Hosting the Galatasaray Nef team in the 5th-week match of the ING Basketball Super League, Anadolu Efes lost the game 85-92. Anadolu Efes was 51-45 ahead at the half-time of the match that was played in the Sinan Erdem Sports Hall.
Starting the match with Larkin, Buğrahan, Elijah, Moerman, and Pleiss, Anadolu Efes’s first points were scored by Larkin and our team was 5-3 ahead in the 2nd minute. Larkin’s baskets were followed by Moerman and Pleiss and our team was 14-12 ahead heading into the television time-out. Returning from the time-out Larkin and Elijah scored and our team was 22-18 ahead. In the remaining duration, Moerman scored a three-pointer and Larkin scored 2 more points and the first quarter ended with a tie: 27-27. Starting the second quarter with Elijah’s 7 points and our team was 34-29 ahead at 11:30. Following Larkin’s points, Beaubois scored 13 points with 4 three-pointers and our team was 50-41 ahead at the 18th minute. In the remaining 2-minute duration Pleiss scored one more point and our team finished the first half 51-45 ahead.
Starting the second half with Beaubois’s three-pointer and our team was 54-45 ahead at the 21st minute. Moerman’s three-pointer and Dunston’s underneath basket set the score difference to 12 points at 22:30 so the rival team called a time-out: 59-47. Returning from the time-out Larkin, Moerman, and Dunston scored and our team raised the difference to 16 points at the 25th minute: 66-50. Dunston’s basket was followed by Pleiss and Larkin’s points and our team was 72-71 ahead at the end of the third quarter. Starting the final quarter with Elijah’s basket and our team was 74-71 ahead at the 31st minute. Beaubois’s three-pointer followed by Dunston’s fancy dunk at the 34th minute, the score was set to 79-76. At 35:30 the score table was set to 79-80 and so coach Ergin Ataman called a time-out. Returning from the time-out Moerman and Beaubois duo’s baskets at 36:30 tied the score table: 83-83. Larkin’s 2 points from the free-throw line tied the score again at 37:20: 85-85. The rival set the score table to 85-90 at the last 1:45 minutes of the match, our team failed the score in the remaining duration and lost the match with a score of 85-92.