Playing against Pınar Karşıyaka at the quarter finals of FIAT Turkish Cup, Anadolu Efes was defeated 66-67. Anadolu Efes was ahead 32-28 at the halftime of the match, played at Bursa Tofaş Arena. With this result, Anadolu Efes was eliminated from FIAT Turkish Cup at the quarter finals.
Starting the match with Granger, Birkan, Cedi, Saric and Dunston, Anadolu Efes’s first field goal was scored by Saric. With Granger’s three-point play helped by an and-one, Efes tied the game in the third minute. As the score was tied again at 7-7 at 4.30 with Dunston’s layup, a defensive rebound turned into a three pointer by Cedi pulled Efes up for the first time in the match in the fifth minute: 10-7. Getting consecutive points with Saric afterwards, Efes was leading 15-11 past the seventh minute. Getting two more points with Brown in the remaining duration, Anadolu Efes finished the first 10 minutes ahead 17-16. As Efes was scoreless in the first 2.30 minutes of the second quarter, Ivkovic called a timeout with the score 17-20. Tying the game with Cedi’s three pointer following the timeout, Efes had a fantastic slam dunk by Brown, pulling up at 14.30: 22-20. With consecutive points by Dunston, Efes was leading 27-22 with 3.30 minutes left to play in the half. Heurtel’s five points in remaining duration helped Anadolu Efes towards a halftime score of 32-28.
Falling behind 32-33 at 21.30 with a 0-5 scoring run from the opponent in the second half, Efes hit a three pointer by Saric to make it 35-33 at 22.20. Leading 39-35 past the 24th minute with Heurtel and Saric’s points, the opponent tied the game at 24.40 and coach Ivkovic called a timeout. Pulling up 41-39 with Brown’s layup, Efes got another layup by Saric, leading 43-39 into the last 3.40 minutes of the quarter. Scoring three points with Granger and Diebler from the foul line within the final minutes of the quarter, Anadolu Efes was leading 46-45 while heading into the final quarter. As Granger scored our first points in the final quarter with a three pointer, the score was 50-46 in favor of Efes in the 32nd minute. While Efes was leading 57-51 past the 35th minute with Heurtel and Brown’s points, the opponent’s scoring run made it 57-61 with 2.20 left to play in the game. After coach Ivkovic’s timeout, Brown’s points helped Anadolu Efes stay in the game with the score 59-61 with 1.47 minutes to play. Trailing 62-63 with 4 seconds left on the clock after Diebler’s three pointer, Anadolu Efes was unable to reclaim the lead in the remaining duration despite getting one point with Brown and three points with Heurtel, and left the court defeated 66-67.