Bamberg edge Efes Istanbul
Stechert Arena, Bamberg – Brose Baskets handed Anadolu Efes Istanbul their first loss of the 2013-14 Euroleague season with an 88-86 win on Friday night after trailing by as many as 14 points in the third quarter to win on the final buzzer.
Brose jumped out to an early double-digit lead on the back of three Casey Jacobsen triples until the massive presence of former NBA center Semih Erden propelled the visitors into the lead courtesy of an 11-0 run before stealing a 24-23 quarter time lead.
Jacobsen kept Bamberg’s blistering 5-for-7 three-point opening period going into the second as Jamar Smith added some deadly mid-range shooting. Anadolu Efes stayed in the game, in part due to the veteran leadership of Zoran Planinic. The Istanbul side threatened to breakaway as the half neared its close with an 8-0 run to break open a tied game, highlighted by a huge Scotty Hopson throwdown on the break.
Hopson gave Anadolu a game-high 14-point lead midway through the third quarter as the visitors threatened to blow the game open for good, but Jacobsen and Smith combined to bury three consecutive triples as part of an 11-0 run to cut the lead down to just four. A Sharrod Ford layup and two Zac Wright free throws in the final minute sent Bamberg into the final 10 minutes with two-point advantage.
Anadolu opened the fourth shooting blanks, but still managed to climb back into the game as their opponents struggled with careless turnovers. Bamberg picked up a disastrous fifth team foul with 4:35 remaining in the game, enabling Anadolu to take a brief 77-76 lead. Anton Gavel atoned for the mistake, scoring six straight points as Brose leapt to a five-point lead with three minutes still to play.
Greek Kostas Vasileiadis scored seven straight, four at the foul line, to tie the game at 84 with 1:19 remaining. Gavel committed a baseline turnover enabled Anadolu to draw up a play for Jamon Gordon who nailed a driving layup with six seconds remaining. With one final chance, Bamberg sent the ball to Jacobsen in the right corner. His final-second three brought the home crowd out of their seats as the final buzzer sounded and gave Bamberg a vital two-point win for their second Euroleague win of the season.
“I think we had good energy and that’s what brought us back,” said Brose coach Chris Fleming. “We went small with Jamar, Zach and Casey at the same time and it turned the game around. “I think if you look back at our last few Euroleagues, the basketball Gods weren’t on our side.”
Jacobsen led all scorers with 23 points while Gavel added 17. Savanovic scored 17 for Anadolu and Hopson and Gordon scored 14 each.
“We made some mistakes,” Hopson told Sport Eagle after the game. “In the third quarter we had some lapses and it blew us the game right there. We came back in the fourth quarter and made it a tough game. Casey is an amazing shooter and made a good shot.”
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