Ankara (Times Of Ocean)- Turkey’s Anadolu Efes earned a spot in the 2022 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague playoffs with a 87-77 win against ALBA Berlin on Friday.
The US-born Anadolu Efes playmaker guard Shane Larkin scored 28 points for the Turkish team and contributed eight assists and four steals.
Oscar Da Silva, a German forward for ALBA Berlin, scored 20 points.
Anadolu Efes fought to narrow ALBA Berlin’s lead to single digits before halftime of the Round 33 game in Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Sports Hall, but ALBA Berlin led after the first quarter 24-16.
In the third quarter, Anadolu Efes took a 54-52 lead when French forward Adrien Moerman hit a three-pointer with three minutes and 39 seconds remaining.
Elijah Bryant and Larkin led the Istanbul team to a 62-57 lead by the end of the stanza.
Anadolu Efes led 75-73 with three minutes and 19 seconds remaining in the fourth period.
Anadolu Efes gained momentum after Larkin scored a three-pointer to make it 78-73.
The Turkish team controlled the game in the final three minutes and qualified for the playoffs.
Anadolu Efes won their 15th game in the 2021-22 EuroLeague regular season. They had previously lost 11 games.
Istanbul will play two more games to conclude the regular season — Bayern Munich in Istanbul on April 6 and Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade on April 8.
ALBA Berlin are currently in the 10th spot at 11-15.
Germans are out.
ALBA Berlin will play first against Panathinaikos OPAP on April 6 and then visit Monaco to end the season on April 8.
Only the top eight teams qualified for the EuroLeague playoffs, which begin on April 19.
Barcelona (Spain), Olympiacos (Greece), Real Madrid (Spain), AX Armani Exchange Milan (Italy), Anadolu Efes (Turkiye), Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (Israel), Monaco (France), and Bayern Munich (Germany) reserved their places for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), ALBA Berlin (Germany), Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (Serbia), Fenerbahce Beko (Turkiye), Panathinaikos OPAP (Greece), LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (France), and Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) have been eliminated.