Efes was nervous but celebrated the marginal victory in the derby with Fenerbahce

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He struggled, but took the narrow victory with 81-80 in the big derby with Fenerbahce for the 11th matchday of the Turkish championship Effects!

Chan’s team led for most of the contest at the Sinan Erdem Dome, entering the fourth period with a double-digit lead (69-59), but the visitors found a way to come back and claim the victory, which ended in in Ephesus, after Hayes missed a three-pointer with the expiration.

Leading the way for the winners, who remained atop the standings again overcoming absentee issues and improving their record to 10-1, were Thompson (21pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists), Gas pedal (17π) and Osmani (14 points, 8 rebounds), while for Fener, which fell to 8-3, they stood out Wilbekin (18π) and Hey (16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists).

Derby in its first period the game, with the two teams going hand in hand on the score and with Fener leading 15-18, before Efes went on a 9-3 run, going ahead with 24-21at the end of the first quarter.

The hosts went into the second period with their foot on the gas, scoring 11 unanswered points to take their first double-digit lead of the match (35-21), but Fener’s response was immediate, with Itoudis’ team going on an 11-run run of their own. -5, closing in at 39-36. Efes then restored their double-digit lead (46-36), before Fener reduced it to 49-44 of the first half.

Erdem Can’s team maintained their “safety” lead in the third period, entering the fourth period with a +10 (69-59), but Fenerbahce found a way back again, reducing to 77-76, a few minutes before the finale. With the match drawing to a close, Fener had the chance to pull off the big upset, but the Hey missed a buzzer-beater three-pointer, with the 81-80 to remain.

Euroleague games follow for both teams, with Efes facing Maccabi Tel Aviv in Belgrade (14/12, 21:05) and Fener hosting Monaco (15/12, 19:45).

The quarters: 24-21, 49-44, 69-59, 81-80

Source: Sport Fm

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