2006-07Regular SeasonRound 10
January 03, 2007 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Will Solomon - Fenerbahce Ulker Fenerbahce Ulker scored a 70-58 win over visiting Benetton Treviso on Wednesday at the Abdi Ipekçi Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey, to remain in the hunt for a spot in the Top 16. Kaspars Kambala scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Fenerbahce improved to 3-7 in Group C. Benetton dropped to 6-4, but will remain in third place after Pau-Orthez lost at CSKA Moscow earlier in the evening. Kambala also drew 11 fouls, decimating an already thin Benetton frontline, which was missing star power forward Marcus Goree who was out with an injury. Will Solomon scored 14 of his 18 points in the first quarter to help the hosts take the early lead and Damir Mrsic picked up the scoring in the second as Fenerbahce led 36-28. Spencer Nelson helped Benetton close to within 48-44 in the third, but the defensive efforts of Rasim Basak and Omer Onan allowed the hosts to rebuild quickly on the way to the big win. Mrsic finished with 14 for Fenerbahce. Marco Mordente led Benetton with 15, while Angelo Gigli added 12 and Joey Beard had 9 rebounds before fouling out.

Fenerbahce started with some aggressive defense, but struggled to score in the first couple of minutes. Nelson put Benetton on the board first after just 34 seconds. Solomon responded for the hosts with a three that was a sign of what was to come. Bryant Smith's three-pointer after three minutes helped swing the lead back to Treviso, but Solomon was just getting started. He added two more threes and a two-pointer, giving him 11 as Fenerbahce took a 13-9 lead midway through the period. Eddie Basden's layup completed an 8-0 that put the hosts up 6. Benetton tried a zone defense, but Solomon punished it with another triple to end the period at 18-11.

Angelo Gigli - Benetton TrevisoBenetton strengthened its defense in the second period and made it hard for the home team to score. The man-to-man defense worked well and Mordente’s points carried the visitors back. His 7 points on a triple and two layups reduced the gap to 24-22. Fenerbahce, held to 4 points in six minutes, responded through Kambala’s two free throws plus followed by two Mrsic three pointers for an 8-1 run as the hosts built a 32-23 advantage. Benetton once again turned to zone defense, but couldn't cut away at the difference as the score sat at 36-28 at halftime.

Fenerbahce started to play inside on Kambala, breaking away Benetton's defensive wall. After a pair of Kambala layups and a three from Mrsic, Fenerbahce's lead swelled to 44-31. Beard picked up his fourth foul, but managed to remain in the game as Mordente drilled a three-pointer and Smith dropped in a layup to make it 48-40. Nelson brought Benetton within 4 from the line, but the home team – led by Basak and Onan – stepped up on defense to keep Treviso at bay. Mrsic hit another critical three from the left side and a little later Onan finished a fast break to make it 53-44 for the home team. Speedy Onan made another basket in transition to end the third period score at 57-46 for Fenerbahce.

Fenerbahce remained strong on defense in the last quarter, while Kambala was unstoppable on the other end. The Latvian center broke Benetton with his strong inside game, taking his team to a 61-46 advantage. Mordente’s three pointer made it 63-51, but Onan's fastbreak layup at 35.39 extended the lead once again to 14 points. Benetton pulled its big men and tried to catch Fener with a fast game and outside shots, but the things didn't work well for Benetton as Fenerbahce snatched the win.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), MASTRAFTSIS, CHRISTOS (GRE), PUKL,SASA (SLO)
Attendance: 5000
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Fenerbahce Ulker18182113
Benetton Basket11171812
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Fenerbahce Ulker18365770
Benetton Basket11284658
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DEMIREL, HAKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ONAN, OMER 16:30 6 3/4 0/2 0/2   1 1   1     1 3 1  
8 BASAK, RASIM 10:15 2 1/2 0/1     3 3     1     2    
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 4:30                         1   -1
10 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 22:00     0/4     3 3 1   1     3   -4
11 SAVAS, OGUZ 8:00 1     1/2   2 2     1     1 1 1
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 23:45 14 1/1 4/6     1 1 2   1     3   11
13 CLARK, IRA 22:30 2 1/3 0/1 0/1 1 4 5   1 1 1   3 2 3
14 GULAY, ZEKI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 KAMBALA, KASPARS 32:00 23 8/12   7/8 2 6 8 1 1 3     1 11 35
23 BASDEN, EDDIE 25:15 4 2/2 0/1     3 3 3 2 2     2 1 8
52 SOLOMON, WILLIE 35:15 18 3/5 4/6     3 3 2 2 3 2   3 1 18
Team                     3         -3
Totals 200:00 70 19/29 8/21 8/13 3 26 29 9 7 16 3 1 22 17 68
        65.5% 38.1% 61.5%
Head coach: ORS, AYDIN
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
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 31:15 7 1/3 0/5 5/7   2 2 2 3       3 6 8
5 SMITH, BRYANT 16:30 5 1/4 1/1   2   2   2 1       1 6
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 31:30 6 1/6 0/2 4/6 1 4 5 2   2   2 3 3  
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 13:45 2 1/3 0/1     2 2     1       1 1
8 GEORGE, NICK 0:45     0/1                       -1
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 30:30 15 2/5 3/5 2/4 1 2 3 1 2 1     2 5 16
11 RULLO, ROBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GIGLI, ANGELO 26:15 12 5/9 0/4 2/2 3 2 5   1 2 1   2 2 9
17 NELSON, SPENCER 26:00 9 3/3 0/3 3/4   2 2 5   2   1 2 3 10
19 BEARD, JOEY 23:30 2 1/3     4 5 9 2 3 1     5 1 9
20 CUCCAROLO, GINO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 58 15/36 4/22 16/23 13 19 32 12 11 10 1 3 17 22 60
        41.7% 18.2% 69.6%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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Head Coaches

ORS, AYDIN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"If we analyse the first game in Treviso, we see that we conceded 58 points just in the first half. In this game, we let Benetton score 58 points in the whole game. It's true that we struggled in offense tonight. All the players are valuable for us and I'm really proud of the way my players defended tonight. They were all doing well and many times, they were diving for the ball. This is a new beginning for us in 2007 and we can describe this win as the first step of the miracle. But it's going to be a miracle if we can fill the other steps. We have two more games at home, which we must win for sure. And if we can have a chance to get a win from the two away games, we can complete the miracle. We will try as hard as we can for it."
BLATT, DAVID
Benetton Basket
"First of all, congratulations to Fenerbahce and their coach for their win. Under the circumstances, our guys played very hard and I thought they gave an extraordinary effort to win the game. We were supposed to come here yesterday evening. But our flight cancelled and we remained in Italy. We had another flight early in the morning. One of the key elements of the game was that both teams defended well. We won the rebounds and the turnovers challenge in the game. But Fenerbahce did better to score rather than we did. 33 percentage in shooting is not enough to win a game in Euroleague."

Players

SOLOMON, WILLIE
Fenerbahce Ulker
"I'm really proud to see my teammates making a great effort for defense tonight. This is the first time that we have succeeded on this part of the game. I hope this is just the beginning and it goes the same way in the remanining matches. Because the only way to go into Top 16 is passing through excellent defense."
ZISIS, NIKOS
Benetton Basket
"I think we really challenged well against Fenerbahce despite the travelling trouble that we had. We haven't had a chance to make any practice both last evening and this morning and didn't sleep well. But this is not the only reason for the loss of course. We were not on our good day to score. We had really good wide open shots but Fenerbahce did it better than us."
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