2007-08Regular SeasonRound 8
December 12, 2007 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Drew Nicholas - Efes Pilsen Efes Pilsen kept pace in a tight Group B race as it mowed down visiting Cibona 100-74 at home in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Its fourth win in the last five games left Efes with a 5-3 record that will be good for at least a share of fourth place - and maybe more - at the end of the week. Regardless, Efes will be only one victory behind the Group B leader or leaders. Cibona, meanwhile, dropped to 3-5 and is looking at what is likely a long battle for Top 16 position. Drew Nicholas shook off a hand injury to lead five double-figure scorers from Efes with 20 points. Kenny Gregory and Andre Hutson followed with 16 each. Scoonie Penn had 13 points and 9 assists, while Ermal Kuqo only missed a free throw while scoring 11 points. Cibona got 16 points from Chris Warren, 15 from Sam Hoskin and 11 from Larry Ayuso, but suffered from 19% three-point accuracy, making only 4 of 21 shot attempts from long distance.

Ayuso launched one of his patented rainbow three-pointers to give Cibona an early 4-5 advantage, but that only caused Efes to pull out all its weapons. The result was a 10-1 blast based on baskets by Penn, Hutson, Gregory and Nicholas, whose three-pointer put the hosts in charge at 14-6. Both sides kept driving at the basket and forcing both fouls and defensive changes as points proved easy to come by. Cibona quickly climbed back to within 20-17 as Damir Mulaomerovic sparked a response with his first basket and an assist to Sam Hoskin, while Warren buried a triple. Moments after taking the floor, however, Serkan Erdogan rang up 3 points from downtown to keep Efes comfortable at 25-18 after 10 minutes.

Chris Warren - CibonaCibona closed the gap early in the second quarter as Tre Kelley and Warren made it 27-23, but Erdogan was waiting with another bomb and the lead soon rose to 34-25 on free throws by Nicholas. Midway through the quarter, Gregory nailed a jumper to give Efes its first double-digit lead, 37-27. Penn rattled in a triple to keep the hosts up by 11 points before Luksa Andric scored 4 in a row for Cibona to make it 40-33. Gregory brought the home crowd to its feel by rising for an alley-oop dunk assisted by Penn, and soon Nicholas was consolidating that momentum with triple that supplied the highest lead yet, 50-35. Another alley-oop by Gregory delighted the crowd, but a three-point play by Hoskins and a four-pointer by Ayuso - on a triple-plus-free throw - left a 52-42 scoreboard at the break.

Efes made an impressive start to the second half, with fastbreak after fastbreak lengthening the hosts' advantage minute by minute. By the time Nicholas measured off a three-pointer midway through the quarter, the score 71-48. Cibona kept struggling on offense, a situation made worst for the visitors since Ayuso and Andric were in foul trouble with four each. Hutson completed a 21-8 run with a jump shot to make it 73-50, and then after Cibona scored again, Efes added 4 more points, including another spectacular dunk by Gregory at 77-52. Even when Warren and Vedran Vukusic were able to score now for Cibona, Efes still cruised ahead by 79-59 after 30 minutes.

Kenny Gregory - Efes PilsenVukusic's three-pointer to open the final quarter reduced the differenct to 17 points, 79-62, but even as the fevered scoring tempo cooled, Efes kept control of the game as Hutson, Kuqo and Nicholas made sure their team's 20-point advantage was not jeopardized. Indeed, they kept building on it, with a jumper by Nicholas with 3 minutes left making it a 92-66 scoreboard and the only doubt left was whether Efes would reach the century mark. When the hosts did just that, the home fans got an extra bonus in addition to see their team keep rising in Group B.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: BITTON, MOSHE (ISR), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), SABETTA, ENRICO (ITA)
Attendance: 3000
By Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen25272721
Cibona18241715
End of Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen255279100
Cibona18425974
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 32:25 20 3/5 3/8 5/7   1 1 3   1     3 6 17
5 PENN, SCOONIE 30:47 13   3/4 4/4 1 2 3 9 3       5 4 26
6 WOODS, LOREN 14:09 5 1/4   3/4 2   2 1   1     3 3 3
9 GREGORY, KENNY 27:59 16 6/8 1/1 1/1   4 4 3 1 2     2 2 20
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 9:30   0/1       1 1           2   -2
11 PACUN, BORA HUN 0:23                              
12 GONLUM, KEREM 22:17 5 2/3   1/2 1 4 5 3   2 2 1 3 3 10
13 WRIGHT, RASHAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 9:03 8   2/5 2/2                 1 2 6
23 KUQO, ERMAL 13:35 11 2/2 2/2 1/2   3 3 1   2     4 2 10
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 9:53 6 0/1 1/4 3/4 1 1 2 1 1 2     2 3 4
34 HUTSON, ANDRE 29:59 16 8/11   0/1 5 3 8 3 4 2 2 1   3 29
Team                                
Totals 200:00 100 22/35 12/24 20/27 10 19 29 24 9 12 4 2 25 28 123
        62.9% 50% 74.1%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
Cibona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WARREN, CHRIS 37:54 16 4/7 1/5 5/6 2 3 5 2 3 3     3 9 21
5 KELLEY, TRE 26:22 5 2/7 0/2 1/1       3   5   2 4 3 -7
7 KRASIC, BARISA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ZORIC, LUKA 8:00 2 1/2                   1      
11 VUKUSIC, VEDRAN 20:45 9 2/2 1/2 2/2 1 4 5           5 1 9
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 21:51 9 3/3 0/1 3/6 2 2 4   4 1 2   5 4 13
13 AYUSO, LARRY 19:17 11 1/1 2/6 3/3       2         5 4 8
14 KASTROPIL, FRANKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 HOSKIN, SAM 29:24 15 6/8 0/1 3/3 3 2 5   1 3     4 3 14
19 PRINC, VEDRAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ROZIC, MARIN 21:23 4 2/3 0/1   2 1 3 1   1   1 1   3
44 MULAOMEROVIC, DAMIR 15:04 3 1/2 0/3 1/2       2   2     1 1 -2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 22/35 4/21 18/23 10 12 22 10 8 15 2 4 28 25 59
        62.9% 19% 78.3%
Head coach: VRANKOVIC, JOSIP-JERKO

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Efes Pilsen
"We wanted to play an up-tempo game and dominate the defensive rebound to get fast break opportunities. This is what we were really good at tonight. We were also good in defense. We were doing pretty well in our last four or five games but tonight it was much better. Cibona is not an easy team. They are a great offensive team which has many talented offensive players in their roster. So I can easily say for tonight that we had a great defensive game, too."
VRANKOVIC, JOSIP-JERKO
Cibona
"Efes was much better than us tonight. We had Larry Ayuso in foul trouble too early but that was just one of the reasons why we lost for such a big margin. Efes did a great job, especially beyond the three-point play. We were not able to answer in the same way, there were really on fire from beyond the arc. Efes played really good basketball, especially in the third quarter."

Players

ARSLAN, ENDER
Efes Pilsen
"We played great tonight. We knew that our opponent tonight doesn't play on the road like it does at home. We had a strong start and managed to control the game all the way. We want to keep on getting wins like this and try to climb as high as we can in the group standings."
GONLUM, KEREM
Efes Pilsen
"It is good to start the second round of this group with an impressive win. We lost the first game of the season against Cibona with a terrible second-half performance. We played well in both halves tonight, managed to play up-tempo, with a very good rhythm, especially in the third quarter. Tonight we showed once again that we are playing better in each game and it makes me hope for the best."
HOSKIN, SAM
Cibona
"Efes played better than us and deserved to win the game. We didn't play well tonight and made a lot of mistakes defensively. They played faster than us, moved the ball quickly and made it even harder for us to come back to defense. We have nothing to do about this loss now, so we must focus on the upcoming games."
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