Anadolu Efes with horrifying 2nd half

It seemed to be another pathetic game of F.C. Barcelona at home, dominated at half-time with 50-39 by the visitors from Turkey. It wouldn’t have been a surprise, if we take in considerations the evolution of the teams this season, when Anadolu Efes has one of the strongest rosters and big ambitions.

But after the break, Barca reacted strong. So strong that the Turkish team was frozen on the both side of the court: they received 41 points and scored just 15. I don’t remember a worse second half made by a good team in the Euroleague during the last couple of seasons. 15 points in 20 minutes, when Anadolu Efes has plenty of sharpshooters and all the players had previous Euroleague or NBA experience. We speak about a large quality roster who can make from Efes a title contender. It is the only team that beat Fenerbahce this season both in Euroleague and in Turkish Supercup!

I think that the psychological factor is huge for this team and after the halftime, they started to lose ground and never came back. It’s the only explanation for scoring 11 points in 18 minutes and 15 points in the 2nd half. Not even 10 points per quarter. There they have to work a lot: on the psychological factor, on winner mentality who make the difference between real basketball teams and players and cartoon squads.

Gratian Cormos,

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