2012-13Top 16Round 4
January 18, 2013 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.6 Points 75.3
28.4 Rebounds 33.1
8.4 O. Rebounds 11.2
20.0 D. Rebounds 21.8
11.5 Assists 14.1
5.9 Steals 5.6
1.9 Blocks 2.5
11.5 Turnovers 12.2
53.4 % 2PT 48.9 %
33.6 % 3PT 36.2 %
72.7 % FT 77.2 %
71.7 Index 78.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.3 / Bogdanovic Points 11.9 / Lampe
4.6 / Sato Rebounds 5.5 / Lampe
1.5 / Sato OR 2.0 / Bjelica, N.
3.3 / Andersen DR 3.5 / Lampe
3.0 / Preldzic Assists 4.0 / Heurtel
1.3 / McCalebb Steals 0.8 / Bjelica, N.
0.6 / Karaman Blocks 0.8 / Pleiss
1.6 / McCalebb Turnovers 2.1 / Heurtel
68.4 % / Ermis 2PT 75.0 % / Cabezas
44.4 % / Onan 3PT 50.0 % / Oleson
100.0 % / Batiste FT 95.5 % / Cabezas
12.0 / Preldzic Index 11.5 / Lampe


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-3 Top 16 3-0
5-5 Regular Season 4-6
5-8 Overall 7-6


Crew Chief
VYKLICKY, ROBERT, Czech Republic

The Take

A pivotal Group F fixture that all the teams will have an eye on takes place in Istanbul on Friday when Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul hosts Caja Laboral Vitoria. Despite the high hopes that accompanied the team following heavy investment over the summer, Fenerbahce Ulker (0-3) enters the game tied for the bottom spot in the group and comes off a heavy loss at Maccabi Electra. On the other hand, Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-0) has reeled off six straight Euroleague wins – including a road win in Tel Aviv – and comes off an impressive home victory over Besiktas. Vitoria leads the all-time series between them 3-9 and has won four in a row. Fenerbahce last beat Vitora at home in February 2005.

Both teams feature great depth and versatile lineups. Whenever Fenerbahce takes the floor, the focal point is All-Euroleague guard and Ford Trophy winner Bo McCalebb. The speedy playmaker will face challenges this week in the form of Thomas Heurtel and Omar Cook, who will make sure that McCalebb never has an easy trip down the floor. Fener’s hottest player recently has been high-scoring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic. Like at point guard, Coach Zan Tabak has options at small forward with Andres Nocioni and Fernando San Emeterio, whose combined experience and court sense could be the answer for Bogdanovic. The likely duel at shooting guard pits Romain Sato of the hosts against Brad Oleson of the visitors. Coach Pianigiani has many options in the Fenerbahce frontcourt, whether it be the powerful Mike Batiste, Kaya Peker and Oguz Savas, the savvy David Andersen or point forward Emir Preldzic, whose ability to exploit mismatches makes him a potential scorer and creator. Between, scoring threat Maciej Lampe and defensive ace Tibor Pleiss, Vitoria has answers at the pivot, while Nemanja Bjelica and Milko Bjelica are formidable inside-outside choices at power forward.

These two teams have been fairly similar statistically this season, though Vitoria has been significantly better in rebounding, where Fener is bottom of the league, and in assists. If Heurtel and Cook can distribute the ball well while keeping McCalebb in check and Lampe and Pleiss can control the rebounds, Vitoria could be on track for another big win. However, if Pianigiani can get all his big guns working in harmony at home, with Bogdanovic and McCalebb scoring and Preldzic creating, the sky is the limit for the home team.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Game Notes


Fenerbahce Ulker is ranked last in the league in rebounding (28.4 rpg.).

Mike Batiste has made 10 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in four straight and seven of his last eight Euroleague games. He has averaged 16.1 points per game over that span.

Uros Tripkovic has made his last 8 free throws in Euroleague action.

Tripkovic is 5 three-pointers away from tying former Unicaja teammate Berni Rodriguez for 25th place on the Euroleague’s career list of three-pointers made.


Caja Laboral has now won six straight Euroleague games.

Brad Oleson has made 10 three-pointers in 16 attempts (62.5%) over his last five Euroleague games. His 50% success rate for the season is the highest of Oleson’s four-year Euroleague career.

Omar Cook has at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Fernando San Emeterio was the 2010-11 regular season Game 6 MVP after leading Caja Laboral to a 90-85 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker with a career-high 25 points plus 8 rebounds for a performance index rating of 36.  

Tibor Pleiss scored a season-high 12 points in last week’s victory over Besiktas.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Its a game where the two teams are in a different moment. Caja Laboral is leading our group with three victories and their victories in the first group mean many victories in a row in the Euroleague. As for us, we are in a moment where our confidence is so and so. We lost some games so when we arrive in a critical moment sometimes we are hesitating too much. This can be a good game for redemption for us if we find it in front of our fans one more time with confidence. It is the best to play a great game here. It can be the right moment to invert this kind of way. This is what we hope but obviously we know that Caja Laboral with their physical size and style of game is a very very difficult opponent. But we are in the Top 16 and we know that this is normal. I hope that my players will play one more time tight game but in the critical moment tomorrow find a solution. This is not important only for the ranking but for the season in general."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Fenerbahce Ulker is a very strong team, built to get into the Final Four. However, they still have not found the way to play properly but I am sure they will because they have such a great coach and lots of quality in all positions. They are unstoppable at the one-on-one and we will have to do a good defensive job to stop their backcourt players. However the most danegrous thing can be their need to win this game. This game is do-or-die for them. Regarding us, I am positive that we will compete in Istanbul. In the last practice I saw my players ready and willing to play the kind of basketball I want at the level I want."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Caja Laboral is a very tough team. We have to do our best to win in our home arena with the support of our fans. It will be an important win for us in the Top 16."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Fenerbahce Ulker is a very complete team, with lots of quality and talented players. We just cannot afford to take this for granted. Them having started with a 0-3 in the Top 16 means nothing, this phase is long. We know that winning in Istanbul is very difficult because there is a hot atmosphere over there. We must try to defend the top spot in our group and try to keep playing like we have been doing lately, changing nothing basically."

Caja Laboral trounces Fenerbahce Ulker for seventh straight victory

Caja Laboral Vitoria cruised to its seventh consecutive Turkish Airlines Euroleague victory by trouncing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 75-97 Friday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena. Andres Nocioni led five Vitoria scorers in double figures with 19 points as Coach Zan Tabak’s men outshot and outrebounded the hosts to win in style. Caja Laboral improved to 4-0 in Group F, while dropping Fenerbahce to 0-4. The game was close until midway through the second quarter, but the visitors finished the half on a 2-15 charge led by Nemanja Bjelica and Fernando San Emeterio to take a 32-48 halftime lead. The hosts cut the gap to 8 in the third quarter, but Vitoria pushed back and 10 unanswered points bridging the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth made it 51-73 to secure the outcome early. Nemanja Bjelica finished with 16 points for Vitoria, San Emeterio and Maciej Lampe added 13 points apiece and Milko Bjelica finished with 10. Emir Preldzic and Bojan Bogdanovic led Fenerbahce with 16 points each, Bo McCalebb netted 15 and Oguz Savas 11.

First quarter: McCalebb, Nocioni shine in exciting opening

Caja Laboral took it to the hosts early. Lampe scored on the visitors first possession before Mike Batiste matched for Fener. Nocioni beat Romain Sato to the rim and Thomas Heurtel set up Milko Bjelica to make it 2-6. Bogdanovic and McCalebb heated up to tie the game and put Fenerbahce ahead, 10-8. McCalebb’s basket-plus foul in transition completed a 9-0 run before Omar Cook drained a triple from the corner. Nocioni scored from downtown before a steal by Cook led to a Lampe basket and a 15-16 Vitoria advantage. The lead switched hands on baskets by Preldzic and Milko Bjelica. A clever pass by Fabien Causeur set Milko Bjelica up for a slam, but Ilkan Karaman followed up a Bogdanovic miss with a dunk on the last play of the quarter to make it 19-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Bjelica, San Emeterio lead 2-15 charge

Nocioni took Preldzic down with a hard, unsportsmanlike foul, which allowed the hosts to regain the lead. Preldzic made the free throws and Savas went through Tibor Pleiss to complete a 5-point possession. A Fernando San Emeterio three-pointer narrowed the gap to 1 again. And Nemanja Bjelica fired in a deep triple to make it 26-28. Nemanja Bjelica’s third three of the game added to the Vitoria lead. Pleiss added a short jumper to make it 28-33 before McCalebb completed a brilliant drive for the hosts. Nemanja Bjelica and Causeur knocked down back-to-back threes to silence Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena and increase the advantage to 9. After Sato free throws, San Emeterio fed Lampe for a two-handed slam and the swingman then knocked down a triple to make it 32-44. San Emeterio added another layup and Nemanja Bjelica hit a pair of free throws to bring a 2-15 charge into the locker room; 32-48 for Vitoria ta halftime.

Third quarter: Fenerbahce closes within 8, Vitoria storms back to comfortable margin

After the hosts went 0 for 7 from downtown in the first half, Preldzic opened the second with a three-pointer. Savas made it a 5-0 start to the half before Nocioni got the visitors going from the line. Fenerbahce failed to take advantage of a technical foul on Vitoria coach Tabak as Preldzic missed twice from the line. However a three by Preldzic and a tough basket by Bogdanovic closed the difference to 42-50. Nocioni continued to star for the visitors; he added 2 more from the line and a basket in transition to restore a 12-point lead. Lampe’s tip-in caused the hosts to call timeout. Coach Pianigiani’s pep talk worked as Savas and Preldzic scored on the next two Fener possessions. But the surge was short lived. Nocioni free throws soon had Vitoria ahead 46-60. Bogdanovic generated 4 points from the line for Fenerbahce, but Vitoris always had an answer. A steal and layup by Cook extended the lead to 16, Nocioni added a jumper and Pleiss’s tip in put Vitoria ahead 51-71 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Visitors coast to another big road win

Milko Bjelica capped a 0-10 Vitoria run on the first play of the fourth quarter. McCalebb chiseled away at the deficit with 4 free throws – 2 of which came after he drew Pleiss’s fifth foul. Even after a Bogdanovic layup, the home team trailed 59-78. Fenerbahce found its form on offense and got as close as 67-83 on Uros Tripkovic’s first basket for his new team. Alas a San Emeterio tip-in made it a 20-point game again as the visitors relaxed down the stretch with another big road win in their pocket.

Fernando San Emeterio - Caja Laboral - EB12
Friday, January 18, 2013
Attendance: 6200
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria20282326
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria20487197
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 32:01 15 5/10   5/6 1 2 3 1 3 2     2 5 17
7 ONAN, OMER 10:19 1 0/2 0/2 1/2 1 1 2     1     2 2 -3
9 ERMIS, BARIS 3:34   0/1                         -1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 22:20 4 1/3 0/3 2/2 1   1 2 1       4 2 1
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 10:07 5 1/3 1/2                 1     1
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 14:57 3 0/3 1/1   1 3 4 3 1 2     1 1 6
14 PEKER, KAYA 3:22                         1   -1
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 18:01 11 5/6   1/1 2 2 4 1   3     3 3 12
24 BATISTE, MIKE 9:54 2 1/2     1   1           2    
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 17:00 2 1/3 0/2   1 2 3   1 2          
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 30:12 16 4/8 0/2 8/8   2 2 2   1     3 5 15
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 28:13 16 4/4 2/3 2/4   1 1 3   3     2 3 15
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 75 22/45 4/15 19/23 8 15 23 12 6 14 0 1 20 21 64
        48.9% 26.7% 82.6%
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 19:51 5 1/3 1/1         4 2 3     1 1 6
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 20:21 19 5/6 1/2 6/6   2 2 1   1     2 5 22
11 BJELICA, MILKO 23:40 10 5/5 0/2   2 3 5 2         3 2 14
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS 4:00 3   1/1     1 1               4
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 19:39 13 3/4 2/2 1/1 3 4 7 3   2     1 4 23
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 12:06 4 2/2     1 6 7     2     5   4
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 16:09 4 1/2 0/2 2/2 1   1 6 1 3     1 1 6
24 OLESON, BRAD 16:02 1 0/2   1/2       1 1       3 3  
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 27:54 13 4/8 1/2 2/2 2 7 9 1 2 2     3 1 16
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 16:20 16 1/1 4/9 2/2 1 2 3 1         1 1 15
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 23:58 9 2/4 1/3 2/2       2   2 1   1 2 7
Team             1 1           1    
Totals 200:00 97 24/37 11/24 16/17 10 26 36 21 6 15 1 0 22 20 117
        64.9% 45.8% 94.1%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Obviously I have to say sorry to the Fenerbahce fans. We cannot accept this kind of performance. We were playing against a good Euroleague team. We missed some open shots and when they scored two or three times and we went down by 6, 7, 8 points, we completely stopped playing. This is unbelievable. Like our last quarter against Maccabi Tel Aviv. This is the first time in my life I have seen something like this. It’s not like the players are bad guys; it’s the confidence. The first 15 minutes we played the right way, we just missed some open shots. And after that, the last minutes of the second quarter killed our games. This is incredible and for sure not acceptable. "
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Tonight we had a very important win against Fenerbahce Ulker on the road. This is one of the toughest road games for any team. The main reason we won the game was our defense. I can’t say that we did the tactical things very well, but our defence brought the game to us. Generally we did the small things better than Fenerbahce Ulker. Another important thing is that we won the game against one of the top scoring teams of the Top 16 with our good defense."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Unfortunately we lost another game at home and our fourth game in the Top 16. Tonight, once again we couldn’t show resistance in the critical moments of the game. When they started to show strength at the end of the second quarter, we gave up and let them go instead of fighting. There’s not much to say about the rest of the game."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a very important game for us to keep our rythm in the Top 16. We started the game well but they balanced it soon. Our tough defense at the end of the second quarter was the main reason for our win. We are happy to win our fourth game in a row and hope to keep going on like this."
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