Anadolu Efes beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in EuroLeague basketball

Source: Xinhua| 2021-12-17 10:24:27|Editor: huaxia

JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkish champions Anadolu Efes achieved a 92-78 away win against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 16th round of basketball's EuroLeague on Thursday evening.

The visitors achieved their eighth victory of the season, while the Israeli club remains with seven wins from 16 games after suffering a sixth consecutive loss.

11,000 fans at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv saw Maccabi dominate the first quarter which ended 27-20, thanks to points by Ante Zizic and Scottie Wilbekin.

The visitors opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run and then took the lead, on the way to lead 39-34 by the 25th minute and 50-47 at half-time, with an important contribution from Shane Larkin and Tibor Pleiss.

Three consecutive three-pointers by the unstoppable Larkin set up a 67-59 lead for Efes in the 28th minute, before the third quarter ended 70-63.

The home side cut the gap to 71-75 in the 35th minute, but a 9-0 run secured the victory for Anadolu.

Larkin scored game-high 26 points, while Pleiss finished with 15 points.

Zizic scored 23 for Maccabi, with James Nunnally adding 14 more for the losing team.

Efes will play its next game at home against Red Star Belgrade on December 22, while Maccabi will face Zenit St Petersburg in Russia the following evening. Enditem

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