Janning's tip-in lifts Anadolu Efes past Madrid
In an outstanding battle that went down to the wire, Anadolu Efes Istanbul survived a tough test by edging previously undefeated Real Madrid 75-72 in Group A. The game appeared headed for overtime before Matt Janning soared for a game winning tip-in. Cedi Osman led the winners with 16 points on 4-of-4 three-point shooting and 7 rebounds. Dario Saric added 13 points, Stephane Lasme scored 12 and Milko Bjelica and Stratos Perperoglou each got 11 for Efes. Sergio Llull led Madrid with 20 points. Ioannis Bourousis added 17, Andres Nocioni 11 while Sergio Rodriguez netted 10 for the guests. A 0-7 run that Llull capped with a three-pointer gave Madrid an early 7-11 edge. Perperoglou and Dontaye Draper stepped up for Efes, but Llull tied the game at 18-18 after 10 minutes. Bjelica struck from downtown to put Efes up 28-21. Llull and Rodriguez helped Madrid regain the lead at 31-32, but back-to-back triples by Osman helped Efes reach halftime with a 39-36 edge. A layup by Draper made it a double-digit game, 50-40, soon after the break. A 2-14 run, which Rodriguez capped with a jumpe,r put Madrid back ahead, 52-54. The game turned into a thriller when Osman tied the game with a three-pointer, 71-71. Lasme and Nocioni traded layups for a 73-73 tie, but Efes got the ball back with 6.8 seconds left. Bjelica and Osman missed around the basket before Janning took over with the game-winning tip-in at the buzzer!
First quarter: What an intense start!
Dontaye Draper fed Stephane Lasme for a two-handed dunk that got Efes going. Ioannis Bourousis answered with a layup, which Matt Janning bettered with a triple from the corner for a 5-2 Efes lead. Dario Saric shined with a put-back basket, but Bourouis beat the shot clock with a four-meter jumper and soon added an off-balance basket to make it 7-6. Andres Nocioni stepped up with an up-and-under layup and Sergio Llull struck from downtown in transition to cap a 0-7 run. Stratos Perperoglou followed a jumper with an acrobatic basket and Nocioni nailed an off-balance triple. A layup by Draper kept Efes within 13-14. Perperoglou kept pacing the hosts with a fast break layup to cap a 6-0 run and put Efes back ahead. After Bourousis split free throws, Saric scored down low. Llull sank another triple for an 18-18 tie after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Osman shines to put Efes ahead
Llull swished a five-meter jumper early in the second quarter. Milko Bjelica scored in penetration, as Madrid tried to improve its offense with Sergio Rodriguez and Jaycee Carroll together on court. Perperoglou nailed a big triple off the dribble for a 5-point Efes lead. Felipe Reyes split free throws and a three-pointer by Bjelica ignited the crowd at 28-21. Madrid kept struggling to score until Rodriguez nailed a mid-range jumper. Reyes soon added a jump hook to get within 29-25. Bjelica and Carroll traded baskets and a three-pointer by Llull brought Madrid closer. Rodriguez nailed a stop-and-pop jumper to put Madrid back ahead, 31-32. Perperoglou scored in penetration, but Rodriguez made free throws. A three-pointer by Cedi Osman restored a slim Efes edge. A huge block by Draper allowed Osman to strike again from downtown, but Nocioni kept Madrid within 39-36 at halftime.
Third quarter: Efes takes off, but Madrid rallies
Bourousis banked in a close shot immediately after the break, but Saric did better with a bomb from downtown. Osman added a driving layup for a 44-38 Efes advantage. Osman made free throws to boost the hosts' lead. Reyes tried to change things with a second-chance power layup, which Lasme matched with a close basket. A fast break layup by Draper gave Efes its first double-digit margin, 50-40, causing Madrid to call timeout. Rodriguez hit free throws and fed Bourousis for an alley-oop slam but Lasme kept the hosts way ahead, 52-44. Rodriguez scored again and back-to-back triples by Llull, one from each corner, tied it at 52-52. Efes had trouble circulating the ball and Bourouis completed the guests' comeback at 52-54, capping a 2-14 run. Saric followed free throws with a layup, which Bjelica followed with a three-pointer to give Efes some fresh air. A layup by Bourousis and a free throw by Bjelica fixed the score at 60-57.
Fourth quarter: It comes down to the final shot
An unstoppable Osman ignited the crowd with a three-pointer from the corner early in the quarter. Bourousis made free throws and a five-meter jumper by Carroll kept Madrid within 2. Saric split foul shots, but Llull nailed a mid-range jumper off the dribble and Marcus Slaughter tied it at 64-64 with over six minutes left. Lasme made free throws, as Efes improved its defense off a timeout. The hosts kept running their offense through an inspired Lasme, who scored around the basket for a 68-64 lead. K.C. Rivers hit a close shot, as Madrid managed to slow Lasme. A three-pointer by Carroll gave Madrid the lead, 68-69. Nocioni scored off a steal to cap a 0-7 run, but Osman nailed a triple to tie it again at 71-71 with over two minutes to go. Lasme shined with an alley-oop layup. Nocioni scored in penetration, but Efes got the ball back with 20 seconds left. Nocioni had a big block on Bjelica, Osman missed the follow-up layup and a tip-in by Janning won the game for Efes at the buzzer!
Friday, November 14, 2014