ANA vs BAR : Larkin needed but a moment to offer Efes a 0-5 lead with a pull-up jumper, a steal and a three-point play. Barcelona looked cold, while Efes seemed the other . Tibor Pleiss and Simon combined for 9 points to which Larkin added his first three-pointer by Larkin for a 7-17 scoreboard. Victor Claver and Delaney gave Barca fresh air at 12-17 but Singleton’s 5 points during a row aborted the charge. Delaney sparked a 7-0 run that got Barcelona back to the sport , although an alley-oop dunk by Sertac Sanli closed the primary period with Efes ahead 19-24.
Pierre Oriola and Davies soon brought Barca to within 23-26, but Efes responded quickly through Sanli, who followed his first EuroLeague three-pointer ever with a jumper at 23-31. After Barcelona’s timeout, Delaney nailed a trio of triples to place the hosts ahead 32-31 and lift the fans to their feet. the enjoyment didn’t last long, though, as Larkin returned to sink free throws and a jumper before assisting Simon’s triple to cap 3-12 run to at 35-43. Barcelona had the primary half’s last word, however, as Pau Ribas hit a triple and a jumper before assisting on a buzzer-beater by Cory Higgins to shut the primary half at 42-45.
Both teams increased their defensive intensity after the break, when Brandon Davies became Barcelona’s go-to guy, with 8 points during a row. Efes resisted with treys by James Anderson and Singleton to stay a 50-51 edge midway through the playing period . Larkin reemerged with a fastbreak triple that Adrien Moerman copied at 50-57. Davies kept rocking alone, with all 16 of Barca’s third-quarter points, but it had been not enough. Efes found Rodrigue Beaubois from deep and Moerman inside to form it 58-66 after half-hour . The atmosphere got hotter when Barcelona finally found its momentum within the fourth quarter. Mirotic opened fire with a strong dunk, then Kyle Kuric scored a fastbreak layup before Efes head coach Ergin Ataman was involved a technical .
Kuric soon poured in 3 consecutive three-pointers, filling most of a fantastic 14-0 run in but 5 minutes that turned the sport the wrong way up . Things got even worse for the visitors when Ataman was involved his second technical and ejected. Meanwhile, Mirotic struck from deep to form it 75-68. It wasn’t over, though, as a straight-on three-pointer by Larkin got Efes within 77-75 with but 3 minutes remaining. Alec Peters came off the visitors’ bench with a foul shot and an enormous three-pointer to tie the sport . Singleton followed with a difficult long-range shot that put Efes ahead , 79-82, entering the eleventh hour . albeit Mirotic responded from deep to tie it again, Larkin took over from the foul shot line to end the comeback and seal the result .
Anadolu Efes vs Barça – Key Players Team News
- Ahmet Tuncer (PG)
- Vasilije Micic (SG)
- Adrien Moerman (SF)
Barça Basket (BAR) – Key Players
- Nick Calathes (PG)
- Cory Higgins (SG)
- Nikola Mirotic (SF)
Anadolu Efes vs Barça
Anadolu Efes: W – 1, L – 4
Barça Basket: W – 3, L – 2
Anadolu Efes vs Barça – Team Squad
Anadolu Efes (ANA):
Vasilije Micic, Adrien Moerman, Bryant Dunston, Ahmet Tuncer, Tolga Gecim, Shane Larkin, Chris Singleton, James Anderson, Tibor Pleiss, Rodrigue Beaubois, Krunoslav Simon, Dogus Balbay, Sertac Sanli, Erten Gazi, Yigitcan Saybir, Tarik Sezgun, Enes Bayraktar
Barça Basket (BAR):
Cory Higgins, Kyle Kuric, Rolands Smits, Nick Calathes, Nikola Mirotic, Brandon Davies, Artem Pustovyi, El Hadji Badio, Adam Hanga, Thomas Heurtel, Leandro Bolmaro, Alex Abrines, Victor Claver, Pierre Oriola, Sergi Martinez
Anadolu Efes vs Barça – Probable Lineups
Ahmet Tuncer (PG), Vasilije Micic (SG), Adrien Moerman (SF), Bryant Dunston (PF), Tibor Pleiss (C)
Nick Calathes (PG), Cory Higgins (SG), Nikola Mirotic (SF), Pierre Oriola (PF), Brandon Davies (C)