Efes gets the job done in Valencia
Anadolu Efes Istanbul used a big third quarter to down winless Valencia Basket 78-83 on the road on Friday. It was the second consecutive win for Efes, which improved to 2-1 on the season, while Valencia is now the only Turkish Airlines EuroLeague team yet to register a victory, dropping to 0-2. Efes trailed by 7 points at halftime, but followed Vasilije Micic's lead to score 30 points in the third quarter, when the team made 10 of 10 two-point shots, before Krunoslav Simon sealed the game in the fourth. Simon scored 19 points to lead all scorers, while Micic had 15 and 12 assists. Alec Peters collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, Shane Larkin netted 13 while Bryant Dunston had 10 points and 7 rebounds. For Valencia, Bojan Dubljevic matched his EuroLeague career best with 22 points, and also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sam Van Rossom scored 14, while Brock Motum added 11 points in a losing effort against his former team.
The pace was very fast in the first quarter, with Van Rossom and Fernando San Emeterio taking it to the rim for Valencia. Peters had 6 early points for Efes and Simon strung together 6 more to give the visitors a 14-16 lead. However, back-to-back-to-back triples from Van Rossom, Alberto Abalde and Dubljevic put Valencia back in front and the hosts held a 27-23 lead after 10 minutes. A three-pointer from Quino Colom and a dunk from Louis Labeyrie extended that difference to 34-27 early in the second quarter. The scoring slowed down until Simon and Rodrigue Beaubois hit from long range for the visitors, but Dubljevic scored 5 points, including a three-point play, and Colom had a shot-clock beating triple as Valencia took a 46-39 advantage into halftime. Efes came out firing from the locker rooms, with Micic sinking a triple. He then took the offense into his own hands, setting up Larkin, Dunston and Peters before scoring on a fastbreak to put Efes in front 53-54 midway through the third. A floater from Simon and a pair of layups from Dunston, all assisted by Micic, sparked another Efes run capped by a corner triple from Beaubois to make it 63-69 after 30 minutes. In the fourth quarter, Dubljevic scored inside, but that was a lone basket for either team over almost 5 minutes. Simon ended Efes' drought then added a floater that sent Efes up 67-74 with 3:40 to go. His crafty reverse layup to make it 69-77 with 1:33 remaining let the visitors close out the game.
Micic's third-quarter show
Efes won the third quarter 30-17. During those 10 minutes, Efes went a perfect 10-for-10 on two-pointers and dished 11 assists total. Vasilije Micic owned those 10 minutes, scoring 9 points and dished 7 assists. He either scored or assisted on 23 of his team's first 27 points after halftime.
The Efes starters dominated this game, accounting for 68 points on the night. Four Efes starters – Micic, Alec Peters, Bryant Dunston and Krunoslav Simon – each played at least 29 minutes, with Dunston logging 35:22. Valencia's starters more than doubled up its bench scoring, with 53 of their team's 78 points.
Efes had 20 assists in this game, with 9 coming in the first half, then 11 in the third quarter, but none in the fourth. Valencia finished with 23 assists.
First road win
This was seventh time these two teams faced each other in the EuroLeague, and the first time a road team picked up a victory.
Next week in Round 4 on Thursday, Efes faces Real Madrid (2-1) while Valencia travels to face Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (1-2).
Friday, October 18, 2019