2013-14Top 16Round 2
January 09, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
84.6 Points 79.1
34.1 Rebounds 36.5
10.4 O. Rebounds 10.5
23.7 D. Rebounds 26.0
16.2 Assists 18.5
6.4 Steals 4.5
2.5 Blocks 3.4
10.9 Turnovers 11.5
56.0 % 2PT 57.4 %
37.9 % 3PT 32.9 %
76.1 % FT 66.9 %
95.2 Index 92.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.9 / Bogdanovic Points 11.9 / Navarro
6.0 / Bjelica, N. Rebounds 6.3 / Tomic
2.5 / Vidmar OR 2.5 / Dorsey
4.5 / Bjelica, N. DR 4.2 / Tomic
5.5 / Preldzic Assists 3.5 / Huertas
1.7 / McCalebb Steals 0.7 / Abrines
0.5 / Bjelica, N. Blocks 0.9 / Dorsey
2.0 / Zoric Turnovers 1.6 / Papanikolaou
68.9 % / Vidmar 2PT 75.6 % / Dorsey
50.0 % / McCalebb 3PT 40.0 % / Hezonja
100.0 % / Mahmutoglu FT 82.8 % / Navarro
20.2 / Preldzic Index 15.4 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-1 Top 16 1-0
8-2 Regular Season 7-3
8-3 Overall 8-3


Crew Chief

The Take

Two of the best regular season teams meet again in Istanbul. Last season, FC Barcelona broke Top 16 and Euroleague records in a 60-99 road win against Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and that game will be in everybody's minds. Fenerbahce is really deep at both wings with Emir Preldzic excelling at point forward and Bojan Bogdanovic filling the baskets. Veteran stopper Omer Onan may see extended playing time but since Euroleague legend Juan Carlos Navarro is missing the game due to muscle problems he could have an easier time than expected. Nemanja Bjelica and Preldzic will not have it easy against Kostas Papanikolaou. Bogdanovic must use his all-around scoring skills against Brad Oleson, in a key matchup in this game. Joey Dorsey, Ante Tomic and Erazem Lorbek must be ready to use their size in the paint against Linas Kleiza, Luka Zoric and Gasper Vidmar. Bo McCalebb and Kenan Sipahi must be ready to get the right game tempo against experienced playmakers Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada. Expect a great basketball atmosphere at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Gasper Vidmar is the only Fenerbahce Ulker player to have started every Turkish Airlines Euroleague game this season.
Emir Preldzic leads the Euroleague in average performance index rating this season with 20.2 per game.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season scoring champ with an average of 18.1 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all but one game this season; he was held to 8 by Barcelona in Regular Season Round 7.
Emir Preldzic has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Linas Kleiza was a teammate of Barcelona forward Kostas Papanikolaou during the 2009-10 season at Olympiacos Piraeus.
Kleiza was a teammate of Barcelona big man Joey Dorsey with the Toronto Raptors during the 2010-11 season.
Nemanja Bjelica scored a season-high 20 points in a Round 7 loss at FC Barcelona. He added 11 rebounds to make it the first double-double of his Euroleague career.
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.
Bo McCalebb scored a season-high 22 points in a Round 7 loss at FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona
Coach Xavi Pascual has used nine different players in his starting lineup this season. Marcelinho Huertas is the only player that has started every Euroleague game.
Juan Carlos Navarro, the competition’s all-time leading scorer, is nearing the top spot in career free throws made. He enters this game in second place with 681 successful free throws. Marcus Brown is the career leader with 690.
Navarro is also 7 free throws attempted behind both former teammate Jaka Lakovic and Brown for the career lead in that category. Navarro has attempted 798 free throws in his career.
Navarro has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 21 of his last 22 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.
Abrines was a teammate of Fenerbahce Ulker big man Luka Zoric at Unicaja during the 2011-12 season.
Maciej Lampe has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Boki Nachbar scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Barcelona to a 94-81 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker in Round 7.
Nachbar needs 4 more successful three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.
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.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We know that all Top 16 games are very important. We started against the defending champs, and now we must play at home against Barcelona, a team that we already met in the regular season. Something important for us will be the support of our fans. They have to come and understand that this is an important game against a very good team. They are different now because they have two new players: Oleson, which is a great shooter and Lorbek, who is very important in their style. Like always, it is a Euroleague game and we must avoid ups and downs for the 40 minutes."
FC Barcelona
"It's a rival we know well, so let's see if we are capable of playing a good game away from home and achieving this victory on the floor of a big team. We lack a little consistency in our game and we also need to manage the difficult moments of the games by making better decisions."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"They are a great team with a great coach and a club with tradition, but we prepared good and we will give our best in this moment for this victory.Because we must win all our home games if we want to make our goals in this season."
FC Barcelona
"We want to win on the road against a good team in order to improve our confidence. "

Huertas leads Barcelona to quality road win

In a thriller that went down to the wire, FC Barcelona edged Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 73-76 on the road on Thursday. Barcelona remained undefeated in Top 16 Group E, while Fenerbahce dropped to 0-2. Marcelinho Huertas paced the winners with 23 points - 14 of which came in the decisive fourth quarter – in addition to 7 assists and 4 steals. Brad Oleson added 14 points, Kostas Papanikolaou scored 11 while Erazem Lorbek got 10 for Barcelona, which was without superstar Juan Carlos Navarro. Melih Mahmutoglu and Nemanja Bjelica led Fenerbahce with 15 points apiece. Emir Preldzic and Bo McCalebb each added 13 and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 12 for the hosts. Fenerbahce overcame a slow start to get its first lead, 11-9, midway through the first quarter. Oleson and Bostjan Nachbar stepped up to give Barcelona a 18-26 edge early in the second quarter. Fenerbahce improved its defense and a dunk off a steal by McCalebb gave the hosts a 38-37 edge. Dorsey dunked to tie the game, 39-39, at halftime. Barcelona improved after the break and a slam by Papanikolaou made it a 6-point game. Bjelica rescued Fenerbahce with consecutive three-pointer, but Ante Tomic and Oleson allowed Barcelona to keep a 56-58 edge through three quarters. An outstanding Huertas took over after that, including free throws for a 73-76 Barcelona edge with 10 seconds left. Fenerbahce had a chance to tie the game, but Bogdanovic missed from downtown at the buzzer.

First quarter: Barcelona starts strong

Lorbek got Barcelona going with a free throw and a fast break layup by Kostas Papanikolaou gave the guests a 0-3 lead. Fenerbahce kept struggling to score, as Barcelona was all over the passing lines. A floating jumper by Huertas caused Coach Zeljko Obradovic to call timeout at 0-5. Bogdanovic stepped up with a driving layup that Huertas matched with a one-handed floater. Preldzic scored in penetration and a corner triple by Bjelica tied it at 7-7. Lorbek scored in the low post, but back-to-back layups by McCalebb gave Fenerbahce its first lead, 11-9. Bogdanovic took over with a dunk in traffic. Oleson stepped up with a bomb from downtown. After Preldzic scored in transition, Lorbek hit a close shot and a jumper by Oleson restored a 15-16 Barcelona edge. Papanikolaou and Preldzic traded baskets before McCalebb tied it at 18-18. Victor Sada shined with a floating layup and a three-pointer by Nachbar gave the guests an 18-23 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Mahmutoglu, McCalebb step up

Oleson struck from downtown to make it an 8-point game early in the second quarter. Linas Kleiza made free throws and a jumper by Melih Mahmutoglu kept Fenerbahce within 22-26. Nachbar fired in a five-meter jumper that a red-hot Mahmutoglu improved on with a triple. Zoric ignited the crowd with a two-handed dunk. Tomic answered with a backdoor layup, good for a 27-30 Barcelona edge. Mahmutoglu nailed a mid-range jumper. Papanikolaou sank a bomb from downtown. McCalebb made free throws before a layup-plus-foul by Huertas boosted the guests' margin to 31-36. Fenerbahce could not get Bogdanovic involved due to Oleson's outstanding defense. Preldzic split free throws and soon added a tip-in to make it 34-36. Free throws by Bjelica and a dunk off a steal by McCalebb allowed Fenerbahce to regain the lead, 38-37. A free throw by Gasper Vidmar and a dunk by Joey Dorsey fixed the halftime score at 39-39.

Third quarter: Oleson, Tomic give Barcelona lead

Tomic split free throws after the break and Huertas soon gave Barcelona a 3-point lead. Bjelica stepped up with a second-chance layup that Lorbek erased with an easy basket. Fenerbahce kept struggling to score until Mahmutoglu took over with a catch-and-shoot three-pointer. Oleson swished a running shot and Papanikolaou silenced the crowd with a fast break jam to restore a 44-50 Barcelona lead. Bjelica buried a big triple, but a dunk by Dorsey gave the guests fresh air at 47-52. An unstoppable Bjelica struck again from downtown. Nachbar scored in penetration, as Barcelona tried a more physical lineup with Sada, Papanikolaou and Dorsey together on court. Oleson banked in a close jumper for a 50-56 Barcelona lead. After Mahmutoglu hit free throws, Tomic scored down low. A huge dunk by Bogdanovic kept Fenerbahce within 54-58. Bogdanovic shined with a wild driving layup to make it 56-58 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Marcelinho leads Barca to victory

Both teams struggled to score for more than three minutes until Lorbek stepped up with a layup that gave Barcelona a 56-60 edge. Mahmutoglu rescued Fenerbahce with a three-pointer, but a running jumper by Huertas restored a 59-62 Barcelona lead. Preldzic provided a highlight with an off-balance basket that a red-hot Huertas erased with a close jumper. Bogdanovic buried a six-meter shot, but an unstoppable Huertas struck from downtown, causing Fenerbahce to call timeout at 63-67 with four minutes left. Preldzic made free throws, but Oleson buried a mid-range jumper for a 65-69 score with over two minutes to go. Bogdanovic nailed a five-meter jumper that Huertas bettered with a second-chance three-pointer. Preldzic scored in penetration, but Huertas matched that with free throws. McCalebb scored, drew a foul, missed the free throw and a put-back layup by Bjelica brought Fenerbahce within 73-74 with 11 seconds left. Fenerbahce fouled Huertas, who hit both free throws for a 73-76 score. Fenerbahce had a chance to tie the game, but Bogdanovic missed an open three-point shot at the buzzer.

Marcelino Huertas - FC Barcelona - EB13
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Attendance: 12968 (Tentative)
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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 26:30 13 5/6   3/5 3 1 4   3 1 1   1 3 19
7 ONAN, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 27:36 15 2/6 3/4 2/2 2 5 7 1   1 1   4 4 18
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 22:35 15 2/3 3/6 2/3   2 2 1 1         2 16
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 19:21 2 0/4   2/2 1 1 2 3   1     1 1 2
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 17:51 1 0/2   1/2 1 2 3   1 1   1 2 3 1
22 ZORIC, LUKA 15:12 2 1/6     3 1 4     1 1 2 2 2 -1
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 5:50     0/1     2 2           4 1 -2
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 36:02 12 6/11 0/6   3 2 5 1   1     1 2 7
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 29:03 13 5/7 0/3 3/4 1 3 4 2 3 3     4 3 12
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 21/45 6/20 13/18 15 21 36 8 8 9 3 3 19 21 75
        46.7% 30% 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
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 DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DORSEY, JOEY 16:55 4 2/4     1 3 4   1 1 2 1 5 1 3
8 SADA, VICTOR 10:30 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 3         3 1 2
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 29:30 23 5/10 2/5 7/7 1 2 3 7 4 3   1 1 6 30
10 ABRINES, ALEX 16:20   0/2 0/2   2   2     1     2 1 -4
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 34:56 11 4/6 1/4 0/2 3 4 7 2 1 2 1   2 1 12
23 HEZONJA, MARIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 OLESON, BRAD 28:45 14 4/5 2/5   2 1 3 1         2 1 13
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 25:13 10 4/4 0/2 2/6 1 1 2     1     1 4 8
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 20:47 7 2/6 1/2   1 3 4 1   1   1 1 1 5
44 TOMIC, ANTE 17:04 5 2/4   1/2 1 4 5 1   1     4 3 6
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 76 24/43 6/21 10/17 14 23 37 15 6 11 3 3 21 19 80
        55.8% 28.6% 58.8%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a very tough game. We lost because of the very important, but small details. For example, Bojan Bogdanovic missed a wide open shot. I don’t mean that this is the reason of our loss. But it was a great chance. We are repeating smiliar mistakes that we are working on to not repeat. We are still struggling to overcome some of those mistakes. We are talking about our mistakes during the practices, but repeating them during the games. Anyway we still have 12 games in front of us. We have the chance to show our real character."
FC Barcelona
"We are very happy about this very important win. It was a very close and tough game. There was just a small differance most of the game and both teams tried really hard. But we managed to play the end of the game beter than our opponent. There was no special reason for keeping Maciej Lampe on the bench. It was just our decision to use the other players in our rotation."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I don’t know why, but we were not on the level of intensity that we were before. We couldn’t find our rythm all game. We made some easy mistakes that cost us the game. Anyway we still have 12 games to recover and I believe we will."
FC Barcelona
"It was a very important away game for us. Without Juan Carlos Navarro we knew that we have to hustle hard and play much better defence. We really did it well against one of the great teams in Euroleague."
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