2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 16, 2015 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

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Crew Chief

The Take

Fenerbahce Istanbul comes home off a successful Euroleague Basketball World Tour 2015 trip to the United States to welcome FC Bayern Munich for the second season in a row. This is also a clash of two coaching masterminds, former Euroleague winning coaches – Zeljko Obradovic on the bench of Fenerbahce, and Svetislav Pesic with Bayern. Pesic will try to get changes of pace from his point guards Alex Renfroe and Anton Gavel, and a tough defensive task of disrupting Kostas Sloukas and Bobby Dixon. The two Fenerbahce playmakers are surrounded with weapons they are to provide with good looks. Two-time Euroleague Rising Star Award winner Bogdan Bogdanovic and Luigi Datome will have plenty of opportunities to drive or shoot, and sharpshooter Melih Mahmutoglu can’t be left with open looks. A forward who does a little bit of everything, Nikola Kalinic will have a prime defensive concern on the wings to battle with the versatility of Nihad Djedovic, and the knack for shot-making of K.C. Rivers. In the frontcourt battles, Pero Antic and Baris Hersek can spread the floor for Fenerbahce, just as Dusko Savanovic and Paul Zipser do for Bayern, Meanwhile Deon Thompson and John Bryant will use their strength to bang in the trenches with more athletic Jan Vesely and Ekpe Udoh. It will be an early season test for both sides.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Fenerbahce swept Bayern in two games in the regular season last year. Those were the first two games ever between the clubs. Bogdan Bogdanovic averaged 17 points in those games for Fenerbahce.

Ekpe Udoh will be making his Euroleague debut.

Gigi Datome has made 25 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kostas Sloukas set a Euroleague career high with 8 assists at Bayern Munich in a 103-105 win in December 2013.

FC Bayern Munich

Alex Renfroe has recorded at least 1 steal in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Renfroe has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague games.

Renfore has had a performance index rating of at least 10 in seven straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Dusko Savanovic makes his 100th career Euroleague appearance this week.

K.C. Rivers and Fenerbahce guard Bobby Dixon were teammates at Benetton Treviso for the final months of the 2009-10 season.

Nihad Djedovic was a teammate of Fenerbahce forward Luigi Datome with Virtus Rome for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Vasilije Micic was a teammate of Fenerbahce's Nikola Kalinic and Bogdan Bogdanovic on the Serbian national team at EuroBasket 2013.

Bryce Taylor has at least 1 steal in eight straight Euroleague games.

Paul Zisper is 8 for 8 from the free throw line in his Euroleague career.

John Bryant recorded one of his finest Euroleague games last season against Fenerbahce. He totaled 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals for a performance index rating of 24, which was a career best. Nevertheless, Fenerbahce won 86-93.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We already played against Bayern last season, but they have a different roster this year, with the same coach and almost the same playing style. It is a very interesting game for us. Of course, it is the opening game of the Euroleague and I hope that our fans will understand this and come to support their team."
FC Bayern Munich
"Fenerbahce is a real basketball power house with great ambitions. We have to act as a team and show our best performance against them. If we do so, we have a good chance to beat every favorite, anywhere."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We are really excited to start the Euroleague season. We played our first official game last Tuesday and played pretty well despite being tired due to the American trip. We are really excited and ready to start our Euroleague journey. Of course, we are not in our top shape and don't have the top team chemistry, but we are working hard to be better every day and in every game. The game against Bayern will be a tough one. It is a good start for us, to see where we are in this moment of the season."
FC Bayern Munich
"It is always very tough to compete on the road, especially in the Euroleague. Fenerbahce is one of the best teams in Europe. If we want to take our chances on winning the away match, we have to improve our defense and our offence. We are confident and although it will not be easy, our goal remains to make it to the Top 16."

Fenerbahce rallies to turn back Bayern, 74-67

Fenerbahce Istanbul rallied from a 15-point deficit to open the new Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign with a hard-fought 74-67 home win over FC Bayern Munich in Group A on Friday. Led by Alex Renfroe, Bayern used a 2-16 first-quarter run to grab the lead was still way ahead by 22-37 late in the second quarter. Nihad Djedovic paced the visitors in the second half as Bayern led for more than 33 minutes. But Bobby Dixon hit 2 of his 4 triples in the fourth quarter, before Luigi Datome and Bogdan Bogdanovic knocked down clutch shots later to secure the victory. Datome scored 15 points in victory, Kostas Sloukas had 13, Dixon netted 12, while Jan Vesely collected 11 points plus 11 rebounds. Renfroe and Djedovic each had 14 points for the visitors. Fenerbahce grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to Bayern’s 5.

First quarter: A 2-16 run puts Bayern in front

Nikola Kalinic got things started with a layup for Fenerbahce, followed by Bogdanovic tossing a half-court pass for a Vesely alley-oop. Pero Antic added to the hosts' tally with a tough turnaround jumper at 6-0 before Dusko Savanovic opened Bayern's account with a short baseline shot. A layup from John Bryant and a short jumper from Savanovic tied the score before a put-back by Deon Thompson put the visitors up 6-8. Bayern kept Fenerbahce scoreless for more than 6 minutes before Sloukas hit a baseline jumper at 8-10. Back-to-back triples from Paul Zipser and Renfroe extended Bayern's margin to 8-16, completing a 2-16 run and forcing Fenerbahce head coach Zeljko Obradovic to call a timeout. Kalinic made a pair of free throws, but Djedovic nailed a long jumper, then drove coast-to-coast for a layup and a 10-20 Bayern lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Renfroe fuels Bayern's 15-point lead

To open the second quarter, Bobby Dixon found Bogdanovic for an open three-pointer from the left corner, then Dixon knocked down a long-distance shot of his own to get Fenerbahce within 16-20. Renfroe drove through the crowd for a layup, and after another Fenerbahce scoring drought, this time for more than 2 minutes, Luigi Datome hit a jumper. Renfroe kept Bayern's breathing room with a basket from close range, then fed Zipser for a fastbreak dunk at 18-26. After another Fenerbahce timeout, Vesely muscled his way to the basket, however Renfroe scored a second-chance bucket, then Anton Gavel stepped up for the visitors. He made a pair of steals that led to him scoring 4 points, so that when K.C. Rivers scored a turnaround jumper, Bayern had a 14-point lead, 20-34, that silenced the crowd in Istanbul. Sloukas snapped a 0-8 run with 2 foul shots, but Bryant tipped in a miss and Djedovic split free throws at 22-37 with 2 minutes left in the half. Datome made a fadeaway jumper before Sloukas and Vesely each made a pair of free throws. Rivers scored a tough layup, then Sloukas ended the half with a long jumper to complete Fenerbahce's 8-2 run to get within 30-39 at halftime.

Third quarter: Fenerbahce rallies, Bayern runs away again

Vesely opened scoring in the second half with a monster put-back dunk. After Thompson answered with the same for Bayern, Vesely made a tip-in, then Sloukas stole the ball and race for an easy layup and 37-41. Fenerbahce tied the game with free throws from Kalinic and a layup from Datome. After a timeout, Zipser snapped an 11-2 Fenerbahce run with a three-point play, but Datome replied with a corner triple for a 44-44 tie. But Bayern wasn't worried. Bryant scored inside for the visitors, before Savanovic and Renfroe buried back-to-back triples to restore 45-52 advantage. A steal and a fastbreak layup by Djedovic made it 47-56, then the same player added a triple at 47-59. Datome ended Bayern's 2-13 run with free throws before Dixon buried a long buzzer-beating triple to end the quarter, making it 52-59.

Fourth quarter: Fenerbahce rallies for exciting victory

Antic nailed a triple to open the fourth quarter, but that was the only basket over 2 minutes. Datome added couple free throws to make it 57-59. Then Dixon knocked down a triple over Savanovic to put Fenerbahce in front for the first time since the opening minutes of the first quarter, 60-59. Bayern needed 4 minutes to score its first point of the quarter, a free throw from Rivers, but Dixon nailed another one from the same spot to make it 63-60. Thompson scored inside for the visitors, but Fenerbahce grabbed 2 offensive boards on the same trip down the floor before Datome drove for an easy layup. Bogdanovic sandwiched a three-pointer and a tough runner around free throws from Thompson to put Fenerbahce up 70-64. A pair of breakaways in the final minute finished with a dunk by Kalinic and a layup by Sloukas, sealing the deal for Fenerbahce's comeback win.

Luigi Datome - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Friday, October 16, 2015
Attendance: 10085
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Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HERSEK, BARIS 9:50   0/1           1   1     2   -3
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 8:23     0/3     2 2           1   -2
12 ANTIC, PERO 23:54 7 1/1 1/5 2/2 1 5 6 1   2     2 3 9
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 27:37 8 1/3 2/4   1 5 6 3   2   1 3 2 9
14 YURTSEVEN, OMER 2:05     0/1                   1   -2
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 20:43 13 4/5 0/1 5/6       1 3 2     1 4 15
22 BAYRAK, ERCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 VESELY, JAN 33:32 11 4/11   3/4 6 5 11 5 2 2 1   1 4 23
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 24:13 8 2/3 0/1 4/4 1 1 2   2 1 1   1 3 12
35 DIXON, BOBBY 19:26 12 0/2 4/8   2 4 6 2   2   1 3 1 9
70 DATOME, LUIGI 30:17 15 4/10 1/5 4/4 3 3 6 2   1   1 4 5 12
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 74 16/36 8/28 18/20 16 28 44 15 7 13 2 3 19 22 87
        44.4% 28.6% 90%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RIVERS, K.C. 21:06 5 2/3 0/3 1/2   4 4 1   2     3 2 2
9 THOMPSON, DEON 21:15 8 3/6   2/2 2 2 4       2   3 2 10
11 SEIFERTH, ANDREAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 RENFROE, ALEX 33:02 14 4/7 2/5   1 3 4 4 1 6   2 2 3 10
13 MICIC, VASILIJE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DJEDOVIC, NIHAD 30:51 14 4/7 1/2 3/4 1 1 2 1 3 1     3 6 17
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 26:59 8 2/2 1/3 1/1   4 4   1 1     1 1 10
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 25:43 7 2/3 1/6     3 3 1     1   4 2 4
25 GAVEL, ANTON 17:43 4 1/5 0/2 2/2       2 1 1     2 1 -1
35 JALLOW, KARIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 MAYR, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
54 BRYANT, JOHN 23:21 7 3/4 0/1 1/2 1 6 7   4 2     4 2 11
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 67 21/37 5/22 10/13 5 24 29 9 10 13 3 2 22 19 64
        56.8% 22.7% 76.9%

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We prepared the game knowing that Bayern are a very aggressive team, and the first thing I wanted was to keep them from running the fastbreak. Instead, we played at a rhythm that was good for them. In the first half, we played the game that they wanted to play. So, after us playing without good shot selection or ball movement, the result was an easy game for them. If we want to find an excuse for this, in our starting five was Ekpe Udoh. And we prepared with him. And before the game he felt incredible pain in his back, so it was impossible for him to play. So we changed everything, and when some players change position, they don't remember everything defensively. Because of this first of all, it was very, very confusing in the beginning of the game and generally in the first half. But even with this, we had to find our game. We had to play harder defense. And from my side, it was an incredible feeling during the game from our fans. I really want to thank them. It was the first game, but as I said to players, they must understand the way you want to play. Until this game, we really played good. Today was the first time like this. I want to thank the players, too. Also Bayern played a very good game, very tough. They are a tough team. You know, this is Euroleague. There won't be any easy game. We must understand this and we must have concentration for 40 minutes."
FC Bayern Munich
"First of all, congratulations to Fenerbahce for the victory. We had a very good chance to win the game tonight. Our defense was the reason. We played very good defense, rotated good and had very good organization. Five minutes before the end we controlled the situation. We had only one problem, which was offensive rebounds. In the first 20 minutes, they had just a few offensive rebounds. In the second half, they made 13 offensive rebounds, and hurt us especially in the fourth quarter. We did the right thing playing defense, rotating but in the last second didn't do the final thing and stay aggressive to take the defensive rebound. Fenerbahce was very aggressive in the second half, and I think this is the reason that they won the game. They had better shooting. Fenerbahce is very talented on offense, with great potential. But tonight we needed to play better defense to win."
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