Efes stops Valencia Basket’s streak

Efes stops Valencia Basket’s streak

Mumbrú’s team competes but falls in Istanbul after seven straight victories


Valencia Basket lost (77-73) this Friday in their visit to Andadolu Efes on the fourth day of the Euroleague, an even match that was decided in the last possessions, with the Turkish team in greater need, recovering in this week of double ration.

The ‘taronja’ team arrived in Istanbul with seven consecutive victories, undefeated in the top continental competition, and they had it in their power to continue the streak. However, the latest decisions were not the best and Efes, a double champion in need, achieved its second victory in the Euroleague, both this week.

Álex Mumbrú’s team did not have their best version either in defense or attack, but in the midst of good inertia, the victory would not have been a surprise. Valencia lacked success, missing the injured Semi Ojeleye, with Kassius Robertson, top scorer in the Endesa League last season with Monbus Obradoiro, who has not finished uncovering his artillery.

The push of Brandon Davies, who extended the end, the direction of Chris Jones, the muscle of Damien Inglis and a great Josep Puerto supported Valencia’s options. Efes turned around a ‘taronja’ start, with the Spanish team already failing from the triple (18-15) despite the fact that the Turks did not start well enough.

Darius Thompson grew and did the same with the champion in 2021 and 2022, but good visitor defenses and the contribution of Jones and Davies kept the tie at half-time (38-40). Mumbrú’s team did not finish awakening in attack and, in the third quarter, Efes’ challenge came with Shane Larkin and Thompson (57-53).

Valencia squandered a good profit and found it very difficult to score, also losing the rebound. Puerto, Inglis and Davies gave light back to the Spanish team at times, but a two plus one from Beaubois and another basket from Clyburn made it impossible for Mumbrú’s team to achieve a full goal, although they fought until the end.


–RESULT: ANADOLU EFES, 77 – VALENCIA BASKET, 73. (38-40, at halftime).


Larkin (15), Thompson (13), Clyburn (13), Jones (10) and Osmani (-) – the starting quintet – Yilmaz (2), Zizic (3), Beaubois (14), Willis (14). 7).

VALENCIA BASKET: Jones (9), Robertson (4), Pradilla (8), Claver (6) and Toure (5) –initial quintet–; Ferrando (3), Inglis (13), Davies (8), Jovic (6), Puerto (10), Reuvers (1).

–PARTIALS: 18-15, 20-25, 19-13, 20-20

–REFEREES: Rocha, Latissevs and Bissell. No eliminated.

–PAVILLION: Sinar Erdem Sports Hall.