2012-13Top 16Round 8
February 21, 2013 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.2 Points 79.1
28.6 Rebounds 34.4
8.4 O. Rebounds 8.7
20.3 D. Rebounds 25.7
11.4 Assists 15.8
6.0 Steals 6.6
1.9 Blocks 3.8
11.6 Turnovers 13.1
53.2 % 2PT 57.9 %
32.9 % 3PT 36.5 %
75.4 % FT 76.3 %
73.1 Index 93.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.3 / Bogdanovic Points 12.4 / Navarro
4.3 / Sato Rebounds 5.9 / Tomic
1.4 / Sato OR 1.5 / Tomic
3.3 / Andersen DR 4.4 / Tomic
3.1 / Preldzic Assists 3.1 / Huertas
1.6 / McCalebb Steals 1.1 / Mickeal
0.5 / Bogdanovic Blocks 1.4 / Tomic
1.8 / McCalebb Turnovers 1.8 / Huertas
68.0 % / Ermis 2PT 81.3 % / Rabaseda
42.1 % / Onan 3PT 52.9 % / Lorbek
100.0 % / Batiste FT 100.0 % / Jasikevicius
14.5 / Bogdanovic Index 15.9 / Tomic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-5 Top 16 6-1
5-5 Regular Season 9-1
7-10 Overall 15-2

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
VIATOR, EDDIE, France
Umpire
MAESTRE, NICOLA, France

The Take

Two teams at opposite ends of Group F clash on Thursday when Fenerbahce Ulker hosts FC Barcelona Regal at the Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul. Fener has won its last two home games to improve to 2-5 in the Top 16 and can ill afford to lose at home if it is to make a run at one of the top four spots in the group. Meanwhile Barcelona has won five in a row and shares first place in the group with Montepaschi Siena at 6-1. Ante Tomic recorded a double-double as one of six Barca scorers in double figures when the Spanish champs beat Fener 100-78 in the Top 16 opener in December.

Fenerbahce boasts the Top 16’s leading scorer in Bojan Bogdanovic, who anchors the hosts’ backcourt alongside speedy point guard Bo McCalebb and Romain Sato, whose all-around skills improve those around him. That trio will face a strong Barcelona backcourt, which stars scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro. Barca boss Xavi Pascual splits point guard duties between Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada, though the latter could see increased time this week due to his speed and defensive skills, which could be a hindrance to McCalebb, last season’s Ford Trophy winner. At small forward Pete Mickeal has a similar skillset to Sato. Much interest will focus on shooting guard. The hosts could use Omer Onan and backup point guard Baris Ermis to slow down Navarro and Sarunas Jasikevicius, who won the Turkish championship with Fenerbahce two seasons ago. Barcelona boasts the league’s top defense and will use that team-oriented approach to try and limit Bogdanovic. In the paint, Barcelona leans heavily on the trio of Tomic, Nate Jawai and Erazem Lorbek. David Andersen, who reached the Euroleague Final Four with Barcelona in 2009, has been on a hot streak lately for Fener. He is joined by Mike Batiste, Oguz Savas and Kaya Peker in a deep frontcourt for Coach Simone Pianigiani. Though he was not 100% last week, perennial mismatch Emir Preldzic came off the bench for Fenerbahce and made the difference down the stretch in the victory over Besiktas. His game-changing skills could have a big impact one again.

When they last met, Barcelona thoroughly dominated the boards (34-18) and had nearly twice as many assists (23-13) in cruising to victory. Those are both areas Fenerbahce must improve on to pick up the win. In addition to the interesting matchup of shooting guards, the duel between Lorbek and Andersen inside could be a key to the game.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

FENERBAHCE ULKER ISTANBUL

Fenerbahce Ulker is ranked last in the league in rebounding (28.6 rpg.).

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in eight straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games. He is the Top 16’s leading scorer with 21.7 points per game.

Bogdanovic’s streak of free throws made came to an end last week at 36. It was the longest such streak in the Euroleague this season.

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

Batiste is 21 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 eight straight Euroleague games.

McCalebb needs 39 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Romain Sato finished the 2005-06 season with Barcelona. He joined the team for the Spanish League playoffs and played alongside Juan Carlos Navarro and Victor Sada.

David Andersen spent the 2008-09 season with FC Barcelona. He helped the team reach the Euroleague Final Four in Berlin and win the Spanish League championship. Among the current Barcelona players he teamed with are Juan Carlos Navarro and Victor Sada.

Andersen has averaged 16.3 points on 55.2% two-point and 57.1% three-point shooting over the past three games, up from 7.8 points on 44.7% two-point and 40.7% three-point shooting for the season.

FC BARCELONA REGAL

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 67.1 points allowed per game.

Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 21 straight free throws in Euroleague action. He is the competition’s career leader in free throw percentage at 92.09%.

Jasikevicius joined Fenerbahce Ulker midway through the 2010-11 season and helped the club win the Turkish League title. He was a teammate there of current Fener players Omer Onan, Emir Preldzic, Oguz Savas and Kaya Peker.  

Jasikevicius is 24 points behind Gianluca Basile for 10th place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Saras enters this week’s game with 2,139 points in his 11 seasons in the Euroleague.

Saras scored a season-high 14 points in last week’s victory at Maccabi.

Marcelinho Huertas has made 14 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in eight straight Euroleague games. He is ranked third in the Top 16 in performance index rating (20.7 per game), rebounds (6.9 rpg.) and field goal shooting percentage (69.79%), sixth in scoring (15.3 ppg.) and ninth in blocks (1.1 bpg.).

Tomic was the Top 16 Game 1 MVP after tallying 12 points with just 1 missed shot, plus 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks for a performance index rating of 27 in a 100-78 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker.

Pete Mickeal scored a career-high 26 points in leading Barcelona to a 59-82 drubbing of Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul on opening night in the 2009-10 season.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Barcelona lost only two games in the whole Euroleague season. One was not important and the other one was without many players. But everytime there is a game it's a good chance. It's a game that you play against one of the two or three teams that will win the Euroleague. That can have a chance to win the Euroleague. It's a good motivation for us to play at home at the top to play to do our best. This is what we want. Not just watching the score but to but to play at the top of our intensity."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"Fenerbahce Ulker is a team that knows that winning this game is one more step to make the Playoffs. To win the game we have to think that all the Top 16 games are like finals and then get a positive perspective of the things that happen."

Players

BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It is really difficult to beat Barcelona because they are in great shape right now. They won the Copa del Rey and, in my opinion, they are the best team in Europe right now, with Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro as their main references on offense. We have to play good defense. We cannot allow them to score 90 points on us. If we play a five-on-five offense and are patient, I believe we have a chance to beat them."
LORBEK, ERAZEM
FC Barcelona Regal
"Fenerbahce Ulker has improved a lot since the start of the season and having won the Turkish Cup has given them a boost of morale. It will be a different game from the one we played at home. We won well but in Istanbul it will be different, it is a complicated gym. We are ready."

Barcelona routs Fenerbahce Ulker for historic road win

FC Barcelona sent a message that echoed all through Top 16 Group F by downing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 60-99 in Turkey on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 7-1 to remain atop Group F. Fenerbahce dropped to 2-6 and saw its playoff hopes take a serious hit. Pete Mickeal paced the winners with 17 points on a perfect shooting night. Marcelinho Huertas and Ante Tomic each added 14 while Juan Carlos Navarro and Joe Ingles netted 13 apiece for Barcelona. Bojan Bogdanovic had 18 points for Barcelona and Bo McCalebb added 17. A 0-9 run that Navarro capped with a three-pointer gave Barcelona a 6-15 lead. Navarro hit two more from downtown to make it a double-digit game, 13-23, after 10 minutes. Huertas and Tomic fueled a 0-10 run that Xavi Rabaseda capped with a dunk to break the game open, 15-33. Barcelona kept rolling, led by an outstanding Huertas, and boosted its margin to 19-50 at halftime. That 31-point lead broke an all-time Euroleague record for both the biggest halftime lead for a team on the road and the greatest halftime margin in Top 16 history. Nothing changed after the break, as Barcelona boosted its margin to 40-76 after 30 minutes and never looked back.

First quarter: Navarro nails 3 threes as visitors take control

Tomic got Barcelona going with a jump hook and Erazem Lorbek beat the buzzer with a jumper for a 0-4 start. Fenerbahce was held scoreless for more than two minutes until Bogdanovic stepped up with a jumper. David Andersen and Lorbek traded put-back layups and a backdoor basket by McCalebb tied it at 6-6. Lorbek kept pacing Barcelona with a close jumper, as Barcelona raised its aggressiveness level on defense. Mickeal scored down low before Tomic hit a jump hook. The hosts kept struggling to score off a timeout. Navarro struck from downtown to make it 6-15, after a 0-9 run. McCalebb tried to change things with a running jumper and a wild driving layup, but a put-back basket by Tomic kept the guests way ahead, 10-17. Bogdanovic nailed a catch-and-shoot triple that Navarro erased at the other end and beat the shot clock with another shot from beyond the arc for a 13-23 Barcelona lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Barcelona dominates on both ends

Bogdanovic shined with a fast break layup early in the second quarter. C.J. Wallace fed Nate Jawai for an easy dunk and a tip-in by Mickeal forced Fenerbahce to call timeout at 15-27. Huertas swished a five-meter jumper aa Barcelona kept dominating the game with outstanding defense. Free throws by Tomic and a huge dunk by Xavi Rabaseda capped a 0-10 run that broke the game open, 15-33. Onan downed free throws that Huertas erased with an acrobatic basket. Sarunas Jasikevicius hit free throws to make it a 20-point game. Romain Sato stepped up with a coast-to-coast layup, but Jasikevicius fed Tomic for a slam and Huertas banked in an off-balance shot that caused Fenerbahce stop the game at 19-41. Marko Todorovic came off the bench and took over with a put-back basket. A three-pointer by Huertas boosted the guests' lead even more before Tomic buried a jumper in the paint and a wild buzzer-beating basket by Huertas fixed the halftime score at 19-50.

Third quarter: Unstoppable Barcelona wraps it up early

Bogdanovic and Victor Sada traded free throws right after the break. McCalebb tried to change things with a driving layup, but Navarro beat the buzzer with his trademark 'bomba'. Bogdanovic hit back with a three-pointer. Mickeal sank a baseline jumper before a power basket by McCalebb brought the hosts within 28-56. Mickeal stepped up with a tip-in that Bogdanovic bettered with a corner triple. Tomic and Sada fueled a 0-7 run, which Mickeal capped with a jumper for a 31-64 Barcelona margin. McCalebb scored again and Kaya Peker found his first points, but Navarro and Mickeal gave Barcelona another new game-high lead, 35-69. Peker and Mickeal traded baskets and a free throw by Bogdanovic made it 38-71. Peker and an unstoppable Mickeal scored again before a three-pointer by Joe Ingles boosted the guests' lead to 40-76 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Fener tries, but Barca celebrates

Huertas struck from downtown early in the fourth quarter. The outcome was clear, but Barcelona kept rolling. Ingles downed his second three-pointer for a 41-82 Barcelona margin. The guests kept using long possessions to get open shots and run the game clock down. Ingles scored in penetration, but Ilkan Karaman matched that with a close basket and Oguz Savas split free throws for a 44-84 score with six minutes to go. McCalebb followed a layup with a three-pointer, but Jasikevicius kept Barcelona way ahead, 49-89, with over three minutes to go. Even though Fenerbahce kept trying, everything was said and done as Barcelona cruised to a no-doubt-about-it road win.

Marcelinho Huertas - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA)
Attendance: 6220
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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 36:52 17 7/13 1/1   3   3 4 3 1   1 3 1 17
7 ONAN, OMER 5:43 2 0/2   2/2   1 1     1     1 1  
9 ERMIS, BARIS 3:08                 1 1     1   -1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 20:59 2 1/6     3 2 5 1         1 2 4
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 2:53   0/1 0/1             1         -3
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 25:18 2 1/3 0/1   2 4 6     2 1   1 2 5
14 PEKER, KAYA 18:18 9 4/9   1/3 2 1 3   1 3   1 3 3 2
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 14:39 1 0/8   1/2 1 1 2       1   2 1 -6
24 BATISTE, MIKE 7:03   0/2 0/2     1 1   1         1 -1
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 10:00 7 2/3 1/3 0/1   3 3 1   2   1   1 5
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 36:52 18 3/9 3/5 3/4   1 1 2 1   2   2 5 18
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 18:15 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 7   1       1 11
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 60 19/57 5/14 7/12 14 18 32 15 7 12 4 3 14 18 55
        33.3% 35.7% 58.3%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 17:54 4 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 2 3 2       2   1 4
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 14:59 14 4/7 2/2   2 3 5 4 3         4 27
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 18:21 13 2/4 3/5     2 2 4   1   1 1 2 14
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 12:23 6 2/3 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 3   1       1 9
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 10:18 4 2/3 0/1 0/2 3 1 4 1 1 1 1   2 1 5
18 WALLACE, C.J. 13:52   0/2 0/2   1 1 2 2         1   -1
20 INGLES, JOE 16:23 13 2/6 3/4   1 5 6 2   2     4   10
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 18:36 2 1/1 0/2     1 1   2 1     1 1 2
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 19:15 9 3/4 1/2   1 2 3     2     2   6
32 JAWAI, NATE 13:26 3 1/2   1/2   7 7     1   1 4 2 4
33 MICKEAL, PETE 21:24 17 7/7 1/1   2 2 4 1 1 2 1   2 1 21
44 TOMIC, ANTE 23:09 14 6/9   2/2 1 3 4 2   1 1   1 1 17
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 99 31/52 10/21 7/10 14 35 49 21 7 12 3 4 18 14 124
        59.6% 47.6% 70%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We started the game well but after missing some easy shots and not getting some foul calls from the refs, we were down mentally and physically. We couldn’t do what we did in the [Turkish] League and the Turkish Cup. We played against a team which had just two losses. When they find a team going down easy like us, they finish the game quickly. Our players are challenging, but losing energy when they fall back. Our percentage inside the paint was disasterous. We have to accept this situation and get ready for Besiktas in the [Turkish] league."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"We are happy with this win in an important game for us. We had seen before the game that Fenerbahce Ulker was playing really well. It recently won the Turkish Cup title and got six consecutive wins at home, as well as two consecutive Euroleague home wins against Khimki and Besiktas. We had a good start, holding Fenerbahce off in the beginning. We were strong on defense and the game was balanced in the opening five minutes. We managed to increase our lead, were solid on defense and that allowed us to play a very good second quarter. At times we played brilliantly both on defense and offense. We broke the game and kept fighting and working in the second half. We kept working in the right direction."

Players

ERMIS, BARIS
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a terrible night for us. There’s nothing much to say about the game. The only thing we can say is that we apologize for what our fans watched tonight."
TODOROVIC, MARKO
FC Barcelona Regal
"This is a very important win for us. We expected it to be more difficult than it was. We had a really good start, did things that coach wanted to and everything went perfect."
HUERTAS, MARCELINHO
FC Barcelona Regal
"We played a very good game from the very beginning. We made Fenerbahce feel uncomfortable, especially with our good defense. We managed to get a big lead in the first half. They threw in the towel and we controlled the game pretty well from that moment."
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