Playoffs, Game 5: Efes KO's Barca for last Final Four spot
Anadolu Efes Istanbul made history on Wednesday by knocking out FC Barcelona Lassa with a Game 5 victory to clinch the last remaining ticket for the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Efes will play rival Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in one semifinal. CSKA Moscow and defending champion Real Madrid meet in the other semifinal. Madrid advanced by sweeping Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, while Fenerbahce and CSKA knocked off Zalgiris Kaunas and KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, respectively, in four games.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 80-71 FC Barcelona Lassa (3-2)
Anadolu Efes Istanbul is headed to the Final Four for the first time in 18 years after disposing of FC Barcelona Lassa 80-71 on Wednesday at Sinan Erdem Dome in Game 5 of their best-of-five EuroLeague Playoffs series. Efes will face crosstown rival Fenerbahce in the semifinals in Vitoria-Gasteiz on May 17. Adrien Moerman and Shane Larkin scored 18 points apiece to pace the winners, who completed a remarkable turnaround after finishing in last place one season ago. Rodrigue Beaubois and James Anderson netted 11 points each and Vasilije Micic tallied 10 points, 10 assists and 3 steals in the victory. Barcelona started hot and led by as many as 7 in the first half, but Efes finished the second quarter strong to lead 47-42 at the break and extended that margin to 11 in the fourth quarter before holding off a late rally. Chris Singleton and Thomas Heurtel scored 12 points each for Barcelona and Ante Tomic added 10. Singleton also collected 8 rebounds and 3 steals in defeat.