2012-13Top 16Round 7
February 15, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.1 Points 66.3
28.9 Rebounds 33.2
8.6 O. Rebounds 11.2
20.3 D. Rebounds 22.0
11.1 Assists 12.1
5.9 Steals 5.9
1.8 Blocks 3.2
11.9 Turnovers 14.2
52.8 % 2PT 48.2 %
32.5 % 3PT 31.1 %
75.4 % FT 65.0 %
71.9 Index 62.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.7 / Bogdanovic Points 14.2 / Jerrells
4.3 / Sato Rebounds 5.6 / Markota
1.3 / Sato OR 2.3 / Falker
3.2 / Andersen DR 4.1 / Markota
3.0 / Preldzic Assists 2.9 / Jerrells
1.5 / McCalebb Steals 1.0 / Jerrells
0.5 / Karaman Blocks 1.1 / Vidmar
1.8 / McCalebb Turnovers 2.2 / Jerrells
67.6 % / Savas 2PT 61.0 % / Vidmar
42.1 % / Onan 3PT 38.1 % / Guler
100.0 % / Batiste FT 100.0 % / Akin
13.6 / Bogdanovic Index 13.6 / Jerrells


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-5 Top 16 0-6
5-5 Regular Season 5-5
6-10 Overall 5-11


Crew Chief

The Take

Two sports archrivals face each other in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, adding another chapter to their own histories, as Fenerbahce Ulker faces Besiktas JK in an Istanbul derby in Top 16 Group F on Friday. Fener ranks seventh in Group F with a 1-5 record, with Besiktas right behind at 0-6. In other words, both teams are in a make-or-break situation, which adds even more anticipation to this huge showdown at the magnificent Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena.

Besiktas needs to find the way to stop Bojan Bogdanovic, who has stepped up in the Top 16, averaging 21.2 points on 91.1% free throw accuracy. Bogdanovic will keep filling the baskets but will get a lot of help at both wings from experienced small forward Romain Sato, veteran off-guard Omer Onan, three-point threat Uros Tripkovic and point forward Emir Preldzic, a critical player for coach Simone Pianigiani due to his versatility, size, ballhandling and high basketball IQ. Bogdanovic will try to use his scoring skills against two hard-nosed defenders like Serhat Cetin and Daniel Ewing. Preldzic must use his sixe and driving skills against explosive forward Patrick Christopher. Muratcan Guler offers coach Erman Kunter deep range, on-the-ball defense and team spirit. Besiktas runs its offense through electric playmaker Curtis Jerrells, whose court vision, leadership and deep range are needed in this key showdown. Tutku Acik, back from injury, will offer experience and passing skills off the bench. Jerrells faces a critical matchup against lightning quick scoring guard Bo McCalebb, in one of the biggest keys to this game. Acik must use his know-how against a younger, more athletic Baris Ermis. Both teams have deep frontcourts but Fenerbahce has an edge due to its biggest experience, mainly by three-time Euroleague champions David Andersen and Mike Batiste. Well-rounded veteran Kaya Peker, old school center Oguz Savas and athletic power forward Ilkan Karaman gave Fenerbahce plenty of options around the baskets. Andersen, in great shape recently, and Savas must do their best to stop aggressive big man Gasper Vidmar, as his post skills and dunks are essential to Besiktas's success. Karaman may see extended playing time to guard mobile big man Damir Markota. Cemal Nalga and Randal Falker are physical players ready to stop Batiste and Savas while Cehver Ozer and Baris Hersek can open the floor with their outside shots.

Besiktas needs to run its offense through Jerrells and Markota, spread the floor to find Vidmar down and or one-on-one chances for Christopher and Markota, use its frontcourt depth to avoid easy points in the paint and play under control as much as possible. Fenerbahce needs to run the floor to make the most out of McCalebb and Bogdanovic's transition game, run its five-on-five offense through Preldzic and Bogdanovic and, above all, play with high intensity, pushed by a big home crowd.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Game Notes


Fenerbahce Ulker is ranked last in the league in rebounding (28.9 rpg.).

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in seven straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games. He is ranked second in the Top 16 with 21.2 points per game.

Bogdanovic has made his last 29 free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Batiste is 23 points behind former CSKA great J.R. Holden for fifth place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Batiste enters the week with 2,365 career points.

Uros Tripkovic has made his last 14 free throws in Euroleague action.

Tripkovic is 3 three-pointers away from tying former Unicaja teammate Berni Rodriguez for 25th place on the Euroleague’s career list of three-pointers made.

Bo McCalebb has at least 1 steal in seven straight Euroleague games.

McCalebb needs 49 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.


Curtis Jerrells has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Jerrells is averaging career highs in scoring (14.2 ppg.) and three-point shooting (37.7%) in this, his third Euroleague season.

Jerrells played for Fenerbahce Ulker last season. He played alongside current Fener players Emir Preldzic, Omer Onan, Kaya Peker and Oguz Savas.

Gasper Vidmar has blocked at least 1 blocked shot in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Vidmar is ranked last among 76 qualified players in free throw shooting this season at 27.9%.

Vidmar spent most of the previous five seasons with Fenerbahce Ulker, during which he won three Turkish League titles and one Turkish Cup.   

Serhat Cetin’s has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Cetin played his first two Euroleague seasons with Fenerbahce Ulker between 2008 and 2010.

Tutku Acik is a product of the Ulker Sports Club youth system. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with Ulker – spare one season on loan and won one Turkish League and three Turkish Cup titles during that span.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We are going to be playing another game with Besiktas shortly after the Turkish Cup. Every time its another excitement and it's difficult because it's a derby. We always played a close game with them. It will be a tough situation. If we play with the same confidence we did in the cup then we can give our fans a nice gift of victory."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Although Besiktas has a good roster, they had a lot of losses in a row. They are also at a moment where they have to win every game. In this game that we are going to play in our own arena I can say that we have the chance to win because we are in good condition and have a high morale."
Bojan Bogdanovic - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB12

Fenerbahce Ulker rallies past Besiktas

Fenerbahce Ulker won the first ever Euroleague meeting against its Istanbul rival Besiktas JK 78-72 on Friday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points to pace Fener in an exciting game that featured five lead changes in the last four minutes of the game. Bogdanovic attacked the rim to put the hosts ahead for good, 71-70, with two minutes to go. Ogus Savas scored the next two baskets, while Besiktas committed two crucial turnovers that let the game slip away. Besiktas led by as much as 13 points in the second quarter and 10 in the third. David Andersen added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners, who improved to 2-5 in Top 16 group F. Savas scored 12 and Bo McCalebb had 10 points and 4 steals for the winners. Damir Markota paced Besiktas with 15 points, Curtis Jerrells netted 14 plus 7 rebounds, Daniel Ewing scored 11 and Gasper Vidmar tallied 10 points and 4 blocks. The loss left Besiktas winless in the Top 16.

First quarter: Bogdanovic catches fire early

The game got out to a fast paced start with Bogdanovic showing off his scoring skills. Jerrells put the visitors up 2-5, but Bogdanovic added a triple before Oguz Savas completed a 7-0 Fener spurt. Dan Ewing connected from downtown to keep Besiktas close, 9-8. A Savas tip in made it 11-8 at the TV timeout. Bogdanovic extended the lead to 5 before Besiktas big men Vidmar and Cevher Ozer carried Besiktas back. A pair of free throws gave Bogdanovic 11 points in just over seven minutes of action. Jerrells second three tied the game at 15-15. McCalebb put the hosts on top with free throws and Bogdanovic finished a high-scoring quarter from a personal standpoint with a fast break layup to make it 19-15.

Second quarter: Christopher and Markota lead Besiktas charge

Patrick Christopher showed off his skills with a baseline jumper to tie the game and a fade-away that lifted Besiktas ahead 19-21. Tutku Acik fed Christopher for a layup that made it 7 straight points for the shooting guard in a 0-9 start to the quarter. Mike Batiste ended a five-minute Fenerbahce scoring drought, but Markota answered with a triple to make it 21-27. Markota remained hot with free throws and a second triple, though the hosts stayed pace through Ilkan Karaman and McCalebb. After Markota reached 11 points with 2 more free throws, Vidmar scored on consecutive possessions to give the visitors the game’s first double-digit lead. Vidmar kept his team strong with a block that led to an Acik layup and a 28-41 advantage. Kaya Peker scored down low for Fener and Bogdanovic added a fade-away jumper to get within 32-42 at the break.

Third quarter: Andersen helps Fener cut into deficit

McCalebb opened the third quarter with a steal, spin move and layup. Strong defense on both ends kept the scoring low, but Andersen’s tip in brought his team within 36-44. A Vidmar slam restored Besiktas’s double-digit lead. Andersen scored outside and inside to trim the gap to 6. McCalebb’s next steal and layup made it 42-46, but Ewing countered with a pair of triples and before long the lead stood again at 10. Fener showed signs of a comeback with a long two-pointer from Besiktas and 2 Bogdanovic free throws. Jerrells kept the visitors comfortable ahead with a triple. Andersen made it 48-55 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter:Ermis, Preldzic step up as hosts rally

Baris Ermis closed the gap to 5 before Ozer connected from downtown to keep Besiktas safe. But the hosts found their form as Andersen drilled a triple and Savas scored in transition to make it 55-58. A Bogdanovic triple made it a 2-point game and resulted in a Besiktas timeout. Ozer buried a triple and Jerrells did the same to pump the cushion to 60-66. Emir Preldzic’s passing helped Fenerbahce get some easy points. Ozer was helped off the floor after suffering a tough landing. Ermis nailed a triple to cut the deficit to 1 and then found a cutting Savas for his team’s first lead of the second half. The lead changed hands as Ewing and Ermis traded baskets. Jerrells found Markota for a slam; Bogdanovic went through the Besiktas defense to make it 71-70. Ermis dished to a wide-open Savas for a 3-point lead with a minute to go. Savas then hit a long baseline jumper with 31 seconds left for a 75-70 lead as the delirious fans started to sing. A travelling call on Markota with 13 seconds left doomed Besiktas as Bogdanovic iced the game from the line.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Attendance: 7780
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul19131630
Besiktas JK Istanbul15271317
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul19324878
Besiktas JK Istanbul15425572
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 26:21 10 4/7 0/2 2/2   1 1 2 4 1   1 1 4 13
7 ONAN, OMER 7:30   0/1           1              
9 ERMIS, BARIS 15:23 7 2/2 1/1     3 3 5 1 1     2   13
10 SATO, ROMAIN 21:29 4 2/3 0/1   2 3 5 1 1 1     2 1 7
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 29:33 13 5/10 1/1 0/2 2 5 7       1 1 1 3 15
14 PEKER, KAYA 20:55 2 1/2       4 4   1 1 1   2   4
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 20:45 12 6/9       1 1       1 2 4 2 7
24 BATISTE, MIKE 6:40 2 1/2                     1    
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 1:46 3   1/1                   2   1
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 36:25 25 6/10 2/4 7/8   1 1 3 1   1 1 2 8 29
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 13:13     0/2     1 1 4   3     2 3 1
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 27/46 5/12 9/12 5 20 25 16 8 7 4 5 19 21 92
        58.7% 41.7% 75%
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
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 28:26 11 1/3 3/3   2   2 2 1 2 1   3 1 11
5 GULER, MURATCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 2:14                              
11 ACIK, TUTKU 14:36 3 1/3 0/1 1/2   1 1 3         3 2 2
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 29:40 10 4/5   2/3   5 5     6 4   1 4 14
14 FALKER, RANDAL 12:02 2 1/1     1 2 3     2     2   1
15 CETIN, SERHAT 11:09   0/1 0/1     2 2 1       1 3   -3
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 18:42 15 2/3 2/5 5/5 1 4 5     1     2 2 15
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 28:51 9 3/6 0/1 3/4   2 2 2   1   1 5 3 4
35 NALGA, CEMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 OZER, CEVHER 19:36 8 1/2 2/5         1             5
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 34:44 14 0/2 4/9 2/2 1 6 7 4 3 3   2 2 7 21
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 72 13/26 11/25 13/16 6 23 29 13 4 15 5 4 21 19 72
        50% 44% 81.3%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Tonight we didn’t play with 100% performance, but anyway this is a great win. It was not an easy task after winning the Turkish Cup last week. Besiktas did everything they could during the game. The rhythm of the game was different than usual. They were in better form than us. They had a different rotation. We didn’t start the game bad, but lost the rhythm in the second quarter. Then we showed our real face in the last quarter. We have young talents like Ilkan Karaman. But we are expecting those young guys to perform at 100% when having minutes during the game."
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We lost the game to Fenerbahce Ulker with our own mistakes. We made critical mistakes in crunch time. We lost our third game in the same way. We lose the discipline when we made turnovers. We were the better side especially in defense for most of the game. But when the mistakes started to happen in the last quarter, we lost control. Honestly, we lost a game which we deserved to win. Now our chances are up to a miracle. We will keep on fighting until we lose."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We started the game well, but failed in defense in the second quarter. They had a good margin at halftime. We found ourselves in defense in the third quarter and stopped them, but our offense was not working. We opened the game in the last quarter and pushed the game really hard to come back. Our pressure had the answer with their turnovers. It’s good to hang on in the group. Sorry for Besiktas."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"After the Turkish Cup, this was a very important game. Besiktas played much better than us in the first two quarters. We played to win. Winning was very important for us. We played good, especially in the fourth quarter. We fought as a team. That’s how we won the Turkish Cup. We are very happy about this win."
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"I’m really sad about losing a game which we could have won. We controlled most of the game and made some small and easy mistakes to lose at the end. We had to calm down, but instead we turned the ball over many times. We will keep on digging for wins."
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