By Muhammed Enes Calli
ANKARA (AA) - Istanbul basketball giants Anadolu Efes have had a great season, lifting two cups and winning 61 out of 81 matches.
The Navy-Whites started the 2018-2019 season with nine new players.
The club not only ended a 9-year league title drought, they also made it to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague final against Russia's CSKA Moscow, making a big jump from the bottom of the EuroLeague the previous season.
CSKA Moscow defeated Anadolu Efes 91-83 in Spain’s Vitoria-Gasteiz and won the 2019 EuroLeague Final Four title.
At beginning of the season, Anadolu Efes won the 34th Turkish Basketball Presidential Cup after beating Fenerbahce Beko 65-62.
The team also played against Fenerbahce Beko to win the 2019 Turkish Cup final in February, but lost 80-70.
The club completed the regular season in the Turkish Basketball League at first place.
For the last cup of the season, the Navy-Whites beat city rivals Fenerbahce Beko 89-74 in Game 7 to become this year's champions of the Turkish Basketball League.
Anadolu Efes won the final series 4-3 to lift the trophy at their home ground Sinan Erdem Dome.
Anadolu Efes played 81 games in all four competitions this season.
The Navy-Whites played 40 matches in Super Lig, 37 matches in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and three matches Turkey Cup including a Presidential Cup final.
U.S. playmaker Shane Larkin made a significant contribution to the Istanbul club with his impressive performance this season.
Larkin was a key player in last match of Turkish Super League finals, playing with 38 points against Fenerbahce Beko.
He also scored 30 points against Fenerbahce Beko in the first match of the EuroLeague Final Four and helped his team reach the final.
The 26-year-old star played with 29 points in the EuroLeague final.