dario Saric and Derrick Brown to control the frontline. Birkan Batuk and Cedi Osman will split time at small forward for Efes, where they will tangle with James White and Luka Babic. Thus far, Efes has averaged 89 points per game, while Cedevita has posted just 70.5, so for the visitors to have a chance, they will need to significantly boost their scoring or play superb defense. Efes is the clear favorite at home, though Cedevita’s young core of talent is dangerous if not taken seriously.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Efes swept Cedevita in two games in the 2012-13 Euroleague regular season. They had not met in any competition before nor have they since.

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader in assists through two games with 11.5 assists per game.

Heurtel needs 6 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Heurtel has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five Euroleague games.

Derrick Brown’s streak of consecutive Euroleague games with at least 1 steal ended last week at 14 games.

Dario Saric was a teammate of Cedevita players Marko Arapovic, Tomislav Zubcic and Lovro Mazalin at different periods at Cibona Zagreb between 2012 and 2014.

Saric has played alongside both Luka Zoric and Miro Bilan over recent summers on the Croatian national team.

Cedevita Zagreb

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 12 for 12 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Tomislav Zubcic has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last nine Euroleague games.

Luka Babic has made at least one three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in each of his last seven Euroleague games.

Nemanja Gordic has recorded at least 1 steal in 12 consecutive Euroleague games.

James White recorded the first and to date only double-double of his Euroleague career in last season’s season opener against Efes. White tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for Unics Kazan in an 82-76 defeat in Istanbul.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We will play our third regular season game in Euroleague this week. We have a special situation at our side. We lost our first official game last weekend this season. We do not have our full roster in rotation yet. But some of our players are very close to start playing. We are working very hard these days. We will play against Cedevita Zagreb which is the most talented and having the best organization team in Adriatic League. They are a little bit in front of us, because they played nine games in Euroleague and ABA League. But we played four games, two of them are Euroleague and two of them are Turkish League games. For sure it will be a tough Euroelague game. We have to take care of our defense, communication and reaction of the players."
Cedevita Zagreb
"It won’t be easy, for sure. After losing four games in a row, we are currently going through a tough period. I hope we will play better than in our previous games and the most important thing for us is to play with much more energy on defense. We are a very young team. Musa is 16, Arapovic is 19, Mazalin is 18 and Zganec is 20 year old and that is why we have to play much better on defense, if we want to compete against every team. Injury of Zoric gave us problems and we lost two games without him, but while we are waiting for him to come back the rest of our players must take their game to another level."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We want to go on our way without a loss in the Euroleague. Cedevita Zagreb lost to Limoges by 84-80 last week at home. So they probably will come to Istanbul ready with a victory desire. We already proved what we can achieve in the past two weeks. Going on applying those on court in the same way on Thursday and also with a good defense and easy baskets, we want to be the winning team at the end of the game."
Cedevita Zagreb
"We must use every practice and every game to improve our play, especially on defense. There is no need to say much about Anadolu Efes. They are one of the best five teams in Euroleague. They are favorites against us, but we have nothing to lose. I think we need only one good game to get back on the right track. We are aware of our problems and everyone will give their best to help the team."

Cedevita stuns Efes in Istanbul

After trailing for nearly all of the first three quarters, Cedevita Zagreb came alive with 27 fourth-quarter points to beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 75-81 at Abdi Ipekci Arena. The result shook up Group B as Efes suffered its first loss to fall to 2-1 and Cedevita claimed its first win to improve to 1-2. Miro Bilan was a presence inside with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacob Pullen scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the winners. Luka Babic also shined with a key block and a late offensive rebound and three-point play among his 14 points. Fran Pilepic added 11 points, including late free throws to ice the win. Jon Diebler made 5 of 6 three-pointers en route to 15 points to lead Efes. Dario Saric added 14 points, Bryant Dunston scored 12 and Derrick Brown 11. Efes led by 10 in the second quarter and seemed to be in control for the first three quarters, even though Cedevita remained close behind. Down 67-59 in the fourth, Cedevita came back with a 2-15 charge in which Pullen drained a pair of threes and never relinquished its lead.

First quarter: Saric helps Efes take early lead

Furkan Korkmaz shined early with a triple and a reverse layup plus a blocked shot in between in a 5-0 start. Babic’s floater got Cedevita on the scoreboard. Saric powered his way to a layup before Babic found an open Miro Bilan for an easy score. Diebler used a fake to create space and buried a three to make it 10-4. After Bilan banked a shot over Dunston, Jayson Granger’s terrific pass created room for an Alex Tyus dunk. Nemanja Gordic scored for the visitors from the line, but Saric got inside to keep the difference at 6. Gordic and Granger traded triples to make it 17-11 midway through the quarter. Bilan overpowered Tyus for another bucket, however Saric responded with a baseline jumper. Karlo Zganec got on the scoreboard for Cedevita with free throws only to see the red-hot Saric bury a jumper. Bilan added free throws and after Saric committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Zganec, the latter’s free throws closed the gap to 2. Fran Pilepic buried a jumper on the ensuing play to tie it at 21-21. Granger put the hosts back ahead with a pull-up jumper and Thomas Heurtel’s layp made it 25-21 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: After Efes’s 10-0 run, Cedevita fights back

After Dunston rejected Zganec at one end, Derrick Brown found an open Diebler for a three in transition. Diebler found Dunston on a broken play for a slam that capped a 10-0 run. Cedevita responded as Babic buried a three and Bilan made a hook inside. Bilan’s pretty post up brought the visitors back within 31-28. Cedi Osman rescued the hosts with a three-pointer only for Pullen to counter with a basket-plus-foul. The pace picked up, but that ultimately led to more missed shots as neither team scored a basket for more than three minutes. Free throws by Granger and Tyus made it 37-30. Saric soared for an impressive block of Babic, but Cedevita got the ball back and Pilepic’s floater kept the visitors in the hunt. Pullen added free throws to make it 37-34. Saric assisted Tyus inside for a basket-plus-foul. Tyus missed the resulting free throw, but grabbed the rebound and dished to Saric for an easy layup. Pilepic’s floater kept the visitors within 41-36 at the break.

Third quarter: Hosts maintain their advantage

Dunston scored inside and soon after drew the fourth foul from Cedevita big man Marko Arapovic. Babic’s steal led to a layup for Pulllen. Efes’s terrific passing saw five players touch the ball before Dogus Balbay assisted Dunston on a slam. Pullen drove for a tough layup, but Saric nailed a triple to make it 48-40. Babis converted a three-point play in transition, but Dunston knocked down free throws at the other end. Bilan tipped in a miss by White, whose turn-around jumper over Osman closed the gap to 50-47 midway through the quarter. The Cedevita defense denied the hosts for nearly three minutes, after which White’s free throws made it a 1-point game. Diebler hit an important triple to keep Efes ahead. Brown’s baseline jumper made it 55-49. Bilan added another tip-in, but Tyus block of White kept the hosts in charge. Brown and Arapovic traded threes to make it 58-54 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Pullen leads remarkable Cedevita comeback

Babic opened the quarter with a three and then drove to set up Zganec for a go-ahead layup, 58-59. Arapovic fouled out and Dunston split the resulting free throws to tie the score. Brown’s long jumper put Efes once again on top and Diebler added a three in transition. After a timeout, Diebler’s fifth three capped a 9-0 run that made it 67-59. Pilepic countered with a crucial three for Cedevita. Bilan added another put-back before Pullen’s three in transition tied it at 67-67. Granger and Pullen exchanged tough drives to the basket. Pullen ran the pick-and-roll with Bilan, who finished easily as Cedevita regained the lead. The point guard then drilled a deep three to make it 69-74. Dunston soared for a tip-in, but the Cedevita defense denied all other scoring attempts, including a high-flying block of Saric by Babic with 2:20 to go. Bilan missed from under the basket and Saric split free throws to get Efes within 72-74. However Babic fought to grab his own missed shot, scored, drew a foul and made the free throw with 45 seconds left to put the visitors up 5. Pullen added to the lead with 2 free throws. Brown fouled white out with a three-point play with 17 seconds remaining. And Efes had new hope when Pullen stepped out of bounds, but Granger missed a layup and Pilepic iced the game from the line.

Miro Bilan - Cedevita Zagreb - EB15
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Attendance: 3659
By Quarter1234
Anadolu Efes Istanbul25161717
Cedevita Zagreb21151827
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul25415875
Cedevita Zagreb21365481
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TYUS, ALEX 11:14 5 2/5 0/1 1/3 2 2 4 1   1 1   2 2 4
3 BAYKAN, OGULCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 7:20   0/1     1   1 1   1     1   -1
5 BROWN, DERRICK 19:47 11 3/5 1/3 2/3   3 3 2   1     2 2 10
6 OSMAN, CEDI 13:26 3 0/3 1/2   1 3 4 1 1 1     2 2 4
9 SARIC, DARIO 23:26 14 5/8 1/5 1/2 1 4 5 2   1 1 1 2 2 12
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 14:10 5 1/1 1/2     2 2       1   2 2 7
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 28:25 8 2/5 1/5 1/2 2 5 7 7   3     2 2 11
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 24:52 2 1/5 0/1     3 3 5   3     1 2 3
33 DIEBLER, JON 31:47 15   5/8   1 1 2 3   2     4 2 13
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 22:56 12 4/4   4/8 2 3 5   2 2 2   3 4 16
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 2:37           1 1   1       1   1
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 75 18/37 10/27 9/18 12 28 40 22 4 16 5 1 22 20 82
        48.6% 37% 50%
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 24:11 18 4/8 2/5 4/5 1 2 3 2 1 3     3 6 16
4 WHITE, JAMES 27:32 4 1/6 0/1 2/2   2 2     1   2 5 2 -6
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 22:07 11 3/5 1/1 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 1 10
9 BABIC, LUKA 34:43 14 3/9 2/3 2/2 1 8 9 5 2   1 1 1 2 24
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 21:33 6 1/4   4/4   3 3   1 1   1 2 4 7
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 35:12 20 9/16 0/1 2/2 7 3 10 2   1   1 2 3 23
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 17:27 5 0/3 1/2 2/2       1 1 2     1 2 2
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 17:15 3 0/1 1/4     2 2 2   1     5 2 -1
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 81 21/52 7/17 18/19 13 24 37 13 5 10 1 5 20 22 82
        40.4% 41.2% 94.7%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Cedevita was better in the second half. We were unexpectedly bad in the second half. We lost control of the game both in defense and offense. In the second half we had 9 turnovers and gave up 10 offensive rebounds. They had six 6 easy baskets only by tip-ins. I was not expecting this kind of a second half. Birkan was injured and our rotation changed, because he has an important role in our rotation. "
Cedevita Zagreb
"This was a great win. We came to İstanbul after four losses in a row in the Euroleague and Adriatic League. This win gave us confidence. In the first quarter we were soft in defense. In the third quarter we got better. The best scenario came true, a victory. We’ll go on working hard after this win. "


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Today was bad game. We had too many ups downs, especially in defense. In the first quarter we were good in defense, had some fast breaks, grabbed offensive rebounds. We must make winning a habit at home. We have to follow this up with a very good performance."
Cedevita Zagreb
"This is a great win for our young team. It gives us confidence for the future. We did not come to Istanbul in good form. We lost our last games. This will be a good start for us."
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