Efes inches closer to Turkish crown

Anadolu Efes Istanbul has taken a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Turkish League finals series, downing Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 86-76 on Monday night at Sinan Erdem Dome. Efes is now a win away from winning its first Turkish championship since 2009. Efes led 39-37 at halftime of this contest with Adrien Moerman and Kruno Simon combining to score 28 first-half points for the hosts. When Bryant Dunston strung together 9 points early in the third quarter, Efes opened a double-digit lead, 52-42. But that was just a start of a big run, which Shane Larkin continued by scoring 5 points, and Simon added a three-pointer as Efes scored 16 unanswered points and opened a 63-42 lead late in the third quarter. The lead was as big as 22 points early in the fourth quarter before Fenerbahce cut into the deficit before the final buzzer. Moerman led the way in victory with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Dunston collected 19 points and 7 rebounds, Simon scored 15 points, and Vasilije Micic had 9 points and 9 assists. Kostas Sloukas led Fenerbahce with 22 points. Ali Muhammed had 15 points, and Melih Mahmutoglu netted 12 in a loss. Fenerbahce will host Game 6 on Wednesday.