2021-22Regular SeasonRound 22
January 21, 2022 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM SPORTS HALL.

Moerman wins it at the death for Efes

A last-gasp three-pointer from Adrien Moerman gave Anadolu Efes Istanbul a thrilling 82-81 victory over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Friday night. It was a close game throughout, as Panathinaikos unleashed a flurry of three-point shooting to lead 39-42 at the break. The third quarter saw a series of lead changes, and it was 65-62 heading into the last ten minutes. Panathinaikos rallied to hold a 73-76 edge midway through the fourth and it was a nail-biting finish until Moerman struck from deep with 2 seconds remaining. Vasilije Micic led Efes with 20 points but missed all 7 of his three-point attempts. Moerman contributed 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. Bryant Dunston scored 14, Shane Larkin had 11 and Krunoslav Simon netted 10. Nemanja Nedovic paced Panathinaikos with 20 points, while Daryl Macon Jr. scored 17 and Okaro White added 15. Efes improves to 10-10 to reclaim a playoffs place, and Panathinaikos drops to 4-15.

Larkin opened the scoring with a three-pointer, and Dunston added an inside score as Efes made a fast start. Ioannis Papapetrou got the visitors moving with a corner three, but Efes repeated the formula with Dunston scoring inside and Larkin hitting from deep. Howard Sant-Roos and Kendrick Perry made triples for Panathinaikos and Jeremy Evans tied it, 12-12, with a tip-in. Micic drove to the basket and Larkin added another threeball to send Efes back ahead, 17-12 at the end of the first. Vasilis Kavvadas scored twice early in the second quarter, but Simon answered with a triple to extend Efes’s lead to 22-14. Macon Jr and Nedovic came off the bench to boost Panathinaikos with two scores apiece, but Micic did the same for Efes including a three-point play for a 31-27 lead. The visitors then launched a long-range barrage, with White, Nedovic and Macon all on target for a 33-36 advantage. A driving layup from Eleftherios Bochoridis kept the visitors ahead and Evans added a putback dunk, before Micic beat the halftime buzzer to make it 39-42.

Micic also got the first points of the second half with a steal and fastbreak layup, and Moerman did the same to send Efes in front. Papapetrou from inside and Nedovic from long-range brought Panathinaikos back in front, 48-49. Moerman, Macon and Simon forced further lead changes, and it continued to go back and forth as White exploded a putback slam and Moerman hit a three-pointer. Dunston’s layup gave Efes fresh air at 60-55, before Macon and Moerman exchanged triples. Micic again beat the quarter buzzer, giving Efes a 65-62 lead after three quarters. A three-pointer and putback slam from White brought Panathinaikos level early in the fourth, 69-69, before Nedovic was again on target from deep and Papapetrou hit a jumper for a 73-76 lead inside the final five minutes. Moerman scored under the basket and Micic tied it with a free throw after a technical foul. Nedovic and Micic converted free throws before Macon’s baseline jumper made it 78-80 inside the final minute. Dunston and White split free throws, and it was 79-81 with 14 seconds left. Efes took a time out and worked the ball to the open Moerman, whose aim from deep was perfect for a dramatic game winner.

Visitors win long-range shooting battle…but not the war

Panathinaikos launched an assault from long-range in the first half, making eight of its first 15 attempts from beyond the arc with six different players on target. That pace could not be maintained but the Greek team still did manage to sink three-point shots with enough regularity to keep itself firmly in contention for a shock road win. The visiting team made 12 of its 28 shots from long-range (42.9%) led by four from Nemanja Nedovic and three from Daryl Macon Jr, much better than Efes’s 7-of-28 (25%). But ironically one of those seven proved decisive as Adrien Moerman struck the game winner.

Milestone evening for Singleton

Going up against one of his former teams, Efes forward Chris Singleton passed the mark of 1,000 rebounds in his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague career. Singleton, who played 67 games for Panathiniakos between 2016-18 and joined Efes in 2019, grabbed 4 boards during his 11 minutes on the floor to take his career total to 1,002. He now ranks 22nd all-time in rebounding, averaging 4.55 per game. Singleton started his EuroLeague career with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and played a record 214 consecutive games in the competition before missing the Round 13 meeting with Barcelona.

Kavvadas delivers for Panathinaikos

With league leading rebounder Georgios Papagiannis out of action, Panathinaikos received inside help from an unexpected source in the form of Vasilis Kavvadas. Having spent just six minutes on the floor without scoring or grabbing a rebound in his only previous appearance this season, the 31 year-old big man had not played serious minutes in the competition since 2015, when he lined up for former club Olympiacos Piraeus against Nizhny Novgorod. But he answered the call on this occasion, playing for 15 minutes and compiling 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 blocked shot for a personal best PIR of 11.

Adrien Moerman - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB21
Friday, January 21, 2022
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; RADOVIC, SRETEN; NEDOVIC, MILAN
Attendance: 7834 (Tentative)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul17222617
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens12302019
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul17396582
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens12426281
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 31:36 11 1/2 3/7     4 4 5         1 1 15
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 16:34 4 2/3 0/2         1   1     2 2 1
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 11:24   0/3     2 2 4           4   -3
6 BRYANT, ELIJAH 6:12 4 1/1   2/2 1 1 2   1 2     2 1 4
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 28:26 15 3/4 3/6   2 3 5 2 1 1 2   1   19
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 7:52 4 2/3 0/1   1   1 1             4
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 33:27 20 8/12 0/7 4/4 1 3 4 6 2 1   2 3 2 17
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 3:11           1 1               1
33 PETRUSEV, FILIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 32:08 14 6/8 0/1 2/5   4 4   4   1   3 6 20
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 29:10 10 1/7 1/4 5/5 1 4 5 3     1   3 4 11
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 24/43 7/28 13/16 10 23 33 18 8 5 4 2 19 16 92
        55.8% 25% 81.3%
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
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PERRY, KENDRICK 12:43 3 0/1 1/2         1   1     1    
5 MACON JR, DARYL 21:04 17 4/6 3/4     3 3 2   1     3 2 17
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 1:33 2 1/1                     1   1
9 KAVVADAS, VASILIS 15:39 8 4/6     1 2 3       1   1 2 11
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 30:55 7 2/4 1/5         2   2 1   3 4 3
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 9:40   0/1 0/1             1         -3
15 WHITE, OKARO 30:20 15 2/5 2/4 5/8 2 6 8 2 1 1   2 1 5 19
21 AVDALAS, NEOKLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 28:37 20 2/4 4/8 4/4 1 5 6 3 1 4   1 1 4 22
40 EVANS, JEREMY 24:20 4 2/5     7 3 10 1   2     4   6
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD 25:09 5 0/2 1/4 2/2   9 9 2 2     1 1 2 13
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 81 17/35 12/28 11/14 11 29 40 13 4 12 2 4 16 19 90
        48.6% 42.9% 78.6%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul

"We missed all open shots, but then on the last one Adrien made it and we won the game. We missed layups, we missed shots, it was not good basketball but Adrien made a difficult shot and this is basketball. We missed everything but we made the last one."

"Except the fans, who enjoyed the last shot, nobody is happy. Panathinaikos lost a game they maybe deserved, and also I am not happy because we did not play good basketball, especially on offense."

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It was a tough game and a very interesting game for the fans. Although we lost the game I want to congratulate my players because they played with character and insisted for the whole game. At the end it was just one possession when we were not good enough and also unlucky. These games always hurt when you lose them. Congrats to Efes. On the final play we went for a zone to disrupt their set play and a double team on Micic to prevent the pull-up jumper or the drive. He found a good pass, we made a wrong rotation and gave up the three-point shot."

Players

MOERMAN, ADRIEN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We wanted this mismatch [for the game-winning play]. Vase made a great pass to Tibor, they came directly to Tibor and he passed me the ball so I was wide open and I made it. I’m very happy to give the win to my team, that’s what I want and today I made it. I’m proud because we never gave up, it was an intense game and like I say I just want to win, it doesn’t matter who shoots the last possession. Tonight we won because we played with heart until the end, we never gave up. We need to improve our intensity and find our rhythm. It’s not easy because for two weeks with Covid we didn’t play. We’re trying to get back and today was a great game, we need to fight and keep going this way."
MICIC, VASILIJE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"[For the final play] I expected some kind of trap and the pass to Tibor was really fragile. But thank God he’s so tall and he passed a perfect extra pass to Moerman, and congrats to Moerman, he deserved this shot. [On his shooting problems from long-range] I believe we really want to make these shots but maybe that’s something we take with pressure, because every shot is wide open and we are all good shooters. If we keep playing like this we will make them. We have to keep working on that, we have to be more aggressive when we practice these shots because they are difficult, dribbling off screens. But that’s part of our game, we cannot look for any excuse, we have to take those shots and take the responsibility for those shots."
MACON JR, DARYL
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"What we wanted in the last defense was to stop the ball, that's why the trap was made. They circulated the ball very well, shot and won. I feel proud of the heart and character of Panathinaikos. The ups and downs are part of the game. We have to stay united and learn from it. I love this team, the coach and my teammates."