Euroleague: ASVEL falls again

On the move on the floor of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, ASVEL conceded its fourth straight defeat in the Euroleague (78-72) and sees the Top 8 move away a little more.

It does not work out for ASVEL! Remaining on three losses in a row in the Euroleague, the club of president Tony Parker fell on the floor of Anadolu Efes Istanbul as part of the 25th day. If the Istanbulites started the game better, Marcos Knight (21 points, 12 rebounds) then Paul Lacombe (6 points, 5 rebounds) allowed ASVEL to sign a 7-0 to go back in front. However, Shane Larkin (19 points, 8 assists) and Rodrigue Beaubois (10 points) stood out at three points to restore control to the Istanbul club.

Matthew Strazel (13 points) came out of his box at the last second of the first quarter to allow the Rhone club to take the lead by a length. A scoring advantage that ASVEL was able to maintain throughout the second quarter but, while Dylan Osetkowski (7 points) and Chris Jones (13 points) widened a gap of seven points with five minutes still to play, Anadolu Efes Istanbul hung on to be led by only four lengths when returning to their locker room.

ASVEL gave up in the second half

Back on the floor, the players of TJ Parker and Frédéric Fauthoux experienced a real air pocket. For four minutes, ASVEL’s attack was completely silenced. At the same time, Tibor Pleiss (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Vasilije Micic (7 points, 5 assists) completely revived Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Thanks to an 11-0, the Istanbul club took control of the match. The Villeurbannais then reacted to come back to two points but Rodrigue Beaubois doubled this delay at the very end of the third quarter. The start of the last ten minutes confirmed the takeover of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, who relied on Adrien Moerman (3 points) to line up twelve points in a row and bring his advantage to fourteen lengths.

The Rhodanians were then only able to race behind the scoreboard, without managing to go below five points behind. A final burst of pride from Chris Jones and Matthew Strazel saw ASVEL lose six points (78-72). A fourth defeat in a row which plunges the Rhone club to 13th place with three victories less than the eighth… Anadolu Efes Istanbul which, thanks to its second success in a row, remains just ahead of Monaco in the standings.

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Red Star Belgrade – Monaco : 80-91
Bayern Munich – Maccabi Tel-Aviv : 70-52
Olimpia Milan – Fenerbahce : 60-71
FC Barcelona – Panathinaikos: 86-60

Friday, February 4, 2022
CSKA Moscou – Alba Berlin: 91-72
Anadolu Efes IstanbulASVEL : 78-72
19h00 : Zalgiris Kaunas – Unics Kazan
20h30 : Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz – Olympiacos
20h45 : Real Madrid – Zenit St. Petersburg

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