February 6, 2023

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Anatolo Efes – Olympiacos 82-71: He looked back at back-to-back European champions in his eyes, but it wasn’t enough

Olympiacos put in a good effort in Istanbul, but the improbable Mitsek-Boboa-Clyburn threw him to the canvas (82-71) 7-4 after Game 11 in the Euroleague.

Its eleventh day euroleague He did not have an easy task on him Olympic, who had to travel to Istanbul to face back-to-back European champions Anatolia Efes. Memories of the Final Four semi-finals in Belgrade were fresh, and the appearance of the Reds and Whites in a large part of the match was excellent, but in the end the Turks won the victory (82-71). Metsick, Bobois, Claiborne in for a great night.

Olympiacos were defeated 7-4 (3-2 at home and 4-2 away) Mustapha Val-Giannouli Larentzakis was in good shape, but Kostas Sloukas-Sasha Vyzenkov did not reach the standards required by their coach. The Piraeus had a good plan, with big and energetic attacks, but in the second half they could not find a way to curb the emotions of Will Cliburn – Vasilije Micic who put Anadolu Efes on their backs and led them to victory. Ergin Ataman’s team is 6-5 (4-2 home and 2-3 away), which enters the four-game.

Ο the best player

Unimaginable performance by Vasilije Micic, who did whatever he wanted on the court and was a basketball player from another level of sport. The Serb reached a triple-double and, in the end, missed the chance to become the third to write it after Nikola Vujicic – Nick Calati, but he did an amazing job with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, five fouls and 30 points. In the rating system in 35 minutes.

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The weak link

If we consider that Kanaan, Poloboy, Peters and Black played little and cannot be judged accurately, then Shaquille Makissik (5 points, 2/5 shots, 1/2 shots, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 fouls in 20 minutes) and Kostas Papanicolaou (0/5 Three shots, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 fouls in 20 minutes) are the ones who are left behind and not involved from those who have been on the court for some time.

The stats that popped up

Olympiacos finished the first half with 6/8 points, but they only made two mistakes and could have managed this part of the match better. The opponents’ turnover was 2-9, as the Piraeus team shot 71.4% from the field in the first half, in exchange for only five assists for the home team in 20 minutes. A heavy 49-30 second half, Micic’s 18/9/9 is stunning, as are Anatolou Efes’ 15/30 three-pointers, which saw their opponents essentially go into a seven-man rotation with only one player to make the show. few breaths.


It was a great start for Olympiacos, with Walkup, McKissick and Vezenkov each making it 0-10 in the third minute. Val had no opponent near the basket (8-16 in the 8th minute), first Bartzokas lasted five minutes on the floor and the first period belonged to an amazingly readable Piraeus.

Foll and Larentzakis made it 16-23 in the 12th minute, and the Greek goalkeeper scored again to make it 24-30 as Micic and Boboa had sustained answers to keep Efes close. Slukas made the score 26-36 with three pointers, which is the biggest advance for Olympiacos, but Kanaan did not offer, and the Turks nibbled the difference to three (34-37) in the 18th minute without achieving anything else. 33-41 of the half was a 71.4% score on the two-pointer and the five mistakes made by the Red and White, in a really good twenty minutes, showed their character.

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With Val nailing back-to-back stages early in the second half, Olympiacos is back at +10 (35-45). But again, the momentum didn’t last. Efes fell to within 43-47 and 46-47 on a three-pointer by Bobois, at a point where Vyzenkov played as … -53 in 27′). Which did not continue this time either, as the gladiators entered the fourth period with a score of 52-53.

There Claiborne made a series of threes for 58-53, before Mikić scored it 64-56 and put Olympiacos on the ropes. Larentzakis and Vyzenkov kept hope alive until Bobois hit another long shot, 77-69, that sliced ​​through his opponents’ legs and sealed the match with a minute and a half left.

Referees: Radovic, Velius, Perugia

contracts: 13-18, 33-41, 52-53, 82-71

Anantulu Efes (Ataman): Beubua 19 (2/4 2-pointers, 5/6 3-pointers, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Bryant 5 (1), Claiborne 24 (5/10 2-pointers, 4/8 3-pointers, 2/ 2 shots, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Taylor 3 (1), Pleiss 5 (1), Micic 18 (3/3 2-point, 3/8 3-shots, 3/3 snap, 9 rebounds 9 assists), Polonara 4 (4 rebounds), Zizic 4, Dunston

Olympic (Bartzokas): Walkap 5 (1 three-pointer, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), Kanan, Lountzis, Larentzakis 13 (3/5 three-pointers, 4/4), Fal 12 (6/7 two-pointers), Slukas 12 (1 1/2 points, 2/7 3 shots, 4/4 shots, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 turnovers), Vyzenkov 18 (4/6 2 points, 3/9 3 shots, 1/1 shot, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), Papanicolaou, Poloboy 3, Peters 3, Black, Makisik 5 (2/5 2-pointers)

Anatolo Efes team stats: 14/28 2 made, 15/30 3 made, 9/11 blocked shots, 29 rebounds (24 defensive – 5 offensive), 18 assists, 8 steals, 4 blocks, 9 fouls

Olympiacos team stats: 16/26 2-pointers, 9/30 3-pointers, 12/14 shooting, 35 rebounds (25 defensive – 10 offensive), 19 assists, 6 steals, 2 sets, 13 turnovers

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Upcoming matches for the two teams: In the twelfth round, Anadolu Efes will play in Kaunas against Zalgiris (9/12 at 20:00), while Olympiacos will receive Virtus Bologna (9/12 at 21:00).