Anadolu Efes hosted Fenerbahçe Beko in the third match of the Basketball Super League Play-Off Final Series. The home team won the match 103-92, marked by star Shane Larkin. Anadolu Efes’ first victory in the series, Fenerbahçe Beko’s 2-1 superiority continues. The fourth match of the series will be played on Monday, June 13, at the Sinan Erdem Sports Hall, hosted by Anadolu Efes.
Anadolu Efes’ Shane Larkin was the architect of the victory with 37 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Vasilije Micic was also a star with 29 points and 7 assists. Tibor Pleiss also scored 15 points for the home team.
In Fenerbahçe Beko, Pierria Henry was the team’s top scorer with 21 points, while Marko Guduric finished the game with 14 points and Nando De Colo with 13 points.
Episodes from the match
Starting the match effectively with Vasilije Micic & Shane Larkin duo, Anadolu Efes got the 7-0 advantage with 7:57 remaining. Even though Nando De Colo and Jan Vesely stepped in in Fenerbahçe, Anadolu Efes, which continued its effectiveness with Tibor Pleiss and Vasilije Micic, made the score 13-5 with 6:32 left. However, Fenerbahçe Beko, which was effective with the guidance of De Colo and Vesely, brought the score to 13-10 with Pierria Henry’s basket with 5:36 remaining. After the TV break, Pierria Henry’s three pointer at Fenerbahçe Beko with 4:16 left, and the score was equalized with 13-13. Again in Fenerbahçe, Pierria Henry responded to Shane Larkin’s three-pointer in Anadolu Efes. Anadolu Efes, which was effective with Elijah Bryant and Tibor Pleiss in the 16-16 tie with 3:47 remaining, made the score 23-16 with 2:42 remaining. With the layups of Fenerbahçe’s national players Şehmus Hazer and Metecan Birsen, the score came to 26-23 with 1:24 remaining. After Chris Singleton and Marko Guduric’s mutual baskets, Anadolu Efes was ahead 31-25 in the first quarter with Vasilije Micic’s hits from the free throw line in the last attack.
First quarter result | Anadolu Efes 31-25 Fenerbahce Beko
Fenerbahce Beko, which was effective with Pierria Henry’s points at the beginning of the second quarter, brought the score to 31-28 with 8:15 left. Anadolu Efes increased the lead to 6 points again with 34-28 with Buğrahan Tuncer’s three-pointer with 7:10 remaining. Fenerbahce, where Jan Vesely and Nando De Colo stepped in, brought the score to 34-33 with 5:52 remaining.
Fenerbahce took the lead for the first time
Having hits with Marko Guduric and Devin Booker, Fenerbahçe Beko took the lead with 37-38 for the first time, with 4:25 left in the second quarter. With Elijah Bryant’s three pointer with 3:30 left, Anadolu Efes again took the lead with 40-38. Anadolu Efes scored 47-42 with 1:56 to go with Vasilije Micic’s effective play in the last part of the quarter. Fenerbahce Beko, who hit three-pointers with Marko Guduric and then Melih Mahmutoğlu, took the lead with 49-50 with 19.2 seconds left. Anadolu Efes hit three-pointers with Shane Larkin on the last offense and closed the first half ahead 52-50.
Halftime result | Anadolu Efes 52-50 Fenerbahce Beko
Top scorers of the first half Micic & Larkin
Anadolu Efes’ Vasilije Micic was the top scorer with 16 points in the first half, with his team leading 52-50, while his teammate Shane Larkin scored 15 points.
In Fenerbahçe Beko, Nando De Colo and Pierria Henry finished the first half with 11 points each.
Starting the third quarter effectively with Tibor Pleiss’ points, Anadolu Efes made the score 59-53 with 7:42 remaining.
The difference is in double digits for the first time
Afterwards, Shane Larkin stepped in, Anadolu Efes increased the lead to double digits for the first time in the match with 63-53 with 6:12 left. Continuing its effectiveness with Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes achieved a 13-point lead with 69-56 with 5:14 remaining.
8-0 series from Fenerbahçe
After Anadolu Efes increased the lead to 13, Fenerbahçe Beko hit with Marko Guduric and Pierria Henry, making the score 69-64 with 4:22 remaining. Fenerbahce made the score 73-69 with Metecan Birsen’s three-pointer with 1:20 left in the quarter, reducing the gap to 4 points. With 55 seconds remaining, Vasilije Micic’s three pointer enabled Anadolu Efes to lead the quarter 76-69.
Third quarter result | Anadolu Efes 76-69 Fenerbahce Beko
Fenerbahce Beko, who started the last quarter effectively with Pierria Henry, brought the score to 77-73 with 8:56 left. However, Anadolu Efes, who had consecutive outside shots with Shane Larkin, made the score 85-73 with 8:01 remaining.
Shane Larkin show!
Anadolu Efes continued its activity with Shane Larkin and the home team scored 92-76 with 6:29 remaining and Shane Larkin reached his 35th point.
Fenerbahce Beko, who caught a series with the baskets of Devin Booker, Marko Guduric and Şehmus Hazer, reduced the lead to single digits again with 92-84 with 4:20 left. Afterwards, Anadolu Efes continued its activities with Larkin and Micic and once again increased the lead to 13 with 97-84. Maintaining its superiority in the remaining division, Anadolu Efes managed to win the match 103-92.
Match result | Anadolu Efes 103-92 Fenerbahce Beko
Cedi Osman, one of our national stars who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, followed the match of his former team Anadolu Efes in the hall.
Kaspars Kambala, who played for both Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahçe Beko in his basketball career, was among those who followed the match in the hall.
Kambala also met with his former teammates Hidayet Türkoğlu and Ömer Onan.
Program of the play-off final series
The team that achieved 3 wins in the final series will complete the season as champions. The schedule of the final series, hosted by Fenerbahçe for the first two games, is as follows:
Game 1 – Tuesday, 7 June
20.00 Fenerbahce Beko 85-76 Anadolu Efes (Ulker)
Game 2 – Thursday, 9 June
20.30 Fenerbahce Beko 93-78 Anadolu Efes (Ulker)
Game 3 – Saturday, June 11
19.00 Anadolu Efes 103-92 Fenerbahce Beko (Sinan Erdem)
Game 4 – Monday, June 13
Anadolu Efes-Fenerbahce Beko (Sinan Erdem)