Anadolu EFES Drubs Maccabi Tel Aviv 90-66 at Yad Eliyahu

Maccabi Tel Aviv were overwhelmed by Anadolu EFES 90-66 as the Turkish club shot lights out from deep to notch the easy Euroleague win. The Yellow & Blue welcomed 1,000 fans back to Yad Eliyahu who witnessed arguably the best team in the continent dissect Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s defense as Ergin Ataman’s team went 14/26 from beyond the arc to lead wire to wire and pick up the victory to move to 19-10 on the season. Maccabi’s record dropped to 11-17 as their postseason chances have all but evaporated with six games left in the campaign.

Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic each scored 15 points while Tibor Pleiss and Krunoslav Simon each dropped 10 points a piece in the win for EFES. Scottie Wilbekin led Maccabi with 15 points, Ante Zizic chipped in with 14 points and Tyler Dorsey scored 10 points in the loss.

Vasilije Micic – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Vasilije Micic started the first quarter off strong for EFES with points on the inside and outside while Krunoslav Simon scored as well but Omri Casspi put in a pair of baskets in the paint and Scottie Wilbekin drilled a 3-pointer but the visitors took a 15-9 lead midway through the period. Adrien Moerman and Ante Zizic traded points inside, Shane Larkin went from downtown but Othello Hunter hit a midrange jumper to keep the hosts within striking distance down 22-17.

Scottie Wilbekin – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Tyler Dorsey drained a jumper, James Anderson answered with a 3-pointer and Tibor Pleiss added points in the paint forcing Ioannis Sfairopoulos to call time with 7:06 left in the second quarter. Pleiss scored both inside and outside while Anderson added another one from deep, Wilbekin did as well for Maccabi but Sertac Sanli dialled up long distance and Micic scored a 3-point play to go up 47-31 at halftime.

Shane Larkin – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Wilbekin opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, Zizic added a dunk and Dorsey put in a layup to cut the lead to 47-37 as Ergin Ataman called time to settle his troops. Larkin and Dorsey traded triples while Chris Singleton chalked one up as well as Elijah Bryant scored his first basket of the game but EFES continued to lead 57-42 midway through the frame. Larkin used screens to launch a pair of perfect 3-pointers, Sanli added points but Dorsey went from downtown, however, Anderson hit a long deuce to increase the EFES lead to 71-47 after thirty minutes.

Oz Blayzer – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Oz Blayzer played his first minutes of the night and scored a midrange jumper to begin the fourth quarter, Wilbekin put in a floater but Bryant Dunston added points and Larkin went from deep to up their advantage to 77-51 with 6 minutes remaining in the game. Bender and Wilbekin put in points, Rodrigue Beaubois and Pleiss answered at the other end as EFES cruised to the 90-66 win.

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