Domestic leagues playoffs: Efes advances to semis

May 25, 2019 by Print
 Domestic leagues playoffs: Efes advances to semis

Turkey: Larkin stars, Efes advances

Anadolu Efes Istanbul took the high road into the Turkish League semifinals by sweeping Banvit thanks to a 77-87 Game 2 road victory that sealed their quarterfinal series. Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four star Shane Larkin flirted with a triple-double for Efes, with 18 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Rodrigue Beaubois and Bryant Dunston matched Larkin's scoring, the trio accounting for almost 65% of their team's scoring. Adrien Moerman added 15 points and pulled 8 rebounds for the recent EuroLeague runners-up. Efes led 20-26 after one quarter, but dropped behind by 41-38 by halftime, only to explode in the third quarter to take a 53-66 lead that held up the rest of the way. In other quarterfinal action on Saturday, Gaziantep defeated visiting Galatasaray 79-69 to even their series at 1-1.

VTB: CSKA survives Zenit rallies

Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion CSKA Moscow held on for an 83-81 home win against Zenit St Petersburg on Saturday in the VTB League semifinals to lead their best-of-five series 2-0. Zenit would have won if Sergey Karasev had not missed his only three-pointer of the night at the buzzer. Instead, CSKA held on behind 19 points from Final Four MVP Will Clyburn among six double-figure scorers. Nikita Kurbanov and Semen Antonov added 11 points each, while Kyle Hines, Daniel Hackett and Nando De Colo had 10 each. Hackett's four-point play down the stretch proved decisive after Zenit rallied from 11 down in the first half to lead by as many as 5 points, 59-54, in the second before CSKA rebounded to get in front and, ultimately, stay there. Codi Miller-McIntyre led Zenit with 14 points, while Sean Armand and Anton Pushkov added 12 each.

France: ASVEL opens quarterfinals strong

To open the French League semifinals, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne recovered from a slow first half to defeat visiting Le Mans 73-67 on Saturday. ASVEL's big men made the difference as Miro Bilan had 17 points, while Adreian Payne followed him with 15 and 7 rebounds. Mantas Kalnietis dished 8 assists. ASVEL trailed by as much as 36-42 soon after halftime before Charles Kahudi got the offense started and Kalnietis scored his only 6 points of the night on back-to-back triples for a 45-44 lead. Le Mans responded with a 2-8 run, but Payne soon came on strong to put ASVEL in front 57-53 at the end of the third quarter. Payne and Bilan came up big whenever Le Mans got close after that to give ASVEL its first win of the series. In another quarterfinal score, Dijon walloped Strasbourg 94-62.