Brown keeps Efes alive in Turkish semis

Anadolu Efes Istanbul stayed alive in the Turkish League semifinals thanks to a buzzer-beating two-point shot by Derrick Brown that was worth a 66-65 home win over Besiktas Sompo Japan. It was the first Efes victory of the best-of-five series, which Besiktas leads 2-1. Brown was the big gun for Efes all night and finished with 23 points. Cedi Osman followed with 11 and 9 rebounds, while Bryant Dunston had 10 and 9 respectively, while Jayson Granger scored 10 as well. Vladimir Stimac and Michael Roll each scored 12 points for Besiktas.

Efes shot out to a double-digit lead, 18-8 in less than 6 minutes behind Brown, but Besiktas reeled it back to just 23-19 at the end of one quarter. The hosts surged again, taking a 33-21 advantage on back-to-back baskets by Osman. Again Besiktas rallied with a 3-14 run behind 5 points from Roll that cut the difference to 36-35 at the half. The pattern continued with Dunston, Granger and Thomas Heurtel giving Ees a 47-37 lead, only for Besiktas to go ahead 51-52 on Roll's basket to end the third quarter. Stimac, Kyle Weems and Earl Clark soon gave Besiktas a seven-point edge, but shots from the arc by Osman and Brown suddenly brought Efes within 64-65 with 1:50 left to play. It all came down to the last shot, and Brown was the man of the moment, giving Efes new life in the series.