Efes 72 - 74 Barça Lassa: Tie all square!

Efes 72 - 74 Barça Lassa: Tie all square!

In an emotional final few minutes, a score from Hanga 28 seconds from the end handed the blaugranes an important away win

Barça Lassa come back to the Palau with their Euroleague quarter final against Efes standing at 1-1 in the best of five match up. A 74-72 victory in the Sinan Erdem Dome just 48 hours after losing the opening game of the tie keeps Barça's hopes in tact for reaching the Final Four to to be played in Vitoria, Spain. Adam Hanga with 17 points, was one of the keys to the win thanks to his winning score with just 28 seconds left. Tomic with 13 points and Heurtel with 12 were also decisive in a battle that went all the way down to the wire. 

Despite the early parity in the scoreline, Barça Lassa looked far more positive in Istambul than they did in the defeat in Game 1. Controlling rebounding allowed them to be solid on defence and the contributions of Hanga and Tomic on offense allowed the blaugranes to lead 38-34 at half time. 

In the second half Barça's intensity dropped slightly and Turkish side Efes took advantage to swing the contest back in their favour 54-47. However, three pointers from Hanga and Smits and a basket from Ribas put the blaugranes back in front for the final quarter at 62-59. 

28 seconds to go 

With just a minute to go Efes had brought the score back to 72-72. Enter Adam Hanga and his basket with just under 30 seconds to go was decisive after Efes missed their final shot in the last second of the contest. Pesic's team return to Barcelona with the momentum as the tie moves to the Palau with Game Three on 24 April at 9.00pm CEST. 

MATCH STATS

Anadolu Efes, 72

Barça Lassa, 74

Efes: Micic (15), Simon (14), Anderson (2), Moerman (11), Dunston (8) -starting five- Larkin (18), Beaubois (-), Balbay (-), Pleiss (4).

Barça: Heurtel (12), Blazic (2), Claver (5), Singleton (8), Tomic (13) –starting five- Pangos (6), Pau Ribas (6), Hanga (17), Rolands Smits (3), Oriola (2).

 

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