2011-12Regular SeasonRound 7
November 30, 2011 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 RTL SPIROUDOME

Anadolu Efes bested Belgacom Spirou 62-66

Anadolu Efes gave its Top 16 chances a serious boost with a 62-66 victory over Belgacom Spirou at the SpirouDome in Charleroi, Belgium, on Wednesday night. All-Euroleague forward Dusko Savanovic scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Efes won for the second week in a row and improved to 4-3 in Group C. The visitors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Efes was up by 17 early in the third quarter. Demond Mallet scored 12 third-quarter points to keep the hosts’ hopes alive and Spirou rallied in the final minute, but never came within a shot of even tying the score. Stanko Barac added 12 points and 3 blocks for the winners and Sasha Vujacic scored 10. Mallet paced Spirou with 21 points and Andre Riddick produced 9 points and 10 rebounds. Spirou lost its fifth straight game since beating Efes in Istanbul in October and dropped to 1-6.

Efes started the game just as it wanted with Stanko Barac converting a three-point play and then Sasha Vujacic nailing a triple. Demond Mallet broke the ice for the hosts after three minutes. Toko Shengelia drew a third foul from Ersan Ilyasova just five minutes into the game and the Efes forward took a seat on the bench. Mallet banked in a runner to narrow the gap to 5-8. Vujacic stretched the Efes lead only to see Mallet answer back from downtown. Barac took a nice pass from Kerem Tunceri and rose for a slam before Vujacic found Dusko Savanovic cutting through the lane for a basket-plus-foul and an 8-17 advantage. Justin Hamilton scored the next 5 points – including a triple off the glass – to revive the hosts. Free throws by Cenk Akyol and Andre Riddick left the scoreboard at 14-18 after 10 minutes.

A clock malfunction delayed the start of the second quarter and when play resumed, it took two more minutes before Savanovic banked in a shot. Andre Riddick thrilled the fans with an emphatic two-hand follow-dunk, but Savanovic found Vujacic to stretch the lead to 16-22. The visitors remained the aggressor as Esteban Batista scored inside and Savanovic from the line to make it a 10-point lead. Christophe Beghin ended the Spirou slide, but following the TV timeout, Vlado Ilievski banked in a three on the 24-second clock buzzer to make it 18-32. Jiri Welsch tried to narrow the gap for the hosts and Beghin went through Batista for a basket-plus-foul. The hosts’ defense caused trouble for Efes, but Spirou was unable to capitalize at the other end. Akyol came through with a triple from the corner as Efes took a 22-37 lead into the break.

Andre Riddick scored at one end and blocked a shot at the other, but a Tunceri triple extended the visitors’ lead to 17. A Chris Hill layup and a Riddick tip-in brought the Charleroi fans back into the game. Mallet rained in a three and then sank a floater in the lane to close the gap to 32-42. Barac countered with a jumper, but Hill kept the Spirou momentum going with a triple. Savanovic came to the rescue with a pair of baskets, but Mallet snapped back with a three-pointer. Savanovic added 2 from the line, but Mallet’s triple at the buzzer made it 43-52 heading into the fourth quarter.

Hill opened the fourth with a long two-pointer. Vujacic matched him nearly two minutes later. Spirou missed several makeable shots, but Efes failed to take advantage. After a timeout, great ball movement by Efes produced a Sinan Guler triple for a 45-57 lead. Riddick dunked and a steal by Hill led Mallet to an open layup. After Ilyasova free throws, Spirou got within 52-59 on a Hamilton triple. But Akyol knocked down a key three to put the lead at double figures again with three minutes remaining. A three-chance possession netted Spirou a long jumper from Hill, but Ilyasova scored at the other end and then Hill fouled out. Caleb Green made it 58-65 from the line with 1:02 to go, but time was of the essence. Welsch made it a 5-point game with 34.2 seconds left. Spirou sent Savanovic to the line and he missed twice, but a ball-handling violation on Green doomed the home team’s chances. And Vujacic iced the win from the line.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 5000 (Tentative)
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Belgacom Spirou Charleroi1482119
Anadolu Efes Istanbul18191514
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Belgacom Spirou Charleroi14224362
Anadolu Efes Istanbul18375266
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HILL, CHRIS 28:15 9 3/7 1/4   1 3 4 2   2     5 1 2
5 WELSCH, JIRI 23:40 4 2/6 0/1     6 6 3 1 3   1 1 1 5
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 26:53 8 1/2 2/5   1 2 3           5 1 3
8 GREEN, CALEB 21:45 4 0/2 0/2 4/5 2 3 5 2 1 4   1 4 2  
9 OVENEKE, RANDY 4:24     0/1     1 1                
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 16:54 9 4/5   1/4 5 5 10 1 1   2   2 3 20
11 JADIN, AMAURY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MALLET, DEMOND 36:56 21 6/9 3/10   1 3 4 2   3   2 3 2 11
13 PENNINCK, BORIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 MORAY, YANNICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE 22:58 6 2/8   2/5 3 2 5 1   1     2 5 5
20 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 18:15 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   3 3 2 1 3     2 5 4
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 62 18/40 6/24 8/16 14 29 43 13 4 16 2 4 24 20 52
        45% 25% 50%
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI
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
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 0:04                              
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 17:32 3 0/2 1/1     1 1 1 2 2   1 2    
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 22:28 6 0/1 2/4         6 1 1     1   8
11 AKYOL, CENK 24:26 5 0/3 1/6 2/4   6 6 1         4 3 1
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 12:48 3 1/2   1/2 1   1     1     2 3 2
19 VUJACIC, SASHA 35:20 10 3/5 1/4 1/2 1 1 2 4   1       2 11
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 27:44 16 4/8 1/3 5/9 3 7 10 2 2 3 1   2 6 22
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 12:16 5 1/3 0/1 3/6 1 2 3     2     3 3  
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 20:14 6 1/2 1/2 1/2   3 3 2         3 1 6
34 SIRIN, OSMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 27:08 12 5/11   2/3   5 5   1   3 1 3 6 16
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 66 15/37 7/21 15/28 7 28 35 16 6 10 4 2 20 24 70
        40.5% 33.3% 53.6%
Head coach: SARICA, UFUK

Head Coaches

BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
“I’m very frustrated by the final result. We knew we had to play our best basketball to win tonight. It wasn’t the case, because we missed too many shots, and 8 free throws too. My players were too nervous at the beginning, and we played better in the second half when we changed our defense. It was not easy for our centers in front of Barac. I have many regrets. Even in this group, my team could be able to grab some more victories.”
SARICA, UFUK
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“First of all, it’s very important for us to win tonight. Spirou is a very dangerous team, but not better than mine. And we played good defense in the first half. In the first game in Istanbul, Charleroi had a good shooting percentage, but not this time. We missed some shots against the zone defense, and even some free throws at the end. Nobody knows what could happen with two minutes more in this game!”
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