Onuralp Bitim, Bursaspor hand Clyburn-led Efes their first domestic loss

2022-10-23 17:52

Anadolu Efes suffered their first Turkish league defeat this season, losing to last season's EuroCup finalists Bursaspor, despite Will Clyburn's efforts. 

Credit: IMAGO/Nordphoto
Credit IMAGO/Nordphoto

In the meeting of the two undefeated teams, Frutti Extra Bursaspor (4-0) hosted Anadolu Efes Istanbul (3-1). The team coached by Dusan Alimpijevic came out with another win (88-86), forcing the back-to-back EuroLeague champs and last season's Turkish BSL finalists to their first defeat. 

Onuralp Bitim starred for Bursaspor with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Anthony Clemmons led the way with 24 points and 3 steals. Derek Needham finished the game with 16 points and 5 assists, while Ahmet Duverioglu had a double–double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. 

For Efes, who were coming off a tough win over ALBA Berlin last Friday night, Will Clyburn produced 28 points, but it was not enough.

2-pointers this season

Points made: 18,8
Accuracy: 52,8%
Place in standings: 11
Record max: 22
Record min: 17
Most made 2FGs: Will Clyburn

Rodrigue Beaubois scored 20 points, while Ante Zizic contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds. Vasilije Micic added 10 points, but was fouled out, receiving a technical after an altercation he had with Alimpijevic in the fourth quarter.

After Micic's ejection, Anadolu Efes gained motivation on both sides of the court. Ergin Ataman's squad made an 8-0 run, reducing the deficit to one with 2 minutes left. However, the last few seconds were a different story. Bursaspor was the team that led 88-86 in the final seconds, but Anthony Clemmons turned the ball over with 10 seconds left.

Will Clyburn wasted Efes' last opportunity by losing the ball with 2 seconds left, thus sealing the outcome.


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