2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 03, 2015 CET: 19:00

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.7 Points 86.6
35.3 Rebounds 35.7
10.1 O. Rebounds 10.4
25.1 D. Rebounds 25.3
15.6 Assists 21.3
5.1 Steals 6.4
1.3 Blocks 3.0
13.4 Turnovers 14.0
54.0 % 2PT 49.1 %
30.2 % 3PT 48.0 %
78.6 % FT 67.4 %
79.0 Index 97.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.6 / Pullen Points 13.6 / Diebler
7.1 / Bilan Rebounds 6.6 / Dunston
2.1 / Bilan OR 2.9 / Dunston
5.0 / Bilan DR 4.9 / Saric
3.4 / Gordic Assists 7.7 / Heurtel
1.0 / Babic Steals 0.9 / Granger
0.4 / White Blocks 0.7 / Dunston
3.0 / Pullen Turnovers 2.7 / Heurtel
66.7 % / Pilepic 2PT 69.2 % / Dunston
62.5 % / Pilepic 3PT 60.0 % / Heurtel
100.0 % / Babic FT 88.2 % / Saric
17.7 / Bilan Index 16.7 / Heurtel


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-3 Regular Season 3-4
4-3 Overall 3-4


Crew Chief

The Take

A ticket to the top 16 could very well be handed out at the end of this clash in the capital of Croatia. Host Cedevita controls its own destiny and will advance with a victory. Efes must win and have both Limoges CSP and EA7 Milan lose to go through this week. After starting the season with back-to-back losses, Cedevita first found its form during a 75-81 victory over Efes in Istanbul in Round 3. Center Miro Bilan, forward Luka Babic and point guard Jacob Pullen all played prominent roles in that win and remain the heart of the Cedevita attack. Cedevita remains a team strongest when playing inside-out; it ranks fifth in the league in two-point accuracy (54.0%), but is second worst in three-point shooting (30.2%). Efes, the league’s No. 2 scoring team (86.6 ppg.) is just the opposite as it has made the most threes (83) at the highest rate of success (48.0%). Efes also takes care of the ball well – much due to the league’s co-assists lead, Thomas Heurtel; it has the third-best assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.52-to-1. While the matchup between Heurtel and Pullen will likely be a key factor in the outcome, Efes will look to Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus to contain Bilan. Efes’s Croatian forward Dario Saric could also be a difference-maker in his homecoming, where he will line up across from nation team mate Marko Arapovic. With Top 16 tickets at stake, this game should be an action-packed 40 minutes.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Game Notes

Cedevita Zagreb

James White leads the league through Round 7 in minutes played with 234:18 – or 33:28 per game.

White recorded the first and to date only double-double of his Euroleague career in last season’s season opener against Efes. White tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for Unics Kazan in an 82-76 defeat in Istanbul.

White is averaging 14.7 points, 6 rebounds and a performance index rating of 19 in home games this season, but just 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and an index rating of 6.5 on the road.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in each of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 14 for 14 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Pilepic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last four games; he is shooting 5 for 7 from downtown over that span.

Jacob Pullen has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Luka Babic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes leads the league in three-point shooting at 47.98% through Round 7.

Thomas Heurtel is tied with Crvena Zvezda playmaker Stefan Jovic for the Euroleague lead through seven games this season with 7.7 assists per game.

Heurtel needs just 20 more assists to become the 18th player in competition history to reach 500 career assists.

Jon Diebler leads the league in three-pointers made through Round 7 this season with 26; he has made multiple three-pointers in every game this season.

Jayson Granger has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight Euroleague games.

Dario Saric has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Saric was a teammate of Cedevita players Marko Arapovic, Tomislav Zubcic and Lovro Mazalin at different periods at Cibona Zagreb between 2012 and 2014.

Saric has played alongside both Luka Zoric and Miro Bilan over recent summers on the Croatian national team.

Birkan Batuk is averaging 14 points on 70% three-point shooting (7 of 10) on the road this season compared to 1 points on 25% from downtown (1 of 4) at home.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Cedevita Zagreb
"A lot of things changed since we played against Anadolu Efes in Istanbul. This is a very important game for us, but we are aware it will not be easy. We will need to play great on defense and take care of rebounds, especially on defense. Anadolu Efes lost two games in overtime and they were really close to win the game against Milano. I have nothing but respect for Coach Dusan Ivkovic. Anadolu Efes is a great team. On the other end, we have a lot of young players and from 12 o’clock tomorrow we will be in quarantine. Our players need to stay focused just on the game."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This game is very important for both teams. This is the crucial moment for Anadolu Efes and Cedevita Zagreb. We had three losses in a row starting with the Cedevita Zagreb game this season and Cedevita Zagreb had three wins in a row starting with our game from 3rd to 5th rounds of the regular season. Now I expect a very important and tough game. We have a serious injury problem with Thomas Heurtel. His situation is still questionable. I expect a good game."


Cedevita Zagreb
"I look forward to playing against Dario Saric. These days a lot of fans want to come to our games, but we need to stay focused on the game. Anadolu Efes is a team with quality players at every position. If we want to get another win, we need to play like we played against them in Istanbul. We need to give our best, play well on defense and execute well on offense. I am sure our coach will prepare us very well."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Cedevita Zagreb is a very good team. This is the second game between the two teams this season. I played against them many times in the past. They show very good team basketball. If Anadolu Efes plays like in the second quarter of EA7 Milan game in Euroleague or like in the second half of Istanbul BSB game in the Turkish League, everything will be easier for us. Because we are not in good position in the group, we must fight for every game. We have got a roster full of talented players. I hope we will give our best against Cedevita Zagreb to win this game."

Anadolu Efes rallies late to beat Cedevita and later reach Top 16

Anadolu Efes Istanbul used a 2-17 fourth quarter run to rally from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and pull out a crucial 75-81 road win over Cedevita Zagreb in the Croatian capital on Thursday. Efes needed to wait until much later to celebrate, but when Olympiacos Piraeus defeated EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in Greece, Efes was mathematically assured a spot in the Top 16. The two teams split victories this season, and the margin from this win is identical to the score by which Cedevita won in Istanbul in Round 3. Both teams now hold 4-4 records in Group B. The two teams traded leads in the first half, before Jacob Pullen and Miro Bilan led Cedevita to a 13-0 run in the third quarter, and the hosts pulled away to 68-58 early in the fourth. But Derrick Brown and Bryant Dunston led Efes back, before Dario Saric and Birkan Batuk hit back-to-back threes to put the visitors up 70-75. Efes never relinquished the lead as Saric led the way with 16 points plus 10 rebounds in his first return to his home country as an Efes player. Brown had 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Jayson Granger added 10 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Jon Diebler also scored 10 in victory. Bilan collected 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Pullen had 17 points and 5 assists for Cedevita. Fran Pilepic went 4 for 4 from downtown to finish with 12 points and Luka Babic contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

First quarter: A pair of 0-7 runs put Efes ahead

Babic and Birkan Batuk traded three-pointers to open the scoring, before Alex Tyus banked a short jumper, then followed it with a put-back to make it 3-7. Babic made a runner, starting a Cedevita run. James White continued it with a layup, before Bilan finished consecutive possessions with layups to give Cedevita an 11-7 advantage. But the hosts missed all 4 of their free throw attempts, and after an Efes timeout, Diebler nailed a triple, before Saric finished a fastbreak with a layup, then added a jumper to the tally, making it 11-14. Pullen opened his account with a runner that snapped a 0-7 run, but Granger buried a triple to make it 13-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Efes keeps the slim lead

Pullen and Babic made back-to-back jumpers at the start of the quarter before, Brown and Bilan traded baskets from close range. A three-pointer from Fran Pilepic put Cedevita back in front, 24-22. But Diebler scored an easy fastbreak layup, before Brown scored 5 consecutive points, including a coast-to-coast layup, giving Efes a 24-30 lead. Marko Arapovic and Pilepic nailed back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game right away. But after an Efes timeout, Diebler and Granger buried back-to-back triples to restore Efes’s lead, 30-36. Tyus and Gordic exchanged close-range baskets, and Pilepic nailed his third triple, getting the hosts within 37-38. Tyus and Luka Zoric traded free throws before Granger assisted on a Saric layup, making it 39-42 at halftime.

Third quarter: A 13-0 run puts Cedevita in control

Saric knocked down a triple, and Thomas Heurtel raced for a fastbreak layup to open a 39-47 margin. Bilan had an easy layup, and Pullen drove for a layup for Cedevita. After a layup by Saric, Arapovic hit a triple for the hosts, getting them within 48-49. Dunston kept Efes in front with a dunk, and Heurtel found Granger for a layup, but Bilan had a put-back and Pullen added a fastbreak layup, before Bilan’s free throws put Cedevita back in front, 55-54. Pilepic extended the run with a three-pointer, his fourth of the night, and Cedevita made four more defensive stands, keeping the visitors without a single point for more than three minutes as Pullen made a driving layup and assisted on a Bilan layup, extending it to 62-54. Cedi Osman snapped a 13-0 run with a three-point play, but Pullen finished the quarter with a triple that made it 65-57.

Fourth quarter: Visitors rally to victory

Dunston split free throws, but Babic buried one from downtown to open the only double-digit lead of the night, 68-58. Granger hit free throws and Brown made a mid-range jumper for Efes. Dunston cut the deficit to 4 with a fastbreak dunk. Zoric made a pair of free throws, but Brown made a tip-in and Dunston a mid-range jumper to get Efes within 70-69. The visitors held Cedevita to only 2 points for almost seven minutes, and back-to-back three-pointers from Saric and Batuk put Efes back into the lead, 70-75. Bilan snapped a 0-11 run with 2 free throws, but a put-back from Osman restored a 5-point margin. Free throws from Bilan cut it to 74-77, but neither team scored again until Heurtel made a pair of free throws for Efes with 26 seconds to go. When Pullen only split foul shots, the visitors were on their way to a crucial triumph as Heurtel made both foul shots to seal the victory.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Attendance: 5107
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Cedevita Zagreb13262610
Anadolu Efes Istanbul17251524
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Cedevita Zagreb13396575
Anadolu Efes Istanbul17425781
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 24:24 17 5/9 1/5 4/7   1 1 5 3 2   1   8 20
4 WHITE, JAMES 23:40 2 1/3       2 2           2 1 1
6 KATIC, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 21:11 12 0/1 4/4   1   1     1     4 1 8
9 BABIC, LUKA 35:09 10 2/4 2/4 0/3   7 7 2 1 3   1 4 3 8
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 16:08   0/1   0/2   2 2 1   2     5 2 -5
12 WALKER, HENRY 2:55   0/1       1 1     1     2   -3
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 26:12 18 6/15   6/7 4 4 8 2 1 2 1 2 2 6 20
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 15:56 4 1/4 0/1 2/2   1 1 3   1     1 2 4
21 ZORIC, LUKA 11:48 4 0/3   4/4 2 1 3     1   1 1 3 4
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 22:37 8 1/4 2/4   3 4 7 3 1 1     1   12
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 75 16/45 9/18 16/25 11 23 34 16 6 14 1 5 22 26 70
        35.6% 50% 64%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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
2 TYUS, ALEX 11:51 8 3/5   2/2 1 1 2     1 1   4 1 5
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 0:14                              
5 BROWN, DERRICK 22:16 12 4/10 0/1 4/6 2 4 6     1   1 1 6 12
6 OSMAN, CEDI 19:01 4 1/3 0/1 2/3 1 2 3 1   1     1 2 4
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 15:34 6   2/3     1 1 1   1     4   2
9 SARIC, DARIO 22:57 16 5/8 2/3   2 8 10 1 1 3 1   4 2 20
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 3:10     0/1             1         -2
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 30:59 10 1/4 2/5 2/2 1 4 5 6 1 3     2 3 14
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 22:22 6 1/2 0/2 4/4   2 2 9 1 1     3 3 14
33 DIEBLER, JON 28:40 10 1/1 2/4 2/3       2 2 3 1   2 1 8
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 22:56 9 3/6   3/6 3 5 8     2 2   5 4 10
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 81 19/39 8/20 19/26 11 30 41 20 5 17 5 1 26 22 91
        48.7% 40% 73.1%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

Cedevita Zagreb
“We made too many mistakes to win this game. We missed on some easy scoring opportunities in the last quarter and when you play like that, you can’t win against such a quality team. After eight rounds, our record is 4-4. That is a good record, but I thought we could have won this game and I am sorry we didn’t play well enough to win today.”
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This was a very exciting game. My team played well in the beginning, but we experienced a lot of problems in the second and third quarters, especially when we played with two playmakers. We committed 8 turnovers in the third quarter, but we played well in the fourth quarter. Cedevita scored only 10 points in last 10 minutes and that says a lot about our defense."


Cedevita Zagreb
“We gave our best, but we didn’t play smart enough in the last quarter. We needed to play much smarter on offense when we had a 10-point lead. Anadolu Efes played tough on defense today. That was a very important game for them and they played with a lot of energy.”
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“We are very talented on offense. Sometimes we have problems with our defense, but that was not the case today. Cedevita still has a chance to advance to the Top 16. In the next round they will play at home against Milan and it would be really nice for a Croatian basketball if they advance to the Top 16.”
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