2018-19Regular SeasonRound 25
March 08, 2019 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Spectacular Larkin inspires Efes past Barcelona

Anadolu Efes Istanbul struck a big blow in the race for fourth place by earning a hugely commanding 92-70 home victory over FC Barcelona Lassa, in large part thanks to a stunning individual display from Shane Larkin. Efes is now 16-9, one game ahead of Barcelona, and also holds the head to head advantage. The Turkish team raced into a double-digit lead in the first quarter and protected its advantage the rest of the way as Larkin excelled, scoring a career-high 37 points. Adrien Moerman also starred with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds against his former team. Vasilije Micic scored 14 points and Krunoslav Simon netted 10. Well-beaten Barcelona was led by Ante Tomic with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Adam Hanga scored 14.

Micic and Moerman both scored twice for Efes in the early stages, but Tomic netted three baskets for Barcelona to keep it close. Simon and Victor Claver exchanged mid-range jumpers before Larkin came off the bench to net two triples for a 19-10 lead. Simon’s three-point play made it a double-digit lead, and another basket from Larkin extended it to 24-12 at the end of the first. Kevin Pangos and Hanga opened the second quarter scoring from close range, but Larkin responded with a long two, a triple and a driving lay-up to make it 35-21. Moerman and Tomic netted from near the basket before Hanga again drove to score, and Pierre Oriola made a long two to make it 42-31 at the break. Tomic opened the second half with couple of close-range strikes, and a three-pointer from Pau Ribas followed by Hanga’s fastbreak lay-up made it 44-40. But Larkin reignited Efes with a reverse lay-up, and Moerman’s runner restored a 10-point margin. Ribas and Moerman traded triples, before Micic and Tibor Pleiss scored from mid-range and a Micic triple gave Efes a 60-46 lead. Pangos and Jaka Blazic pulled Barcelona closer, and Blazic finished the third period with a trio of free throws to make it 64-53. Another triple from Larkin started the final period, and Bryant Dunston added a lay-up before Simon added a triple for 72-55. Moerman’s triple stretched the lead to 20 points midway through the fourth, and Larkin continued to excel with a coast-to-coast lay-up and another triple as the home team cruised home.

Larkin enjoys career night

The main difference-maker was undoubtedly Shane Larkin, who entered the action midway through the first quarter with the game closely balanced at 11-10. He quickly scored two three-pointers and continued in a similar vein all night to finish with 37 points – his personal best and the highest individual total in the EuroLeague since Bobby Brown scored 41 for Montepaschi Siena more than six years ago. He also recorded as PIR of 43, the second-best of all players so far this season.

Efes defense shows up

The game was billed as Efes’s free-scoring offense going up against Barcelona’s stingy defense, but it turned out that the Turkish team’s D played a very significant role in the outcome. Most importantly, Barca was held to zero field goals over the course of more than five minutes at the end of the first and start of the second quarters, and held to just 31 points before the break as Efes too firm control.

Rebounding boosts Efes

As well as Larkin’s scoring, another key was Efes’s dominance on the boards – usually an area of strength for Barcelona. The home side claimed 38 rebounds compared to the visiting team’s 29, including a season-high 13 offensive boards.

Next round

Barcelona will be back in Istanbul in Round 26, facing a testing trip to league leading Fenerbahce Beko. Efes also has a tough assignment on the road, travelling to playoffs-chasing Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv.

Shane Larkin - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB18
Friday, March 8, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; ROCHA, FERNANDO; LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Attendance: 14161
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul24182228
FC Barcelona Lassa12192217
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FC Barcelona Lassa12315370
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 28:05 37 6/7 6/8 7/7   5 5 2 1 3 1   1 4 43
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 8:24   0/1                     1 1 -1
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 3:58                 1       2   -1
6 BIRSEN, METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MOTUM, BROCK 2:26   0/1                         -1
15 SANLI, SERTAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 37:34 22 3/5 4/8 4/4 3 8 11 2 2 3     2 4 30
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 12:34 4 2/6 0/1   5 1 6 1         2 1 5
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 31:50 14 5/6 1/8 1/1   2 2 4   4     4 4 8
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 18:01   0/2 0/4   3 1 4 3         2   -1
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 27:02 5 2/3   1/2 1 4 5 1 1 1 2   4 3 10
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 30:06 10 3/4 1/4 1/1   4 4 4 1 1     2 1 13
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 92 21/35 12/33 14/15 13 25 38 17 6 14 3 0 20 18 104
        60% 36.4% 93.3%
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
FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN 6:56 2 0/2   2/2                 1 1  
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 18:39 7 3/4 0/3 1/1       4   2   1     4
5 RIBAS, PAU 21:38 6   2/6     2 2 4   3     1 1 5
6 SINGLETON, CHRIS 19:46 2 1/2 0/2     3 3   3 2     5   -2
8 HANGA, ADAM 25:15 14 5/8 0/4 4/4 1 3 4 4 1 2     4 4 14
9 BLAZIC, JAKA 13:09 5 1/4 0/1 3/3   1 1 1 1 1   1   2 4
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS 7:04 5 1/1 1/3     1 1 2   1     1 1 5
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 27:30 8 3/4 0/2 2/4 1 2 3 1         3 2 6
24 KURIC, KYLE 8:44     0/2           1       1 1 -1
30 CLAVER, VICTOR 30:38 8 2/3   4/4 2 2 4     1     2 3 11
44 TOMIC, ANTE 20:41 13 6/8   1/3 3 4 7 3 1 1   1 1 4 21
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 70 22/36 3/23 17/21 9 20 29 19 7 14 0 3 19 19 70
        61.1% 13% 81%
Head coach: PESIC, SVETISLAV

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul

“Barcelona is a great team. They won 10 of their last 12 games and beat Real Madrid last week but for me this result is not a surprise, because all week we mentally prepared to play this kind of basketball.”

“Before the game I told my players to play every minute, every possession because tonight we had two goals: 100% to win the game, and also to take the advantage of 15 points for another victory. We played incredible offense and defense, and Shane Larkin had a great game. It was also a very good atmosphere, one of the best in Efes history. Now we have five more games, nothing is guaranteed and we want to win minimum three or four more games. Shane is a great player, he’s happy, the team has accepted him, and we are finding a way to play Shane and Micic together. Tonight he had an excellent game, and he also did against Olympiacos. This was perfect but we need to continue for the next five games.”

PESIC, SVETISLAV
FC Barcelona Lassa
“Congratulations to Efes for the victory. Excellent game from Efes. Desire to win, decisive in every minute of the game. This was the difference between my team and Efes from the beginning. One on one defense we were always one step back, they used this and created open shots. We tried in the third quarter to get our rhythm but Efes was so good in all positions, we had problems. Not only in defense but also organising our offense. We made two assists more than Efes but generally this was not our night. We didn’t play good basketball. The season is long and it’s not always possible to play at the level we did in the last two weeks, but this is not an excuse. The atmosphere was excellent. It isn’t always at Efes but tonight the fans supported them. All season they have played excellent basketball and this team deserves that support from the fans.”

Players

LARKIN, SHANE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“It feels good, it was a big win for us. We needed to win and even more to win by 15 [for the head to head advantage] so we got two wins tonight. It was a big game for us and I’m glad the fans came out and gave us the energy we needed. I was just myself, went out played my game and was aggressive. I’ll try to continue to do that and play well.”
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