2015-16Top 16Round 7
February 11, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.9 Points 74.9
34.4 Rebounds 34.3
10.5 O. Rebounds 13.4
23.9 D. Rebounds 20.9
17.3 Assists 17.3
5.8 Steals 6.0
4.0 Blocks 2.1
12.0 Turnovers 13.1
53.1 % 2PT 52.1 %
38.4 % 3PT 34.1 %
75.5 % FT 78.2 %
93.7 Index 82.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.9 / Vesely Points 13.3 / Kuzminskas
7.3 / Vesely Rebounds 6.6 / Hendrix
3.1 / Vesely OR 2.6 / Hendrix
4.2 / Vesely DR 4.1 / Hendrix
3.8 / Dixon Assists 4.9 / Markovic
1.3 / Bogdanovic Steals 0.9 / Suarez
1.9 / Udoh Blocks 0.9 / Hendrix
2.0 / Sloukas Turnovers 1.7 / Kuzminskas
62.1 % / Udoh 2PT 63.6 % / Diaz
66.7 % / Vesely 3PT 46.9 % / Diez
91.8 % / Datome FT 90.0 % / Diez
17.3 / Vesely Index 14.1 / Hendrix


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
6-0 Top 16 2-4
8-2 Regular Season 7-3
14-2 Overall 9-7


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

It’s the hottest team in the Top 16 against one of the coldest. While Fenerbahce has won eight straight in the Euroleague and is the lone unbeaten team in the Top 16, Unicaja has lost three in a row by double figures and finds itself slipping in the standings as we near the midway point in this phase. Fenerbahce has a well-balanced roster with aces on the perimeter – it leads the Top 16 in three-point percentage (41.3%) – and in the paint, where it’s 5.2 blocks per game is also best in this phase. The team is second in Top 16 scoring (87.3 ppg.), index rating (104.7) and two-point accuracy (58.2%). Unicaja is the best offensive rebounding team in the competition (14.5 in the Top 16), but even Richard Hendrix, Will Thomas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will have it tough against Jan Vesely and Ekpe Udoh. Unicaja lost sniper Jamar Smith to an ankle injury, so it will need Edwin Jackson and DeMarcus Nelson to be at their best against Bobby Dixon, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kostas Sloukas. Forward Luigi Datome has been hot for Fenerbahce lately and his matchup with Kuzminskas could be a determining factor for the visitors. Fenerbahce has not lost a Euroleague home game in over a year; Can Unicaja score the upset to turn its fortunes around?
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Fenerbahce has won its last 15 Euroleague home games.

Coach Obradovic has used 10 different starters and 15 players overall in Euroleague games so far this season. No player has started in every game.

Ekpe Udoh leads the league in blocked shots with 1.93 per game; Udoh has blocked at least 1 shot in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Bobby Dixon has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Dixon’s streak of consecutive Euroleague games with at least 1 three-pointer made came to an end last week at 12.

Jan Vesely has blocked at least 1 shot in eight straight Euroleague games.

Vesely is due to play in his 100th career Euroleague game this week.

Pero Antic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Unicaja Malaga

Coach Joan Plaza has fielded 12 different players in his starting lineups so far and used 16 players overall this season; no player has started every game.

Unicaja leads the league in offensive rebounding with 13.4 per game.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances.

Alberto Diaz has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five Euroleague appearances.

Carlos Suarez’s next three-pointer will be the 100th of his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"What we must do is forget about the standings. We play against a team I respect very much. They have some injury problems and that is a problem for their game. But they are an aggressive team, in fact, in defensive rebounds they are the best team in the league, so we must be ready for a very hard and difficult game."
Unicaja Malaga
"If any team in Europe is deprived from its starting playmaker, the shooting guard with more minutes on the court and the starting center, I'd like to see what would happen. Injuries are something you have to live with, but we must be aware of our situation. The team has practiced well and we'll get to our limit. I have the hope that the team will maintain the competitive level and that it won't back down against anyone, even if some challenges are more difficult than others. Fenerbahce will be a tough opponent, they are unbeaten and have improved from last year. They play vertical with players who can make up shots and plays by themselves. They also have powerful bigs, dangerous forwards and they all play ordered defense. They also have the one I consider to be the best coach in Europe. We go there however, with the idea of playing a worthy, serious game from which we come out a better team. We want to play our game."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"They started the season really well, but they had a couple of injuries. However, they have not changed their style. We know how they play, they can do good things: they play aggressive and like to run the fastbreak."
Unicaja Malaga
"We are playing in a complicated court. Fenerbahce is in its best moment of the season, playing great ball and still undefeated. It will be cmplicated but we have to travel there with the idea of fighting until the last minute so we can get to the end of the game with options. Our goal is to keep making a big effort until we can get the injured people back. The healthy players have to step up."

Udoh shines inside as Fenerbahce Istanbul dominates Unicaja

Ekpe Udoh took his turn as the star of the night for Fenerbahce Istanbul, which reached the midway point of the Top 16 with a perfect record after dominating Unicaja Malaga 80-59 on Thursday night at Ulker Sports Arena. Udoh posted 12 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocked shots to both set a club record and tie for the third-most rejections in competition history. Luigi Datome made 3 of 4 three-pointers to pace the winners with 13 points, Ricky Hickman scored 12 points and Jan Vesely, who received the January MVP from, Fenerbahce Sports Director Omer Onan before tip-off, and Bogdan Bogdanovic each added 11. Despite Udoh rejecting 5 shots in the first quarter and a half, Unicaja kept it relatively close. But Hickman heated up to give the hosts a 41-28 halftime lead and Unicaja never got closer than 12 the rest of the way. DeMarcus Nelson led the Unicaja attack with 11 points and Nemanja Nedovic added 9 in defeat.

First quarter: Vesely ignites hosts; Kuzminskas carries Unicaja back

Fenerbahce started strong by forcing Unicaja into a 24-second violation and then getting a slam and a hook shot from Vesely. Edwin Jackson opened the scoring for the visitors with free throws before Udoh scored in the paint for a 6-2 start. Nelson buried an open three for Unicaja before Bobby Dixon countered with a floater. The pace slowed as both teams settled in. Melih Mahmutoglu buried a three to end a four-minute scoring drought from both teams and an 11-5 Fenerbahce edge. Vesely added another hook shot to the delight of the home crowd. Vesely rejected Mindaugas Kuzminskas at the rim, but Will Thomas pounced on the rebound for a basket-plus-foul. Then Alberto Diaz’s steal led to a reverse layup by Nelson to close the gap to 13-9. Bogdanovic hit a three from the corner, but Jack Cooley’s put-back kept Unicaja in the game. Kuzminskas split free throws and later ended the quarter with a three on the buzzer to make it 16-15.

Second quarter: Udoh, Hickman help Fenerbahce pull away

Datome nailed a triple and then assisted on Dixon’s off-the-glass three. Another rejection by Udoh kept the hosts rolling, until Nedovic stepped up with a layup after a Diaz steal and a three after Vesely missed twice from the line. Udoh put his stamp on the game by turning an offensive rebound into a 2 free throws, blocking another shot on defense and then scoring inside for a 26-20 cushion. After the TV timeout, Udoh recorded his fifth rejection. Fran Vazquez hit a jumper for the visitors and Datome countered with a layup. Hickman and Bogdanovic sandwiched threes around a Carlos Suarez jumper as the hosts extended the teal to double figures at 34-24. Hickman made a pair of tough layups – the second one with a bonus foul. Nelson hit a three from the corner to keep Unicaja alive. Bogdanovic tacked on free throws and Jackson missed twice from the line before Nelson split free throws to end the half at 41-28.

Third quarter: Lead grows to 19 as hosts cruise

Vazquez and Udoh traded baskets to start the second half. Then Datome put Fenerbahce up by 15. Udoh got to the line for a pair of free throws and then blocked his team-record sixth shot at the other end. Jackson hit back-to-back three-pointers for Unicaja to draw within 47-36. Datome fired in a three for the hosts before a jumper by Thomas made it 50-38 midway through the quarter. Hickman made free throws and Thomas scored inside. A Vesely jumper made it 54-40. Then Datome buried a three and Udoh fed Hickman for an easy layup. Cooley scored thanks to a dish from Nedovic and Dani Diez added a fast break layup. Cooley split free throws, but Udoh ended the quarter with free throws for a 61-45 lead.

Fourth quarter: Late 10-0 push brings difference into 20s

Udoh blocked his seventh shot, but Diez stuck with the play to score again. Berk Ugurlu countered with a basket-plus-foul, but Nedovic and Nelson narrowed the gap to 12. After Bogdanovic fed Veely for an alley-oop slam, Nedovic scored again for the visitors. A triple by Bogdanovic put Fenerbahce back in charge at 69-53. Fenerbahce put the game away on a Mahmutoglu triple, Vesely free throw and a Dixon floater for a 22-point advantage. Vazquez ended a 0-10 Fenerbahce run, before Thomas made free throws and Kenan Karahodzic scored in the paint, but the outcome was crystal clear by that point.

Jan Vesely - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Attendance: 11439
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Fenerbahce Istanbul16252019
Unicaja Malaga15131714
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Fenerbahce Istanbul16416180
Unicaja Malaga15284559
Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 16:49 12 3/5 1/4 3/3   2 2 1       1 2 3 10
5 HERSEK, BARIS 3:03                         1   -1
8 UDOH, EKPE 27:41 12 3/7   6/6 3 7 10 2 1 1 7   2 4 29
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 17:14 9   3/5     2 2 1   1     4 1 6
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 27:49 11 0/3 3/4 2/2   2 2 4 1 3     1 2 12
18 ARNA, EGEHAN 3:10                         1   -1
22 BAYRAK, ERCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK 7:08 4 2/3   0/1   1 1 1           2 6
24 VESELY, JAN 29:01 11 5/6   1/4   9 9 1   2     3 2 14
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 20:15 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 2 3 5 1   1   1 2 1  
35 DIXON, BOBBY 22:59 7 2/4 1/2   1 3 4 5   3 1   2 1 10
70 DATOME, LUIGI 24:51 13 2/2 3/4         1   1     2 1 11
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 80 17/32 11/20 13/18 7 32 39 17 2 12 8 2 20 17 100
        53.1% 55% 72.2%
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JACKSON, EDWIN 20:48 8 0/1 2/8 2/4   1 1 1   1       2 2
3 UTA, CHISTIAN 1:30           1 1 1             2
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 22:25   0/2 0/2         2 2 1   2 3 3 -3
10 THOMAS, WILL 24:57 8 3/4 0/2 2/3 2 5 7 1         1 2 13
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 22:34 4 2/4 0/1   2 3 5       1 1 3 2 5
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 22:05 2 1/5 0/2   2 2 4 1 1 2   1 1 2  
13 KARAHODZIC, KENAN 3:03 2 1/1 0/1                       1
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 17:18 9 3/7 1/4         3           2 7
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 16:57 6 3/5     1 2 3         1 3 2 5
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 17:26 4 0/3 1/4 1/2   3 3 2   1 1 2 1 1  
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 19:29 11 2/5 2/2 1/2 2 1 3 3 1       2 2 14
45 COOLEY, JACK 11:28 5 2/5   1/4 2 2 4     1   1 3 2  
Team           5   5     2         3
Totals 200:00 59 17/42 6/26 7/15 16 20 36 14 4 8 2 8 17 20 49
        40.5% 23.1% 46.7%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"First of all, congratulations to my players for one good game. And also thanks to our great fans for their big support. "
Unicaja Malaga
"It is easy to understand that there is nothing I can say about the score. Fenerbahce was absolutely better than us. You cannot beat a team like Fenerbahce missing free throws the way that we did in the first half and finishing the game with 47% from the free throw line, also shooting 40% from two-point range. You don't have a chance to beat anybody with those numbers. We were better on offensive rebounds, turnovers and some other aspects of the game, but all that is for nothing if you miss under the basket and alone at the free throw line. We didn't have a chance to beat them with these numbers."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"That’s a big win for us. To go 7-0 in the first half of the Top 16 is big. But we gotta stay healthy. We gotta get healthy. We gotta keep working. It’s a blessing to be a part of this. We are doing something special this year. "
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