2012-13Top 16Round 4
January 17, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 ABDI IPEKÇI SPORTS HALL

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
68.4 Points 78.1
32.6 Rebounds 34.5
10.7 O. Rebounds 9.3
21.9 D. Rebounds 25.2
12.1 Assists 15.2
6.2 Steals 7.4
3.4 Blocks 4.3
13.8 Turnovers 13.5
48.0 % 2PT 57.1 %
33.0 % 3PT 34.3 %
67.4 % FT 75.1 %
66.1 Index 92.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.6 / Jerrells Points 12.4 / Navarro
5.3 / Markota Rebounds 6.2 / Tomic
2.2 / Falker OR 1.4 / Tomic
3.8 / Markota DR 4.8 / Tomic
2.7 / Jerrells Assists 3.0 / Huertas
1.0 / Markota Steals 1.3 / Mickeal
1.2 / Falker Blocks 1.5 / Tomic
2.2 / Jerrells Turnovers 1.8 / Huertas
60.9 % / Cetin 2PT 78.6 % / Rabaseda
40.0 % / Guler 3PT 50.0 % / Lorbek
100.0 % / Ozer FT 100.0 % / Jasikevicius
14.3 / Jerrells Index 14.9 / Tomic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-3 Top 16 2-1
5-5 Regular Season 9-1
5-8 Overall 11-2

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
MAESTRE, NICOLA, France
Umpire
KOROMILAS, ELIAS, Greece

The Take

Besiktas JK Istanbul and FC Barcelona Regal will meet for the third time this season on Thursday. Besiktas (0-3) returns home after a pair of disheartening road losses needing to win at home to jumpstart its playoffs chances. Barcelona (2-1) seeks its first Top 16 road win after going undefeated away from home in the regular season. Barca won by 30 in its previous visit to Istanbul led by Joe Ingles’s career-high 22 points. Ingles saw extended playing time that game with scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro sidelined, which is the likely scenario this time, too.

Gasper Vidmar had one of his best games of the season against Barcelona earlier this season, but has missed back-to-back games with injury. If available, Vidmar joins forces with Cemal Nalga, Randal Falker and Damir Markota to give Coach Erman Kunter depth, toughness and versatility in the paint. It will all be needed to stop Barcelona’s inside game, led by center Ante Tomic and All-Euroleague big man Erazem Lorbek. Tomic is enjoying a brilliant campaign, while backup Nate Jawai is a true force in the paint. Point guard Curtis Jerrells and scorer Patrick Christopher made up a strong Besiktas backcourt even before Dan Ewing arrived to make it better and deeper. They will tango with Barcelona point guards Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada, veteran Sarunas Jasikevicius and swingman Ingles. Something might have to change at small forward, where Besiktas favors the athletic outside shooter Serhat Cetin, while Pete Mickeal brings great strength and all-around skill to the position.

Besiktas’s 3-3 home record this season should give Coach Xavi Pascual some confidence, though Besiktas will be more determined than ever to pull off a win over Barcelona and to climb back into the playoff hunt. Besiktas will need contributions inside and out on offense and defense to maximize its chances. A big night from the inconsistent Christopher could make the difference, though Vidmar, Falker and co. must make it stand with their interior defense. However with a tall and experienced squad, Barcelona may have the answers needed to capture the win.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Game Notes

BESIKTAS JK ISTANBUL

Daniel Ewing has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.

Ewing has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Gasper Vidmar has blocked at least 1 shot in seven straight Euroleague games.

Vidmar had his best game of the season with 18 points, 4 steals and 3 blocks – all career highs – against Barcelona in November.

Cevher Ozer is a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line in his Euroleague career.

Serhat Cetin has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine consecutive Euroleague games.

Curtis Jerrells has scored in double figures in five straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Jerrells is averaging career highs in scoring (14.6 ppg.) and three-point shooting (36.8%) in this, his third Euroleague season.

Jerrells and Barcelona center Nate Jawai were teammates at Partizan Belgrade during the 2010-11 season. They helped Partizan win the Adriatic League and the Serbian League and Cup double.

FC BARCELONA REGAL

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 66.2 points allowed per game.

Juan Carlos Navarro needs just 6 more points to become the first Euroleague player to score 3,000 career points.

Navarro needs just 4 more three-pointers to become the Euroleague career leader in three-pointers made. Former teammate Gianluca Basile is the all-time leader in three-pointers made with 421.

Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 18 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Jasikevicius was a teammate of Besiktas center Gasper Vidmar at Fenerbahce Ulker during the 2010-11 season. Together they helped the club win the Turkish League title.

Marcelinho Huertas has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Joe Ingles scored a Euroleague career-high 22 points in a 47-78 regular season victory over Besiktas in November in Istanbul. Ingles did not miss a shot – including 4 three-pointers – to lead Barca to victory.

Pete Mickeal needs 28 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

KUNTER, ERMAN
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"It'll be a hard game because the opposite team is strong, the strongest team of our group. Khimki did beat them but for sure they'll pass this group. They have already beaten us twice. We have to make less turnovers than usual. We can't make easy turnovers if we want to win and also Barcelona is not at their best so we have to stay focused if we manage to stay focused I think we'll win the game."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"We come from a hard loss in the Spanish League and this game against Besiktas arrives in a good moment for us, to try to get back on our feet and continue with our good Euroleague season. We have to look for the open shots and we are not doing it. Juan Carlos Navarro won't be playing this one and Pete Mickeal could also sit it out, that's why young Mario hezonja is coming with us. He will become a more and more important piece of the team as time goes by."

Players

YATAGAN, MEHMET ALI
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"It's gonna be a hard game for us. We haven't won a game yet in this Top 16 but we want to win a home game. We'll try our best to get a win."
RABASEDA, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"This team is ready for the challenge of playing against Besiktas. We must not panik for the Spanish League loss we had. It was a call for attention where everything was at stake for them but not for us. I know that the atmosphere in Besiktas' gym will be hot, so we must be ready from the first minute and stay focused to the last."

Barcelona beats Besiktas for third time this season

FC Barcelona Regal broke open a close game by dominating the fourth quarter to beat Besiktas JK Istanbul 59-73 on the road Thursday. The Spanish champs held Besiktas scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to crack open what had been a close game. Barca improved to 3-1 in Group F and registered its first road win, while Besiktas dropped to 0-4. It was also the third win for Barcelona in as many games against Besiktas this season. Gasper Vidmar dominated early to keep Besiktas alive. When the hosts got going, they matched Barcelona basket for basket, but that all came to an end in the fourth. Ante Tomic paced Barcelona with 15 points of 7-of-8 shooting. Erazem Lorbek added 11 points, while C.J. Wallacerecorded an impressive performance with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Curtis Jerrells led Besiktas with 17 points, Gasper Vidmar netted 14 and Damir Markota finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

First quarter: Vidmar dominates inside, but Barca takes lead

Cemal Nalga went to the bench early with his second foul, resulting in an early entrance for Vidmar, who was back after missing two games. More than two-and-a-half minutes passed before Tomic scored the game’s first basket in the paint. Soon after Vidmar scored Besiktas’s first points. Tomic remained the chief offensive weapon for the visitors and his dunk after playing a perfect pick-and-roll with Victor Sada made it 4-10. However Vidmar matched Tomic on 6 individual points with a vicious slam. Vidmar then moved ahead with an offensive rebound and two-handed jam. Pete Mickeal answered with a triple from the corner. Markota closed the gap with a jumper to beat the 24-second clock, but Sarunas Jasikevicius banked in a floater as the first-quarter buzzer sounded to make it 10-15 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts keep pace

Vidmar threw down another dunk early in the second quarter. Jasikevicius sank a jumper before Markota completed a three-point play to make it 15-19. The hosts’ offense flowed nicely as Lorbek got to the hoop for an easy basket. After another two-handed rim-rocker, Vidmar signaled to the bench for a rest. Following a timeout, the hosts took the lead for the first time on a Markota triple from the top of the key, 22-21. Back-to-back triples by Saras and Lorbek put the visitors back on top, 24-27, midway through the quarter. Lorbek added to the Barca lead before Jerrells drained a second-chance three-pointer and then finished a fast break with a layup to even the score at 29-29. Marcelinho Huertas announced his presence for the Spanish champs with a three. Daniel Ewing brough waves of cheers with a drive to the hoops for a basket-plus-foul. Nate Jawai fell hard on the play and limped to the Barcelona bench. An open court foul committed by Cevher Ozer on Alex Abrines in the closing seconds of the half allowed the young guard to lift Barcelona to a 32-34 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Six lead changes in four minutes

Jerrells opened the second half with a triple to put Besiktas ahead. The teams then traded the lead with the next five baskets until Jawai barreled hos way to basket that made it 39-42 midway through the quarter. Vidmar and Jawai traded baskets as the visitors maintained a slim edge. The momentum swung further Barcelona’s way when Patrick Christopher committed his third foul and a three-point-play by Mickeal, which made it 43-49. Markota answered immediately with a three. Lorbek, who drew a foul from Markota with a second left in the quarter, missed twice from the line to leave it 48-51 for the visitors with one quarter to go.

Fourth quarter: Barca holds Besiktas scoreless for five minutes

Sada beat everyone down the floor for a layup in transition before Lorbek scored inside to extend the Barca lead. While Besiktas fell silent on offense, Tomic put the visitors up 9. C.J. Wallace made it a double-digit lead with a three from the corner. Five-and-a-half minutes without points passed before Ewing connected from behind the arc to make it 51-60. Joe Ingles and Jerrells traded threes. Barcelona’s attack cooled, but Besiktas still found it difficult to generate points. Cevher Ozer trimmed the deficit to 57-64 from the line with two minutes to go. Tomic scored again on the offensive glass and a Wallace triple with 80 seconds left essentially iced the game.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE)
Attendance: 5639
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Besiktas JK Istanbul10221611
FC Barcelona Regal15191722
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Besiktas JK Istanbul10324859
FC Barcelona Regal15345173
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 32:07 9 3/6 1/2 0/3   3 3 3 2       2 2 10
5 GULER, MURATCAN 12:15   0/1 0/1   1   1 5 2 1   1     4
7 YATAGAN, MEHMET ALI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 9:39   0/3 0/2   1   1               -4
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 24:36 14 7/10   0/3 1 2 3   1 1 2 1 2 6 16
14 FALKER, RANDAL 7:23 3 1/3   1/2 4 1 5           1 1 5
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 35:28 13 3/4 2/5 1/1   8 8 2   3     3 2 15
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 30:08   0/3 0/1     3 3 2 2 3     4 2 -2
25 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 NALGA, CEMAL 2:29   0/1               1     2   -4
41 OZER, CEVHER 10:04 3   0/3 3/4 1   1           2 2  
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 35:51 17 4/8 3/4     2 2 4   3   1 4 2 12
Team           4 3 7     2         5
Totals 200:00 59 18/39 6/18 5/13 12 22 34 16 7 14 2 3 20 17 57
        46.2% 33.3% 38.5%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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 Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 24:22 5 1/1 0/2 3/4 2 3 5 2 1       2 5 13
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 15:38 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 2   2     1   1
10 ABRINES, ALEX 2:16 2   0/2 2/2                 1 1  
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 26:19 9 2/4 1/2 2/2       2 1       1 3 11
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 25:55 8 1/3 2/3   2 6 8 6 3 2     1   19
20 INGLES, JOE 20:31 5 0/3 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 1   1   1 1 3 4
23 HEZONJA, MARIO 6:58   0/2     1 1 2           1   -1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 15:53 11 4/9 1/1 0/2   2 2           1 3 8
32 JAWAI, NATE 14:29 6 3/6     1 2 3 1     1 1 3   4
33 MICKEAL, PETE 23:56 9 4/6 0/1 1/1   2 2   1 3     2 2 6
44 TOMIC, ANTE 23:43 15 7/8   1/2 3 2 5 2   1 2   3 3 21
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 73 22/43 6/17 11/15 11 23 34 16 6 9 3 2 17 20 88
        51.2% 35.3% 73.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

KUNTER, ERMAN
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We challenged well, but only challenging is not enough to win a game. We were in the game for three quarters. But we failed to respond the same way in the last quarter. When you challenge that well, you must win the games, too. My players did everything they could do. But at the same time our opponent was Barcelona Regal and against a high level team like Barca, we needed to be much more creative to win. Anyway, we will try digging in to win the rest of the games."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"Our shooting percentage around the basket was low in the beginning of the game. We were playing the pick-and-roll well, generating good driving options, but with a poor shooting percentage. In general terms, we played pretty good defense and that allowed us to win for the third time in this group. It was a similar game to the one we played against Besiktas in the regular season. We also had a low two-point percentage that night. The main difference is that Besiktas did not have a good game back then and that's why the difference was bigger."

Players

EWING, DANIEL
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"Our gameplan was to play tough for the whole the game. We did very well in the first three quarters, but everything went wrong in the last quarter. We made easy turnovers and Barcelona got the momentum. Now we have nothing to do but to get ready for the next game to win."
LORBEK, ERAZEM
FC Barcelona Regal
"We played a very good game. It was a tough win. We managed to bounce back during the game. We managed to score when we needed it most and improved our defense, which was the key to winning the game."
MICKEAL, PETE
FC Barcelona Regal
"This is a great win for us, especially after losing our last game in the Spanish League. We got the victory and now it is time to move on and start preparing the next game."
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