2018-19Regular SeasonRound 11
December 07, 2018 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Ayon powers Madrid to stunning comeback over Efes

Real Madrid launched a spectacular fourth quarter comeback to stun Anadolu Efes Istanbul and move into a share of second place with a 82-84 victory at Sinan Erdem Dome. Madrid trailed by 15 late in the third quarter but a sensational display from Gustavo Ayon allowed the Spanish side to roar back with a 8-24 partial score in the fourth quarter. Ayon led his team superbly, providing 20 points on 10-of-11 two-point shooting while also grabbing 11 rebounds and 2 steals, and dishing 3 assists. Madrid also had 12 points from Sergio Llull upon his return from injury, and Trey Thompkins paired 10 points with 5 assists. Efes was paced by 19 points from Adrien Moerman, while Vasilije Micic combined 15 points and 8 assists. Shane Larkin added 14 points and Tibor Pleiss had 13.

The points flowed freely early on as Anthony Randolph netted a pair of three-pointers. Moerman’s big dunk sent Efes ahead, but Llull responded with consecutive triples. 5 straight points from Pleiss restored Efes’s lead, and baskets were traded evenly as the first quarter finished 23-23. It stayed close early in the second, with Ayon scoring 6 for Madrid but James Anderson and Dogus Balbay sinking triples for Efes. Larkin made all 4 free throws after a technical foul and Rodrigue Beaubois completed a three-point play, but two more baskets from Ayon kept it close. Moerman scored 10 quick points including two triples, making it 52-45 at the break. Jeffrey Taylor scored the first 5 points of the second half, but Micic scored a driving layup and one before unanswered triples from Moerman, Larkin and Micic stretched the lead to 69-54. Campazzo ended Madrid’s five-minute drought with a three-point play and Thompkins converted a three-pointer, but Micic struck from deep again to make it 74-60 after three quarters. Campazzo netted a triple early in the fourth and Gabriel Deck made a layup and one to cut the deficit into single figures. Ayon scored two alley-oops before Beaubois settled Efes nerves for a 79-72 lead, but Ayon scored again and then took an offensive rebound to set up Thompkins for a triple. Foul shots made it 82-81 inside the final minute, when Llull’s free throws sent Madrid ahead with 17 seconds left. Micic missed a three-point attempt and Madrid held on.

Sensational Ayon sparks Madrid

Gustavo Ayon’s statistics – 20 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals – speak for themselves, but they don’t show how the Mexican stepped up when his team needed him the most. Early in the fourth quarter, with Madrid down by 8, in the space of four minutes Ayon scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, blocked a shot and dished an assist to get the visitors back in contention. Without him, Madrid would have lost this game.

Llull’s eventful return

After missing three games, Madrid welcomed back iconic leader Sergio Llull and he soon showed what had been missing by sinking consecutive triples midway through the first quarter. Later on, though, he was fortunate to stay in the game – early in the third quarter Llull was called for his second unsportsmanlike foul, which would have led to ejection, but it was reduced to a normal foul after a video review. That meant he was able to complete an eventful return to action by scoring the winning free throws.

Moerman unlucky to lose

Defeat was harsh on Efes forward Adrien Moerman, whose numbers for the night nearly matched Ayon’s. He scored 18 points on 5-of-6 two-point shooting and 3-of-4 three-pointers, as well as 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot for a PIR of 33. Moerman also scored his team’s last field goal of the game, but ultimately it was not enough.

Next round

Madrid has a special date to enjoy next Thursday evening: a home meeting with arch-rival FC Barcelona Lassa. Efes will seek a return to winning ways with a road trip to Olympiacos Piraeus.

Gustavo Ayon - Real Madrid - EB18
Friday, December 7, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR; FOUFIS, IOANNIS
Attendance: 12289
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul2329228
Real Madrid23221524
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul23527482
Real Madrid23456084
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LARKIN, SHANE 26:12 14 2/6 2/4 4/4 1   1 4 1 1   2 1 2 12
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 17:22 7 3/5 0/1 1/1   1 1 2   1     3 1 4
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 5:20 3 0/1 1/1                   2    
6 BIRSEN, METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MOTUM, BROCK 7:41 2 1/1 0/2     1 1               1
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 32:19 19 5/6 3/4   2 8 10 1 3   1   1 2 33
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 17:44 13 4/6 1/3 2/2 3 2 5 1         2 1 14
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 33:06 15 2/4 3/7 2/3   1 1 8 2 5     4 4 14
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 16:11 3 0/3 1/2     1 1           1   -1
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 21:52 4 1/5   2/4 1 3 4 2   1     5 4 2
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 22:13 2 1/3 0/3   1 5 6   1 3     1    
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 82 19/40 11/27 11/14 11 23 34 18 7 11 1 2 20 14 83
        47.5% 40.7% 78.6%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 18:23   0/2       1 1 3 2 1     2 2 3
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 16:30 6 0/1 2/5   1 1 2 1   1       1 5
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 20:15 6   1/5 3/4   2 2 3 1         2 9
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 17:12 9 1/2 2/5 1/1   2 2 1 2 2     4 3 7
9 REYES, FELIPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 21:36 20 10/11     2 9 11 3 2   2   4 1 34
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 9:20 3 0/1 1/3   1   1 1   1         1
22 TAVARES, WALTER 18:08 7 3/4   1/2 2 2 4 1 1 1     1 2 11
23 LLULL, SERGIO 22:49 12 1/4 2/6 4/4   2 2 3   4     3 4 7
24 DECK, GABRIEL 7:21 3 1/1   1/1           1     1 1 2
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 23:30 10 1/3 2/3 2/3 1 3 4 5 1 1       2 17
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 24:56 8 1/2 2/4   1 2 3 4       1   1 12
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 84 18/31 12/31 12/15 8 27 35 25 9 12 2 1 15 19 111
        58.1% 38.7% 80%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“We played a perfect game. I am proud of my players because we dominated the game. But after we got a 14 point lead, we made a lot of mistakes and missed open shots. We led nearly all the game, but they won in the last seconds. We showed tonight that we are a candidate to win EuroLeague. It’s normal that the players get tired, and we made a lot of mistakes with the pick and roll defense against Llull and Ayon.”
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid

“I congratulate my players for the victory. It was an unbelievable game. Gustavo played a great game, not only defending his men but also giving help, and he read our pick and roll offense very well. I’m very happy for him.”

“In the first half we couldn’t defend them, we did some good things but couldn’t control the game. In the third quarter we started good but then we went down and they got a big lead, but we stayed in the game and the bench players gave us a lot – Rudy was great the way he defended Micic. Not only him, everyone fought for the game and that’s what I ask from my team, being competitive until the end.”

Players

AYON, GUSTAVO
Real Madrid
“The most important thing was to recover the winning feelings after our previous defeats. It was a difficult game but our defense was excellent in the fourth quarter and we were able to take a valuable victory. I’m happy for the victory and we have to keep moving onwards.”
LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
“We came back in the fourth quarter. We improved our defense, on offense we shared the ball better and in the end we won in a very difficult court. I think the key was defense, we controlled the rebounds.”
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