2013-14Regular SeasonRound 2
October 25, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
102.0 Points 67.0
36.0 Rebounds 29.0
12.0 O. Rebounds 9.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 20.0
15.0 Assists 21.0
6.0 Steals 6.0
1.0 Blocks 5.0
11.0 Turnovers 10.0
63.6 % 2PT 57.6 %
47.1 % 3PT 29.2 %
78.6 % FT 42.1 %
117.0 Index 83.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
21.0 / Bogdanovic Points 13.0 / Papanikolaou
6.0 / Bjelica, N. Rebounds 10.0 / Dorsey
4.0 / Vidmar OR 5.0 / Dorsey
6.0 / Bjelica, N. DR 5.0 / Dorsey
7.0 / Preldzic Assists 10.0 / Huertas
1.0 / Bogdanovic Steals 3.0 / Dorsey
1.0 / McCalebb Blocks 3.0 / Dorsey
3.0 / Vidmar Turnovers 3.0 / Papanikolaou
100.0 % / Vidmar 2PT 100.0 % / Abrines
60.0 % / Bjelica, N. 3PT 50.0 % / Huertas
100.0 % / Preldzic FT 75.0 % / Tomic
25.0 / Preldzic Index 22.0 / Huertas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-0 Regular Season 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0


Crew Chief

The Take

Two Euroleague giants meet again in a battle to go up 2-0. Barcelona had a record-breaking performance against Fenerbahce in Istanbul last season, leading 19-50 at halftime on its way to a 60-99 triumph, and that game will be on the back of everyone's minds. Bo McCalebb must use his speed and athleticism against Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada. Juan Carlos Navarro will be Fenerbahce's number one priority on defense, but Barcelona hopes Alex Abrines and Kostas Papanikolaou are productive at both wings. The matchup between Papanikolaou and scoring machine Bojan Bogdanovic promises to be critical. Fenerbahce has a lot of versatility under the baskets with Luka Zoric, Nemanja Bjelica and Linas Kleiza, but Barcelona has more power and size with Joey Dorsey and Ante Tomic. Expect nothing but a great game.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

Linas Kleiza has scored in double digits in 22 of his 23 Euroleague career games.

Kleiza was a teammate of Barcelona forward Kostas Papanikolaou with Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2009-10 season.

Bo McCalebb has collected at least one steal in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

McCalebb had double digits in index ranking in his last 14 Euroleague games.

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double digits in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games. He has reached a double-digit index ranking in each of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Bogdanovic has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight Euroleague appearances.

Bogdanovic needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Nemanja Bjelica was a teammate of three Barcelona players at different periods during the past three seasons at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. He overlapped for much of the time with Brad Oleson and also played alongside Marcelinho Huertas and Maciej Lampe.

FC Barcelona

The last time Barcelona visited Fenerbahce Ulker, Barcelona led 19-50 at halftime and won 60-99. That 31-point margin broke the Euroleague records for both the biggest halftime lead for a team on the road and the greatest halftime margin in Top 16 history.

Barcelona has an 8-2 record against Fenerbahce Ulker since Fenerbahce and Ulkerspor merged.

Barcelona has won its last four road games against Fenerbahce Ulker. The hosts' last home win came on January 18, 2007, when FB Ulker won 82-69.

Ante Tomic lined up alongside Fenerbahce Ulker players Lukas Zoric and Bojan Bogdanovic on the Croatian national team that reached the semifinals at EuroBasket 2013 this past summer. Tomic and Zoric also spent a season-and-a-half together at KK Zagreb.

Juan Carlos Navarro is ranked eighth on the Euroleague career lists in assists with 577. He needs 4 more to pass former teammate Jaka Lakovic (580) for seventh.

Navarro is ranked eighth in career steals with 205. Only one of the seven players ahead of him is active in the competition (Dimitris Diamantidis, first, 347). Navarro is 11 behind Trajan Langdon for seventh place.

Navarro has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Alex Abrines has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games dating back to the 2011-12 season, when he played for Unicaja Malaga

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"FC Barcelona is a team which always goes to the Final Four and has become the champion a couple times. We are going to be playing one of the main favorites this year, like every year. They are a team that played together for many years but this year there are some new players. We respect them very much and for sure it will be a very difficult game for us."
FC Barcelona
"We are in front one ogf the big games of the regular season against one of the candidates for the final title. We are still under construction as a team, just like them, we are new teams that need time to build the chemistry. Having two versatile players as Bjelica and Kleiza gives them many options. They are big men but are also a threat from outside. Coach Obradovic is probably giving those players a lot of calmness and stability. Those are intangibles that surely contribute to the game of Fenerbahce."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We have played good up until now with no losses so far. We would like to continue this. In this game we are going to be very strong in our arena with the support of our fans. I believe its going to be much different then last years game. We are working hard in preparing for this game."
FC Barcelona
"Fenerbahce is one of the teams that strengthened the most this summer. Not only with players, but also with a great coach. Winning on the road would be an important step towards our goal of finishing as high as possible in the group. We will have to be focused on the tactical aspect and also the defensive one. We must not get into ups and downs."

Fenerbahce turns back Barcelona in home opener

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul aced its home debut under legendary head coach Zeljko Obradovic by turning back mighty FC Barcelona for a 75-70 victory on Friday. Fenerbahce goes to 2-0 and will meet Group A's other undefeated team, CSKA Moscow, at home next week. Barcelona drops to 1-1. A 2-9 run after halftime that got Barcelona within 46-44 was met by a 14-0 Fenerbahce reaction for the game's highest lead until then, 60-44. The hosts maintained double-digit leads until a sudden 0-10 Barcelona run in game's last 2 minutes finished with Maciej Lampe's triple making it 72-70 with 20 seconds left. Bo McCalebb made a big defensive play and Linas Kleiza, who led all scorers with 22 points, sealed the victory at the free throw line. Luka Zoric added 12 points Bojan Bogdanovic 11 and Bo McCalebb 10 for Fenerbahce, which benefitted from making just 5 turnovers all game. McCalebb had 8 rebounds to lead the winners, too. Barcelona got 18 points from Juan Carlos Navarro, 16 from Ante Tomic and 13 from Lampe. Tomic had 9 rebounds and 4 assists, as well, as many as any player on either team.

First quarter: Hosts score fill scoring column quickly

Euroleague rookies Melhi Mahmatoglou and Kenan Sipahi fired in three-pointers to open the game before the latter fed Gaspar Vidmar for a layup and an 8-4 Fenerbahce lead. Navarro got on the scoreboard with a layup and then bettered himself with a three-pointer to cut the difference to 10-9. Lampe gave the visitors their first lead before Nemanja Bjelica drove to tie and Bogdanovic blasted his first triple to keep Fenerbahce ahead 15-12. Lampe and Zoric traded points before Emir Preldzic went backdoor for Fenerbahce's biggest lead yet, 19-14. Tomic got Barcelona closer, but Zoric answered with an elbow jumper and Kleiza drilled an inbounds-play triple as Fenerbahce boasted a 24-17 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Kleiza boosts the difference

Mario Hezonja dunked to start the second quarter for Barcelona. Kleiza's free throws and layup were answered by Tomic's baseline jumper and Navarro striking from long distance at 28-24. Zoric got loose inside for layup and Kleiza went back to the free throw line for a new high lead, 32-24. Navarro again came to Barcelona's rescue with a triple, but that and 4 points in a row by Joey Dorsey only kept their team close as Bjelica blasted a triple and Kleiza a pair of layups. When McCalebb stopped and popped over Tomic, getting fouled and making it a three-point play, Fenerbahce suddenly had its first double-digit advantage, 42-31. Tomic got a basket back for the visitors, and after Preldzic delivered a great backdoor pass to Kleiza, hit another before the halftime buzzer that nonetheless left Fenerbahce in control, 44-35.

Second quarter: Barcelona run met with bigger one

Preldzic's free throws were matched by Lampe scoring alone inside to start the second half. Then Navarro found Lampe alone again and danced for a layup himself to get Barcelona within 46-41. Next, he found Alex Abrines in the corner for a transition three-pointer that forced a Fenerbahce timeout at 46-44. Two fastbreaks halted Barcelona's comeback, one that McCalebb finished, the other he gave to Bogdanovic. An unsportsmanlike foul on Lampe led to 4 more points - one on McCalebb's free throw, the rest on Kleiza's shot from the arc - for a just-as-sudden restoration of Fenerbahce's double-digit lead, 54-44. By the time Zoric hit a fastbreak layup and a turnaround jumper between free throws by Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce had run away 60-44 as Barcelona struggled to hit any shots. Jacob Pullen's layup and Bostjan Nachbar's jumper steadied Barcelona momentarily, but Sipahi and Kleiza got those points back. Tomic got to the foul line twice, but could only cut the difference to 66-52 after 3 quarters.

Second quarter: Barca gets close, but no cigar

A free throw by Tomic were the only points through 4 minutes of the final quarter until a bank shot by Zoric supplied a new high lead, 68-53. A layup by Lampe and a free throw by Navarro cut the difference before Tomic made it 68-58 with a jump hook, but time was running out on Barcelona with 3 minutes left. McCalebb was left alone for a put-back that Navarro matched with runner, just as Bogdanovic's jumper was equaled by a Huertas layup. It took a triple by Kostas Papanikolaou - his first points of the game after 7 rebounds - to finally lower the difference to single digits, 72-65. Navarro went to the line with 1 minute left to lower it further, with free throws. So when Lampe was left alone in the corner to ring up a triple, it was suddenly 72-70 with 20 seconds left. Barcelona put Preldzic on the free throw line, where he made the first and missed the second shot. Barcelona tried a quick lob to Tomic, but it was McCalebb who broke up what had looked like an easy basket. Preldzic then missed 2 free throws with 4 seconds left, but Kleiza took the offensive rebound, was fouled and sealed the victory at the line.

Linas Kleiza - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Friday, October 25, 2013
Attendance: 12800 (Tentative)
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul2420229
FC Barcelona17181718
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul24446675
FC Barcelona17355270
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCALEBB, BO 30:39 10 4/9 0/2 2/3 3 5 8 4 2 1     4 2 13
7 ONAN, OMER 0:10                         1   -1
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 28:09 5 1/3 1/4   2 3 5 3   2 3   2   7
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 18:00 3 0/1 1/3     3 3 1   1   1     2
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 22:32 22 4/9 2/4 8/8 2 2 4   2       2 5 24
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 6:09 2 1/2               1     1   -1
22 ZORIC, LUKA 22:52 12 6/14     2 3 5       1 1 1 1 9
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 11:24 5 1/1 1/1           1       3   3
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN 0:18                              
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 34:08 11 3/6 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 3     1 1 3 5 14
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 25:39 5 1/5   3/6   5 5 4         3 7 11
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 75 21/50 6/18 15/19 12 28 40 15 5 5 5 3 20 20 87
        42% 33.3% 78.9%
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 Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 PULLEN, JACOB 5:56 2 1/3 0/3         2       1     -2
6 DORSEY, JOEY 11:50 5 2/3   1/4 3 3 6 1   2   1 2 2 5
8 SADA, VICTOR 6:07   0/2 0/1     2 2 2   1          
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 27:57 6 2/2 0/5 2/2   3 3 4   1     2 3 8
10 ABRINES, ALEX 17:28 3 0/2 1/4   1 2 3     1   1 3 1 -3
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 30:00 18 3/4 3/8 3/4   1 1 3   1     1 5 18
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 2:47               1             1
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 30:49 3 0/2 1/3   3 5 8 2     1   2 2 10
23 HEZONJA, MARIO 2:02 2 1/1 0/1                   1    
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 22:58 13 4/7 1/2 2/2 1 5 6   1 3     1 2 14
34 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 15:56 2 1/2 0/3         1     1 1 4   -5
44 TOMIC, ANTE 26:10 16 5/8   6/8 4 5 9 4   1 1 1 4 5 24
Team           3 5 8               8
Totals 200:00 70 19/36 6/30 14/20 15 31 46 20 1 10 3 5 20 20 78
        52.8% 20% 70%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It's a very important win or us. And it's very important that for many minutes in this game we played good. But we still need time, because in the crucial moments of the game, in the last quarter, we stopped playing, thinking maybe that the game was over. But the game is never over, especially if you are playing against a team like Barcelona. Anyhow, as I said the players, it's a very important victory for us, and we continue to believe in our possibilities. Of course, thanks to our fans because they made an excellent atmosphere, and we hope they continue to come and support the team."
FC Barcelona
"Congratulations to Fenerbahce for its victory. This was a game that gave us a lot of trouble on defense in the first half. However, in the second half, we defended a little bit better. But we really lacked better percentages in many of the open shots we had, but missed."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I think we did great job for the first three quarters against a great team like Barcelona. Our defense was really tough as they struggled to score. We had a respectable lead before the last quarter but spent it in a few minutes. Barcelona managed to come back, but Linas [Kleiza]’s offensive boards and excellent performance helped us to win. It’s great to keep on winning."
FC Barcelona
"We started the game really bad. Fenerbahce Ulker shot really well, especially behind the arc. We fought to comeback and managed to do it after falling 16 points behind. But it was too late."
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