2017-18Regular SeasonRound 11
December 08, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Fenerbahce turns on defense, tops Barcelona

Reigning champion Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul used a big defensive effort over the final three quarters to top host FC Barcelona Lassa 68-83 on Friday. It was Fenerbahce's fifth win in six games, improving its record to 8-3 in third place, while Barcelona fell to 4-7 with its third home loss. Fenerbahce was down 28-22 after 10 minutes, but allowed just 40 points the rest of the way. Kostas Sloukas paced Fenerbahce with 17 points and 5 assists. Brad Wanamaker had 16 points and 4 steals, James Nunnally netted 14, and Jan Vesely had 13 in victory. Adam Hanga scored 15 points for the hosts. Kevin Seraphin collected 12 points and 9 rebounds, Phil Pressey also scored 12, while Adrien Moerman had 10 points and Thomas Heurtel 10 assists in defeat.

Vesely opened the game with a three-point play, while Moerman nailed a triple and Seraphin dunked before Nunnally struck from downtown at 7-9. Hanga and Moerman then hit back-to-back triples, and soon another by Hanga and one from Rakim Sanders opened 19-11 Barcelona lead. By the time Luigi Datome hit from deep for the visitors, the two teams had combined to make 7 of 7 from three-point range in the first 7 minutes. After Sloukas scored from close range and Nicolo Melli had a big put-back, Petteri Koponen’s long jumper helped Barcelona hold 28-22 after 20 minutes. As the shooters cooled down, the visitors had a strong start to the second quarter. Baskets from Sloukas sparked a 0-10 run that saw contributions from Wanamaker and Melli, before Nunnally capped it with a fastbreak layup. The hosts regained the lead with close-range baskets from Moerman and Seraphin, with the latter coming up with a big dunk in the lane that made it 37-34. However, Sloukas fed Vesely for an alley-oop dunk, and Sloukas drove for an easy layup, giving Fenerbahce 38-39 halftime advantage.

The teams traded blows early in the third quarter, with Jason Thompson’s short jumper opening a five-point margin for Fenerbahce. But Heurtel’s three-pointer soon tied it at 43-43. Sloukas drove for a layup and added a three-point play, too. After Vesely’s fastbreak dunk, Sloukas found Datome wide open behind the arc to make it 45-53. Even after Barcelona’s timeout, the visitors continued extending the margin with Vesely getting a lucky roll on a tough jumper, and then tipping in an alley-oop attempt, making it 51-64 after three quarters. Pierre Oriola hit a corner three for the hosts, but Wannamaker made one from long range on the other end at 54-68. Hanga’s runner and Pressey’s three-point play kept Barcelona’s hopes alive. Heurtel set up a layup by Hanga that cut the margin to 61-68, but Melli hit a corner triple and Wanamaker added a basket of his own to restore a 61-73 advantage. After a timeout, Marko Guduric with a runner and Nunnally with a three-pointer helped open up a 63-80 lead with under 2 minutes to go, sealing the deal.

Kostas Sloukas - Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul - EB17
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), NEDOVIC, MILAN (SLO)
Attendance: 6437
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FC Barcelona Lassa28101317
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul22172519
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FC Barcelona Lassa28385168
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul22396483
FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN 25:05 12 5/13   2/4 6 3 9 2   2 1 1   2 13
5 RIBAS, PAU 6:46                 1           1
8 PRESSEY, PHIL 14:32 12 4/7   4/6   4 4 1         3 5 14
9 HANGA, ADAM 30:09 15 3/5 2/3 3/3 2 1 3 3 1 2 1   3 3 18
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 8:16   0/1 0/1     1 1           1   -2
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS 27:11 5 1/4 1/3     3 3 10   3   1   1 10
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 19:49 5 0/1 1/2 2/2 2 4 6     1     2 2 8
21 SANDERS, RAKIM 18:37 6 0/3 2/4   1 1 2 1 1   1 1 4 2 3
25 KOPONEN, PETTERI 8:15 2 1/1 0/2                   1 2 1
30 CLAVER, VICTOR 7:08     0/1     1 1           1   -1
44 TOMIC, ANTE 11:30 1 0/2   1/2 1 1 2     2     2 1 -3
45 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 22:42 10 3/6 1/3 1/2 1 4 5     1     3 2 7
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 68 17/43 7/19 13/19 14 26 40 17 3 11 3 3 20 20 73
        39.5% 36.8% 68.4%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO
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
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 THOMPSON, JASON 11:57 4 2/4   0/2   5 5 1         1 1 6
4 MELLI, NICOLO 29:27 7 2/3 1/3   2 6 8     1 1   2 2 12
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 WANAMAKER, BRAD 29:14 16 6/8 1/4 1/2       2 4       4 3 15
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 28:42 17 7/10   3/5   1 1 5   2   1 1 3 17
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 23:53 14 1/3 3/6 3/4   2 2 4 2     1 4 4 15
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 9:17 4 2/2 0/3   1 1 2 1 1       3 1 3
24 VESELY, JAN 30:54 13 6/10   1/1   3 3 2 1 1 1   3 1 13
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 MUHAMMED, ALI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 5:21 1 0/2   1/2 1   1     1 1 1 1 1 -2
70 DATOME, LUIGI 31:15 7 0/3 2/3 1/1 4 5 9           1 4 15
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 83 26/45 7/19 10/17 8 25 33 15 8 5 3 3 20 20 96
        57.8% 36.8% 58.8%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

ALONSO, SITO
FC Barcelona Lassa
“We started very well, with good rhythm, during the first 10 minutes. It’s normal for them to come back because they are a very good team, but after halftime was the key because in the first 5 minutes we had the opportunity to shoot in good positions, both under the rim and outside, but we didn’t have the ambition to do it. We shot as though we were afraid, without believing in what we were doing on offense. They played very well in the next few minutes and after they had a 12- or 15-point lead, they had a lot of experience and knew how to finish the game. But the third quarter was the key.”
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul

“I believe that after the first quarter we played much better defensively. We played very good the last three quarters. Congratulations to my players. We beat one very good team. Barcelona played very good on its home floor until now. They easily beat Panathinaikos, Olympiacos and Maccabi so far, and it is a very important victory for us. Barcelona is a team that likes to play very aggressive and to try to score in the transition game. The key was to stop their transition game, stop their important creators, and I think we did a great job defensively.”

“Barcelona are an absolutely different team at home, so we told ourselves to play the whole game. They started very well and scored almost every possession, especially their three-point shooting. But after that they only had 2 of 13 three-pointers, so without any question the key was our defense after the first quarter. We’re just 11 games into the season so we have a lot of games in front of us, and it’s a very interesting competition, so let’s see how it continues. This was a very important win for us, and I’d like to thank the many fans of Fener who were here today and who follow us all over Europe.”

Players

SERAPHIN, KEVIN
FC Barcelona Lassa
“It is a tough defeat. We have to play 40 minutes, and we only played for 25. They just kept playing, they played the same way for 40 minutes. They played like they wanted to play, and I feel, even though we started really good, that they controlled the entire game. Tonight, they played really well.”
DATOME, LUIGI
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“It was not easy to lead for majority of the game on such a difficult court. They have a lot of talent, which they showed in the first quarter. Our defense was very good after that. I think they only scored 40 points last three quarters. I am very happy about this win on the road. Now, we have to take advantage of two home games in a row, but we’ve got to go game by game.”
SLOUKAS, KOSTAS
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“We controlled the rebounds and played good defense. We made some open shots and achieved a very good win in this gym. Everybody knows how difficult it is to win on this court in Barcelona. Tonight, I felt good from the beginning from the game, but the most important thing is we got an important win and we have to keep going.”
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