After 29 days, ASVEL remains penultimate but recorded a slight improvement in a European season: this is its second victory in three matches after that against Milan at the beginning of the month, and against a prestigious opponent, even if Istanbul is returned to the ranks since his two titles in 2021 and 2022.

However, the Villeurbannais almost ruined everything during a disastrous last quarter. Leading by 18 points 7 min 34 sec from the end, they let Efes come back to one unit (81-80) by multiplying the loss of balls, sometimes from the throw-in.

It was the American Paris Lee who scored the three-point basket thanks to superb work from Nando De Colo. “We were a little surprised,” admitted the French international, author of nine assists, at Skweek’s microphone. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot finished as the match’s top scorer with 21 points.