Shane Larkin gets hot in Efes’ domestic win

By Eurohoops Team/ [email protected]

Overcoming a sluggish start after missing a large chunk of the 2022-23 season, Shane Larkin has turned in impressive performances in the last week, now stretching from the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague to Turkey’s BSL.

Larkin, 30, drew 17 points, seven assists, and five rebounds as Anadolu Efes blew out Yukatel Merkezefendi, 96-77 in domestic Regular Season Round 15 Monday.

Amath M’Baye shared the team-high 17 points, while Ante Zizic scored 14 points and Furkan Haltali had 13 points. On the losing end, UC Santa Barbara product Max Heidegger dropped a game-high 22 points with 9/18 field goals paired with eight assists in Sinan Erdem Spor Salonu.

Vasilije Micic, Will Clyburn, Tibor Pleiss, and Chris Singleton did not suit up for the team coached by Ergin Ataman. Captain Dogus Balbay (left hip surgery) remained sidelined. Up next for the Istanbul outfit is a EuroLeague home game with FC Bayern Munich visiting in Regular Season Round 20, this Friday.

The leader of Turkey’s top division, Fenerbahce Beko beat Frutti Extra Bursaspor Sunday. In control through the Round 15 affair, Efes jumped to 10-5, three games behind the crosstown rival.

BSL Round 15:
Onvo Buyukcekmece – Besiktas Emlakjet 82-69
Ayos Konyaspor – Pinar Karsiyaka 71-82
Aliaga Petkim Spor – Turk Telekom 70-89
Bahcesehir Koleji – Tofas 89-84
Manisa – Galatasaray Nef 85-72
Frutti Extra Bursaspor – Fenerbahce Beko 84-100
Darussafaka – Gaziantep 78-74
Anadolu Efes – Yukatel Merkezefendi 96-77

STANDINGS: Fenerbahce Beko 28 (13-2), Turk Telekom 27 (12-3), Pinar Karsiyaka 26 (11-4), Frutti Extra Bursaspor 25 (10-5), Anadolu Efes 25 (10-5)…

Photo Credit: Anadolu Efes SK Twitter

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