Micic, Moerman help Efes rout ALBA Berlin

2020-02-27T21:40:38+00:00 2020-02-27T22:37:30+00:00.

Antigoni Zachari

27/Feb/20 21:40


Anadolu Efes moves forward with their 11th straight victory in EuroLeague.

By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

Vasilije Micic and Adrien Moerman made sure to keep Anadolu Efes on the right track, pacing their team to a 99-86 victory on the road against ALBA Berlin for Round 26 of Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.

“We played smarter in the second half and I think all the guys showed great character and that’s something we have to show every game. I never feel pressure, I’m so happy to be part of a team that has so much talent”, commented Micic on EuroLeague TV after the game.

Micic left the court with 22 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds, as the Frenchman tapped 19 points and 7 rebounds.

Despite missing Shane Larkin (he suffered an ankle injury at the Turkish Cup and has been sidelined since mid-February), the visiting side got great help from Tibor Pleiss (18 points), Rodrigue Beaubois (15 points) and Krunoslav Simon (11 points), who all stepped up to lead their team to their 11th straight victory.

ALBA went for the surprise of the round and put on a challenge to their visitors for nearly three quarters, with Martin Hermansson and Rokas Giedraitis leading their team with 19 and 17  points each, though Efes‘ quality showed throughout the game. The hosts tried to turn the tables on the Turkish team in the fourth period, trimming the deficit to 10 points (86-76, 35’), though Micic was there to save the day.

“We know ALBA never gives up and it’s an important victory. We knew it would be difficult. Micic made some extra turnovers, but he controlled the game very well, scoring and assists, and Rodrigue [Beaubois] scored some important points”, said coach Ergin Ataman after the victory.

The playoffs hunt

Already-qualified Efes improved to a 23-3 record and still remains the leader of the competition, though things are getting tougher for the German side. Only two victories behind Khimki Moscow who currently ranks 8th in the standings and with a 9-17 record, and still with lots of ground to cover to remain in playoffs sight, since 7 more teams are on the hunt for a playoffs spot.

Photo: EuroLeague.