2020-21Regular SeasonRound 22
January 26, 2021 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 SINAN ERDEM SPORTS HALL.

Larkin leads Efes in blowout of Zvezda

Anadolu Efes Istanbul scored its fifth consecutive victory over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade with an 86-72 victory on Tuesday evening at Sinan Erdem Dome. Shane Larkin matched his season-high with 23 points as Efes lifted its record to 12-10. Vasilije Micic added 13 points, Sertac Sanli scored 12, Rodrigue Beaubois 11 and Krunoslav Simon paired 10 points with 6 assists. Ognjen Dobric and Dejan Davidovac scored 12 apiece for Zvezda, whose record fell to 7-15 with its fourth loss in its last five games. Duop Reath added 10 points for the visitors, who lost leading scorer Jordan Loyd to injury in the second quarter.

Adrien Moerman and Simon knocked down back-to-back-three-pointers and Sertac Sanli added free throws and another triple in a 12-0 run that saw the hosts take control at 14-3. Threes by Marko Jagodoc-Kuridza and Loyd got Zvezda going, however, Efes continued to pad its lead, which reached 22-8 on a short jumper by Micic. Despite baskets by Loyd and Reath, the lead reached 29-13 after 10 minutes on a basket by Dogus Balbay. Langston Hall drove for a three-point play and Dobric added a triple before Coach Ataman called timeout early in the second quarter. A hook shot by Landry Nnoko made it 29-21. Back-to-back threes by Larkin got Efes rolling again. Larkin and Sanli teamed up for all the points on a 12-1 run to make it 41-22. The lead reached the 20s after a steal and layup by Larkin. Loyd limped off holding his left leg after taking a spill when fouled with 4 minutes left in the half. Zvezda managed to trim the deficit to 14, but Micic and Larkin each hit his third triple of the half to secure a 56-35 advantage at the break.

Sanli became the fourth Efes scorer in double figures early in the third quarter. Davidovac heated up for Zvezda and Reath and Branko Lazic buried threes, but Efes always seemed to have an answer. Larkin scored from downtown and fed Bryant Dunston for an alley-oop slam that made it 75-52 through three quarters. Zvezda continue to fight in the fourth, but the outcome became clear. Dunston scored frequently inside. A late flurry by Davidovac led a 0-8 Zvezda run that closed the gap to 12 before Adrien Moerman scored that game's final basket.

Pivotal performer

Shane Larkin scored 23 off the bench for Efes to fuel the home team. He did not miss on 3 two-point tries, shot 5 for 8 on threes and made both if his free throws. Larkin also had 3 steals, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in compiling a performance index rating of 24.

The numbers

Efes simply outplayed Zvezda in nearly every major stat. The hosts outshot the visitors on two-pointers (70.4%-63.0%) and threes (45.2%-34.4%) and both differences were much higher before Efes eased up in the fourth quarter. Efes also won the battle of the boards 33-27 and scored 17 second-chance points to Zvezda's 7.

Loyd leaves with injury

Jordan Loyd limped off holding his left leg after taking a spill when fouled with 4 minutes left in the half. Zvezda's top scorer did not return to the court.

What's next?

Zvezda returns home for its next game on Friday, January 29 against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Efes will have more than a week off before it faces FC Barcelona in Round 24.

Krunoslav Simon - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB20
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; LAVRUKHIN, ARTEM
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Anadolu Efes Istanbul29271911
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade13221720
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul29567586
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade13355272
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 23:21 23 3/3 5/8 2/2 1 1 2 1 3 3     1 2 24
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 19:06 11 1/1 3/5         2           1 12
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 13:01 2 1/1 0/1   1 3 4 1   1     2 2 5
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 4:45 2 1/1             1           3
13 MUSA, DZANAN 4:45     0/1         1   1     2   -3
15 SANLI, SERTAC 22:55 12 5/7 0/3 2/2       1 2       2 1 9
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 26:59 7 2/4 1/2   1 9 10 2 1       1   16
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN 4:10     0/3   1   1 1         1   -2
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 30:42 13 2/3 3/5 0/2 1 3 4 3   5     3 6 13
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 6:59   0/1       1 1     1       1  
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 17:05 6 2/2   2/5 1 2 3 2 1 2     1 4 10
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 26:12 10 2/4 2/3   1 2 3 6             16
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 86 19/27 14/31 6/11 8 25 33 20 8 13 0 0 13 17 108
        70.4% 45.2% 54.5%
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
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY 3:25   0/1 0/1     1 1           1   -2
1 HALL, LANGSTON 16:27 9 4/6 0/2 1/1 2   2 2 2 1     1 1 10
2 WALDEN, COREY 18:16 5 1/3 1/3 0/1 1 2 3 3 1 1     4 2 4
3 LOYD, JORDAN 10:38 7 2/2 1/4     2 2           1 2 7
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 22:40 12 4/4 1/4 1/2 1 3 4 4         2 3 17
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 20:15 6   2/3         1 1       1   6
11 REATH, DUOP 18:03 10 2/2 2/3   3 3 6 1   1     2   13
12 RADANOV, ALEKSA 6:26   0/1 0/1     1 1     2     2   -5
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 24:16 12 0/1 3/8 3/4   1 1 2   1     1 2 8
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 20:39 7 2/3 1/2     2 2 1 2       1 1 10
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 24:56 4 2/4   0/2   2 2 1 1       1 1 4
55 COLOM, QUINO 13:59     0/1     2 2 6 1 5       1 4
Team             1 1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 72 17/27 11/32 5/10 7 20 27 21 8 13 0 0 17 13 75
        63% 34.4% 50%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We played good basketball tonight, especially in the first half, we played perfect. Also in the third quarter. Until the last 5 minutes, we stopped playing in the last 5 minutes. It is not good, but anyway, it was a clear victory with a huge difference. We played very good defense, we were very aggressive and on offense, we moved the ball very well, we shared the ball. We found inside points on the roll, we rotated the ball for open shots and we played very good basketball."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Congratulations to Efes for the win. They played a good game, much better than us. The beginning today was very important. We played with less energy, not so good concentration, lots of mistakes. They played really good. They took a big advantage. They continued with the same performance in the second quarter, and they controlled the game in the second half, of course. They deserved to win tonight."

Players

SIMON, KRUNOSLAV
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a good team victory. We shared the ball well, we were excellent on offense for 35 minutes. It was nice to play today. Red Star is a tough team, so it was not easy, but I am happy that we won. It's always much better when you have lots of players who can attack and can create. That is our case and when we play this way, it is hard to guard all of us. This is how we need to play in the next games, too."
LARKIN, SHANE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Last week when we played in St Petersburg we came out slow and they got a big lead on us in the first quarter. First half we were down 20 points, so we wanted to make an impact today in the first half and come out strong and play aggressively and that's what we did. I felt good. It's been a long season, but I’m getting better every single day and just trying to get better as a team and grow and get back to where we want to get to."