2018-19Regular SeasonRound 2
October 17, 2018 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Fenerbahce holds on 93-85 against pesky Khimki

Fenerbahce Istanbul stayed perfect after two games by outlasting pesky Khimki Moscow Region for a 93-85 triumph on Wednesday. Fenerbahce is now 2-0, both wins coming at home, while Khimki fell to 0-2. Nicolo Melli had 16 points for the winners, but Ali Muhammed stormed off the bench for 14 in the last 12 minutes to secure the victory. Luigi Datome added 14, Kostas Sloukas 13, Jan Vesely 12 and Nikola Kalinic 10. Alexey Shved fired up 7 three-pointers on his way to 26 points for Khimki. Tony Crocker followed with 17, Jordan Mickey with 12 and Anthony Gill with 10. A flurry of 3 three-pointers by each team left Fenerbahce up 15-11 as Sloukas hit from the corner. Both teams stayed hot, but Melli kept the hosts ahead 28-21 after 10 minutes. The lead reached 30-21 on Joffrey Lauvergne's first of two put-backs, but soon Gill got Khimki within 32-29. Melli's monster dunk sparked another Fenerbahce surge. Khimki went cold with Shved seated and Sloukas took advantage with a buzzer-beater to make it a 54-43 halftime lead. Shved returned with 2 long-distance strikes in a 0-10 run as Khimki held Fenerbahce scoreless for almost 5 minutes and got within a point before staying on the heels of the hosts at 66-63 after 30 minutes. Doubled by Fenerbahce, Shved assisted Crocker's triple for a 66-66 tie, but Datome broke it and Muhammad hit 3 threes in under 1:30 to make it 77-70. Crocker got the next 4 points and Shved's four-point play made it 82-78, but Datome, Vesely and Muhammad stepped up to preserve the victory.

Streak continues

After splitting four home wins in their first games ever in the 2012-13 season, Fenerbahce has now won five straight against Khimki, ever since Zeljko Obradovic became the team's coach. All the victories have been nine or fewer points.

The decider

Little big man Ali Muhammed climbed off Fenerbahce's bench for the first time this season with 2:40 left in the third quarter. He nailed his only two-pointer before helping his team face down a 66-66 fourth-quarter tie by assisting Luigi Datome on the tie-breaking basket and then blasting 3 consecutive triples in 1 minute, 13 seconds to make it 77-70. Khimki never took the lead.

Shved and Co.

Alexey Shved may be aiming for his own three-point record by hitting 7 in Round 2 on top of his 8 from downtown in Round 1. But he had help this time. Khimki made 8 of its first 10 threes and 10 of 14 in the game's first 15 minutes. The visitors finished 15 of 34 from downtown as Crocker had 3 of his own, Gill and Dee Bost 2 each.

Next round

Fenerbahce heads to Kaunas, Lithuania for a 2018 semifinals rematch with host Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday in the Game of the Week for Round 3. Khimki goes to Istanbul, but the European side, to take on Anadolu Efes.

Nikolo Melli - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB18
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR; SUKYS, ARTURAS
Attendance: 8132
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Fenerbahce Istanbul28261227
Khimki Moscow Region21222022
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Fenerbahce Istanbul28546693
Khimki Moscow Region21436385
Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 32:10 16 5/7 1/3 3/3 1 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 4 3 17
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 10:26   0/2 0/1     1 1 4             2
11 ENNIS, TYLER 7:02 5 2/2   1/2       1   2       1 4
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 29:44 10 4/5 0/1 2/3   3 3 2 1 2     2 3 12
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 21:43 13 1/4 3/3 2/2           2     2 3 9
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 26:25 5 0/1 1/1 2/2   3 3 3 1 1     1 2 11
24 VESELY, JAN 30:23 12 4/5   4/4 1 2 3 2 2 2 1   3 4 18
32 GULER, SINAN 0:04                              
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 12:17 14 1/1 4/5     3 3 2   2       1 17
70 DATOME, LUIGI 20:13 14 4/4 2/4   1 7 8 1 2 2     4 1 18
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 9:33 4 2/2   0/3 2 2 4 1   1 1     2 8
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 93 23/33 11/18 14/19 6 23 29 18 9 17 3 1 16 20 116
        69.7% 61.1% 73.7%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 31:04 26 2/5 7/12 1/1   1 1 8 1 6     2 5 25
3 BOST, DEE 30:11 8 1/2 2/7 0/1 1 2 3 3 6 1     3 3 12
5 CROCKER, TONY 30:27 17 4/7 3/6   1 1 2 1 1 1   1 2   11
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 13:03 3 0/1 1/3 0/2 1 1 2 3         5 2  
12 MONIA, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GILL, ANTHONY 33:07 10 2/2 2/4 0/1 2 3 5 1   1 1   2 2 13
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 6:53         1 2 3 1         1 1 4
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 15:15 3 1/1 0/2 1/1   2 2 1         1 1 4
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 17:42 6 3/4     1   1 1 1 1     2   5
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 22:18 12 5/8   2/2 1 2 3     2   2 2 2 8
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 85 18/30 15/34 4/8 10 14 24 19 9 13 1 3 20 16 83
        60% 44.1% 50%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Except for the third quarter, everything was good. We played good basketball against a good team. As I said before the game, I expected them to change and they changed. This is not something new that they shot a lot of three-point shots. Last games, this was their average, almost 34 three-pointers. So it was a matter of trying to stop them. Sometimes we played good defense, sometimes they scored difficult shots. But there were also situations where we didn't react well defensively. However, it's a very important victory, we continue thanks to our people, and congratulations to the players. Tomorrow we travel."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region
"Typical EuroLeague game. It was tight until the end, the last minutes. I think we had a chance to win it, which is not easy over here against such a very strong team that punishes you for every mistake. Our problem was the defense, especially in the first 20 minutes. We went out without any desire to play defense, to use our bodies or to fight. We allowed them 54 points in the first half, too many. Our defensive approach changed in the third quarter, which is how we got back in the game, and we had our chance. Of course, this is a league where we need to forget immediately what happened, because in two days we have a game against Efes. Congratulations to Fener, and we go on."

Players

DATOME, LUIGI
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We knew the way that Khimki plays basketball. We found very good shots, very good looks, especially in the first half. They stayed close to the game because in the third quarter we couldn't score. But we stuck to the plan and for sure Ali gave us extra help from the bench. But everyone I think contributed to the game and we never lost the lead at the end. So it was a good day for us."
GILL, ANTHONY
Khimki Moscow Region
"Our defense [was the problem]. They missed only seven shots because we were not playing defense. We didn't come out and play strong as we should have done. In the second half we played a lot better defense and got back into the game. That made offense a lot easier as well. We had struggles in the first half that we should not have, like I said. Generally, defense killed us. We have to be better on this coming to practice and working hard. We are still looking for our first EuroLeague win."
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