2013-14Top 16Round 7
February 21, 2014 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
70.9 Points 83.7
30.7 Rebounds 34.1
9.1 O. Rebounds 10.9
21.6 D. Rebounds 23.2
14.8 Assists 15.4
7.9 Steals 6.5
2.9 Blocks 2.3
12.7 Turnovers 11.3
48.1 % 2PT 56.5 %
36.1 % 3PT 36.8 %
67.2 % FT 75.8 %
70.3 Index 92.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.5 / Hopson Points 16.0 / Bogdanovic
5.3 / Erden Rebounds 5.6 / Bjelica, N.
1.5 / Erden OR 2.5 / Vidmar
3.8 / Erden DR 4.3 / Bjelica, N.
4.4 / Gordon Assists 5.1 / Preldzic
1.9 / Gordon Steals 1.6 / McCalebb
1.1 / Erden Blocks 0.6 / Zoric
2.3 / Hopson Turnovers 1.9 / Zoric
68.5 % / Hopson 2PT 68.8 % / McCalebb
48.4 % / Hopson 3PT 44.8 % / Bjelica, N.
92.6 % / Vasileiadis FT 91.5 % / Kleiza
15.7 / Hopson Index 18.1 / Preldzic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-4 Top 16 2-4
4-6 Regular Season 8-2
6-10 Overall 10-6


Crew Chief

The Take

It is an Istanbul derby that what promises to be a big battle. Omer Onan of Fenerbahce and Semih Erden of Efes face their former teams, which adds more anticipation to this interesting showdown. Fenerbahce is still battling injuries, so Luka Zoric and Linas Kleiza will see most of the minutes around the baskets, with Nemanja Bjelica and Emir Preldzic seeing extended playing time at power forward. Kleiza must use his shooting range and experience against savvy power forward Dusko Savanovic while Zoric faces a tough test against Erden, Kerem Gonlum and Milko Bjelica. Jamon Gordon is back in action and will see a lot of time at both wings with Kostas Vasileiadis, Birkan Batuk and up-and-coming talent Cedi Osman. Gordon needs to be ready to guard Bogan Bogdanovic in one of the star matchups in this game. Preldzic and Bjelica face a tough test against Vasileiadis and Batuk. The point guard battle is equally interesting, as both teams rely on very different playmakers - lighting quick, aggressive Bo McCalebb of Fenerbahce and tall, pass-first Zoran Planinic of Efes. Dogus Balbay can use his athleticism and on-the-ball defense on McCalebb as well. Planinic will see playing time against Omer Onan too.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Anadolu Efes has featured 10 different players in its starting lineups this season. No player has started every game; only Dogus Balbay and Zoran Planinic have appeared in every game.
Kerem Gonlum played six seasons for Ulker – one of the teams that merged to become Fenerbahce Ulker – between 1999 and 2005. He won the 2001 Turkish League and three Turkish Cups with that club.
Semih Erden played five seasons for Fenerbahce Ulker from 2005 through 2010. He helped the club with three Turkish League titles and one Turkish Cup in that period.
Dogus Balbay is a product of the Fenerbahce youth team and played his first two senior seasons with the club between 2004 and 2006.
Jamon Gordon has recorded at least 1 steal in 21 of his last 22 Euroleague games.
Kostas Vasileiadis has made at least 1 three-pointer in four straight and 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.
Zoran Planinic trails Lietuvos Rytas playmaker Omar Cook by 10 assists for 10th place on the Euroleague’s career assists charts. Planinic enters the game in 11th place with 534 career assists.
Planinic and Stanko Barac have both played alongside Fenerbahce Ulker players Bojan Bogdanovic and Luka Zoric on the Croatian national team over the years.
Dusko Savanovic and Fenerbahce Ulker big man Nemanja Bjelica have been teammates on the Serbian national team over the years.

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.
Emir Preldzic is second in the league in average performance index rating (among qualified players) with 18.1 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 19 from downtown in the Top 16 after making 40.9% of his threes in the regular season.
Linas Kleiza has made 27 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Nemanja Bjelica has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Bo McCalebb has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last eight Euroleague games.
Omer Onan was a product of the Efes Pilsen youth system and played eight seasons for the senior club from 1996 through 2004. He won four Turkish League titles and three Turkish Cups with the club.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Last game against Fenerbahçe in the Turkish League two weeks ago, we had a bad defensive night especially on transition and one-on-one game. If we want to win this game we must improve those things and stay focused and concentrated for 40 minutes, because Fenerbahce is a good team. We want to win this game."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It will be a very important game which will strictly effect the calculations for the next stage. We have lost against Fenerbahce in Turkish League this season. But the atmosphere of this game will be totally different. We will play in front of our fans and we will try to do our best to win."

Kleiza, Bogdanovic lead Fener to derby victory

The Istanbul derby went down to the final minutes before Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul edged Anadolu Efes Istanbul 63-71 on the road on Friday. Fenerbahce registered its third win in the last four games to improve to 3-4 in Group E, while Efes dropped to 2-5. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the winners with 17 points. Linas Kleiza added 16 while Bo McCalebb had 13 for Fenerbahce. Dusko Savanovic led Efes with 15 points. Jamon Gordon added 13 and 8 assists, Milko Bjelica had 11 points and Kostas Vasileiadis 10 for the guests. Gordon and back-to-back three-pointers by an outstanding Savanovic allowed Efes to get an early 18-9 lead. Luka Zoric, Emir Preldzic and McCalebb helped Fenerbahce tie the game at 24-24 after 10 minutes. Kleiza took over midway through the second quarter to give the guests a 33-39 lead. Vasileiadis struck twice from downtown, but Bogdanovic restored a 39-41 Fenerbahce edge at halftime. Bogdanovic and a three-pointer by Melih Mahmutoglu gave Fenerbahce a 53-54 lead after three quarters. Kleiza took over early in the fourth quarter, as Fenerbahce boosted its margin to 57-66 with over three minutes left and never looked back.

First quarter: Run-and-gun action

Kerem Gonlum got Efes going with a fast break layup that Bogdanovic bettered with a three-point play for a 2-3 Fenerbahce lead. Dogis Balbay ignited the crowd with a big slam in transition and a backdoor layup by Gordon gave Efes a 6-3 edge. McCalebb scored off a steal, but Gonlum scored down low and Dusko Savanovic hit a baseline jumper. Nemanja Bjelica shined with a big basket in the low post that Balbay matched with a layup for a 12-7 score. Savanovic struck from downtown and bettered Bjelica's driving layup with another three-pointer, good for an 18-9 Efes margin. Preldzic followed a five-meter jumper with a layup and even after Gordon scored again, a three-point play by McCalebb brought Fenerbahce within 20-16. Zoric made free throws, igniting a 0-6 run which Omer Onan capped with a fast break layup that put Fenerbahce back ahead, 21-22. A free throw by Semih Erden, a reverse layup by Zoric and a jumper by Zoran Planinic fixed the score at 24-24 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Kleiza shines as Fener moves in front

Gordon banked in a running jumper early in the second quarter. Zoric swished a close shot that Milko Bjelica bettered with a three-pointer to put Efes back ahead, 29-26. Bogdanovic took over with a dunk which McCalebb followed with another slam off the baseline for a 29-30 Fenerbahce edge. Milko Bjelica sank a mid-range jumper, as Fenerbahce tried a small lineup with Kleiza and Nemanja Bjelica around the baskets. Kleiza stepped up with back-to-back layups, but free throws by Gordon kept Efes as close as 33-34. Efes tried to get Savanovic involved in the low post without much success due to Kleiza's physical defense. The hosts started to miss open shots, too, and free throws by McCalebb restored a 3-point Fenerbahce edge. Kleiza kept pushing the guests with a catch-and-shoot bomb from downtown, but consecutive three-pointers by Vasileiadis tied the game at 39-39. A driving basket by Bogdanovic put Fenerbahce back ahead, 39-41, at halftime.

Third quarter: Derby action at its best

Preldzic scored in penetration right after the break, as Efes did not find the way to beat the guests' well-adjusted man-to-man defense. The hosts were held scoreless for more than two minutes until Vasileiadis stepped up with a driving layup. Bogdanovic did better with a three-pointer that boosted Fenerbahce's lead to 41-46. Savanovic answered from downtown before Bogdanovic nailed another triple. An acrobatic basket by Gordon kept Efes within 46-49. Fenerbahce tried a more conventional lineup with Zoric at center, but Efes was all over the place on defense, denying passing lines. Both teams went scoreless for more than three minutes, trading missed shots and turnovers until Bjelica stepped up with a fadeaway jumper. He soon added free throws as Efes regained the lead, 50-49. McCalebb rescued Fenerbahce with a layup and Mahmutoglu nailed a three-pointer, but Gordon answered from downtown for a 53-54 score.

Fourth quarter: Fener's defense seals it

Milko Bjelica hit foul shots early in the quarter, but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Kleiza took over with an off-balance three-point play and a fast break dunk by Bogdanovic boosted Fenerbahce's lead to 55-59. The guests excelled on defense right when it mattered, as Bogdanovic ignited the Fenerbahce faithful with a chase-down block on Vasileiadis. Preldzic found space for an uncontested dunk, but Planinic scored in penetration to make it 57-61 with six minutes left. A red-hot Kleiza struck from downtown and soon added free throws to make it a 9-point game with four minutes left. The hosts could not find the way to the basket and a dunk by Zoric sealed the outcome, 57-68. Efes kept trying, but Fenerbahce stayed close to perfect on defense, allowing just 4 points in more than eight minutes. Efes kept trying but Fenerbahce had plenty of time to celebrate a big road win.

Bojan Bogdanovic - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Friday, February 21, 2014
Attendance: 8078 (Tentative)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 20:27 4 2/3 0/2   1 2 3 4   1     2 2 7
6 OSMAN, CEDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 24:50 10 1/2 2/8 2/2   3 3 2       1 2 4 9
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 19:39   0/1 0/4     1 1   1 1     2   -6
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 4:09 1     1/2                   1 1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 23:26 5 2/2   1/2   4 4     1     3 1 5
13 KILICLI, DENIZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 30:25 15 1/4 4/6 1/2 1 1 2 3 2 1   1 1 5 18
22 GORDON, JAMON 35:20 13 4/10 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 8 3 1     2 1 18
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 20:47 4 2/3 0/5     1 1   1 1     4 2 -3
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BJELICA, MILKO 20:57 11 2/4 1/4 4/4 3 1 4 1   1     1 2 11
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 14/29 8/30 11/14 7 17 24 18 7 7 0 2 17 18 64
        48.3% 26.7% 78.6%
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 31:54 13 5/7 0/1 3/3   5 5 4   1     2 4 20
7 ONAN, OMER 14:23 2 1/1 0/1         1         2 1 1
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 31:09 4 2/3 0/3   1 5 6 4 2       5 1 8
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 10:03 3   1/1     1 1               4
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 29:49 16 3/5 2/6 4/5 2 3 5   1 2     3 5 15
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 OLMAZ, AYBERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 ZORIC, LUKA 17:59 8 3/5   2/2 1 1 2 1   3     4 2 4
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 31:47 17 5/6 2/7 1/1   5 5 2 1 5 2   1 2 17
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 32:56 8 4/6 0/1 0/2 2 5 7 6   3     1 2 14
Team           2 6 8     2         6
Totals 200:00 71 23/33 5/20 10/13 8 31 39 18 4 16 2 0 18 17 89
        69.7% 25% 76.9%

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We didn’t deserve to win the game the way we played in the last four and a half minutes. At the beginning of the game we controlled the ball really well. But we made some crucial mistakes and didn’t challenge, especially in the third quarter. But we remained in the game until the middle of the last period. We couldn’t make smart decisions both in defense and offense. Only challenging and having desire is not enough to win in this kind of tough competition. You have to have an open mind and excellent motivation to do it."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I’m happy that we won a game in which we played really bad. I’m satisfied with my players’ aggressiveness. But I cannot say the same thing for their performance. If we want to take good results in the Euroleague, we have to do better job. We will struggle in future matches if we play this way. We started the game very slowly and badly. We put no energy on the court. We let Anadolu Efes score so easily. Then we found our rhythm a little bit. I also want to thank our fans for coming and supporting us. I expect the same in the game against Olympiacos, too. The Olympiacos game is very important for us. I believe that every team in the group has its chance for the next stage. Only one team had won 7 games. The rest are close to each other."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We started the game well, but the problem is that we couldn’t rely on our game for the rest of the game. I cannot say that the only reason we lost the game is the tough defense Fener played in the last quarter. We made so many mistakes both in defense and offense. We will keep on fighting until the last moment in our group."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We started really bad and had terrible defense in the first quarter. We have to keep on fighting at the same level all game. We stuck together in the last quarter and stopped them. We have to play much better against Olympiacos to have a chance to win next week."
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