Regular Season Round 7 - November 28, 2014 CET: 18:45 Local time: 19:45 - ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
4-2 Regular Season 1-5
4-2 Overall 1-5

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL, Spain
Referee
JASEVICIUS, TOMAS, Lithuania
Umpire
ROMANO, DAVID, Israel

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.5 Points 81.8
37.0 Rebounds 33.2
10.2 O. Rebounds 14.0
26.8 D. Rebounds 19.2
16.0 Assists 17.5
6.7 Steals 12.0
3.5 Blocks 2.3
13.3 Turnovers 13.7
48.5 % 2PT 49.2 %
32.4 % 3PT 36.0 %
77.3 % FT 61.4 %
78.7 Index 80.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.4 / Saric Points 14.0 / Sanders
5.2 / Lasme Rebounds 6.5 / Lawal
1.8 / Lasme OR 4.3 / Lawal
3.7 / Perperoglou DR 3.5 / Brooks
4.8 / Draper Assists 4.3 / Sosa
1.3 / Draper Steals 2.8 / Logan
1.7 / Lasme Blocks 1.2 / Lawal
2.3 / Lasme Turnovers 3.8 / Dyson
64.7 % / Balbay 2PT 65.0 % / Lawal
50.0 % / Bjelica 3PT 61.5 % / Brooks
100.0 % / Balbay FT 80.0 % / Sosa
13.6 / Saric Index 14.8 / Brooks

THE TAKE

A fast pace is expected in this game. Sassari ranks first in steals (12 per game) so Efes must use its depth at point guard with Dontaye Draper, Dogus Balbay, Donnie McGrath to fight through that. Jerome Dyson and Edgar Sosa hope to help Sassari play the same way, using aggressive defense to run the floor. David Logan, Brian Sachetti and Rakim Sanders will be the guests' main reference at the wings. Efes relies on Furkan Korkmaz and Cedi Osman to take a step forward in this game, with Stratos Perperoglou and Matt Janning offering deep shooting range and know-how. Two of the most versatile power forwards in the competition, Jeff Brooks of Sassari and Dario Saric of Efes - will face each other in a key matchup. The battle in the paint between Stephane Lasme and Shane Lawal will be equally important, too. Milko Bjelica gives Efes depth and deep range, just as Miroslav Todic does for Sassari.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Quotes Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We are approaching to the end of the regular season. We have two games at home and two on the road remaining. We will play against Sassari at home now. I think we have to be very concentrated. Sassari is playing great transition basketball. So we have to be very careful on transition defense. The main characteristic of Sassari is transition. They are also very athletic individiually. They are at the top among 24 teams in steals by 12 steals per game and at the second place in offensive rebounds by 14 per game. It means we have to control the game very well. I expect a really good game. Sassari is a very good team and having a very good coach."
SACCHETTI, ROMEO
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"In Round 2 we tried to win but we were not at our top. Now we go in Istanbul to express our best basketball, playing hard and looking for the win. We know Anadolu Efes and its players: we have to fight from the first minute. The key of the match will be intensity and defense."

Players

BJELICA, MILKO
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"For us it will be a very important game. In case of a win, we will be one more step closer to teh Top 16. It is not gonna be an easy game. Because also for Sassari it will be a very important game to stay in the race for the Top 16 after a couple of losses against their direct opponents for the fourth place. It will not be easy on Friday, we all know this. We have to show our best performance."
BROOKS, JEFF
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"We know Anadolu Efes: it is a tough team that plays very well. On Friday we'll fight against a great team and for us and our future, it will be essential to win. We're working hard, focused on the match. In the last round we lost against Novgorod: Rochestie made a great game, and we weren't focused in the key moments. In Istanbul we must bring more energy and intensity on the court."

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Efes is ranked second in the league in defensive points allowed with just 70.3 per game. It is the only team to have forced more turnovers (81) than it has allowed assists (77).
Coach Ivkovic has used nine different players in his starting lineups so far this season; Stratos Perperoglou is the only player to have started every game.
Stephane Lasme has recorded at least 2 blocks in four consecutive Euroleague games; Lasme is second in the league blocks with 1.7 per game.
Milko Bjelica is 6 of 10 from downtown over the last three games.

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
Dinamo Sassari leads the Euroleague in three-pointers attempted (29.2 per game) and steals (12 spg.) and is second in three-pointers made (10.5 per game) and offensive rebounding (14.0 orpg.).
David Logan is the league leader in steals with 17 through six games (2.8 spg).
Logan has recorded at least 1 steal in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.
Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight and 25 of his last 26 Euroleague games.
Logan was a teammate of Anadolu Efes forward Stratos Perperoglou during the 2011-12 season at Panathinaikos Athens.
Rakim Sanders has scored in double figures in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.
Sanders leads the league with 25 fouls committed through six games.
Shane Lawal is the league leader in offensive rebounds with 26 through six games (4.3 orpg).
Jeff Brooks has recorded at least 1 steal in seven consecutive Euroleague games.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Saric stars as Efes smashes Sassari

Milko Bjelica - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB14

Anadolu Efes Istanbul defeated Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 85-62 behind a fine effort from Dario Saric. The promising forward tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds as Efes outrebounded its counterpart 52-36. The victory put Efes in a tie for first place in Group A alongside Real Madrid at 5-2, while dropped to 1-6 and sits in last place in the group. Saric dominated early and Matt Janning buried back-to-back three-pointers in a 12-0 first quarter run as the hosts stormed ahead. Efes reeled off 15 unanswered points in the second quarter as the lead reached 37-20. Sassari rallied late in the half and a David Logan triple made it a 7-point game early in the third quarter, but Efes brushed off the challenge and took the difference into the 20s in the fourth quarter for a comfortable win. Milko Bjelica scored 16 off the bench and Cedi Osman contributed 12 for Efes. Rakim Sanders led all Sassari scorers with 11 points and Shane Lawal posted 10 points and 15 rebounds. Logan and Miroslav Todic alos scored 10 each.

First quarter: Janning, Saric star in 12-0 Efes charge

David Logan got Sassari on the scoreboard, but Dario Saric drove for a layup at the other end. Jeff Brooks found Shane Lawal for a two-handed jam. Matt Janning heated up with back-to-back threes as Efes jumped ahead 8-4. Saric followed with a nifty low post move before Janning fed Saric on the break for a layup. Stephane Lasme rejected Rakim Sanders inside and Dogus Balbay drove through the Sassari defense for a slam that capped a 12-0 run. Sanders took charge for the visitors with a drive for a basket-plus-foul and then a score via goaltending to bring his team within 14-9. Saric converted a three-point play to keep the hosts in control. Sanders added another basket. Saric soon rose for a high-flying block on the defensive end. Both teams cooled down in the final two minutes of the half; Edgar Sosa split free throws and Milko Bjelica’s basket-plus-foul at the buzzer made it 20-12 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: 15 unanswered points leave Efes in total control

David Logan knocked down the hosts’ first three-pointer and Sosa drove for a layup play foul to make it a 1-point game. Cedi Osman free throws kept Efes ahead. Lawal rejected Saric as Sassari looked to gain momentum, but Osman finished a fast break with a thunderous slam and foul and Saric turned an offensive rebound into 2 free throws and Dontaye Draper added a floater to give the hosts a double-digit lead, 29-19. Furkan Korkman hit a three from the corner and after a timeout, Bjelica extended the run to 15-0. Lawal split free throws to snap a four-minute offensive drought for Sassari. Stratos Perperoglou sank a three from the corner to make it 37-20. Lawal came up with a basket inside and Jerome Dyson scored on the break. A timeout failed to stem the Sassari momentum as Dyson sank a mid-range jumper. The visitors got as close as 11 before Lasme scored on the offensive glass. Emircan Kosut sank a long jumper, but Logan ended the half with a triple to keep Sassari in the picture at 43-33.

Third quarter: Visitors refuse to go away

Sanders nailed a triple from long distance to get the visitors going. After a Lasme jumper, Logan scored too. Saric rescued the hosts with a basket-plus-foul. Brooks free throws made it 49-40. Perperoglou restored a double-digit advantage for Efes with a long jumper. After a timeout, Balbay fed Perperoglou for a slam and a 13-point cushion. Lawal followed a Logan miss for a monster slam, but Saric calmly scored, drew a foul and sank the free throw to keep Efes rolling. Miroslav Todic’s basket was met by a Bjelica triple. Osman scored on the break as the lead swelled to 16. Massimo Chessa buried a three and Osman was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Dyson. However Dyson split the free throws and a Bjelica triple made it 64-59.

Fourth quarter: Efes inflates cushion into the 20s for easy win

Dyson hit a jumper and Bjelica matched him with a hook. Osman’s steal led to a Korkman slam and a 69-51 lead. Saric whipped a pass to Osman for a layup that made it a 20-point game. Osman added a three and Bjelica did the same as the lead peaked at 77-51. Lawal ended a four-and-a-half minute scoring drought for Sassari with the outcome now clear. Saric received a nice ovation when he came out as the Efes fans had plenty of time to celebrate even before the final buzzer.
Friday, November 28, 2014
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 4014 (Tentative)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul20232121
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari12211613
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul20436485
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari12334962
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 18:27 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 3         5 2 4
5 McGRATH, DONNIE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 OSMAN, CEDI 20:19 12 3/4 1/4 3/3 2 3 5 2 1 3 1   4 3 13
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 19:41 7 2/6 1/4     3 3 2 1 3   1 1   1
9 SARIC, DARIO 27:46 18 6/9 0/1 6/9 3 8 11 3 1 2 1 1 2 6 28
10 DRAPER, DONTAYE 21:33 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   5 5 4 1 3     2 3 11
13 LASME, STEPHANE 24:46 6 3/8     2 4 6 2     2 2 1   8
22 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 18:18 7 1/1 1/3 2/4 1 3 4 4   1   1 1 4 12
23 JANNING, MATT 21:42 6 0/2 2/5     4 4 2   2     1 2 6
32 KILICLI, DENIZ 2:54 2 1/2                         1
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN 7:38 5 1/1 1/1   2 2 4           1   8
51 BJELICA, MILKO 16:56 16 3/9 3/3 1/1 3 1 4 2   2   1 3 2 12
Team           3   3     2         1
Totals 200:00 85 22/44 9/23 14/19 16 36 52 24 4 18 4 6 21 22 105
50% 39.1% 73.7%
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
Head coach: SACCHETTI, ROMEO
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
3 LOGAN, DAVID 29:48 10 2/5 2/5         2   2     1 1 4
4 SOSA, EDGAR 22:49 4 1/5 0/2 2/5   2 2 1   4     1 3 -4
5 FORMENTI, MATTEO 3:52 2 1/1           1         1   2
7 SANDERS, RAKIM 29:07 11 3/6 1/9 2/3   3 3   2 2   3 3 6 2
8 DEVECCHI, GIACOMO 7:10   0/1 0/1         1         2   -3
9 LAWAL, SHANE 32:20 10 4/6   2/6 5 10 15   2 1 3 1 3 6 25
10 CHESSA, MASSIMO 8:34 3 0/1 1/1         1 1   1   1   4
11 DYSON, JEROME 18:40 8 3/6 0/2 2/4   1 1     2     3 3  
14 SACCHETTI, BRIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VANUZZO, MANUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 BROOKS, JEFF 21:16 4 1/2 0/3 2/2 1 3 4 3 1   1   3 1 7
22 TODIC, MIROSLAV 26:24 10 2/6 2/6 0/2 2 3 5 1 1   1   4 1 5
Team           5 1 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 62 17/39 6/29 10/22 13 23 36 10 7 12 6 4 22 21 47
43.6% 20.7% 45.5%
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Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“There are big differences between the teams on the paper. But on the other hand, the weaker teams are doing a great job and beating stronger teams. We played really well. I’m satisfied with the performance of my players. But tonight, as an underdog, Dinamo Sassari did a better job on the offensive boards and steals. Our goal is to reach the Top 16. And tonight we came closer to our target. We are suffering from injuries. We have three injured players and that is damaging our rotation. But we have young players who are also doing well. I can say that we are showing signs for the future of becoming a better team.”
SACCHETTI, ROMEO
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
“Basketball is a simple game. The better team wins. Stephane Lasme was ruling in both ends. He did a great job. We are not as strong as Anadolu Efes. We have a limited roster. Tonight they also played better than us.”

Players

KORKMAZ, FURKAN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We desired to win the game so much. We won and strengthened our chance to make the Top 16. We had a balanced game. And everybody contributed. We hope to win the rest of the games in the group.”
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