2006-07Regular SeasonRound 7
December 07, 2006 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 SPORTS COMPLEX KRYLATSKOE
Lazaros Papadopoulos - Dynamo Moscow Lazaros Papadopoulos returned to action and didn't skip a beat, scoring 20 points and grabbing 7 rebounds to lead Dynamo Moscow to a 90-83 win over Efes Pilsen on Thursday night in the Russian capital. Dynamo won its fourth straight game at Krylatskoe Arena and improved to 4-3 in Group A, moving past Efes Pilsen for third place. Efes lost for the second week in a row to fall to 3-4. Dynamo led from start to finish, constantly controlling the game, even though it never led by more than 12. Papadopoulos, who had missed a month through injury, was a force in the paint for the hosts, making 7-of-10 two-pointers and drawing 9 fouls in 25 minutes. Bojan Popovic added 16 and Travis Hansen 15 for Moscow, while Eddie Gill came off the bench for 11. Ermal Kuqo led Efes with 18 points on 8-of-10 from the field. Horace Jenkins and Marcus Haislip had 17 each, though Jenkins also committed 7 turnovers. Drew Nicholas added 15 points and 7 assists, while Cenk Akyol had 10 rebounds.

Dynamo controlled the opening tip and went right to work via Papadopoulos, who set Hansen up for the game-opening layup, grabbed a rebound on the other end, and then scored inside to put the hosts up 4-0. Cuneyt Erden put Efes on the board with a three, but Antonios Fotsis erased it from downtown and Dimitri Domani added a layup for a 9-3 start. Kuqo went to work inside, scoring his teams next 8 points, but Dynamo matched each basket to maintain a 15-11 lead. Three Papadopoulos free throws and two more from Popovic gave Moscow a 9-point advantage before Jenkins drilled a triple and Nikola Prkacin scored inside to narrow the gap to 22-18. However another Papadopoulos basket followed by a Hansen triple made it 27-18 after 10 minutes.

Ermal Kuqo - Efes PilsenDynamo made its first three substitutions between the first and second periods, but continued to dominate. Obinna Ekezie's first touch produced 2 points and gave the hosts their first double-digit lead. Sergey Monya added free throws and then canceled Nicholas's three to keep Dynamo ahead 34-23. Back-to-back threes by Erden and Nicholas brought Efes within 5, but Gill stepped up from downtown for Dynamo and later added two free throws during a 7-0 spurt that gave the hosts a 41-29 advantage. Efes came right back through jumpers from Kuqo and Haislip and then a three-point play from Jenkins for a 0-7 run. Hansen's slam ended the run, but Kurqo scored the last basket of the period to keep his team within 45-40 at halftime.

Papadopoulos made his presence felt again at the start of the second half with back-to-back baskets, but Nicholas fired in a three to show that Efes was going to fight. Haislip and Prkacin scored to close the gap to 51-47, but Papadopoulos and Gill from downtown upped the Dynamo lead to 9. Another Gill triple made it 62-52 as the hosts started to coast. However Efes never quit and free throws by Jenkins and a Haislip three made it 65-59, only to see Popovic from the line and Papadopoulos increase Moscow's lead to 10. Haislip capped the third quarter with a layup that made it 69-61.

Haislip drilled a triple in the first minute of the fourth quarter to bring Efes within 70-64. Popovic's slam caused Efes to call timeout, after which Nicholas found Haislip far another three to cut the gap to 5. However a quick push by Popovic, who sandwiched a Nicholas basket with free throws and a jumper, took Dynamo back to a 10-point lead. A Hansen jumper made it 83-71, before Kuqo and Jenkins cut the deficit back to 8. However Efes couldn't piece together a run, as every time it stopped Dynamo, it failed to score and when it did score, Hansen and co. were there to match. Efes continued to fight, but it was to no avail as Dynamo won to remain perfect at home this season.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), PILIPAUSKAS, KESTUTIS (LTU), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO)
Attendance: 3000
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Dynamo Moscow27182421
Efes Pilsen18222122
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Dynamo Moscow27456990
Efes Pilsen18406183
Dynamo Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 POPOVIC, BOJAN 28:00 16 4/4 0/1 8/9   3 3 3 2 1   1 4 5 21
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 31:00 15 4/5 2/4 1/4       4 2       1 2 16
7 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 GILL, EDDIE 21:00 11 0/1 3/4 2/2   2 2 1   1     2 2 11
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 3:45       0/2                   1 -1
11 MONIA, SERGEY 10:00 5 0/1 1/2 2/2   1 1   1   1   1 2 7
12 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 25:00 20 7/10   6/11 1 6 7 2   2   1 2 9 25
14 DOMANI, DMITRY 26:15 7 2/2 0/1 3/4   4 4 4 2 1 1 1 2 4 16
15 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 27:00 6 0/1 2/4   1 3 4 1 1 2     1 1 7
17 VASILYEV, YURI 15:00 4 2/3     1 1 2           2   3
19 EKEZIE, OBINNA 13:00 6 2/2   2/2   1 1   1 2 1   5 2 4
21 SHUKHOVTCOV, GRIGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 90 21/29 8/16 24/36 3 21 24 15 12 9 3 3 20 28 112
        72.4% 50% 66.7%
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
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 37:00 15 3/8 3/9 0/2   3 3 7 2 1 1   1 3 16
6 ERMIS, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 14:45 4 2/3     1   1 1 1 1     4 4 5
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 8:00           1 1           3   -2
11 ERDEN, CUNEYT 16:00 6   2/4         1         4   1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 18:45 4 2/3   0/2 1 1 2 2   1     4 1 1
13 HAISLIP, MARCUS 31:15 17 3/6 3/4 2/3 3 3 6   2 1 2 1 2 3 21
14 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 JENKINS, HORACE 28:00 17 3/3 2/4 5/7 1   1 2   7   2 3 6 10
17 BAYAV, EMRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 KUQO, ERMAL 15:15 18 8/10   2/2 2   2     1     4 1 14
41 AKYOL, CENK 31:00 2 1/3 0/1   1 9 10 1 2       3 1 10
Team             2 2   2       1   3
Totals 200:00 83 22/36 10/22 9/16 9 19 28 14 9 12 3 3 29 19 79
        61.1% 45.5% 56.3%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Dynamo Moscow
"We played well, despite some problems caused by new players – the newcomer Ekezie and Papadopoulos, who finally recovered from his injury. It forced us to make some tactical changes. Efes Pilsen scored 7 from 11 three-pointers against Climamio. It was a big task to stop them. But we did it: the great sniper Drew Nicholas made only 3 of 9. Lazaros Papadopoulos helped us a lot both on defense and offense. He played 25 minutes after serious injury and made many important shots and collected rebounds."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
"I want to congratulate Dynamo for the win. I think it was a good game for the supporters – with a lot of points scored by both teams – but not for coaches. Dynamo ran away as we fell into foul trouble. We couldn't overtake them."

Players

PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS
Dynamo Moscow
"We played team basketball, with good defense. We stopped their shooters. I can distinguish Domani, Fotsis and Hansen on our squad, but it doesn't make any sense - the most important thing is that we were a team, not a group of players. Efes Pilsen's centers - Haislip and Kuqo - were difficult to stop. They are tough and can really score, but we managed to handle them."
PRKACIN, NIKOLA
Efes Pilsen
"We played really bad defense in the first half. Then we did a better job, but they didn't give us an opportunity to catch them. We made some not too clever decisions, but it was hard for our backcourt to use the big men to full advantage because of their fouls."
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