Anadolu Efes Istanbul reclaimed the Turkish League title in dominant fashion on Saturday by sweeping Pinar Karsiyaka with a 74-83 road win in Izmir to take their best-of-five series 3-0. It was the 16th national title overall for Efes and its fourth in the last five editions. Efes led by 1 or 2 points after each of the first three quarters before pulling away in the fourth. Vasilije Micic paced the winners with 29 points and was named MVP of the finals, while Shane Larkin scored 15. Both dished 7 assists.
Anadolu Efes sweeps to Turkish League crown!
The victory also marked the departure of head coach Ergin Ataman, acknowledged after Saturday's win that his next destination is Panathinaikos Athens. Ataman had also led Efes to back-to-back Turkish Airlines EuroLeague titles in 2021 and 2022.
"All my life, I’ve been challenged. Panathinaikos is also a new challenge for me. I will try to represent my country in the best way in Greece," Ataman said, post-game. "Anadolu Efes is my home in basketball and I wish them success for the upcoming season. We wrote a great story for five years."