2013-14Top 16Round 5
January 30, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.1 Points 82.6
33.8 Rebounds 33.9
10.7 O. Rebounds 10.9
23.1 D. Rebounds 22.9
12.1 Assists 15.3
5.9 Steals 6.2
2.3 Blocks 2.5
12.9 Turnovers 11.1
49.4 % 2PT 55.6 %
33.7 % 3PT 37.1 %
71.6 % FT 74.9 %
73.7 Index 91.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.9 / Langford Points 16.3 / Bogdanovic
5.6 / Melli Rebounds 5.4 / Bjelica, N.
1.9 / Lawal OR 2.5 / Vidmar
4.0 / Melli DR 4.1 / Bjelica, N.
2.6 / Langford Assists 5.0 / Preldzic
1.1 / Melli Steals 1.7 / McCalebb
1.1 / Lawal Blocks 0.6 / Bjelica, N.
2.5 / Gentile Turnovers 2.1 / Zoric
66.7 % / Moss 2PT 66.7 % / McCalebb
37.5 % / Jerrells 3PT 47.2 % / Mahmutoglu
100.0 % / Haynes FT 88.2 % / Kleiza
18.1 / Langford Index 18.2 / Preldzic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-2 Top 16 1-3
5-5 Regular Season 8-2
7-7 Overall 9-5


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

Both teams meet again in the Top 16 after splitting home wins in 2011-12. Milan has won both of its home games so far in the Top 16, but Fenerbahce just broke a three-game losing streak and wants to keep its momentum going. Stopping top gun Keith Langford will be critical for the guests, but Milan has a lot of fire power in its backcourt, which also features Curtis Jerrells, Daniel Hackett, David Moss and Alessandro Gentile. Jerrells faces a tough, interesting matchup against Bo McCalebb at point guard, as both players are in good shape. Moss and Gentile will need to step up on defense against Emir Preldzic, Nemanja Bjelica and Bojan Bogdanovic, in some of the central matchups in this game. Melih Mahmutoglou, Kenan Sipahi and Omer Onan give Coach Zeljko Obradovic great backcourt depth. Moss may see extended playing time at power forward to guard Linas Kleiza, whose scoring skills can change any game. Luza Zoric and Gasper Vidmar will use to use their size and power against Gani Lawal, Nicolo Melli and Samardo Samuels.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Game Notes

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
Coach Luca Banchi has used 12 different players in Milan’s starting lineup so far this season. No player has started every Euroleague game.
Keith Langford leads the Euroleague in fouls drawn per game this season with 6.8. Daniel Hackett (6.3 per game) is third.
Langford is third in the league in scoring with 16.9 points per game.
Curtis Jerrells is averaging more points (11.5 ppg.) in fewer minutes (19:26) coming off the bench this season than he did as a starter (8.9 ppg. in 26:23).
Jerrells spent the 2011-12 season at Fenerbahce Ulker. He was a teammate there of current Fenerbahce players Bojan Bogdanovic, Omer Onan, Emir Preldzic and Oguz Savas.
Alessandro Gentile’s father, Nando Gentile, played two seasons under Fenerbahce Ulker head coach Zeljko Obradovic for Panathinaikos between 1999 and 2001. The Greens won the 2000 Euroleague title and reached the 2001 SuproLeague title in that period.
David Moss is 6 three-pointers away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Zeljko Obradovic has used 10 different players in his team’s starting lineups this season. No player has started every Euroleague game this season.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season scoring champ with 18.1 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all but two games this season.
Bogdanovic has hit a shooting slump recently; he is 0 for 15 from downtown in the Top 16 after making 40.9% of his threes in the regular season.
Linas Kleiza has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Nemanja Bjelica has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Bo McCalebb has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last 6 games.
McCalebb was a teammate of EA7 Milan forward David Moss for two seasons at Montepaschi Siena between 2010 and 2012. Together they helped the club win back-to-back Italian League and Cup doubles.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We play a team coming off the win over Panathinaikos. They played like they used to do during the regular season when legitimately were considered one of the main candidates to win it all in Euroleague. We know about the task of playing against a very complete team, competitive in every position with players experienced and with a great amount of talent. It's motivating for us and our people to live a night of great emotion like only Euroleague games can inspire."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"For the next game will be very important. Milano have a 2-2 after the first four games and we are 1-3 so we just have to focus on working hard and playing well to try to win the game."


EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"After losing to an unbelievable shot, this game is a test to see how we respond to adversities. We cannot let it affect our future."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"This is going to be an important away game against a strong team. We have to fight until the end and show the same motivation for 40 minutes and return to Istanbul with a win."

Jerrells, Kangur provide spark as Milan tops Fenerbahce Ulker

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan fought off a big visitors’ rally and held on for a 90-85 win over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on Thursday night. The victory in the fashion capital improved Milan to 3-2 for at least a share of third place in Group E, while Fenerbahce dropped to 1-4 and sits in last place. Milan scored 10 points in the final 70 seconds of the second quarter, including Alessandro Gentile’s off-balance buzzer-beating triple for a 49-40 halftime lead. The margin was as big as 60-44 in the third quarter, but Fenerbahce – playing without its injured centers – bridged the third and fourth quarters with a 0-13 run to rally to within 64-62. However, Curtis Jerrells hit a pair of triples for the hosts to pull away, and with drama lurking, in the final minute Kristjan Kangur hit his fourth three-pointer in as many attempts to seal the deal. Daniel Hackett paced the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Jerrells scored 9 of his 15 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Keith Langford and Gentile each netted 14 apiece, while Kangur scored 12 off the bench. Fenerbahce was depleted by injuries to it big men; Luka Zoric left the game after only 90 seconds, and Gasper Vidmar late in the first half. Linas Kleiza tied his career-high with 26 points, and Nemanja Bjelica had 15 points in 39 minutes on the floor for the visitors. Emir Preldzic had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Bo McCalebb also scored 12, while Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 11 in defeat.

First quarter: Visitors take control early

Preldzic went coast-to-coast for a layup in traffic to open the scoring. Gentile made a pair of free throws to open Milan's account and Nicolo Melli hit a jumper with his toes on the 6.75-meter line. At the other end, Vidmar made 3 of 4 free throws, while Bjelica made a mid-range jumper and a put-back as the visitors strung together 7 points to go in front 4-9. Samardo Samuels and Hackett each hit a couple of free throws, but the hosts did not score a field goal for more than four minutes. Meanwhile, McCalebb nailed a triple and drove for a layup, helping Fenerbahce to 8-16. Samuels scored twice from close range to get Milan going, and Gani Lawal slammed a put-back to get within 14-19. Kleiza quickly extended the lead to 9 with a pair of free throws and a layup. Lawal answered with another dunk, and Jerrells drove for a reverse layup, before Melih Mahmutoglu ended the first quarter with a jumper for an 18-25 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Gentile and Milan turn it around with 31 second-quarter points

Kleiza hit a jumper and Bjelica drove for a monster dunk and a 20-29 lead. Langford scored a put-back, then drove the lane for a layup, before Jerrells made a steal and raced for an uncontested dunk. After a timeout by Coach Zeljko Obradovic, Kleiza hit from close range, but Kangur buried a wide-open one from long range for the hosts. McCalebb and Langford traded quick baskets, before Jerrells raced for another fastbreak basket to bring Milan within 33-34. Bjelica made a couple from the charity stripe for the visitors, but David Moss hit from long distance to tie it at 36-36. The game lacked rhythm due to a big amount of free throws, as the hosts limited Fenerbahce to baskets from the foul line in the final six minutes of the half, but Milan did not regain the lead until Hackett made a pair of free throws, 39-38, with two minutes left in the first half. Milan scored 10 points in the final 70 seconds of the second quarter. Gentile sparked things with a three-pointer, then finished a breakway with a layup. Hackett followed with a coast-to-coast driving layup before Gentile hit an impossible off-balance buzzer-beating triple over Preldzic for a 49-40 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Fener rallies with 0-9 run

Hackett started the scoring in the third quarter with a triple, and after Preldzic drove for a layup, Kangur hit another three for the hosts to lead 55-42. Preldzic and Gentile traded baskets, before Kangur nailed his third triple, 60-44. Kleiza hit a triple on the other end, but Langford had a fastbreak layup and Gentile dribbled his way to a close-range basket and a 64-49 advantage. Playing without its big men, Fenerbahce briefly turned to zone defense and strung together several stops, while Bjelica had a dunk and Bogdanovic made his first basket of the game in a 0-9 run to finish the quarter, cutting it to 64-58.

Fourth quarter: Milan escapes drama and holds on

Preldzic hit a tough jumper to keep the run going, and Mahmutoglu drove to the hoop and laid it high off the glass, 64-62. Jerrells snapped Milan’s drought with a step-back triple, and after trading layups with Bogdanovic, Jerrells sank another three-pointer to make it 72-64. Bogdanovic scored from long range, his first triple of the Top 16, and Bjelica hit one from downtown on the next trip down the floor, 74-70. Melli fought for a tip-in and Hackett buried a long jumper for the hosts, but Kleiza strung together 6 points, cutting it to 79-76 with under two minutes to go. Langford drove for a layup to keep Milan ahead and Kangur hit a triple from the left corner for an 84-77 advantage. Milan had victory in its pocket despite Preldzic and Kleiza scoring from close range, and Langford and Hackett combined to go 6 of 6 from the free throw line, not allowing the visitors to climb any closer, to seal the win.

Curtis Jerrells - EA7 Emporio Armani - EB13
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Attendance: 10290 (Tentative)
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan18311526
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul25151827
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan18496490
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul25405885
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 20:30 14 3/4 2/4 2/2   1 1 1 1 1     3 3 13
6 GIGLI, ANGELO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 1:07                              
9 MELLI, NICOLO 15:03 4 2/2 0/1   1 1 2     1 1   5 1 1
12 HACKETT, DANIEL 23:16 17 2/4 1/5 10/10   7 7 3   2     3 8 24
14 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 28:36 12   4/4     1 1 2   2     5   8
23 LANGFORD, KEITH 29:50 14 5/9 0/2 4/4 2 1 3 5 1 1     2 7 21
24 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 19:57 7 2/7   3/4 3   3   1 1     1 3 6
30 WALLACE, C.J. 7:56   0/2 0/1   1   1           5 1 -6
31 LAWAL, GANI 6:03 4 2/2     1 1 2               6
34 MOSS, DAVID 25:46 3   1/3   1 3 4 2 4 2     4   5
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 21:56 15 4/4 2/5 1/2   1 1 1 2 3       2 14
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 90 20/34 10/25 20/22 10 16 26 14 9 13 1 0 28 25 93
        58.8% 40% 90.9%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA
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
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 27:01 12 2/3 1/2 5/6 1 2 3   1 2     4 3 10
7 ONAN, OMER 6:20           1 1     1     1   -1
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 39:07 15 4/6 1/3 4/4 2 3 5 3 2 3   1 3 6 20
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 32:57 4 2/4 0/2     2 2 1 2 1     3   1
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 31:39 26 6/8 1/4 11/11 1 4 5 1   2     3 4 26
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 0:39                              
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 7:36 5 0/2   5/6 2 1 3           2 4 7
22 ZORIC, LUKA 1:36                              
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 3:00                   1     2   -3
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN 0:02                              
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 19:30 11 2/3 1/1 4/6 1   1 3   3     4 4 9
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 30:33 12 5/7 0/3 2/4 1 5 6 4 3 1     3 6 20
Team           2 1 3     3          
Totals 200:00 85 21/33 4/15 31/37 10 19 29 12 8 17 0 1 25 27 89
        63.6% 26.7% 83.8%

Head Coaches

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We're here talking again of a special night, of a game that my team played with great consistency and determination. We started slow, especially on defense, then we switched our intensity during the second and third quarters on the defensive side, and our confidence raised minute by minute. It was a complicated game to read, because they played without big men, but we were capable to contain Bjelica and Kleiza, sometimes we played without centers, and we played very well. I'm happy we find every game different protagonists, tonight Kangur and Jerrells; this means we're still growing."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I want to congratulate Milan for a good game. In the first half we had too many turnovers that they transformed into easy points in the open court. We played better in the second half, we fought, but we had problems with our big men who suffered injuries, and in the end Milan had more."


EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"I'm happy because we took a big win against Fenerbahce Ulker. We lost such a bad last game against Anadolu Efes [last week], but we have big character, we're fighters, so we need to win. We hope to continue this way! "
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