By Antonis Stroggylakis/ email@example.com
The EuroLeague game between Olympiacos Piraeus and Anadolu Efes in Greece was possibly the most expected match of Round 6 for a quite specific reason: It would mark competition’s marquee star Shane Larkin’s season debut.
After just few practices with the team, Larkin came to Piraeus, saw and conquered. In his highly anticipated 2020-21 premiere, the American guard scored 11 out of his 15 points in the last seven minutes of the game as Efes grabbed a much needed 84 – 79 away win over Olympiacos to improve to 2-3.
Vasilije Micic, Larkin’s usual partner in crime, dropped a game-high 20 points and dished out seven assists, thriving with his backcourt comrade on board. He also made 2-2 free throws for the 77 – 82 with 13 seconds to put Efes at a two-possession distance while the Reds were making a comeback attempt from down 12 halfway through the fourth period.
Hassan Martin scored a team-high 11 points for Olympiacos, including the basket that made it 75 – 78 with 1:11 to play. The hosts didn’t approach any closer since Larkin answered with a tough layup and when Sloukas cut the deficit down to three again, Micic and Anderson preserved their team’s advantage.
Olympiacos was trailing 63 – 75 with 4:47 to play but went close 70 – 75 and 73 – 77 with two minutes left after a triple by Vassilis Spanoulis. They momentarily held the lead early in the second half until Efes made a 5 – 17 run with the score 47 – 44 to once again sit on the driver’s seat, this time for good.
Kostas Sloukas added 10 points and seven assists for Olympiacos while Shaq McKissic scored 10. Their team is 3-3 after suffering its second straight loss.