2013-14Top 16Round 8
February 28, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.9 Points 78.4
34.4 Rebounds 34.3
10.7 O. Rebounds 9.7
23.6 D. Rebounds 24.6
15.5 Assists 17.3
6.4 Steals 5.2
2.2 Blocks 3.9
11.6 Turnovers 11.8
57.1 % 2PT 54.4 %
36.1 % 3PT 37.1 %
75.9 % FT 70.8 %
92.6 Index 88.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.1 / Bogdanovic Points 14.6 / Spanoulis
5.6 / Bjelica, N. Rebounds 5.4 / Printezis
2.5 / Vidmar OR 2.4 / Dunston
4.3 / Bjelica, N. DR 3.7 / Printezis
5.1 / Preldzic Assists 4.8 / Spanoulis
1.5 / McCalebb Steals 1.0 / Dunston
0.5 / Zoric Blocks 1.6 / Dunston
2.0 / Zoric Turnovers 2.8 / Spanoulis
69.0 % / McCalebb 2PT 75.0 % / Dunston
45.2 % / Mahmutoglu 3PT 57.1 % / Katsivelis
90.4 % / Kleiza FT 84.0 % / Perperoglou
17.9 / Preldzic Index 14.5 / Dunston


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-4 Top 16 4-3
8-2 Regular Season 10-0
11-6 Overall 14-3


Crew Chief

The Take

This is a critical game in the playoffs race. Olympiacos beat Fenerbahce 95-82 in Top 16 Round 1 behind 28 points and 9 assists from reigning Euroleague MVP Vassilis Spanoulis. Linas Kleiza, who earned All-Euroleague honors with Olympiacos in 2009-10 and took it to the Euroleague final, faces his former team. Kleiza will see most of the playing time at power forward, with Luka Zoric and the recently-signed Blagota Sekulic splitting time at center. Olympiacos has a physical battery of big men led by Bryant Dunston, Brent Petway, Mirza Begic and Georgios Printezis, whose matchup against Kleiza will be critical. The Reds are bringing in athletic forward Jamario Moon, who will see playing time at both wings along with Kostas Sloukas, Spanoulis, Stratos Perperoglou and Mardy Collins. Spanoulis must be ready to control the game tempo, but he will not have it easy against Omer Onan and scoring aces Bojan Bogdanovic and Pierre Jackson, who just joined the team. Fenerbahce has a lot of firepower in its backcourt with Jackson, Bogdanovic, Bo McCalebb and Emir Preldzic. Olympiacos relies on Spanoulis and Vangelis Mantzaris to control the game tempo, in which arguably is the biggest key to this game.
Tuesday, February 25, 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.
Blagota Sekulic is in line to play his first Euroleague game since March 2009.
Pierre Jackson could make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut in this 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.
Nemanja Bjelica has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Bo McCalebb has scored in double figures in six straight Euroleague games.
Linas Kleiza played his first full Euroleague season in an Olympiacos uniform in 2009-10. He won the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy and was named to the All-Euroleague First Team that season, in which he helped the Reds reach the Euroleague title game. Kostas Sloukas is the only current Olympiacos player that remains from Kleiza’s time at the club.
Zeljko Obradovic coached Olympiacos forward Stratos Perperoglou for five seasons from 2007 through 2012 at Panathinaikos Athens. They won two Euroleague titles and four Greek championships in their time together.
Obradovic coached Olympiacos guard Vassilis Spanoulis for four seasons between 2005 and 2010 at Panathinaikos. Spanoulis was the 2009 Final Four MVP under Obradovic in leading Panathinaikos to the Euroleague title.

Olympiacos Piraeus
Jamario Moon could make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut in this game.
Head coach Georgios Bartzokas has used 12 different players in his starting lineups this season. Only Vassilis Spanoulis has started every game.
Stratos Perperoglou is 2 three-pointers away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.
Bryant Dunston leads the Euroleague in blocks this season with 1.6 per game.
Vassilis Spanoulis was the Top 16 Round 1 bwin MVP after accounting for 28 points, 9 assists and a performance index rating of 39 in leading the Reds over Fenerbahce Ulker 95-82.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"What can I say that's new? It's a very important game for us. With the situation in ou group, we understand that the difference between them and us is just one win, just like with other teams. It's just that, a very important game. The last time we played them in their gym there was a really nice atmosphere, so I hope our fans do the same here and give us important support so we can, together, win this important game. We respect Olympiacos a lot, but we really think that we have a chance to win."
Olympiacos Piraeus
!It's a demanding game. Fenerbahce Ulker added new things in their game since they have two new players in their roster. We, on the other hand, are obliged to play the same way we did in the first game between the two teams. We are in the beginning of the second round, so every team wants to win."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It's a difficult game for us. Very important obviously for both teams. I expect a full gym of fans that will come help us. Olympiacos is a good team, one of the best in Europe and I expect a really tough game. It will be an honor to play with Fenerbahce. I always try to play hard and help my team."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I believe it will be a different game that the one of the first round. Everything will have to start from the defense for us. They want to win as much as we do. It will be a very important game and we have to give 100% to win."

McCalebb, Kleiza lead Fener to third straight win

Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed its third consecutive win in Top 16 Group E by edging defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus 78-74 at home on Friday. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos join Unicaja Malaga and Panathinaikos Athens in a four-way tie for third place in Group F, each with a 4-4 record. Linas Kleiza paced the winners with 21 points. Bo McCalebb added 20 for Fenerbahce. Stratos Perperoglou and Kostas Sloukas led Olympiacos with 17 points apiece while Vangelis Mantzaris added 10. Bojan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica combined for all the points in a 9-0 opening run, but Olympiacos found a go-to guy in Perperoglou, who got help from Georgios Printezis to give the Reds a 15-16 edge. A wild step-back jumper by Sloukas put the Reds back ahead, 21-22, after 10 minutes. Kleiza took over throughout the second quarter, allowing Fenerbahce to go ahead 41-38 at halftime. McCalebb and Kleiza shined after the break, leading Fenerbahce to a 59-51 lead after 30 minutes. The hosts led by 10 with three minutes left, but Mantzaris and Sloukas brought Olympiacos within 76-74. Free throws by Kleiza sealed the outcome down the stretch.

First quarter: Perperoglou shines to lead Reds

Head coach Georgios Bartzokas surprised everyone by starting playmaker Dimitris Katsivelis for the first time this season. Nemanja Bjelica got Fenerbahce going with a three-pointer and a layup by Bojan Bogdanovic gave the hosts a 5-0 lead. Bjelica kept pushing Fenerbahce with a wild coast-to-coast layup and a mid-range jumper by Bogdanovic capped a 9-0 opening run. Bryant Dunston scored down low and a reverse layup by Perperoglou got Olympiacos rolling. Bogdanovic scored in penetration, but back-to-back layups by Georgios Printezis brought the guests closer, 11-8. Perperoglou struck from downtown and matched Bo McCalebb's driving layup with free throws for a 13-13 tie. Luka Zoric dunked, but Perperoglou split foul shots and added a jumper to give Olympiacos its first lead, 15-16. McCalebb scored again and a three-point play by Zoric gave Fenerbahce a 20-16 edge. Free throws by Perperoglou and a jumper by Dunston tied it at 20-20. A foul shot by McCalebb and a step-back jumper by Kostas Sloukas fixed the score at 21-22 after 10 exciting minutes.

Second quarter: Kleiza puts Fenerbahce ahead

Linas Kleiza nailed a corner three-pointer early in the second quarter. Sloukas sank a baseline jumper, but Emir Preldzic found his first points for a 26-24 Fenerbahce edge. McCalebb shined with a big driving basket, which Sloukas improved with a bomb from downtown to make it 28-27. After Kleiza made free throws, Cedric Simmons scored around the basket. An off-balance basket by Omer Onan restored a 32-29 Fenerbahce edge. Olympiacos tried a more dynamic lineup with Perperoglou and Jamario Moon at both forwards. Zoric scored down low, as Fenerbahce adjusted its defense off a timeout. A red-hot Kleiza buried a five-meter jumper that boosted the hosts' lead to 36-29. Perperoglou nailed his trademark step-back triple, but Bogdanovic split free throws. A three-pointer by Vangelis Mantzaris caused Fenerbahce to call timeout at 37-35. Kleiza scored again, but Matt Lojeski dunked off a steal. Free throws by Blagota Sekulic gave the hosts a 41-37 edge. A foul shot by Printezis brought the champs within 41-38 at halftime.

Third quarter: Fenerbahce uses defense to take off

Both teams struggled to score after the break until Sloukas swished a five-meter jumper. McCalebb split free throws and found Kleiza for a three-pointer that gave Fenerbahce a 45-40 edge. McCalebb insisted with foul shots and a driving layup that made it a 9-point game. Simmons silenced the crowd with a slam before Zoric nailed a close jumper. A layup by Printezis kept Olympiacos within 51-44. Printezis struck from downtown, as Fenerbahce tried a smaller lineup with Kleiza and Bjelica around the baskets. Kleiza hit free throws and banked in a jump hook to restore a 56-47 Fenerbahce lead. Free throws by Bjelica and McCalebb made it a double-digit game, 59-49. Olympiacos struggled to find open shots, as Fenerbahce was all over the place with its physical, adjusted man-to-man defense. Dunston rescued the Reds with a put-back basket that brought Olympiacos within 59-51.

Fourth quarter: Fener gets win, Olympiacos saves tiebreaker

Dunston scored in the paint early in the fourth quarter, but Melih Mahmutoglu answered from downtown for a 62-53 Fenerbahce lead. Sloukas nailed a three-pointer, but McCalebb fed Bjelica for a slam and a 64-56 Fenerbahce edge. Olympiacos struggled to score right when it mattered most, as Fenerbahce hustled for every loose ball with great intensity. McCalebb made free throws to restore a double-digit Fenerbahce lead, 66-56, with six minutes left. Sloukas split free throws and a fade-away jumper by Perperoglou gave Olympiacos some hope at 66-59. Preldzic hit a jumper in the lane. Dunston split free throws before a driving layup by Bogdanovic gave the hosts a 70-60 lead with over three minutes left. Mantzaris followed a layup with a three-pointer, but Kleiza and McCalebb kept the hosts way ahead, 74-65. Mantzaris scored again, Lojeski shined with a three-point play and a fast break basket by Sloukas gave the Reds hope at 74-72, with 36 seconds left. After McCalebb nailed a five-meter jumper, Sloukas made free throws. Olympiacos fouled on Kleiza with 13 seconds left. He calmly made both attempts, allowing Fenerbahce to celebrate a critical and well-deserved win!

Bo McCalebb - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Friday, February 28, 2014
Attendance: 12917 (Tentative)
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul21201819
Olympiacos Piraeus22161323
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul21415978
Olympiacos Piraeus22385174
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 33:32 20 5/6   10/12 1 3 4 3 1 2     3 8 28
5 JACKSON, PIERRE 3:02   0/2       1 1         1 1   -3
7 ONAN, OMER 12:25 2 1/3 0/1 0/1   1 1     2     3 1 -5
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 20:03 8 2/4 1/2 1/2 1 7 8 2 1 2     4 1 10
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 10:11 3   1/3   1 1 2           2   1
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 29:38 21 4/7 2/5 7/7 1 7 8 1         2 4 26
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 2:56                         1   -1
18 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 11:30 2     2/2   4 4 1         4 1 4
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 3:05           1 1           1    
22 ZORIC, LUKA 15:24 9 4/7   1/1   2 2           1 4 11
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 30:28 9 4/7 0/2 1/2       3 1 2     2 3 6
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 27:46 4 2/5       1 1 3   2 1   2 1 3
Team           4   4     1         3
Totals 200:00 78 22/41 4/13 22/27 8 28 36 13 3 11 1 1 26 23 83
        53.7% 30.8% 81.5%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PETWAY, BRENT 13:25     0/1     1 1 1   1 1   4   -3
6 DUNSTON, BRYANT 23:36 9 4/6   1/3 4 3 7 2         4 6 16
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 27:41 17 3/7 2/3 5/6   4 4 2   1     2 5 19
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 28:49 17 4/6 2/4 3/4   1 1 4 1 1     3 4 18
11 COLLINS, MARDY 10:22   0/3 0/1     1 1 2   2     2 2 -3
12 SIMMONS, CEDRIC 11:03 4 2/3   0/2 2 1 3   1 1     2 1 3
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 22:57 10 3/8 1/1 1/2   3 3 2 1 1       2 11
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 31:25 10 2/3 2/4     3 3   2       3 2 11
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 3:10   0/1                     1   -2
24 LOJESKI, MATT 20:36 7 3/5 0/2 1/1 1 5 6 2 1     1   3 14
33 MOON, JAMARIO 6:56     0/3             1     2 1 -5
Team           1   1           1    
Totals 200:00 74 21/42 7/19 11/18 8 22 30 15 6 8 1 1 24 26 79
        50% 36.8% 61.1%

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We played a good game against the champions of the last two years. We tried to play better defense than we did in Athens in the first game. And we managed to do it for most of the game. We could have won the game with a larger margin. We beat one of the most experienced teams in the competition. I want to congratulate my players for their efforts in winning the game. I also want to thank to our fans for their great support. Pierre Jackson needs time to adjust as a newcomer. It’s normal. He understands the way we play. He is going to have more minutes in the near future."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We played a very competitive game in an excellent atmosphere. Our defense on Bo McCalebb was not enough to stop him. He is the one who played the key role for his team winning the game. My players did well in the absence of Vassilis Spanoulis. I congratulate them for their great effort."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a must-win situation for us. Olympiacos was still strong without Vassilis Spanoulis. I think we did really well on the defensive side of the game. We could be more effective in offense. But they were really tough. Anyway it’s good to keep on winning."
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