2015-16Top 16Round 3
January 15, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.4 Points 69.8
36.3 Rebounds 35.8
10.8 O. Rebounds 11.3
25.5 D. Rebounds 24.5
20.9 Assists 15.8
6.3 Steals 6.7
3.5 Blocks 3.2
14.1 Turnovers 14.4
50.4 % 2PT 48.2 %
45.1 % 3PT 31.7 %
68.2 % FT 70.2 %
97.6 Index 76.1

Player Stats

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13.4 / Heurtel Points 9.4 / Bjelica
5.7 / Dunston Rebounds 5.6 / Erden
2.3 / Dunston OR 1.9 / Erden
4.3 / Saric DR 3.7 / Erden
7.7 / Heurtel Assists 4.0 / Gordon
0.9 / Granger Steals 1.5 / Gordon
1.1 / Dunston Blocks 1.1 / Erden
2.9 / Heurtel Turnovers 1.9 / Gordon
62.3 % / Dunston 2PT 61.5 % / Slaughter
54.0 % / Diebler 3PT 48.1 % / Bjelica
90.9 % / Saric FT 90.0 % / Wilbekin
17.7 / Heurtel Index 12.2 / Erden


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-1 Top 16 0-2
6-4 Regular Season 4-6
7-5 Overall 4-8


Crew Chief

The Take

Efes comes off a 4-point win in a Turkish League clash between the two sides on Monday. Cedi Osman and Dario Saric combined for 31 points to lead Efes, while Scottie Wilbekin and Furkan Aldemir scored 14 points apiece for Darussafaka. The visitors are very familiar with the ongoings at Efes; four Darussafaka players and head coach Oktay Mahmuti have extensive pasts with that club. Darussafaka has dropped four in a row dating back to the regular season and needs to turn things around to avoid falling too far behind so early in the Top 16. One way to make that happen is to ride red-hot center Semih Erden and to rely on rebounding stud Furkan Aldemir off the bench. Efes has strength of its own inside though with Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus. At forward, Darussafaka will turn to Milko Bjelica, Luke Harangody and Manu Markoishvili against Saric, Derrick Brown and Osman. The guard matchups feature the league’s assist leader Thomas Heurtel and its top three-point shooter Jon Diebler plus Jayson Granger for Efes going against Wilbekin, Jamon Gordon, Ender Arslan and Reggie Redding. It will be interesting to see how Monday’s game affects this one. Thus far, Efes’s three-point attack has been best in the league while Darussafaka’s perimeter defense has also been among the best. That could be what sets these teams apart on Friday.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes defeated Darussafaka 76-80 on Monday in the Turkish League. Cedi Osman scored 16 points, Dario Saric added 15 and Thomas Heurtel dished 9 assists for the winners. Scottie Wilbekin and Furkan Aldemir led Darussafaka with 14 points each.

Anadolu Efes leads the league through Round 2 of the Top 16 in both three-point shots made (125) and accuracy (45.1%).

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader – through Round 2 of the Top 16 – in assists with 7.6 per game.

Heurtel is due to play in the 100th game of his Euroleague career.

Heurtel has recorded at least 1 steal in five consecutive Euroleague games.

Heurtel has posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his past seven Euroleague games.

Jon Diebler is the Euroleague leader in three-pointers made with 34; he has made multiple three-pointers in all but two this season games.

Jayson Granger has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Granger has recorded at least 1 steal in five consecutive Euroleague games.

Dario Saric has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul

Jamon Gordon needs just 23 more points to reach 1,000 points for his Euroleague career.

Gordon is 1 steal shy of becoming the 12th player in competition history with 200 career steals.

Marcus Slaughter needs 3 more points to reach 500 for his Euroleague career.

Oguz Savas has made 11 free throws in a row in Euroleague games.

Emir Preldzic is 20 assists away from becoming the 19th player in competition history to reach 500 assists.

Scottie Wilbekin has made three-pointers in five straight and seven of his eight career Euroleague games.

Coach Oktay Mahmuti spent nearly two decades on the Efes bench as an assistant and head coach from 1992 through 2007 and again in the 2012-13 season. Mahmuti’s name is attached to some of Efes’s greatest accomplishments, including reaching the 2001 SuproLeague Final Four, three appearances in the Euroleague playoffs and winning four straight Turkish League crowns from 2001 through 2004.

Ender Arslan grew up in the Efes junior program and played for the senior team from 2000 through 2011 with the exception of one season. Arslan won five Turkish League titles and Turkish Cups with Efes.

Semih Erden and Jamon Gordon were teammates at Efes for two seasons between 2012 and 2014. They were teammates there of current Efes players Dogus Balbay, Birkan Batuk, Emircan Kosut and Cedi Osman.

Milko Bjelica spent the previous season and a half playing for Efes.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"According to the schedule of Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Turkish Basketball League we have two games in a row against a big team. Darussafaka Dogus is a big team with Euroleague experienced players. We won the first game against them in Turkish League a few days ago but our game control was not on the expected level. In this short period we must take lessons from that game. We need much much better game control on Friday. I expect a big game."
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We’ll play two successive games against our rivals from Istanbul. But that only helps avoiding some additional travels. Otherwise it doesn’t give us any more advantage. Because the game is played and won on the court. We must win this game and rise to the challenge of Top 16. We must give our best to beat Anadolu Efes. So we aim to play better the end of game by avoiding easy mistakes."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We will play against Darussafaka Dogus in the third round of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16. We won against them at the beginning of this week in the Turkish League but this game is totally different. It is a Euroleague game. They have very talented players and have a deep roster. They aim for the playoff like us. Unfortunately we had a loss against Lokomotiv Kuban last week. Now to compensate that loss we only will concentrate on the Darussafaka game. By fighting in every minute of this game, we want to be the winning team at the end in front of our fans."
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"It’s interesting to see three teams from Istanbul in our Top 16 group. We’ve been travelling a lot this season. These travels made us tired and effected our body. This month we have a lot of game in Istanbul. I hope this will help us to get our fist Top 16 win on Friday evening. We have to come on the court with energy. In our last couple of game, we’ve done a lot of games down the stretch. We just need to cut down those mistakes that are killing us. Beside that, I want to play better and help my team to win this game."

Granger powers Anadolu Efes over Darussafaka in Istanbul derby

Anadolu Efes Istanbul held off newcomer Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 84-71 in battle of Istanbul in Group E on Friday. Jayson Granger came off the bench to rack up 15 points and 8 assists for Efes, which improved to 2-1 in the Top 16 and kept Darussafaka winless. The visitors used a nice start to lead by 5 late in the first quarter, but Granger dominated the second to make it 36-27 at halftime and Cedi Osman highlighted a 12-0 third-quarter run with 5 points and 2 blocks in a span of 30 seconds. The lead peaked at 18 before Ender Arslan heated up. Arslan buried back-to-back threes to start the fourth quarter and bring the visitors within 4, but Derrick Brown and Granger reacted to slam the door on any Darussafaka comeback hopes. Brown posted 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners, Osman added 12 and 6, Diebler scored 11 points, Alex Tyus talled 9 points and 9 rebounds and Thomas Heurtel dished 10 assists in victory. Scottie Wilbekin led Darussafaka with 20 points, Arslan added 14 and Metin Turen scored 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Erden, Gordon start visitors on right foot

Diebler nailed a three in transition to open the scoring. Jamon Gordon got the visitors going with a jumper. Heurtel fed Alex Tyus on the pick-and-roll for a layup, but Turen placed the ball with Semih Erden under the rim for an easy slam. Tyus split free throws and Turen tied the game at 6-6. Heurtel sliced through the Darussafaka defense to give Efes the lead and Tyus emphatically rejected Erden at the rim, but after the TV timeout, Erden’s basket-plus-foul had the visitors level. Erden’s put-back with three minutes to go in the quarter gave Darussafaka its first lead, 8-10. Osman drove on the baseline for a layup and Gordon countered with a jumper. Reggie Redding made it 10-15 with a three-pointer. Bryant Dunston split free throws for the hosts and Osman connected from downtown to bring the hosts within 14-15 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Granger provides spark as Efes surges ahead

A three-point play by Granger put Efes up at the start of the quarter. Wilbekin matched it with a triple, but Granger made a driving layup to give Efes a 19-18 edge. Diebler followed with a baseline jumper, and after Wilbekin made 2 of 3 free throws, Diebler hit another long jumper. Brown drove the lane for a dunk in traffic that made it 25-20. Wilbekin made another basket for the visitors, before Dunston knocked down a pair of free throws. Milko Bjelica drilled a three from the corner to bring the visitors within 27-25. Granger drove for a layup and then stole the ball from Marcus Slaughter. Diebler free throws put the hosts up 6. After blocked shots at each end, Granger connected from downtown, which prompted the visitors to call timeout. Gordon turned a steal at one end into a layup, but Granger’s steal led to a slam by Brown, which gave the hosts a 36-27 at the break.

Third quarter: Osman highlights 12-0 Efes run

Turen drilled a three a minute into the second half for Darussafaka, but Dario Saric got on the scoreboard for Efes with a jumper. Osman soon took over with a pair of blocks, a layup and a three-pointer in a span of half a minute. After a Darrusafaka timeout Birkan Batuk netted a three-pointer and Dunston capped a 12-0 Efes run with slam to make it 48-30. Wilbekin drove for a three-point play, but Batuk answered with a three. Back-to-back threes by Wilbekin and Arslan brought Darussafaka within 12. Furkan Aldemir split free throws to make it 51-40. Aldemir scored twice as the visitors cut the gap to 53-46. Tyus and Osman each scored to put Efes back in control. Brown sank a jumper, but Arslan countered with a triple. After Deibler scored in transition, Redding fed Bjelica for a layups-plus-foul to make it 61-51 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: After Arslan gives Darussafaka hope, Granger slams the door

Arslan opened the quarter with a pair of threes to get Darussafaka going. Brown responded with a long jumper from the corner for Efes. Granger found Brown for a layup and then drilled a three of his own to boost the Efes margin to 68-57. After a timeout, Turen hit a three to keep the visitors alive, but Brown converted a three-point play on the offensive glass. Wilbekin scored once more for Efes and Tyus matched him with free throws. Granger set up Tyus for a mid-range jumper and a 75-62 lead. Redding hit a pull-up jumper in transition and Saric came back with a hook shot. Turen sank free throws to trim the deficit to 12 with two minutes to go. Arslan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Dunston, whom he tried to stop in the paint and Dunston made the 2 free throws. An Arslan layup, an Ahmet Duverioglu put-back slam, a Wilbekin three-pointer and a Granger layup rounded out the scoring.

Jayson Granger - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB15
Friday, January 15, 2016
Attendance: 4387
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul14222523
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul15122420
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul14366184
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul15275171
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 20:35 9 3/8   3/4 1 8 9       1 1   3 15
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 0:09                         1   -1
5 BROWN, DERRICK 25:03 13 6/8 0/2 1/2 3 5 8 1   2 1     3 19
6 OSMAN, CEDI 27:03 12 3/3 2/4   1 5 6     1 2   2   15
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 18:34 6   2/6     1 1   1       4 1 1
9 SARIC, DARIO 14:57 4 2/7 0/1   2 2 4 2   1     3 1 1
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 0:09                         1   -1
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 25:17 15 4/7 2/5 1/1 1 4 5 8 1       1 5 27
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 23:54 3 1/4 0/1 1/2 1 4 5 10   3     1 3 12
33 DIEBLER, JON 24:54 11 3/4 1/6 2/2 1 1 2 2   1     2 3 9
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 17:30 9 2/4   5/6 2 3 5           3 3 11
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 1:55 2 1/1     1   1               3
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 84 25/46 7/25 13/17 14 34 48 23 2 9 4 1 18 22 112
        54.3% 28% 76.5%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 30:10 20 4/8 3/6 3/4       4 1 2   1 2 6 18
4 YAGMUR, MEHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 REDDING, REGGIE 28:03 5 1/5 1/3     6 6 2   1     4 2 4
7 TUREN, METIN 18:23 10 1/4 2/2 2/2   1 1 1       1 2 1 7
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 11:41 6 3/7   0/1 1 6 7 1   1   1 2 1 6
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 15:59   0/1 0/2         2         3   -4
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 17:26 5 2/4   1/2 1 2 3     2     2 1 2
22 GORDON, JAMON 17:11 6 3/4 0/1     1 1 1 1       2 2 7
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 22:49 14 1/1 4/7     2 2 2   4     3 4 12
42 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 10:53   0/2       2 2     1 1 1 1   -2
51 BJELICA, MILKO 21:37 5 1/3 1/2 0/1 1 1 2           1 1 3
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 5:48           1 1 1             2
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 16/39 11/23 6/10 3 26 29 14 2 11 1 4 22 18 59
        41% 47.8% 60%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"For the second time in a week we played against a very good team, Darussafaka Dogus. This game was different than the Turkish League game. Darussafaka is a tough opponent. I think our game control was much better than in the previous game, our defense was much better. Darussafaka scored only 27 points in the first half. Today we were more balanced and controlled the game. In the first half we missed so many open shots. We had made 6 of 19 field goals in the first half. In our game there were so many good parts. We scored 27 points in transition. That’s almost 30% of our score. We improved so many details today. "
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"First of all, congratulations to Efes. Before the game we had some problems. Harangody was injured. At the ‘4’position, we cannot get any efficiency in the last three games. Gordon was injured during the game. Mehmet Yagmur was ill. We had several problems like those. We tried to fight with Wilbekin, Ender and young Metin. As a result we lost to a good team, a team which has high aims. "


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We did a great job. We controlled most of the game. In three quarters we were ahead on points. We controlled the game better than we did in the previous game against Darussafaka Dogus, which we played a few days ago [in the Turkish League]. We are happy with the job we did."
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We had too many ups and downs in the game. In some parts we played good, in some parts we played bad. We made terrible turnovers and we did not make fouls when we had to and then we let easy points in our basket. In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Ender made two threes and then could not stop Brown’s three-point shot and the difference rose to 7. This may have been the breaking point. "
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