2012-13Top 16Round 5
January 24, 2013 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.6 Points 76.8
28.0 Rebounds 31.6
8.4 O. Rebounds 8.6
19.6 D. Rebounds 23.1
11.5 Assists 18.0
5.9 Steals 6.1
1.8 Blocks 4.4
11.7 Turnovers 12.3
53.1 % 2PT 53.8 %
33.2 % 3PT 35.3 %
73.7 % FT 76.5 %
71.1 Index 82.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.5 / Bogdanovic Points 12.6 / Planinic
4.3 / Sato Rebounds 4.6 / Davis
1.5 / Sato OR 1.4 / Loncar
3.3 / Andersen DR 3.5 / Augustine
3.0 / Preldzic Assists 5.8 / Planinic
1.5 / McCalebb Steals 1.1 / Planinic
0.6 / Karaman Blocks 1.2 / Monia
1.6 / McCalebb Turnovers 2.8 / Planinic
65.7 % / Savas 2PT 62.5 % / Vyaltsev
42.1 % / Onan 3PT 75.0 % / Zhukanenko
100.0 % / Batiste FT 100.0 % / Koponen
12.2 / Preldzic Index 15.2 / Planinic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-4 Top 16 3-1
5-5 Regular Season 6-4
5-9 Overall 9-5


Crew Chief

The Take

A pivotal showdown in Top 16 Group F is scheduled in Istanbul on Thursday, when Fenerbahce Ulker hosts BC Khimki Moscow Region. Fenerbahce is looking for its first Top 16 win this season. Khimki is tied for third place in Group F with a 3-1 record and wants to keep its momentum going. The two teams already faced each other in the regular season and split home wins. Fenerbahce has won just two of its last 10 Euroleague games. Khimki is 2-6 on the road this season.

Khimki comes off a big home win over Maccabi Electra in which center Paul Davis earned Top 16 Week 4's bwin MVP honors. Davis offers instant offense, size and power around the basket, but also has good shooting range. He leads a deep Khimki frontcourt that also features blue-collar center James Augustine, veteran big men Matt Nielsen and Kresimir Loncar, as well as forward Sergey Monya, who is able to open the floor with his deep shooting range and driving skills. Davis must use his strength and post skills against the more-experienced David Andersen. Augustine faces a physical battle against Mike Batiste, in one of the big keys to this game. Loncar and Nielsen must use their experience and toughness to slow Ilkan Karaman and Oguz Savas. Romain Sato may see playing time at power forward to guard Monya, as he can match his intensity and quickness. Sato, however, will be Fenerbahce's main option at small forward, where he shares playing time with scoring ace Bojan Bogdanovic. Veteran stopper Omer Onan and point forward Emir Preldzic give coach Simone Pianigiani plenty of options off the bench. Preldzic must use his size and ball handling against Egor Vyaltsev, who has seen extended playing time lately. Onan and Bogdanovic will test their scoring skills against two players in very good shape, Petteri Koponen and Vitaly Fridzon. Sato must do his best to stop K.C. Rivers, who downed a buzzer-beating game-winning shot in the teams' last regular season showdown. The point guard battle will be another of the big key to this game. Bo McCalebb uses his quickness, strength and all-around scoring skills to lead the Fenerbahce attack. His opponent, Zoran Planinic relies on size, a high basketball IQ and great court sense. Baris Ermis may see extended playing time to use his size and defense against Planinic. Khimki relies on Vyaltsev and Dimitry Khvostov to play point guard once Planinic sits down.

Khimki must run its offense through Planinic, get Fridzon and Rivers involved and above all, rely on its more aggressive frontcourt to power the offensive glass and make the difference in the paint. At the same time, Fenerbahce needs to lock the defensive boards to play in transition and make the most of McCalebb's explosiveness and Bogdanovic's firepower. It also needs Batiste and Andersen to step up and use their experience - both players are three-time Euroleague champions - down low.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Game Notes


Fenerbahce Ulker is ranked last in the league in rebounding (28.0 rpg.).

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

Batiste is 25 points behind former CSKA great J.R. Holden for fifth place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Batiste enters the week with 2,363 career points.

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in five straight and eight of his last nine 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 4 three-pointers away from tying former Unicaja teammate Berni Rodriguez for 25th place on the Euroleague’s career list of three-pointers made.


BC Khimki Moscow Region leads the league in assists with 18.0 per game.

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 consecutive Euroleague games.

Zoran Planinic and Fenerbahce Ulker big man Kaya Peker were teammates on the 2006-07 Tau Ceramica Vitoria (now Caja Laboral) squad that reached the Final Four in Athens.

Planinic has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Planinic is the Top 16 leader in assists with 7.0 per game.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (12.6 ppg.) and assists (5.8 apg.).

Paul Davis was the bwin weekly MVP last week after posting 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks in a victory over Maccabi Electra. The 5 blocks set a club record in the Euroleague.

 Khimki committed the most fouls of any team in the regular season, 239.

Sergey Monya was a backup to Fenerbahce Ulker big man David Andersen during the 2004-05 season at CSKA Moscow. That team won the Russian League and Cup double and reached the Euroleague Final Four in Moscow.

K.C. Rivers scored a season-high 20 points in last week’s victory over Maccabi Electra. Rivers has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Petteri Koponen scored a season-high 15 points last week against Maccabi Electra. Koponen is a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line this season.

Alexey Zhukanenko had his best game of the season against Fenerbahce Ulker on opening night with 12 points and 4 blocked shots.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We play against a team that we beat at the beginning of the season and we played until the last seconds on their home court. So we know that we have the quality to play a good game, but now we are not talking about our quality. Our problem is confidence. I hope that as soon as possible we can play a great game to rebuild our confidence."
Khimki Moscow Region
"Despite the 0-4 record in Top 16, Fenerbahce Ulker it still a dangerous team. There are a lot of games ahead and our current position is nothing. I suppose it will be a fatal game for our opponent because they want to advance. For sure, the meeting is extremely important for our squad as in the case of victory we will consolidate our grip on Group F. Now the Turkish team is not stable, they play without the energy they had in the beginning of the season. Maybe the reason is McCalebb and his injuries. As for other players, Savas and Onan score a lot but now they fell back into the shadow. Sato and Preldzic are dangerous, too. Our first meeting was like a reconnaissance, the upcoming game will have another character. It will be tough but we are going to win. We are in a good shape, guys are concentrated but as I always say the chances are 50-50."


Khimki Moscow Region
"I think it will be one of the biggest games of the season. We play very well right now. For me it’s an extremely important road game. It will be tough but we have very good chances. Fenerbahce Ulker will try to win, they lost many games in a row but it will be tough for them to comeback. We must try to play our best game and continue playing our good defense and don’t worry about our opponent. If we play great defense during 40 minutes we may beat any team. So we have to concentrate on us first of all. Turkish fans are very emotional and show passion for their clubs so it will be tough atmosphere."

Fenerbahce Ulker survives for first Top 16 victory

Fenerbahce Ulker hung on in a thriller to edge BC Khimki Moscow Region 85-82 on Thursday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena for tis first Top 16 victory. In a game that was close throughout, the fourth quarter featured a barrage of scoring. The hosts kept a slim lead thanks to excellent free throw shooting and took advantage of a key Khimki turnover to claim the win. The key stat for the hosts, who entered the game ranked last in the league in rebounding, was that they outrebounded Khimki 40-32 – including 13 offensive rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the winners with 26 points, David Andersen added a season-high 18 and Bo McCalebb netted 16. Zoran Planinic starred for Khimki with 25 points, 6 assists, 4 steals and 13 fouls drawn. Paul Davis added 12 points, Vitaly Fridzon scored 11 and Kresimir Loncar 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Loncar, Planinic boost Khimki to early edge

Planinic fed Loncar inside on the opening possession for the game’s first points. McCalebb broke the ice for the hosts from the line. The Loncar/Planinic duo pushed the visitors to a 4-8 lead before Andersen, with a tough bucket in the paint, and Mike Batiste, with a steal and slam, tied the score. After a TV timeout, McCalebb blew through the Khimki defense for a layup and Fener’s first lead, 10-8. Fenerbahce got a bit wild after that and penetrations by K.C. Rivers and Planinic boosted Khimki to a 4-point edge. Oguz Savas scored on the offensive glass to tie it, but Rivers finished a fast break with a layup to make it 14-16. After a timeout, McCalebb knocked down a pull-up jumper. Free throws by Davis and Kaya Peker left it at 17-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Visitors keep cool for halftime advantage

Peker scored inside to even things and then Bogdanovic took over with a layup and then a wide-open three-pointer in the corner thanks to a steal and assist from Uros Tripkovic to spike his team’s lead to 24-19. Planinic ended Fenerbahce’s mini-drought before Sergey Monya connected twice from behind the arc to tie the score and put Khimki ahead. Davis made a pretty pass to a cutting Fridzon to cap a 0-10 Khimki run. Even after Bogdanovic tipped in a missed Tripkovic three, Fridzon drained a three from the corner to put Khimki up 26-34. Sato stole an inbounds pass and found Ilkan Karaman for a slam before Bogdanovic closed the gap to 2 from the line. Frequent fouls slowed the pace of the game and brought the fans’ ire, but a triple from Andersen resulted in a rain of cheers. Planinic kept Khimki in control with 2 from the line to make it 36-40 at the break.

Third quarter: Fenerbahce stays strong to grab slim lead

Petteri Koponen converted a three-point play to give Khimki some breathing room, but Fenerbahce looked determined as Sato and McCalebb came through to make it 41-43. Rivers responded from downtown, but Fener was not about to quit. Andersen scored inside and Bogdanovic from behind the arc to keep the hosts within a basket, 46-48, midway through the quarter. Andersen completed the comeback and after the teams traded point over several possessions, Sato gave Fenerbahce its first lead of the half, 54-52, from the line. After Planinic tied it on a second-chance possession, but Bogdanovic reached 20 points for the game from the line as he gave the hosts a 56-54 lead through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Visitors flinch first as Fener snatches win

Bogdanovic scored first in the fourth quarter before Davis drew a fourth foul from the Fenerbahce scorer and kept pace for Khimki from the line. Davis then scored and was fouled, but missed a chance to put his team ahead from the line. Tripkovic netted his first basket before Planinic scored from the line to tie the game at 60-60. The hosts went inside, as Savas scored on the offensive glass and Andersen from the line to make it a two-score game. A Planinic triple drew Khimki within 66-65. The points came fast and furious as the game opened up. McCalebb exploded through the paint for a layup, but Koponen responded with a long jumper. Davis tied the score at 70-70 with just under four minutes to go. Bogdanovic battled his way to the line and restored a slim Fenerbahce advantage. Fridzon answered on the next possession. After a timeout, Bogdanovic fed a cutting Andersen for a basket-plus-foul. On defense the hosts forced Fridzon into a bad pass and then Kaya Peker’s offensive rebound and put back extended the lead to 5 with 1:42 to play. Planinic reached 20 points from the line as he kept Khimki within one shot. Davis rejected McCalebb at the other end, but Khimki failed to take advantage on offense. Instead Rivers fouled out in a scrum for a loose ball and with 56 seconds to go, McCalebb put his team up 78-74. Planinic continued his monster game with a 4-point possession – he split free throws and after Fridzon captured the offensive rebound, Planinic sank a triple with 26 seconds to go to make it 79-78. Bogdanovic sank free throws to keep his team ahead, but then fouled out as Koponen matched him as a free throw shootout began. Ultimately Fenerbahce flinched first when Koponen passed out of bounds. With 12 seconds to go, Tripkovic added free throws to put the hosts up 5. When Planinic missed a triple, it was a signal to the fans that a victory was in hand.

Bo McCalebb - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB12
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Attendance: 4300
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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 33:02 16 5/9 0/2 6/9 3 2 5 4 2 5   1 2 9 19
9 ERMIS, BARIS 8:19           1 1     1 1   2   -1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 34:26 4 1/3 0/3 2/2 1 6 7 1 1 3     3 2 4
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 11:09 8 2/3 0/1 4/4       2 1 2     1 2 8
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 26:28 18 5/9 1/2 5/5   2 2           4 4 15
14 PEKER, KAYA 19:15 5 2/5   1/2 3 4 7     1     3 3 7
15 SANLI, MEHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 13:54 4 2/2     2 2 4     3     2 1 4
22 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 BATISTE, MIKE 10:12 2 1/3       5 5   1 1     3   2
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 9:57 2 1/3 0/2     2 2           2   -2
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 33:18 26 5/8 2/6 10/10 2 2 4 2 2 1     5 6 27
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 85 24/45 3/16 28/32 13 27 40 9 7 17 1 1 27 27 86
        53.3% 18.8% 87.5%
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
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 21:48 11 4/6 1/3   2   2 2 1 3     4   5
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 23:20 9 3/4 0/2 3/3   2 2 2   1     2 3 10
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 8:25           2 2     1         1
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 16:31 10 5/9 0/1   1   1 2   2     2   4
11 RIVERS, K.C. 29:11 7 2/4 1/4   1 3 4 1   1     5 1 2
12 MONIA, SERGEY 19:44 8 0/1 2/5 2/2 2 2 4 1 1 1     5 2 6
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 DUDU, BENJAMIN-PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 37:18 25 5/9 2/7 9/12 1 5 6 6 4 6   1 3 13 32
40 DAVIS, PAUL 23:29 12 3/8   6/9 3 2 5 2 2 2 1   3 5 14
44 NIELSEN, MATT 20:14   0/1     1 2 3 3         3 3 5
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 82 22/42 6/22 20/26 12 20 32 19 8 18 1 1 27 27 81
        52.4% 27.3% 76.9%

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"This is a good victory for us. For my players, the most important things was to find their confidence one more time. We overcame difficult moments in the beginning of the season to get to the Top 16. After this incredible loss against Siena, we lost our confidence and my players became nervous. We needed a big win like this. It is a big win against a very good team. We were without Emir Preldzic and Omer Onan, who have produced a lot for us and are many minutes on the court. We found out yesterday night that Emir was not going to play and had to change our game plan. It was not simple, but my players had a big desire to win and fought. After the losses against Siena and Caja Laboral, many players were close to crying because they wanted something more. This is important for our confidence. It is not the time to see the Euroleague standings, but to fight for every possession like we did today."
Khimki Moscow Region
"It was not the end of the world for us to lose this game. If we look at the game generally I can say that Fenerbahce Ulker did things better in defense. They were really good, especially in crunch time. They were motivated well because of their position in the group. It was a kind of do-or-die game for them. I have to give credit also to my players that they fought and did everything to win until the last second. The Top 16 is a place where top quality basketball is played. Everything can change in an instant. Anyway we still have a game to play against Fenerbahce Ulker at home."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a very important and well deserved win for us. We cannot handle another lose after having lost four games in a row. We were without very important players like Emir Preldzic and Omer Onan, but the main reason we won the game is that we fought and remained resistant for most of the game. We have to play this tough to have a chance to qualify to the quarterfinals."
Khimki Moscow Region
"Fenerbahce Ulker were well motivated tonight because of their situation in the group. They knew that things would be even worse if they lost. So it made for extra motivation for them to win the game. It was a head to head game, but they did some small details better than us in the last couple of minutes. Congratulations to them."
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