Tofas goes up 2-0 on Efes

Tofas Bursa is on the verge of a place in the Turkish League playoff finals after a hard-fought 89-82 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Game 2 of the semifinals on Tuesday. Tofas now holds 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series which moves to Istanbul for Game 3, and potentially Game 4. Tofas took control, and lead for good, with a 15-3 second quarter run. After the hosts went into halftime up 48-43, Brock Motum’s three-pointer got Efes within 57-56 in the third. But Raymar Morgan scored 7 consecutive points to restore Tofas’ breathing room, before Tony Crocker’s triple extended it to 74-60 with 7 minutes to go in the game. Efes attempted to rally, and Birkan Batuk’s triple got the visitors within 84-80 in the final minute, but Pierria Henry’s triple on the ensuing possession sealed the deal. Henry led the winners with 22 points, Morgan had 19, and Sammy Mejia scored 11. Batuk scored 22 and Motum 17 points for Efes. Bryant Dunston collected 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Krunoslav Simon had 8 points and 10 assists in the losing effort.