2013-14Top 16Round 4
January 23, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Obradovic's Fenerbahce Ulker edges Panathinaikos

After dominating early, Fenerbahce Ulker held on late to edge Panathinaikos Athens 77-72 for the club’s first Top 16 victory. Linas Kleiza made a pair of big shots in the final minute to help seal the win for Coach Zeljko Obradovic's side, which handed Panathinaikos its first Top 16 loss. It was all Fenerbahce until Loukas Mavrokefalidis scored all the points in a 0-9 run to bring Panathinaikos back. Dimitris Diamantidis threes in the fourth helped complete the comeback and set up a thrilling finish that featured four lead changes and three ties in the final six minutes until Kleiza put the game away. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the winners with 15 points, Nemanja Bjelica and Kleiza added 13 apiece, Emir Preldzic scored 12 and Bo McCalebb 10. Ramel Curry led Panathinaikos with 14 points, Mavrokefalidis finished with 11 and Diamantidis tallied 9 points and 8 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Preldzic, McCalebb propel hosts to early lead

After several missed jumpers on both ends, Luka Zoric for the hosts and James Gist for the visitors opened the scoring with free throws. Preldzic dropped in a runner for the game’s first basket and his triple from the top of the key soon made it 6-4. Bjelica with a layup and free throws helped extend the gap to 6 midway through the quarter. Jonas Maciulis narrowed the difference to 12-8. McCalebb took center stage with a pair of layups – the second after an offensive rebound and drive to the hoop – as the hosts doubled up the visitors, 16-8. A timeout did not change the momentum as Preldzic drained a three from the corner. After seven missed Panathinaikos threes, Diamantidis finally sank one. Bogdanovic missed a pair of free throws, but Kleiza’s offensive rebound led to a McCalebb layup. The diminutive playmaker then made 2 free throws to give the hosts a 23-11 lead through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Strong defense keeps Fenerbahce in control

Curry came in and drained a three for the Greens. Gasper Vidmar rejected Gist at the rim and Bogdanovic returned to form with 2 free throws. Gist scored on the offensive glass, but Preldzic answered quickly to make it 27-16. Vidmar recorded a second block on Gist as the Fenerbahce defense proved tough. Even after Maciulis stepped up with a three, Omer Onan responded in kind. Preldzic thrilled the crowd with a halfcourt assist to Kleiza for a 13-point edge. Baskets by Mike Batiste and Curry gave Panathinaikos hope. The big man missed a chance to cut further into the deficit when he missed 3 free throws, but Curry sank a three to bring the Greens within 34-26, which prompted a Fenerbahce timeout. Bjelica sank a triple, but Batiste banked in a jumper. A Bogdanovic jumper and Bjelica block at the buzzer protected a 39-28 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Mavrokefalidis singlehandedly restores Greens’ hope

Bogdanovic kept the crowd involved with a steal and slam and a short jumper, though Maciulis scored in between. Free throws by Curry and Lasme brought Panathinaikos within 10. Bogdanovic remained strong with the next 4 points to make it 47-33. Curry scored on the break, but Bjelica kept the big margin for the home side. Mavrokefalidis came off the bench and took charge for the visitors. He scored on four of the next five Panathinaikos possessions – drawing fouls on three of them – to score all the points in a 0-9 run that carried his team within 49-44. Vidmar ended Fenerbahce’s drought after two minutes and Kleiza added free throws. Roko Ukic’s layup in traffic and an incredible follow-slam by Gist kept the visitors alive. After free throws by Mavrokefalidis and Bogdanovic, the hosts led 56-50.

Fourth quarter: Multiple lead changes, ties, set up fantastic finish

Kleiza netted the first basket of the fourth quarter, but a Diamantidis three kept the Greens within 5. Diamantidis and Lasme got together on a highlight-film alley-oop to make it a 3-point game. Diamantidis’s third three of the night tied the game for the first time since the opening minutes, 58-58. Kleiza got to the line to restore a Fenerbahce edge,but a Mike Bramos triple put Panathinaikos ahead 60-61. The lead changed hands on a McCalebb jumper and another Bramos three. Bjelica tied the game at 64-64 with three minutes remaining. Antonis Fotsis fired in his first three; Onan matched him. Lasme took a seat with 5 fouls and Onan put the hosts ahead, 68-67, on the resulting free throws. After Fotsis missed a tough three, Kleiza sank a clutch triple with a minute to go. After a timeout, Curry darted for a layup to make it 71-69. However Kleiza sank a killer jumper, Diamantidis missed a three and Bogdanovic eyed an open Zoric for a slam to lock up the victory.

Nemanja Bjelica - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), CHIARI, ROBERTO (ITA)
Attendance: 12526 (Tentative)
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul23161721
Panathinaikos Athens11172222
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul23395677
Panathinaikos Athens11285072
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 31:00 10 4/5 0/2 2/2 1 6 7 2 1 3       1 15
7 ONAN, OMER 20:16 7 0/1 2/3 1/2   1 1 1   1     2 2 5
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 23:27 13 3/4 1/4 4/4   3 3 1 2 2 1 1 4 4 13
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 19:17 13 3/3 1/4 4/4 1   1           3 2 10
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 17:31 2 1/1   0/2 2 1 3 1     2   1 3 8
22 ZORIC, LUKA 19:40 3 1/1   1/2 2   2     1 1   2 1 3
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 9:03 2 1/2     1 1 2           2   1
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 33:23 15 5/7 0/3 5/8 1   1 3 2 2     1 6 16
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 26:23 12 3/7 2/3 0/2 2 4 6 2 2 3     4 5 13
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 77 21/31 6/19 17/26 11 19 30 10 7 12 4 1 19 24 88
        67.7% 31.6% 65.4%
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BRAMOS, MICHAEL 20:56 9 0/1 3/5   2 3 5 1 1 3     3   7
7 CURRY, RAMEL 16:49 14 3/3 2/6 2/2   3 3 1   1   1 2 1 11
8 BATISTE, MIKE 4:14 4 2/2   0/2                 1 1 2
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 23:11 3   1/7   1 1 2 2         2   -1
10 UKIC, ROKO 25:27 4 2/3 0/5         3 1       1 2 3
11 LASME, STEPHANE 18:41 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 2 2 4       1   5 1 3
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 9:45 11 2/5   7/7 1   1   1 1   1 3 4 9
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 33:56 9   3/9     1 1 8 1 3     2 7 15
14 GIST, JAMES 24:09 6 2/7 0/2 2/2 7 3 10   1 3   2 2 3 6
15 PAPPAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MACIULIS, JONAS 22:52 7 2/2 1/5   3 1 4 2 4 2     3   8
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 72 15/26 10/40 12/15 19 17 36 17 9 14 1 4 24 19 68
        57.7% 25% 80%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We won a very tough and important game tonight. Panathinaikos showed its quality in the last quarter. We were the better side in the first half. Especially in defense we did well. We were also good on offense in some moments. But our main problem was our turnovers, especially in the critical moments. Our opponent is experienced enough to use those mistakes. I want to congratulate my players for their great effort and important win. Physiologically it was also a very important win for us. We will try to keep on fighting in the last 10 games. But the main thing is that we have to put our hearts on the court. It was also tough for myself to play against my ex team. It was strange to see Diamantidis and Fotsis on the other side. They are in my heart. But I’m at Fenerbahce Ulker right now and I will keep on fighting for my team until the end."
PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very tough game like all we expected. Fenerbahce Ulker started the game with high motivation and was very tough. It was kind of a surprise for us. We couldn’t concentrate enough. We made so many easy mistakes. Their guards hustled us really hard. They were pretty good in offensive rebounding. We balanced the game in the second half. We also levelled the score and moved in front. But in the end we couldn’t make the last move to win."

Players

KLEIZA, LINAS
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It’s a great victory for us. We felt big pressure on us. That’s the reason for our mistakes in the critical moments. But we stayed focused in the game until the end. I’m also happy to help the team. I believe with all my heart that we will play much better in the next games."
CURRY, RAMEL
Panathinaikos Athens
"We made a great comeback in the game in the second half. We came close to winning the game. We did everything to do it, but they made some big shots that we couldn’t answer in the end. "