Virtus Bologna has a chance to qualify for the playoffs.

Virtus Bologna has a chance to qualify for the playoffs.

Just when it seemed that Virtus Bologna wouldn’t recover, they managed to depart the Sinan Erdem Sports Hall with a victory, defeating Efes in the play-in round 1 with a score of 64-67. In general, we witnessed a poor game characterized by numerous turnovers, yet Virtus Bologna succeeded in triumphing over one of the premier venues in this year’s Euroleague, thereby eliminating Efes from the playoffs. I. Lundberg shone for the visiting team, tallying 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. For Efes, W. Clyburn stood out with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist. Now, they have an opportunity to secure the 8th spot leading to the playoffs.

To achieve this, they must secure a victory on the road against Baskonia on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 17:30 (UTC) for the second round of the play-in.

The chronicle of the match between Efes and Virtus Bologna.

The game proceeded at a slow pace, and both teams remained closely matched on the scoreboard throughout. In the first quarter, Efes briefly gained the upper hand, but Virtus quickly leveled the score. At halftime, both teams were neck and neck, with the score standing at 36-35 in favor of the home team. However, the dynamics shifted in the second half, allowing Virtus to seize the lead and ultimately secure a significant victory with a final score of 64-67. This win puts them in contention for a playoff spot, provided they can overcome Baskonia.

Efes Vs. Virtus Bologna Players stats:

Home Team: Anadolu Efes

Starters:

  • Will Clyburn: 29:03 minutes played, 22 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
  • Shane Larkin: 30:12 minutes played, 16 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals.
  • Ercan Osmani: 11:27 minutes played, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals.
  • Tibor Pleiss: 25:10 minutes played, 3 points, 4 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.
  • Justus Hollatz: 15:55 minutes played, 0 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 0 steals.

Bench:

  • Rodrigue Beaubois: 21:18 minutes played, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 steals.
  • Tyrique Jones: 16:59 minutes played, 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
  • Elijah Bryant: 14:52 minutes played, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal.
  • Daniel Oturu: 09:59 minutes played, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.
  • Darius Thompson: 12:35 minutes played, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 0 steals.
  • Derek Willis: 12:30 minutes played, 0 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.
  • Erkan Yilmaz: 00:00 minutes played, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.

Away Team: Virtus Bologna

Starters:

  • Tornike Shengelia: 22:08 minutes played, 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
  • Marco Belinelli: 19:12 minutes played, 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals.
  • Daniel Hackett: 25:00 minutes played, 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
  • Isaia Cordinier: 07:26 minutes played, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 0 steals.
  • Bryant Dunston: 20:01 minutes played, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals.

Bench:

  • Iffe Lundberg: 31:01 minutes played, 12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal.
  • Awudu Abass: 23:31 minutes played, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
  • Achile Polonara: 17:17 minutes played, 8 points, 4 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal.
  • Ante Zizic: 12:30 minutes played, 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals.
  • Alessandro Pajola: 16:33 minutes played, 3 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals.
  • Jordan Mickey: 05:21 minutes played, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.
  • Ognjen Dobric: 00:00 minutes played, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.

Team stats:

StatisticAnadolu EfesVirtus Bologna
Field Goals21/66 (31.8%)25/62 (40.3%)
3 Pointers9/29 (31.0%)11/28 (39.3%)
Free Throws13/17 (76.5%)6/10 (60.0%)
Assists821
Rebounds3537
Off. Rebounds1110
Def. Rebounds2427
Steals98
Blocks57
Turnovers00
Personal Fouls1221

Scoreboard:

QuartersAnadolu EfesBologna
Q12321
Q21314
Q31413
Q41419
Total6467

Watch the highlights of Efes’ game against Virtus Bologna on the official Euroleague YouTube channel:

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