2013-14Top 16Round 6
February 13, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.7 Points 75.7
33.5 Rebounds 32.3
10.9 O. Rebounds 8.9
22.7 D. Rebounds 23.3
15.1 Assists 16.3
6.3 Steals 5.1
2.3 Blocks 3.0
11.5 Turnovers 13.5
56.0 % 2PT 53.3 %
36.6 % 3PT 34.9 %
76.0 % FT 80.7 %
91.3 Index 80.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.9 / Bogdanovic Points 13.0 / Nocioni
5.4 / Bjelica, N. Rebounds 7.3 / Nocioni
2.5 / Vidmar OR 1.8 / Pleiss
4.1 / Bjelica, N. DR 6.4 / Nocioni
4.9 / Preldzic Assists 4.8 / Heurtel
1.7 / McCalebb Steals 1.0 / Hamilton
0.5 / Bjelica, N. Blocks 1.0 / Nocioni
2.0 / Zoric Turnovers 2.2 / Nocioni
66.7 % / McCalebb 2PT 68.1 % / Bjelica
44.7 % / Mahmutoglu 3PT 46.8 % / Jelinek
91.1 % / Kleiza FT 100.0 % / Causeur
18.3 / Preldzic Index 16.9 / Nocioni


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-4 Top 16 1-4
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
9-6 Overall 7-8


Crew Chief

The Take

It is already a critical game for both teams, which are tied for seventh place with 1-4 records. Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce faces his former team, where he played in each of the last three seasons. Fenerbahce is without four big men - Ilkan Karaman, Luka Zoric, Oguz Savas and Gasper Vidmar – so Bjelica and Linas Kleiza will see extended playing time under the baskets. Due his team's circumstances, Emir Preldzic may see playing time at power forward, too. Vitoria, which is also down a big man (Lamont Hamilton), will turn to Andres Nocioni, Tibor Pleiss and Leo Mainoldi to make the difference inside. Vitoria needs to stop Bo McCalebb, who will see even more playing time with Kenan Sipahi sidelined. Thomas Huertel, Peppe Poeta and Walter Hodge will see playing time against him, too. Bojan Bogdanovic and Melih Mahmutoglu offer shooting range and instant offense at the wings, sharing playing time with Preldzic and Omer Onan. Coach Sergio Scariolo can rely on Fernando San Emeterio, Adam Hanga and Fabien Causeur to stop Bogdanovic and Preldzic. Expect plenty of intensity, action and drama in this Game of the Week showdown.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Game Notes

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.
Emir Preldzic is the league leader in average performance index rating (among qualified players) with 18.3 per game.
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 1 for 16 from downtown in the Top 16 after making 40.9% of his threes in the regular season.
Linas Kleiza has made 25 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Nemanja Bjelica has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Bjelica played for Laboral Kutxa during the previous three seasons. He has been a teammate of half the team’s current roster.
Bo McCalebb has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last Euroleague seven games.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
Head coach Sergio Scariolo has used 11 different players in Laboral’s starting lineup so far this season. No player has started in every game.
Fabien Causeur has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Thomas Heurtel has made10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Walter Hodge has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"A very important game for us. We understand that we don't have many possibilities to think about something else than a win. So we must prepare ourselves, we are in a situation like Laboral Kutxa and we are the last in our group right now, so we must focus on this game."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Regardless of the players we will have available, we have to be mentally ready against a great opponent and, especially, have a clear mind about what we want to do. We have to be ready to compete, not only tactically but also mentally to overcome the difficult moments we will experience against such a talented team. We must move the ball well, guard the one-on-ones, playing smart, and collaborate with each other to get easier shots, something you achieve when you work well on screens and passes, which are the most fundamental components of the offensive game."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Tonight we will be playing with a team who is in the same situation as us. We have home court advantage in front of our great fans and we have to use this advantage. Its going to be a very important game for us we have to fight until the end. "
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Fenerbahce is a great team with many high-level players. They are in a difficult situation and so are we. Both need to win this game. We have some important absences. Lamont's one is hard because we do not have many big men, but that's basketball. If there is an injured player the rest of us must setp up and make up for his absence. We must play as a team, especially in defense. That is the way. If we play together, we have more chances to win."

Fenerbahce Ulker rewrites history in rout of Laboral

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul broke a pair of the club’s Top 16 offensive records en route to a big 98-64 home win over Laboral Kutxa Vitoria on Thursday night. Fenerbahce improved to 2-4 and a share of sixth place in Group E, while Laboral dropped to 1-5 and sits in last place. The hosts used a strong start to the second quarter to leave Laboral behind, with Bojan Bogdanovic, Bo McCalebb, Emir Preldzic and Nemanja Bjelica putting on a show to build 59-38 halftime lead. The 59 first half points tied for the second-most in Top 16 history, behind only Maccabi Electra’s 61 from last season. Fenerbahce cruised in the second half, with the margin reaching 35 points late in the fourth quarter, and a final total of 98 points set the best-ever Top 16 scoring output in club history. Bogdanovic had 17 points plus 5 assists, Bjelica added 14 points and 9 rebounds, and McCalebb scored 13 points. Luka Zoric also scored 13, Linas Kleiza added 10, while Preldzic finished the game with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Tibor Pleiss scored 14 for Laboral and Walter Hodge netted 13 along with 5 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Bogdanovic and Pleiss get their teams going

Bogdanovic opened the scoring with a fastbreak layup. David Jelinek answered with a triple, but Luka Zoric had a jumper and a layup-plus-foul, before McCalebb’s fastbreak layup made it 10-3. After a timeout by visiting coach Sergio Scariolo, Jelinek and Bogdanovic traded layups, before Hodge hit a jumper to get within 12-7. Luka Zoric hit a jumper and had a monster-slam, but Pleiss strung together 9 points for Laboral - including an alley-oop dunk as well as a three-point play - cutting it to 18-16. Bogdanovic and Fernando San Emeterio traded quick baskets, and Bogdanovic nailed a long off-balance jumper to make it 22-18. Bjelica drove for a layup, but Andres Nocioni fought his way for a layup-plus-foul, and Hodge nailed a jumper to tie it at 24-24. McCalebb put Fenerbahce back in front with a driving layup, and Bjelica had a big put-back dunk, before Bogdanovic finished the quarter with another driving layup and a 30-24 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Fenerbahce pulls away with style

McCalebb drove for a layup, Bjelica followed it with a clever layup, and Preldzic added a corner triple on a breakaway. A jumper from Kleiza against Laboral’s zone defense capped a 9-0 run for a 39-24 advantage. Pleiss scored a layup, but Preldzic fed Bogdanovic with a no-look pass for an easy dunk. San Emeterio sank a fadeaway runner, but Bjelica answered with a three-pointer from the left corner and Preldzic sank another one from the right corner to make it 47-28 midway through the second quarter. Fabien Causeur and Bjelica traded triples, before Omer Onan and Luka Zoric added layups to the hosts’ tally, 54-31. Hodge ended Laboral’s drought with a layup, and Nocioni hit a triple, but McCalebb hit all 3 free throws and Preldzic had a dunk for the hosts, making it a 59-38 halftime lead.

Third quarter: The hosts’ offense keeps on running

Kleiza opened the scoring in the third quarter, and Hodge hit a jumper on the other end. Zoric and Pleiss traded baskets to make it 63-42. Kleiza hit a jumper, before a tip-in and a driving layup from McCalebb extended the margin to 17. Nocioni scored inside, and San Emeterio from the distance for the visitors, but Bogdanovic hit a jumper before a block from Zoric led to a fastbreak dunk by Kleiza. Onan’s floater made it 75-47. After Causeur hit a triple on the other end, Adam Hanga made a floater of his own and Ilimane Diop had an easy dunk for a 77-54 lead. Before quarter’s end, Melih Mahumotogu also sank a floater and Onan’s triple helped the hosts lead 82-55 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Fenerbahce locks up mammoth win

Onan joined in on the party of floaters at the start of the fourth quarter, but the pace slowed down . Leo Mainold and Mahmutoglu traded shots from downtown, before a pair of Mahumorglu free throws broke the 30-point barrier. Izzet Turkyilmaz had a put-back dunk and Mahmutoglu a fastbreak layup for a 94-59 lead. As the final buzzer was getting closer, Hodge hit a three-pointer and a layup, but Bjelica’s dunk and free throws from Turkyilmaz rounded out the scoring.

Bojan Bogdanovic - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Attendance: 8670 (Tentative)
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria2414179
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria24385564
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 22:17 13 5/5   3/4 1 2 3 4 1 1     1 2 20
7 ONAN, OMER 19:43 9 3/3 1/2 0/1   1 1 1 2 1     3 2 9
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 22:42 14 4/6 2/3   2 7 9   1 1     3 2 19
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 19:50 9 2/3 1/3 2/2       2 1 1     4 1 5
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 23:14 10 4/7   2/2   2 2 1 1       2 2 11
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 11:28 5 1/2 0/1 3/4 1 3 4   1 3     1 3 6
17 OLMAZ, AYBERK 2:14   0/1       1 1                
22 ZORIC, LUKA 19:58 13 6/9   1/1 2 3 5     1 1 2 2 1 12
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN 13:03     0/1     4 4   1       4    
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 22:03 17 7/10 0/3 3/4   1 1 5   1   2   2 15
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 23:28 8 1/7 2/2 0/1 2 5 7 7 1     2 2 3 15
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 98 33/53 6/15 14/19 11 31 42 20 9 9 1 6 22 18 117
        62.3% 40% 73.7%
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
4 MAINOLDI, LEO 13:55 3   1/3     3 3 1   1     2   2
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 21:08 8 2/4 1/3 1/1   3 3 4   3 2   2 1 9
7 VAN OOSTRUM, DEVON 12:39   0/2 0/1                   3   -6
8 HANGA, ADAM 22:55 3 1/5 0/4 1/4 3 2 5   1 2 1     5 2
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 12:32 5 1/1   3/4 1 2 3       1   3 2 7
15 HODGE, WALTER 30:21 13 5/9 1/6     2 2 5   2     3 1 7
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 24:38 7 2/4 1/5     1 1 1   2     2 1  
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 24:52 14 5/8   4/6 2 2 4     1 2 1 1 6 18
25 JELINEK, DAVID 15:41 5 1/2 1/3           1 1     1 1 2
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 21:19 6 0/1 2/3   1 2 3 3         1 5 14
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 64 17/36 7/28 9/15 10 19 29 14 2 12 6 1 18 22 60
        47.2% 25% 60%

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Both teams were suffering from injuries. I told my players after the exit from the Turkish Cup that we have a long way in BEKO Turkish League and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. I said we have to fight until the end. And tonight they proved it. What excited me tonight is our toughness and resistance in defense. Laboral Kutxa struggled against our good defense. But to make something special in the future we have to keep doing that in the other games. I want to congratulate my players and the fans for the excellent atmosphere in Fenerbahce Ulker Arena tonight."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Fenerbahce Ulker was better than us in all aspects in the game. The game took just 12 minutes long. They snatched the game away just in 12 minutes. Our defense was terrible tonight. We couldn’t balance the game at all."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We knew that it was going to be very difficult to come back in the group if we lost to Laboral Kutxa. We took the game very seriously and played as tough as we can in defense. We also did great job in offense as a team. I’m happy that we remained alive in the group. I hope we keep on winning in the next games."
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