Our team had a spectacular last quarter, but went without a prize against Anadolu Efes. Musa and Deck, with 16 and 15 points, were the ones that stood out the most.
The confrontation started slowly in terms of goals, with both teams proposing a very physical game with a lot of contact (7-8, min.4). It was only in the beginning, because the Chus Mateo he began to impose a much higher pace in attack, moving the ball well, finding the inside-out balance and taking advantage of the Turkish defeats. Muse It is covered area they were very inspired and hit the basket with 7 points each to lead our team to a very disputed quarter (18-24).
Ataman’s men got off to a good start in the second quarter and drew inspiration from a triple from Clyburn and Larkin. But the Madrid knew how to react in less than three minutes found solutions through tavares It is cornelie in painting (31-39). However, an unsportsmanlike attack and a triple by Singleton in the same attack were the starting point for the Turks to sign a 9-0 sequence and turn the score around at halftime (42-39). Pleiss, with 4 consecutive points, was another that contributed to the local arreón.
He Madrid He tried to change faces after the break. In less than three minutes, tavares, Muse, hezonja It is covered area they put up 48-49. But the Turkish team’s three-point festival arrived (over 50% success for Efes) by Singleton, Bryant (12 points), Larkin and Clyburn (11) to make a 12-0 run (min. 26). It didn’t end there. The team led by Ataman left with a difference of 17 points thanks to their effectiveness in shooting from outside.
Spectacular last quarter of Madrid
With the score 77 to 60, the Chus Mateo They sought to close the gap. They did so thanks to a 2-10 sequence with good control of the rebound, taking advantage of second chances and making the triple. A great defense and the notes of Muse, covered area, rudy It is yabusele They made it 79 to 72 in the 36th minute. Despite Anadolu Efes trying to stop Madrid’s storm, two three-pointers appeared Sergio Rodrigues and another of yabusele sign the epic and get back ahead in the game with one minute left. The Turks managed to pull away in the decisive moment with goals from Larkin, Pleiss and Clyburn. Ours didn’t give up and a triple of Muse he came close to forcing extra time at the last second, but it wasn’t enough to take the win.