With this score, our team will be playing in the semi-finals against Darüşşafaka Basketball. Anadolu Efes – Darüşşafaka match will be played at Sinan Erdem sports arena at 17th February Saturday at 14:00 and will be aired on TivibuSpor live.
Starting the match with Doğuş Balbay, Zoran Dragic, Krunoslav Simon, Brock Motum and Bryant Dunston, our first point was scored by Simon’s three-pointer in the first minute. In our first offenses we have patiently continued our offense and found the correct shoots and with our high percentage 3-point shots, we have passed the first 5 minutes 13-8 ahead. With a fast-break Doğuş’s assist was turned into a basket by Brock Motum and set the score table to 15-10, and Fenerbahçe Doğuş called a time-out. Returning from the time-out we have continued our good defense, then Doğuş scored 3 points and right afterward, he found another point through a fast-break and raised the score difference to 8 points: 20-12. Remaining duration of the quarter Simon’s three-pointer and McCollum’s 3 points and-one set the score table to 26-14 at the end of the quarter and we were ahead. Important statistics of the first quarter is that: we have tried 6 three-pointers and scored 5 of them.
Starting the second quarter, our first points were scored by McCollum’s mid-range shots, then the first minutes were passed with mutual baskets. McCollum’s failed basket was turned into a point by Simon and with this, our team set the score table to 36-25. Returning from the television time-out our press continued. Remaining duration of the quarter Bryant Dunston and Errick McCollum scored through free throws and underneath and thus the score difference continued and we have finished the first half 45-34 ahead. Dunston finished the first half with 13 points and, 5 rebounds. The important thing of the second quarter is that even though our team foul was finished in the first 1 minute 8 seconds, we managed to stop Fenerbahçe Doğuş to go to the line in the remaining duration with our careful defense.
Our team started to the second half well with Zoran Dragic’s three-pointer, then Simon’s assist to Dunston turned into a three-pointer and this pursued our outside shoot percentage. In the next position, Motum scored another three-pointer and brought up the score table to 56-42. After this minute, Dunston shone out with his underneath the hoop performance. Dunston scored with Simon’s consecutive passes into points and set the score table to 61-50. In the last minutes of the quarter, Fenerbahçe Doğuş’s baskets were responded by Motum and we finished the quarter 67-61 ahead.
Starting the final quarter, both teams were low on the offense percentage. Our team scored at the last 8-minute duration of the quarter for the first time with Errick McCollum through a layup, then Dunston’s rebound and basket brought up the score to 73-69. In the last minutes of the quarter Dragic’s foul on defense was his 5th and so he went to the side. At the last 2:19 minute of the match, after the time-out we took we returned with Doğuş, Simon, Motum, Brown, and Dunston the score table was set to 81-76. Remaining seconds we controlled the game well and remained calm. After Simon’s free-throws the score was set to 83-80 and we finished the game with the victory and raised up to the PTT Turkey Cup semi-finals.