2011-12Regular SeasonRound 6
November 23, 2011 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 SINAN ERDEM DOME

Anadolu Efes improved its chances to clinch a Top 16 spot in difficult regular season Group C by downing Partizan mt:s 67-58 at Sinan Erden Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied a 3-3 but Efes has a 2-0 record against Efes, in what would be a decisive factor if both teams remain tied at the end of the regular season. Sasha Vujacic paced the winners with 19 points. Dusko Savanovic added 16 while Stanko Barac had 10 for Efes. Milan Macvan led Partizan 15 points. Danilo Andjusic and Acie Law each added 10 for the guests. Efes opened the game with an 9-2 run but an outstanding Macvan and a big basket by Law allowed Partizan to get a 15-17 lead after 10 minutes. Outstanding defense and an unstoppable Vujacic helped Efes to get a slim lead, 30-28, at the break. Efes held Partizan scoreless in the next 7 minutes and a 9-0 run that Esteban Batista capped with free throws gave his team a 39-28 margin. Andjusic managed to bring Partizan within 53-47 with over 6 minutes to go but Vujacic and Savanovic stepped up in crunch time to lead Efes to a very important win.

Ersan Ilyasova got Efes going with a put-back layup and Sasha Vujacic added a jumper for a 4-0 lead. Partizan tried to run its offense through Nikola Pekovic but he missed twice around the basket against Ermal Kuqo's defense. Milan Macvan scored down low but consecutive jumpers by an unstoppable Vujacic boosted the hosts' lead to 8-2. Partizan adjusted its defense and Macvan sank a long jumper from the left wing. Vladimir Lucic sank free throws and Macvan tied the game with a mid-range shot, 8-8, after a 0-6 run. Kuqo hit a jump hook and free throws by Vujacic gave Efes some fresh air at 12-9. Barac hit a close jumper, as the hosts tried to open the floor with Savanovic at power forward. Marko Cakarevic downed a mid-range shot and Macvan scored again to keep Partizan within 14-13. Free throws by Dragan Milosavljevic gave Partizan its first lead, 14-15. An acrobatic layup by Law made Partizan stay ahead, 15-17, after 10 minutes.

Barac knocked down a mid-range jumper early in the second quarter and free throws by Savanovic put Efes back ahead, 19-17. Dusan Kecman nailed a jumper but Partizan could not get Pekovic involved. The guests kept finding other scoring options, however, and a floating layup by Law put Partizan back ahead, 19-21. Vlado Ilievski split free throws and a jumper by Savanovic provided another lead change, 22-21. Kecman shined with a second-chance basket - and the free throw that came with it but Barac answered with his own layup-plus-foul and scored around the rim for a 27-24 Efes lead. Miroslav Raduljica buried a jumper that Cenk Akyol bettered with a bomb from downtown. Partizan improved its defense off a timeout, making Efes go scoreless in the final 4 minutes in this half. The guests struggled to find good shots, however, as free throws by Raduljica got Partizan within 30-28 as both teams headed back to the locker rooms.

Both teams kept struggling to score after the break until Vujacic made a free throw on Pekovic's third foul. Partizan had been limited to 2 points in more than 7 minutes already and Akyol split free throws for a 32-28 Efes lead. Partizan simply could not find the way to the basket, taking off-balance shots at the end of long possessions. Vujacic set the crowd on fire with a three-pointer that forced the guests to stop the game, 35-28. Vujacic stayed on fire with a fast break layup off a steal and free throws by Batista made it a double-digit game, 39-28, after a 9-0 run. Partizan went scoreless for more than 6 minutes in the third quarter until Danilo Andjusic and Macvan hit free throws for a 40-32 deficit. Vujacic buried a three-pointer but Raduljica briefly silenced the crowd with a big dunk in transition. Vujacic and Raduljica traded free throws but 4 unanswered points by Savanovic boosted the hosts' lead to 49-36 after 30 minutes.

Sinan Guler fed Batista for an easy layup early in the fourth quarter but Dragan Milosavljevic bettered that with a seven-meter bomb - Partizan's first three-pointer tonight. Andjusic added free throws to give the guests some hope, 51-41, with over 8 minutes to go. Batista scored around the basket but Andjusic nailed back-to-back three-pointers to bring Partizan back to life, 53-47. Savanovic answered from downtown to keep Efes out of trouble, 56-47, with under 6 minutes to go. Pekovic hit a jump hook - his first basket - but Guler stepped up with a driving layup. Law fired in a jumper but free throws by Vujacic restored a 60-51 Efes lead. The hosts had started to use long possessions to run the game clock down but shots did not fall in. Law scored in penetration but a baseline jumper by Savanovic sealed the outcome, 62-53, with 2 minutes to go. Partizan kept trying but Efes had already sealed a well-deserved, critical home win.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
Attendance: 11200 (Tentative)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul15151918
Partizan mt:s Belgrade1711822
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul15304967
Partizan mt:s Belgrade17283658
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 3:07   0/1     1   1     1   1     -2
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 15:19 1 0/2 0/1 1/2   2 2 1   1   1 2 1 -3
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 29:03 2 1/4 0/2   1 1 2 8 1 4   1   2 5
11 AKYOL, CENK 22:04 4 0/1 1/3 1/2   4 4   4   1   3 3 9
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 12:21 7 2/4   3/4   1 1 1     1     3 10
19 VUJACIC, SASHA 31:00 21 4/6 2/5 7/8   5 5 3 2 2     3 5 25
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 26:04 16 3/4 2/4 4/4 1 3 4     1 1 1 2 4 18
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 13:56 2 1/4 0/1   2 5 7       1   1 1 6
23 KUQO, ERMAL 9:57 2 1/1       1 1     1     5   -3
32 GULER, SINAN 19:27 2 1/1 0/1     4 4 3 1 1     2   6
34 SIRIN, OSMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 17:42 10 4/6   2/3   1 1     3 1   4 2 4
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 67 17/34 5/17 18/23 8 29 37 16 8 16 5 4 22 21 78
        50% 29.4% 78.3%
Head coach: SARICA, UFUK
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
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LAW, ACIE 39:11 10 5/10 0/2     1 1 3 1 3   1   2 6
7 KECMAN, DUSAN 14:21 5 2/4 0/1 1/1 2 1 3     1   1 2 2 3
8 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 15:11 6 2/5   2/2   1 1 1   2 1   2 3 5
10 JARAMAZ, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 14:31 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 2   2     1 1   5 3  
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 30:44 5   1/6 2/2   4 4 3 1 1     1 2 8
14 KATIC, RASKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 BOZIC, PETAR 0:49                              
22 CAKAREVIC, MARKO 18:16 2 1/2 0/1   1 5 6   1 2 1   3 1 4
25 MACVAN, MILAN 32:03 15 4/8 1/1 4/4   5 5 2   2   1 3 3 15
33 ANDUSIC, DANILO 10:05 10   2/4 4/4   2 2   1 1       3 13
41 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 24:49 3 1/8   1/2 1 3 4   1 1 1 2 5 3 -4
Team                                
Totals 200:00 58 15/38 4/16 16/17 6 22 28 9 5 14 4 5 21 22 50
        39.5% 25% 94.1%
Head coach: JOVANOVIC, VLADE

Head Coaches

SARICA, UFUK
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We had a crucial win against Partizan mt:s tonight. It seems like we struggled, but actually we dominated most of the game. We led the score most of the game and defended very well. We kept one of the best centers in Europe with just 4 points and that was the key to the game. We played excellent defense and did what we planned before the game. Because we lost two games in a row, we were a little bit nervous. But we were better, especially in the third quarter. This was the first leg of our three-match winning plan and now we have to take revenge in Belgium against Spirou Charleroi. Then we have to think about Armani Milano game. We will keep on thinking game by game. I congratulate my team for their crucial win and also wish good luck to Partizan mt:s in the upcoming games."
JOVANOVIC, VLADE
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
"It was a very important game for Partizan mt:s and also very important for Anadolu Efes, too. The tension was visible. First of all, it was a visible low game for us, especially from the three-point line and we also struggled in the low post, inside the paint. We can be satisfied with our defense. What lost the game for us was our low field goal percentage. This is the first time this season that we such a terrible percentage. In the third quarter we had problems against their aggressive defense. After they got a 10-point lead, we tried to catch them and managed to score finally from the three-point line at the beginning of the last quarter. But they answered the same as they kept the balance at the same level and won the game. Congratulations to Anadolu Efes for their win."

Players

VUJACIC, SASHA
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This is a great win for us. We are not in a situation to allow another loss at home. We will try to connect three wins in a row and this was the first step for us. Partizan mt:s is a great team. They know how to make opponents play their tempo. I think we understood the importance of the game and despite not playing a great game, we managed to win. That’s important. We have to take the next games step by step. We have to try to connect three wins in a row. It’s going to be crucial to see and to test our mentality, to see where we are."
RADULJICA, MIROSLAV
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
"It’s a big loss for us. We lost the game it’s because we weren’t so focused, especially in the third quarter. We didn’t score any points for seven minutes. We made some three-pointers in the beginning of the last quarter, but Dusko Savanovic stopped us by responding the same way. We have to think and concentrate about the future games like Maccabi Electra and Armani Milano to hope for a place in the Top 16."
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