2018-19Regular SeasonRound 10
November 30, 2018 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Efes rolls Baskonia for fifth straight win

Anadolu Efes Istanbul extended its winning streak to five games by topping KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz by 96-85 on Friday. Efes is now 8-2 and tied for at least third place with Real Madrid, its next opponent. Baskonia dropped to 3-7. Vasilije Micic and Brock Motum led six double-figure scorers for Efes with 16 points each. Rodrigue Beaubois had 14, Dogus Balbay 11, Adrien Moerman and Bryant Dunston 10 each. Matt Janning was the game's top scorer with 20 points for Baskonia, while Johannes Voigtmann and Darrun Hilliard both had a season-high 15 and Jason Granger scored 10.

Dunston and James Anderson shared 9 points and Micic hit a layup for a quick 14-6 Efes edge. Moerman supplied the first double-digit lead but Granger's second shot from downtown cut the difference to 25-17 after 10 minutes. Tornike Shengelia's triples kept Efes from escaping until Hilliard's running hook shot and three-pointer suddenly put Baskonia in front, 36-37. The lead went back and forth until halftime, when Micic's second basket in a row made it 44-42 for Efes. The lead see-sawed through a flurry of three-pointers after the break until Krunoslav Simon's 5 points in a row made it 57-50, but Voigtmann exploded for 8 points in less than 2 minutes for a 59-60 Baskonia advantage. Balbay answered with 5 in a row as Efes restored a 75-67 lead after three quarters. Baskonia got as close as 84-78 before Micic shot from deep for an 88-78 lead. Janning's fourth triple helped Baskonia get within 90-85 before Micic's layup and free throws by Motum sealed the deal entering the final minute.

Efes milestones

Its fifth victory in a row marks the longest such streak for Efes since the team won seven straight from Round 2 through Round 8 of the Top 16 in 2013. With this victory, Efes also surpassed its win total from all of last season, when it finished last at 7-23.

Historic tie broken

Efes and Baskonia entered the game with an 8-8 record against each other since 2000, including six of the previous eight games decided by five points or less. After they had split road wins last season, Efes took the series lead at home and left no doubt which team is on better form this season.

Jersey switchers

Besides the fact that Ergin Ataman of Efes was going against the coach he replaced, Velimir Perasovic, the game had a lot of cross-overs players between the teams, several of whom played well. Former Efes players Matt Janning and Jayson Granger combined for 30 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals for Baskonia. Former Baskonia players Rodrigue Beaubois, Tibor Pleiss and Shane Larkin compiled less numbers – 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals – but they got the win.

Denial by Dunston

Bryant Dunston became the second player in EuroLeague history to record 200 blocks with his second of the game, blasting Darrun Hilliard's shot off the backboard in the second quarter. Only Fran Vazquez, with 249, has blocked more shots than Dunston's 200.

Next round

Efes stays at home in Round 11 to try for its first regular season victory against Real Madrid in more than four years. Baskonia will host a team accustomed to its perch at the top of the standings, CSKA Moscow.

Vasilije Micic - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB18
Friday, November 30, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; JAVOR, DAMIR; HALLIKO, AARE
Attendance: 3983
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul25193121
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz17252518
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul25447596
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz17426785
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 10:02     0/2     1 1   2 1     3 2 -1
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 30:13 14 2/5 3/5 1/1   2 2 6 2 2     2 3 18
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 15:52 11 4/5 1/1   2 3 5 3 3 1   1 4   15
6 BIRSEN, METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MOTUM, BROCK 20:17 16 4/6 2/3 2/2   2 2 1         1 2 17
15 SANLI, SERTAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 19:43 10 2/3 2/4   2 1 3 2 1 1   1     11
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 6:14 4 2/4     1 1 2     1     1   2
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 30:10 16 5/7 2/4 0/1   2 2 6 1 4     2 3 17
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 14:55 7 3/3 0/3 1/1   1 1   2 1     2 1 5
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 33:46 10 4/7   2/3   3 3 2 1 1 2   1 4 16
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 18:48 8 1/1 1/4 3/3   1 1 3 1 1 1     2 12
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 96 27/41 11/26 9/11 7 20 27 23 13 13 3 2 16 17 117
        65.9% 42.3% 81.8%
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
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 13:26     0/2   1 1 2 2   2     1   -1
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 24:57 15 3/4 3/7   3 4 7 1   1         17
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 18:13 8 3/4 0/1 2/2   1 1 2   2       2 9
11 JANNING, MATT 32:11 20 1/2 5/9 3/3   1 1 4 3 4     2 1 18
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 12:07 2 0/2   2/2 2 1 3   1 1     2 1 2
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 25:57 10 2/2 2/5 0/1   2 2 6   4     3 4 11
17 POIRIER, VINCENT 23:56 6 3/6   0/2 3 6 9 1   1 2 1 1 1 11
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 19:00 6 0/2 2/2     2 2 1   3   1 5 4 2
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 7:13 3 1/2   1/1                 3 1  
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN 23:00 15 5/9 1/3 2/2 1 5 6 1 2 1   1 1 2 17
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 85 18/33 13/29 10/13 11 24 35 18 6 20 2 3 18 16 87
        54.5% 44.8% 76.9%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We started the game perfect again tonight. We rotated the ball well. We played very good defense, especially inside. We talked before the game. Our strategy was to defend the boards, especially against Shengelia inside. We prevented easy baskets and we moved the ball really well. The first quarter we played perfect. Then, our players got tired, but we didn't have a good contribution in the second quarter from the bench players. Maybe we changed too many at the same time, with our starting five all out after 2 minutes of the second quarter. The second five didn't get a rhythm, so we gave Baskonia a chance to get back in the game and we only led by 2 points at the end of the first half. In the third quarter, we started with our starting five. Especially after Dogus came back in – tonight he had a great game, with great hustle, leading the team like a real captain – we got the chance to break the game with some steals. Then we started to play more relaxed with Simon, Micic, Beaubois, Motum, everybody. And finally we scored 96 points; in one EuroLeague game, this is perfect. We made forced 20 turnovers and had 23 assists, so congratulations to my players one more time. It's a very important game for us. We played perfect basketball."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"First of all, congratulations to Efes. They really played great basketball. The key was in the aggressiveness they had today. They provoked 20 turnovers from us and they had 13 steals. That was the key in the game, especially when we were one point up and we lose the ball. That's how they broke the game."

Players

MICIC, VASILIJE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a great win for us. Today we won with our offense. Our defense had a lot of mistakes, but offensively we played great. With this way of sharing the ball and having good individual performances, sometimes you have to win, and this is what we showed today."
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