2008-09Top 16Round 6
March 11, 2009 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Rimantas Kaukenas - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi Siena finished Top 16 Group H with a smile by edging Fenerbahce Ulker 68-73 in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday night. Montepaschi finished second in Group H with a 4-2 record and will play Panathinaikos in the upcoming best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs. Meanwhile, FB Ulker was fourth in this Last 16 group at 1-5, registering its third consecutive home loss. Rimantas Kaukenas paced the winners with 27 points on 3-for-4 three-pointers and 8-for-9 free throws. Romain Sato added 12 while Shaun Stonerook pulled down 8 rebounds and collected 5 steals for Montepaschi. Mirsad Turkcan led Fener with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Ogus Savas and Semih Erden each added 12 points, Devin Smith had 11 while Damir Mrsic got 10 for the hosts. Montepaschi opened the game with a 0-9 run and managed to keep a 14-23 lead after 10 minutes. Turkcan helped Fenerbahce to get within 30-40 while a three-pointer by Mrsic gave the hosts their first lead, 52-51, late in the third quarter. Montepaschi allowed just 5 points in the fourth period while an unstoppable Kaukenas and a critical jumper by Morris Finley sealed the outcome down the stretch.

Mirsad Turkcan - Fenerbahce UlkerBoth teams tried to play up-tempo since the opening tip. Kaukenas got Montepaschi going with consecutive fast break layups for a 0-4 lead. FB Ulker called timeout but kept committing turnovers. Meanwhile, Benjamin Eze shined with a three-point play while Kaukenas added free throws to cap a 0-9 Montepaschi run. Savas stepped up with foul shots, as FB Ulker slowly improved its man-to-man defense. Both teams had entered the foul bonus but Montepaschi made the most out it, as Finley sank 4-for-4 free throws for boost the guests' lead to 2-13. Mrsic and Sato traded triples while a two-handed dunk by Gasper Vidmar got Fener within 7-16. Luca Lechthaler and Omer Onan traded foul shots, as Fenerbahce tried a 1-3-1 zone defense. Savas did not miss from the foul line but Kaukenas kept Montepaschi way ahead, 11-21. Turkcan scored down low while a free throw by Semih Erden and a jump hook by Tomas Ress fixed the score at 14-23 after 10 minutes.

Turkcan kept pacing FB Ulker with free throws early in the second quarter. Ress finished an outstanding Montepaschi offense with a wild dunk but Erden followed a layup with a four-meter jumper to bring the hosts back to life, 20-25. Montepaschi tried a small lineup with Sato at power forward but Erden stayed unstoppable with a big dunk. Sato answered from downtown while Stonerook fed Marco Carrareto for a floating layup, good for a 22-30 Montepaschi lead. Mrsic buried his trademark three-pointer but Sato took over with a power move in the low post and soon added free throws. Turkcan nailed a triple from the top of the key while free throws by Savas off a TV timeout got Fener as close as 30-34. Savas scored again to cap a 0-7 FB Ulker run, as Kaukenas sank a triple for a 32-27 score. Back-to-back layups by Turkcan brought the hosts even closer, 36-37. Finley nailed a triple that Turkcan matched with a layup-plus-foul to keep Fener within 39-40 at halftime.

Romain Sato - Montepaschi SienaEze scored in the paint immediately after the break but a three-pointer by Smith tied the game at 42-42. Sato collected a steal and hit free throws while a put-back layup by Stonerook gave the guests some fresh air, 42-46. Erden shined with a jump hook but Kaukenas bettered that with a three-pointer and soon added a fast break layup for a 44-51 score. Turkcan took over with a tip-in while Smith scored in transition to get Fener as close as 49-51. Montepaschi could not find the way to the basket while a triple by Mrsic gave the hosts its first lead, 52-51, after an 8-0 run. Montepaschi called a much-needed timeout and Eze scored in the low post right before fouling out. Savas made free throws while Smith downed a three-pointer in transition for a 57-53 score. Kaukenas hit free throws that Turkcan improved with a layup-plus-foul. Lechthaler shined with a power layup but Savas beat the buzzer with a fallaway jumper, good for a 63-57 FB Ulker lead after three quarters.

Stonerook sank a seven-meter bomb early in the fourth period, as Fenerbahce went scoreless for more than 5 minutes. Montepaschi missed several open shots, however, as the hosts tried to readjust their offense by using longer possessions. Stonerook collected a steal that allowed Kaukenas to tie the game with a triple, 63-63. Fenerbahce kept struggling to score without Turkcan on court. Meanwhile, Kaukenas provided a highlight with an acrobatic three-point play that put the guests back ahead, 63-66. Erden hit free throws, as Fenerbahce managed to stop Kaukenas in the other end. The guests found a new go-to guy in Arriel McDonald, who took over with a layup-plus-foul for a 65-69 score with 2:25 to go. Kaukenas hit free throws to seal the outcome, 65-71, with less than 2 minutes remaining. Smith fired in a rainbow triple but Finley sank a close jumper for a 68-73 score, enough for Montepaschi to return home with a valuable road win.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 1000
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Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GREEN, MARQUES 10:16   0/1 0/1     2 2     1     4   -5
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 21:36 19 6/8 1/1 4/4 3 6 9 2   1     1 4 30
7 ONAN, OMER 30:28 2 0/3 0/4 2/2 1 1 2 1 2 3     4 1 -6
8 BASAK, RASIM 4:02                              
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 18:34 12 4/7   4/6 1   1 1   1     2 5 11
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 26:25 10 0/2 3/5 1/2   1 1 3 1       1 2 11
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 16:52 2 1/5     4 3 7   3 5 1 2 3 1  
16 MUTAF, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 22:58 12 2/7 0/1 8/8 1 4 5 4 1 2     1 6 19
32 SMITH, DEVIN 28:24 11 1/1 3/5     6 6   1 4     3 1 10
33 CETIN, SERHAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 20:25   0/3     2 3 5 6 1 2     5   2
Team           3 4 7           1   6
Totals 200:00 68 14/37 7/17 19/22 15 30 45 17 9 19 1 2 25 20 78
        37.8% 41.2% 86.4%
Head coach: TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
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
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DOMERCANT, HENRY 11:24   0/2 0/1                     2 -1
7 FINLEY, MORRIS 23:45 9 1/1 1/4 4/4 1 2 3 4 4       1 6 22
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 12:51 7 3/7   1/1           2 1   5 1 -2
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 15:26 2 1/2 0/2         1 1       1    
10 SATO, ROMAIN 27:22 12 1/7 2/2 4/4 1 2 3 1 3 1       3 15
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 30:28 27 5/9 3/4 8/9   2 2   1 2   1 3 5 23
14 RESS, TOMAS 14:11 4 2/4 0/1 0/2 1 6 7   1 3       2 6
15 METREVELI, NIKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 COURNOOH, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 13:36 4 1/1   2/3         1 2     4 2  
19 McDONALD, ARRIEL 20:54 3 1/1 0/1 1/1       5         2 1 6
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 30:03 5 1/3 1/5   3 5 8 1 5 1 1   4 2 11
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 73 16/37 7/20 20/24 8 17 25 12 16 11 2 1 20 24 82
        43.2% 35% 83.3%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We would have liked to give our fans a victory in the last game at home, but we failed. Actually we came very close to winning. We could have played the last minutes of the game with Mirsad Turkcan and Marques Green. But I decided to keep them at the bench because Mirsad has stitches just over the eyebrow and Green has pain on the back. So I take the responsibility if there’s someone to blame. We started the season with injuries. That was a big trouble for us. But when we started to get our players back from the injury, unexpectedley it become worse. I hope that we recover our game soon and play better in the Turkish League."

Players

MRSIC, DAMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Unfortunately we were not able to satisfy our fans once again in the Euroleague this season. It’s a pity to finish the Top 16 and the season like this. Of course it’s not easy to be motivated when you have no target in the game other than just winning. Now we have nothing to do but get motivated for the Turkish League."
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