2011-12Regular SeasonRound 1
October 20, 2011 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 PIONIR

Anadolu Efes blasted past Partizan mt:s 73-84

Anadolu Efes started the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in style by downing Partizan mt:s 73-84 in Belgrade, Serbia in Group C on Thursday. Efes overcame a strong basketball atmosphere at Pionir Arena to register its first road win and improve its chances to get to the Top 16 in difficult Group C. Tarence Kinsey led the winners with 18 points. Dusko Savanovic added 17, Sasha Vujacic had 14 while Ersan Ilyasova got 10 for Efes. Nikola Pekovic led Partizan with 21 points in less than 20 minutes. Milan Macvan added 14 while Dragan Milosavljevic had 10 for the hosts. An unstoppable Pekovic led Partizan to a 28-27 lead after 10 minutes. Back-to-back three-pointers by Milosavljevic soon boosted the hosts' lead to 40-33 late in the second quarter. A 0-9 run that Kinsey capped with a driving basket put Efes back ahead, 45-48, near halftime. Efes improved its defense after the break, making Partizan go scoreless for more than 5 minutes. Meanwhile, Kinsey, Savanovic and an outstanding Ilyasova allowed Efes to break the game open, 51-68, at the end of the third quarter. Nothing changed from that moment, as even when Partizan kept trying, Efes had cruised to a well-deserved win.

Kinsey got Efes going with a catch-and-shoot jumper that Pekovic matched with a power dunk. Partizan kept trying to get Pekovic involved in the low post, making Stanko Barac pick up 3 fouls in the opening 2 minutes. A three-point play by Ilyasova, however, gave Efes a 4-5 edge. Pekovic scored off a spin move and a driving layup by Acie Law made it 8-5. Kerem Tunceri followed a six-meter jumper with a driving layup while Ermal Kuqo scored down low for a 10-11 Efes lead. Pekovic insisted with free throws and Law scored in penetration but Tunceri and Ersan Ilyasova kept Efes ahead, 14-15. Vujacic struck from downtown but a layup by Miroslav Raduljica kept the hosts within 16-18. Kuqo and Raduljica exchanged dunks but a layup-plus-foul by Macvan provided another lead change, 21-20. Vujacic downed a long jumper that Danilo Andjusic bettered with a triple. Raduljica stayed on fire with another layup and Andjusic added free throws but Vujacic nailed a three-pointer and fed Ilyasova for a buzzer-beating reverse layup to Efes as close as 28-27 after 10 minutes.

Esteban Batista took over with a big dunk early in the second quarter, as Partizan kept trying to speed up the game tempo. Vlado Ilievski soon added a jumper to give Efes a 28-31 edge. Pekovic kept pacing Partizan with a three-point play and Dragan Milosavljevic bettered Kinsey's floating jumper with a bomb from downtown that made the hosts regain the lead, 34-33. An unstoppable Pekovic hit a jump hook, making Efes ask for a much-needed timeout. Milosavljevic split free throws and nailed another triple to boost the hosts' lead to 40-33. Kinsey sank another shot that Vladimir Lucic matched in the other end. Savanovic hit a mid-range jumper and soon struck from downtown, as Partizan struggled to score without Pekovic on the floor. Vujacic made free throws and Kinsey scored in penetration to give Efes a 42-44, after a 0-9 run. Macvan buried a baseline jumper that Tunceri erased in the other end. Free throws by Raduljica, Kuqo and Batista fixed the halftime score at 45-48.

Both teams went scoreless for more than three minutes after the break, as Partizan changed its game plan and slowed down the game tempo once Pekovic returned to the bench with 4 fouls. Efes could not find the way to the basket as Partizan, pushed by an incredible crowd, excelled in defense. Kinsey stepped up with a corner three-pointer and the hosts entered the foul bonus right after that. Ilyasova made 3-of-4 foul shots and a fast break dunk by Kinsey made it a double-digit game, 45-56. Ilyasova had consecutive blocks, intimidating everyone around the guests' basket. Partizan missed 7 consecutive shots and picked up 6 turnovers until Raduljica and Lucic made free throws. Batista shined with a fast break slam and a three-pointer by Savanovic broke the game open, 49-62. Ilievski and Savanovic hit free throws and an off-balance jumper by Lucic only brought Partizan within 51-68 after 30 minutes.

Macvan tried to ignite the hosts' comeback with a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter but Savanovic immediately answered from downtown and soon added a turnaround jumper to keep Efes way ahead, 54-73. Partizan kept trying to run its offense through Pekovic, back on the floor with 4 fouls. Andjusic hit a short shot but Efes had started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. Pekovic made free throws and followed that with a put-back layup to give Partizan some hope, 61-73. Barac shined with an up-and-under layup right before fouling out. Pekovic made free throws and Macvan struck from downtown but Kinsey followed a triple with a jumper to keep Efes out of trouble, 66-80, with 4 minutes to go. Macvan insisted from downtown and a second-chance basket by Pekovic got Partizan even closer, 71-80. Batista stepped up with a backdoor layup to seal the outcome in the final 2 minutes, allowing Efes to celebrate an important win.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
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Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE)
Attendance: 6560
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Partizan mt:s Belgrade2817622
Anadolu Efes Istanbul27212016
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Partizan mt:s Belgrade28455173
Anadolu Efes Istanbul27486884
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 32:29 6 3/7 0/3     1 1 3   6   2 3 2 -6
7 KECMAN, DUSAN 16:14     0/1   1   1 3   2     1 2 2
8 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 14:42 9 3/5   3/4 1 2 3     3 1 1 5 3 4
10 JARAMAZ, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 20:47 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   3 3     1     3 1 3
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 30:23 10 1/1 2/5 2/4   1 1   1 2 1   3 2 5
14 KATIC, RASKO 3:51   0/1               2 1   2   -4
20 BOZIC, PETAR 7:31               1         1    
22 CAKAREVIC, MARKO 17:41   0/2       2 2 3     1 1 2   1
25 MACVAN, MILAN 22:27 14 2/6 3/4 1/1 3 4 7 2 1 2   2 1 1 15
33 ANDUSIC, DANILO 14:14 7 1/1 1/2 2/2   1 1 2   2     2 3 8
41 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 19:41 21 6/9   9/10 3 3 6 1       2 5 12 29
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 73 18/36 6/16 19/23 11 21 32 15 2 20 4 8 28 26 64
        50% 37.5% 82.6%
Head coach: JOVANOVIC, VLADE
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
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 DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 13:02 4 1/1 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 2           3 12
8 KINSEY, TARENCE 34:24 18 6/9 2/5     3 3   2 1 4 1 1 1 19
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 26:58 6 3/5 0/2     2 2 6 1 1       2 12
11 AKYOL, CENK 6:53 1   0/1 1/2 1   1 1   1     3 1 -2
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 17:41 7 3/3   1/2 1   1 1 1 2     4 3 6
19 VUJACIC, SASHA 31:35 14 2/8 2/4 4/4   2 2 2 4     1 4 7 16
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 15:53 17 2/3 3/4 4/4 2 1 3           1 4 21
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 24:07 10 3/5 0/1 4/5 1 3 4 3 4 1 2 1 1 4 20
23 KUQO, ERMAL 12:20 5 2/4   1/2 2 2 4     2   1 5 2  
32 GULER, SINAN 7:08                         2   -2
42 BARAC, STANKO 9:59 2 1/2             1 2 2   5 1 -2
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 84 23/40 7/18 17/21 8 17 25 15 13 11 8 4 26 28 100
        57.5% 38.9% 81%
Head coach: SARICA, UFUK

Head Coaches

JOVANOVIC, VLADE
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
“After a good first half and a nice basketball performance, we did not find the answer for Anadolu Efes’s aggressive defensive play in the second half. Our offense practically was broken. It is obvious some of our players were intimidated by names on the Efes roster. They were punishing each of our mistakes. Our goal is to play as equals with all teams in our group.”
SARICA, UFUK
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“Playing in Belgrade is a hard road game and it is the most important game of the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague phase. Tonight, we played very clever, and this is an important win for us. The key factor was our tight defensive game in the second half.”

Players

PEKOVIC, NIKOLA
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
“I am sad because we lost in front of our devoted fans. We lost to a better team, which played at high level all 40 minutes. We had problems with Anadolu Efes’s defense and that was the key of the game.”
VUJACIC, SASHA
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“In the first half, we played an even game in a fantastic atmosphere. In the third quarter, the Partizan players lost their concentration for about seven minutes and that decided the winner. We were concentrated all the way and we played smart. I am very happy we started the competition with a road win.”
SAVANOVIC, DUSKO
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I am happy with the win at the always difficult Pionir. I think our experience helped us a lot because we kept our cool during the 40 minutes. We are well prepared and this win will gives us even more morale."
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