On the day they raised the banner commemorating last year’s championship, Anadolu Efes got another harsh reminder just how difficult it’s going to be to repeat as champions of the EuroLeague.
Efes fell behind early and despite a furious comeback in the closing stages of Friday’s match against CSKA Moscow, they couldn’t quite get it all back, dropping their second straight EL match to open the season, by a score of 100-96.
Shane Larkin scored 12 points and added seven assists. No. 0 couldn’t get his shot to fall from deep but did go a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Reigning EL MVP Vasilije Micić scored a game-high 32 points.
Efes returns to action on Sunday at home, hosting Pınar Karşıyaka in a Turkish Basketball Super League match. Their next EuroLeague match comes on Tuesday, October 12 against LDLC Asvel Villeurbanne in France. That game is scheduled to begin at 9pm local time in Istanbul, 2pm EDT.