The defending EuroLeague champions appear primed to make a run.
Anadolu Efes played its best game of the season on Wednesday and used a phenomenal fourth quarter to rout Olympiacos 88-69 at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall. Shane Larkin finished with 10 points and six assists, while Efes was led by another from NBA’er, Rodrigue Beaubois, who poured in 29 points, including 7-of-10 from three-point range. Vasilije Micic added 19 points, the only other player in double figures, though nine total players cracked the scoreboard for Efes.
However the story of the match was the Efes defense, which limited Olympiacos to just three points in the fourth quarter.
Olympiacos got off to a stronger start to the game, outscoring Efes 25-23 is a tightly contested opening frame. Efes clawed back in the second and the game went to half-time even at 44-44. Another hard fought quarter sent the game to the fourth with just two points, in favor of Efes, separating the clubs. However the fourth belonged entirely to the home team. Visiting Olympiacos didn’t score at all until the 36th minute, allowing Efes to open the frame on an 11-0 run. Their only basket of the quarter was a outback by Sasha Vezenkov in the 38th minute, and by then Efes had put the game away.
The Round 10 win over Olympiacos (6-4), which entered the game tied for fourth in the EL standings, vaulted Efes (4-6) up several spots in the standings. It was their second straight win, the first time this season they have strung together consecutive EuroLeague victories.
Efes will look to make it three straight on Friday when they host A.S. Monaco at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall. Top-off is slated for 8:15 p.m. local time.
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