Efes hands ASVEL first home defeat
Anadolu Efes Istanbul handed LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne its first home loss in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by prevailing in an 84-90 battle in France. The 2019 runner-up collected its third win in a row to move to 7-2 thanks to 19 points from Shane Larkin. Vasilije Micic and Rodrigue Beaubois both tallied 16 points, Sertac Sanli added 15 and Tibor Pleiss chipped in 11 points. ASVEL saw its modest two-game winning streak end in falling to 5-4. Jordan Taylor, Tonye Jekiri and Livio Jean-Charles all scored 12 points and Theo Maledon had 10 in defeat.
Jekiri started in great form with 6 points in helping ASVEL jump ahead 8-2. Micic and Beaubois responded with back-to-back triples to knot the game with Pleiss and Sanli both converting three-point plays ahead of another Micic bomb for a 12-19 advantage. Teenager Maledon scored 5 points and Jean-Charles knocked down a three-pointer to get the hosts within 22-23. It was 22-25 after 10 minutes. Another ASVEL teenager Matthew Strazel knotted the game at 27-27 with a three-pointer early in the second quarter with Larkin and Alec Peters answering with triples at the other end as Efes went up 29-35. Beaubois and Pleiss combined for 9 points to keep Efes ahead 38-44, but the hosts punched back with 7 straight points - including a blocked shot and three-pointer from Jean-Charles to nose ahead 45-44. Efes led 45-46 at the break. Free throws at both ends sent the lead back and forth early on in the second half, though Chris Singleton hit a three-pointer and Sanli scored two baskets in helping Efes move ahead 53-61. Taylor responded with a triple and Charles Kahudi drained 2 triples to get ASVEL within 62-63. Larkin converted his eighth free throw of the quarter and two Sanli foul shots left Efes up 65-70 - and it was 66-70 after 30 minutes. Maledon continued his outstanding game with a three-point play to push ASVEL back into the lead 71-70 early in the fourth quarter. Efes's response once again included three-pointers with Beaubois and Singleton both hitting from outside in a 2-12 surge over 5 minutes as the advantage grew to 73-82. Veteran leaders Larkin and Micic increased the cushion to 77-88 with less than 2 minutes to play and the game was decided.
Undefeated against ASVEL, perfect in France this century
In the first official game between the two teams in nearly 16 years, Efes moved to 3-0 all-time against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne with both previous wins coming in the 2003-04 season. The victory also improved Efes's record on French soil in the EuroLeague this century to 9-0.
Nearly perfect from foul line
Efes Istanbul converted 25 of 26 shots from the free-throw line (96.2%). Rodrigue Beaubois was the only player to miss from the charity stripe, while Shane Larkin made all 14 of his attempts.
ASVEL’s 18-year-old Theo Maledon scored a career-high 10 points - doubling the number of points he scored in his previous 26:31 minutes in the EuroLeague. He also set a career-best with 7 assists to go with 1 rebound, 1 steal and 0 turnovers in 15:36 minutes.
Efes turned the ball over just six times and converted on 47.4 percent from long range. The visitors also outscored ASVEL 18-9 in points off turnovers with the French champion committing 8 turnovers.
Efes looks to grab a fourth straight victory when it visits AX Armani Exchange Milan on Thursday. ASVEL will look to get back into the win column when it hosts Fenerbahce Bako Istanbul on Friday.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019