2015-16Top 16Round 9
March 04, 2016 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.3 Points 78.2
34.4 Rebounds 34.4
10.2 O. Rebounds 11.3
24.2 D. Rebounds 23.1
17.0 Assists 17.3
5.5 Steals 6.5
4.3 Blocks 3.0
12.1 Turnovers 14.3
53.2 % 2PT 52.0 %
39.1 % 3PT 36.8 %
75.3 % FT 74.0 %
93.0 Index 80.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.1 / Udoh Points 14.9 / Miller
7.3 / Vesely Rebounds 6.5 / Zirbes
2.9 / Vesely OR 2.7 / Zirbes
4.4 / Vesely DR 4.8 / Miller
3.8 / Dixon Assists 6.6 / Jovic
1.2 / Bogdanovic Steals 1.4 / Jovic
2.3 / Udoh Blocks 1.4 / Miller
2.0 / Sloukas Turnovers 1.9 / Zirbes
60.8 % / Vesely 2PT 75.0 % / Dangubic
66.7 % / Vesely 3PT 62.5 % / Dangubic
91.8 % / Datome FT 100.0 % / Dangubic
17.1 / Vesely Index 16.8 / Zirbes

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-1 Top 16 5-3
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
15-3 Overall 10-8

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL, Spain
Referee
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Umpire
KOWALSKI, MARCIN, Poland

The Take

Fresh off its first loss of the Top 16, Fenerbahce looks to bounce back against Crvena Zvezda, which comes off an important win. These teams have already met four times this season and Fenerbahce won the three by comfortable margins. Nevertheless, Zvezda has the players to match up well with Fenerbahce’s stars, starting inside where center Maik Zirbes and Vladimir Stimac and power forward Quincy Miller combine strength, speed and outside shooting to create difficulties for the red-hot Ekpe Udoh and Jan Vesely. Fenerbahce has plenty of options in the backcourt, though Coach Obradovic has relied on Bobby Dixon and Bogdan Bogdanovic more than anyone else. Zvezda will use both Stefan Jovic and Vasilije Micic on Dixon, while Branko Lazic and Marko Guduric share the shooting guard duties. Tarence Kinsey plays an important role on the wings for Zvezda, where he will try to keep Luigi Datome and co. from getting hot. Fenerbahce is the clear favorite as it has won 16 straight Euroleague home games, however if it were to fall to this tough Zvezda side, that would make waves throughout Group E!
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Fenerbahce has won its last 16 Euroleague home games.

Coach Obradovic has used 10 different starters and 15 players overall in Euroleague games so far this season. No player has started in every game.

Ekpe Udoh leads the league in blocked shots with 2.3 per game; Udoh has blocked at least 1 shot in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games. He is averaging 4.3 blocks over his last four games.

Udoh has recorded a performance index rating of at least 20 and scored in double figures in each of his last five Euroleague games.

Udoh has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Udoh has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last five Euroleague games.

Bobby Dixon has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Dixon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Luigi Datome is the most accurate three-point shooter in the Top 16, having made 63.6% (14 of22) of his shots from behind the arc in that period.

Pero Antic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Pero Antic spent two seasons as a Crvena Zvezda player between 2005 and 2007. He helped the team with the 2006 Serbia & Montenegro Cup and reach the 2007 Eurocup quarterfinals.

Nikola Kalinic spent last season with Crvena Zvezda and was a teammate of much of its current roster. He helped the team with the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles.

Kalinic was a teammate of Crvena Zvezda forward Stefan Jovic not only last season with Crvena Zvezda, but also in 2013-14 with Radnicki Kragujevac.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Nineteen different players have played for Crvena Zvezda already this season and 14 different players have started games; no player has started every game.

Vladimir Stimac is the league-leader among qualified players in offensive rebounds on a per-minute basis; he is averaging 5.9 offensive rebounds prorated over 40 minutes.

Since Stefan Jovic has become Zvezda’s starting point guard, the team is averaging 81.6 points per game. In the games before that point, Zvezda was averaging 66.3 points per game.

Tarence Kinsey has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Vasilije Micic has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his eight Euroleague games with Crvena Zvezda.

Quincy Miller was a teammate of Fenerbahce big man Jan Vesely during the 2013-14 season in the NBA with Denver.

Marko Simonovic and Vladimir Stimac have been teammates of Fenerbahce players Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Kalinic on the Serbian national team in recent years. All four were on the Serbia roster that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Istanbul.

Simonovic, Bogdanovic and Kalinic helped Serbia to the semifinals of EuroBasket 2015 over the summer.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We must forget the previous three games we played against Crvena Zvezda. Wehave to prepare for a game that is very important for us. They play two big competitions, they have improved a lot, especially their young players. They playreally good and I expect a difficult game for us."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We've already played few times against Fenerbahce during this season, and we saw in those matches that they are a very strong team with lots of quality. My personal opinion is that they will finish the Top 16 in first place in our group and that they will go all the way to the Final Four and even further. They have a lot of good players and they have played well during the whole season. Our job is to try play as best as we can. We need to be focused through 40 minutes and try to give our best against such a great team who have Zeljko Obradovic on the bench. If we are good during the whole 40 minutes and try to control rebounds on both sides of court, we can be in a situation to make a good result against great Fenerbahce."

Players

DIXON, BOBBY
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We have played this team a lot n the past. We know they are a good team but we still have to play it. We are not taking this game lightly and we expect it to be a tough game."
ZIRBES, MAIK
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This like any other game in Euroleague, meaning it will be tough. Fenerbahce is one of the best teams in Europe, I know them well, they already beat us, but we can play against any team, even with them. That's why we have extra motivation to show that we can play against anybody and that we belong in this competition. The two previous defeats against them, especially that one in Pionir, showed that in that moment we weren't ready enough, but now, with these two wins, confidence, and when every game is very important, I believe that we can play our best basketball."

Datome leads monster second half as Fenerbahce dumps Zvezda

Luigi Datome scored 22 of his career-high 27 points in the second half as Fenerbahce Istanbul came back from a double-digit deficit to beat Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 72-65. It marked the fourth Fenerbahce win over the same opponent this season and improved Fenerbahce’s record to 8-1 to lead Group E. Zvezda dropped to 5-4 and sits in fourth place despite holding 25-34 halftime lead behind an impressive defensive effort in the first two quarters. The visitors were up 26-36 early in the third before Bogdan Bogdanovic and Datome combined to score 14 unanswered points and fuel a 23-4 charge. Fenerbahce opened a 59-47 margin in the fourth quarter and closed it out behind Datome, who also contributed 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Bogdanovic finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Jan Vesely scored 10 in victory. Maik Zirbes had 11 points and 7 rebounds for the visitors, while Tarence Kinsey and Marko Simonovic each scored 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Offenses struggle as Zvezda takes slim lead

Quincy Miller made a tip-in for Zvezda and Vesely scored free throws for the hosts before both teams went scoreless for almost three minutes. Datome glided for a driving layup and Kinsey nailed a jumper to make it 4-4. Ekpe Udoh scored a layup for the hosts, and after another two minutes without a Zvezda score, Zirbes's three-point play gave Zvezda its first lead 6-7. Udoh replied with a basket-plus-foul of his own, but Miller countered from long range and Zirbes scored from close range after a steal from Kinsey to make it 8-12. Bogdanovic hit a triple, and after Vasilije Micic drove for a layup for the visitors, Bobby Dixon buried a tough triple to tie it at 14-14. In the final minute of the quarter, however, Zirbes scored twice inside, including a put-back that gave Zvezda a 14-18 edge.

Second quarter: Visitors build margin behind defense

Vesely’s monster dunk opened quarter, and Datome hit from way downtown to give Fenerbahce a 19-18 lead. After a Zvezda timeout, Micic hit a triple and Marko Simonovic drove for a two-handed dunk that prompted a Fenerbahce timeout. A steal from Kinsey led to a Simonovic fast break basket and a 19-25 margin. Fenerbahce snapped a 0-7 run with Ricky Hickman and Nikola Kalinic each splitting free throws, before Miller drove for a layup that made it 21-27. Kalinic made a reverse layup, but Kinsey scored a fastbreak layup and Miller banked in a tough angled shot for a 23-31 advantage. Bogdanovic scored on a second chance effort for the hosts, but Jovic hit a baseline jumper that helped Zvezda lead 25-34 at halftime.

Third quarter: Bogdanovic and Datome fuel Fenerbahce run

Kinsey made a fast break layup to open a double-digit lead, 26-36. Fenerbahce needed almost three minutes for its first field goal of the quarter, a Datome triple followed by a three-pointer from Bogdanovic. After a Zvezda timeout, Datome made a free throw and a reverse layup before Bogdanovic nailed a corner triple to put the hosts in front 38-36. Bogdanovic went coast-to-coast for a layup to cap a 14-0 run. After a pair of Jovic free throws, Udoh scored inside and Datome with a jumper extended the difference to 44-38. Marko Guduric hit a jumper to snap Zvezda’s seven-minute field goal drought, but Baris Hersek made a short baseline jumper and Vesely hit from close range to open a 49-40 lead.

Fourth quarter: Red-hot Datome closes the game

Jovic and Bogdanovic traded three-pointers to start the fourth quarter. Micic made a pair of foul shots and Zvezda collected a couple of offensive rebounds, one of which led to Vladimir Stimac scoring inside. But Datome kept Zvezda at bay with a pair of jumpers on each side of Stimac’s score, as Fenerbahce opened a double-digit lead for the first time, 57-47. Udoh scored inside to make it a 12-point game midway through the fourth. With Fenerbahce in control, Kinsey and Datome traded jumpers. Lazic hit a triple to cut the margin to 61-54, but Vesely answered with a three-point play. Lazic made a layup, before Datome and Simonovic traded triples, 67-59. Datome hit another three to restore a double-digit margin and seal the deal with 85 seconds to go, 70-60. Kinsey scored a fastbreak layup, and after Datome made a mid-range jumper, Dangubic rounded out the scoring with a triple.

Bogdan Bogdanovic celebrates - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Friday, March 4, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL)
Attendance: 10694
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Fenerbahce Istanbul14112423
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade1816625
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Fenerbahce Istanbul14254972
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade18344065
Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 4:40 1     1/2   1 1   1 2       2 2
5 HERSEK, BARIS 16:11 2 1/2     1 2 3   1       1 1 5
8 UDOH, EKPE 28:45 9 4/8   1/3 1 3 4 2   4 2   4 2 5
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 11:12 1 0/1   1/2           2     1 1 -3
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 27:50 16 2/2 4/9   1 6 7 4     1 1 1 1 22
14 YURTSEVEN, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 ARNA, EGEHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK 3:41               1             1
24 VESELY, JAN 30:45 10 3/5   4/7   5 5 2   4   2 4 5 7
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 4:10 3 1/1 0/1 1/2                 1 1 1
35 DIXON, BOBBY 33:42 3 0/4 1/6     2 2 6   1     2 5 4
70 DATOME, LUIGI 39:04 27 7/11 4/6 1/1 1 4 5 3 1 1 3 1 4 2 29
Team           2 6 8               8
Totals 200:00 72 18/34 9/22 9/17 6 29 35 18 3 14 6 4 18 20 81
        52.9% 40.9% 52.9%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 KINSEY, TARENCE 23:39 10 5/10 0/1     1 1 3 2 2 1   4 1 6
4 REBIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 12:36 3 0/3 1/2             2   2 1 1 -5
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 15:10 5 1/1 1/2         1 1       2 1 5
12 SIMANIC, BORISA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MICIC, VASILIJE 20:11 7 1/4 1/3 2/2   2 2 4   1   2 3 3 5
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 24:42 10 2/2 1/2 3/4   2 2 1 1       1 3 14
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 11:52 3 1/2 0/1 1/2           2     1 2 -1
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 24:18 5 1/3 1/6   1 3 4 3 2 1   1 2 2 5
30 MILLER, QUINCY 27:32 9 3/5 1/3   1 5 6     2 2   4 1 8
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 30:16 11 4/7   3/5 3 4 7 1   4 1 1 3 3 10
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 9:44 2 1/3   0/2 1 3 4             1 3
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 65 19/40 6/20 9/15 9 24 33 13 6 14 4 6 21 18 57
        47.5% 30% 60%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We told the players before the game that it would be very difficult. We have prepared the team for what we know that Zvezda would do, which is play aggressive defense. In the first half, they played that way. We had to change the game at the break. We talked about that and we needed to play our game calmer. We were more aggressive on defense and played better in attack. We give them better answers and in the third quarter played so much better. Datome had a great second half. Overall he was very good, with very few misses. But most important was our teamwork. We won the match in the second half because the team gave a very good response."
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