2013-14Top 16Round 9
March 06, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.0 Points 82.7
35.6 Rebounds 34.4
10.1 O. Rebounds 10.6
25.4 D. Rebounds 23.9
18.2 Assists 15.4
4.5 Steals 6.2
3.1 Blocks 2.2
11.7 Turnovers 11.6
58.4 % 2PT 56.9 %
33.2 % 3PT 35.9 %
68.5 % FT 76.3 %
91.7 Index 92.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.0 / Tomic Points 15.7 / Bogdanovic
6.1 / Tomic Rebounds 5.8 / Bjelica, N.
2.1 / Dorsey OR 2.5 / Vidmar
4.1 / Tomic DR 4.4 / Bjelica, N.
3.7 / Huertas Assists 5.0 / Preldzic
0.7 / Papanikolaou Steals 1.5 / McCalebb
0.9 / Dorsey Blocks 0.5 / Zoric
1.7 / Tomic Turnovers 1.9 / Zoric
75.4 % / Dorsey 2PT 69.9 % / McCalebb
42.4 % / Oleson 3PT 44.4 % / Mahmutoglu
83.3 % / Navarro FT 91.5 % / Kleiza
15.9 / Tomic Index 17.1 / Preldzic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
8-0 Top 16 4-4
7-3 Regular Season 8-2
15-3 Overall 12-6


Crew Chief

The Take

These teams meet for the fourth time this season. FC Barcelona could become the first team to reach the playoffs as soon as Thursday. Barcelona needs to beat Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and for Anadolu Efes and Laboral Kutxa Vitoria to win their respective games, too, to ensure that nine victories becomes enough to make the playoffs from Group F. Barcelona owns a 12-1 home record against Fenerbahce over the years. Coach Xavi Pascual’s sideis undefeated in the Top 16 this season and has won nine straight games. Fenerbahce is on a three-game winning streak and Barcelona looks for its 10th straight win. Fenerbahce’s first order of business may be finding a way to stop February MVP Ante Tomic, who posted career-high numbers in each of his last two games. Tomic leads a rock-solid frontcourt that also features Joey Dorsey, Bostjan Nachbar and Erazem Lorbek. Oguz Savas returned to action and will join forces with Blagota Sekulic and Nemanja Bjelica to stop Dorsey and Tomic down low. Linas Kleiza can use his deep shooting range and strength against Lorbek and Nachbar. Fenerbahce relies on its versatility at the wings to make the difference. Bojan Bogdanovic and Emir Preldzic can switch positions and use their one-on-one skills against experienced players like Juan Carlos Navarro, Kostas Papanikolaou and Brad Oleson. The point guard battle will be critical, too, as Bo McCalebb and newcomer Pierre Jackson like to play up-tempo, but Victor Sada and Marcelinho Huertas will aim to stop them.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Game Notes

FC Barcelona
Juan Carlos Navarro will tie Theodoros Papaloukas as the Euroleague’s career leader in games played with his 252nd appearance. Navarro is already the Euroleague’s career leader in scoring, three-pointers made and free throws made. Papaloukas retired as the Euroleague’s career leader in assists.
Barcelona has won nine straight Euroleague games.
Barcelona won six consecutive Euroleague home games.
Barcelona has won 20 consecutive Euroleague Top 16 games.
Barcelona has won 28 consecutive Euroleague Top 16 home games, a streak that reaches back to 2006. Its last home loss in the Top 16 came at the hands of Unicaja Malaga in the 2006 Top 16 finale.
Coach Xavi Pascual has used 11 different players in his starting lineup this season. Marcelinho Huertas is the only player that has started every Euroleague game.
Ante Tomic was named Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for February after recording bwin MVP honors after each of Barcelona’s last two games.
Tomic lined up alongside Fenerbahce Ulker players Lukas Zoric and Bojan Bogdanovic on the Croatian national team that reached the semifinals at EuroBasket 2013 this past summer. Tomic and Zoric also spent a season-and-a-half together at KK Zagreb.
Marcelinho Huertas recorded season highs of 23 points, 4 steals and a performance index rating of 30 in addition to 7 assists as he led Barcelona to a 73-76 road win at Fenerbahce Ulker in January.
Alex Abrines was a teammate of Fenerbahce Ulker big man Luka Zoric at Unicaja during the 2011-12 season.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Zeljko Obradovic has used 11 different players in his team’s starting lineups this season. No player has started every Euroleague game.
Bo McCalebb has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague games.
McCalebb scored a season-high 22 points in a Round 7 loss at FC Barcelona.
Linas Kleiza was a teammate of Barcelona forward Kostas Papanikolaou during the 2009-10 season at Olympiacos Piraeus.
Kleiza was a teammate of Barcelona big man Joey Dorsey with the Toronto Raptors during the 2010-11 season.
Nemanja Bjelica scored a season-high 20 points in a Round 7 loss at FC Barcelona. He added 11 rebounds to make it the first double-double of his Euroleague career.
Bjelica was a teammate of three Barcelona players at different periods during the past three seasons at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. He overlapped for much of the time with Brad Oleson and also played alongside Marcelinho Huertas and Maciej Lampe.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

FC Barcelona
"I have a feeling that Fenerbahce Ulker will be in the Final Four. They are in their best moment right now and I think it will be a good game. It is a new game for us, full of difficulties and they are super confident right now. We will play to the limit because mathematically we have not advanced yet. Any loss conditions the following game. Lampe has just completed his third practice with the group. He still has a lot to say this season."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Going to play in Barcelona of course will be difficult. They are the team leading our group and are the only undefeated team so far in the Top 16. We will go there and, as always, try to play a good game. This is our mission and this is what we have to focus on."


FC Barcelona
"I hope it was February every month! I want to keep going like this and help the team win, which is the most important thing. I guess we can say I am living my best moment regarding stats. My last two games have been my best in the Euroleague, but I have been feeling great for two years now in Barcelona. We are comfortable with an 8-0 right now, but we want to finish the Top 16 on top of our group. Fenerbahce needs the win more than us right now, but we cannot relax."

Barcelona storms into playoffs by blowing out Fener!

FC Barcelona not only stayed perfect in the Top 16, but also qualified early for the playoffs with a masterful 93-73 blowout win over visiting Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in the Game of the Week on Thursday. The victory lifted Barcelona to an unblemished 9-0 record in Group E and extended its Top 16 win streak to 21 games over two seasons, both of those all-time Euroleague records. Most important, Barcelona assured that it will advance to the next round and can now concentrate on clinching first or second and getting home court advantage in the playoffs. On Thursday, a 14-2 run to open the second half broke the game open and Barcelona never looked back as it took leads as high as 26 points in the fourth quarter. Having received his bwin February MVP award before the game, Ante Tomic scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half to pace the winners early. He made 8 of 9 two-pointers and 3 of 4 free throws. Bostjan Nachbar followed with 13 points on perfect shooting, 2 two-pointers and 3 threes, while Jacob Pullen and Juan Carlos Navarro added 12 points each. Barcelona forced Fener into 17 turnovers while getting 23 assists to just 13 for the visitors and outshooting them from long distance, 14 threes to 4. Nemanja Bjelica led five double-figure scorers for Fener with 15 points and pulled 10 rebounds. Bo McCalebb, Pierre Jackson and Bojan Bogdanovic added 11 points each, while Linas Kleiza had 10, but the visitors saw their record drop to 4-5 as they continue to fight for a playoff spot from the middle of Group E.

First quarter: Fener overcomes slow start

Tomic started the scoring with 2 perfect free throws, to which Navarro added the game's first three-pointer for a quick 5-0 lead. First-time Fenerbahce starter Blagota Sekulic dropped a layup that Tomic matched with one of his own. McCalebb's first basket, a drive, was answered by Navarro blasting another shot from the arc. Bjelica drove baseline and dunked to keep Fenerbahce close before Emir Preldzic was fouled shooting from deep and made 2 of 3 free throws for a 10-8 scoreboard. Another free throw by Preldzic preceded his pass to Bjelica for a go-ahead layup at 10-11. Tomic quickly took the lead back, forced a 13-13 tie and then pushed Barcelona in front again with consecutive baskets at 17-13. Bogdanovic came off the bench for his first points, from the foul line, before Melih Mamuhtoglu's layup tied it up, 17-17. Brad Oleson's go-ahead free throw was bettered by with a jumper from McCalebb, which held up for an 18-19 lead for Fenerbahce at the end of 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Tomic takes over

Joey Dorsey rocked house with 2 free throws and a strong put-back to send Barcelona ahead 22-19 to start the second quarter. Pullen joined the fun by swishing a triple on his first attempt to make it a 7-0 run. McCalebb challenged and scored over Dorsey to restart Fenerbahce's scoreboard, but Alex Abrines fed the Barcelona center for an easy dunk in response. Bjelica drained a second-chance two-point jumper, but Nachbar bettered him with three from the corner as Barcelona's lead reached 30-23. Tomic added his sixth two-pointer without a miss to that lead before Kleiza got in Fenerbahce's scoring column with free throws. Pierre Jackson's open jumper closed the difference to 32-27 before Tomic snagged an offensive rebound and put it back. Tomic was unstoppable with another put-back, although Jackson answered quickly. Kostas Papanikolaou got free at the three-point line for his first points and a 39-30 lead. Tomic's first miss hurt as Bogdanovic buried a triple in transition. Tomic fed Marko Todorovic for an easy layup, just as Preldzic assisted Luka Zoric. But Oleson got the last word on the second quarter with a three-pointer that sent Barcelona into the locker room nursing a 45-38 advantage.

Third quarter: Navarro, Nachbar push accelerator

Navarro heated up with a big triple and free throws to open the second half by giving Barcelona its first double-digit lead. When a steal led to a dunk by Nachbar, it was 52-38 and Fenerbahce needed a timeout. The fourth Fenerbahce turnover of the quarter already also led to a fastbreak basket by Nachbar before Jackson made an acrobatic layup that was matched by Marcelinho Huertas. After another Fener turnover, Nachbar popped off a screen to bury a three-pointer and suddenly it was 59-40. McCalebb stopped the bleeding for the visitors with a layup before Tomic joined the second-half Barcelona scorers. Then Nachbar hit a transition corner triple to stretch the lead to 20 points, 64-44. A layup by Bogdanovic was the easiest basket in a long time for the visitors, but otherwise the scoring stalled as the third quarter ended 64-48 in favor of Barcelona.

Fourth quarter: Shooters send Barca into playoffs early

Erazem Lorbek and Preldzic hit dueling three-pointers to open the fourth-quarter scoring floodgates. After Pullen crossed over to make a layup, Bjelica went coast to coast. Next, Pullen and Lorbek sandwiched open three-pointers around a shorter jumper by Jackson, forcing another Fenerbahce timeout at 75-55. Out of that, Abrines became the seventh Barcelona player to knock down a three-pointer and then a Pullen fastbreak layup made it 80-55. The hosts were content with trading baskets, while their offensive rebounds and steals kept Fenerbahce from cutting into the difference. With more than 5 minutes to go, it was clear that Barcelona had mastered another opponent in what many consider as tough a Top 16 group as seen in the Euroleague for some years. It has also assured itself early entry to the playoffs, the first team this season to do so. The only question remaining was whether any two Group E teams might challenge Barcelona for home court advantage in the next round, which looked unlikely as the hosts left the court feeling invincible at the moment.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona - EB13
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Attendance: 5858 (Tentative)
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FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 PULLEN, JACOB 13:20 12 3/3 2/6     1 1 2   1     2 2 10
6 DORSEY, JOEY 17:16 8 2/4   4/7 4 2 6   3 1 1     4 16
8 SADA, VICTOR 8:02   0/1       1 1 1   1     4 1 -3
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 18:38 2 1/1 0/2   1   1 4         1 1 5
10 ABRINES, ALEX 15:24 10 1/2 2/6 2/4 2 3 5 2   1     1 3 11
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 24:05 12 0/2 3/8 3/4 1 3 4 5 1 3     2 3 12
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 8:16 2 1/1     1 1 2           4    
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 20:54 5 1/3 1/3     1 1 4 2 1     3   4
24 OLESON, BRAD 19:37 4   1/4 1/2   1 1 2           3 6
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 12:26 6 0/1 2/4   1 1 2   1 1     3   2
34 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 19:18 13 2/2 3/3     1 1   1       3 2 14
44 TOMIC, ANTE 22:44 19 8/9   3/4 2   2 3   1     2 4 23
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 93 19/29 14/36 13/21 12 17 29 23 8 10 1 0 25 23 102
        65.5% 38.9% 61.9%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 27:54 11 4/7 1/1   1 1 2 2 1 3     2 2 10
5 JACKSON, PIERRE 18:28 11 4/6 0/2 3/4   3 3 2   3     3 4 9
7 ONAN, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 25:47 15 6/9 1/4   2 8 10 3 2       4 3 23
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 9:22 2 1/1       1 1           1   2
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 21:15 10 1/2 0/2 8/9 1 4 5 1   2     2 6 14
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 17:00 2 1/4     3   3 1 1       3 2 3
21 SAVAS, OGUZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 ZORIC, LUKA 15:58 3 1/2   1/2 2 2 4           2 1 4
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 34:41 11 2/6 1/2 4/4 1   1     5   1 2 3 2
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 29:35 8 1/4 1/3 3/5   1 1 4 2 4     4 4 4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 21/41 4/14 19/24 11 22 33 13 6 17 0 1 23 25 74
        51.2% 28.6% 79.2%

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona
"I am happy with this win, in an important game against a big team at in front of our people at Palau Blaugrana. We had 6,000 people watching us who enjoyed the game. I really think that we didn't get the lead we could have had at the end of the first quarter. We should have had a bigger lead and even though we led by 1, we had the game right where we wanted it. We lacked a little bit of good choices that we made in the second quarter. Up by 9, we missed around the basket and Bogdanovic hit a three-point shot but, even so we reached halftime in a good situation played better in the third and fourth quarters. We are very happy with the win. I said I expected Fenerbahce to be one of the four teams that reach the playoffs in our group. I honestly think that a big part of this win in based on us doing well, not on Fenerbahce having a bad game. We did a lot of good things to win - defense, intensity, were quick in transition and shared the ball well; we finished the game with 23 assists. Olympiacos arrives next Friday, the reigning champion, and it will be a very difficult game. We will need Palau Blaugrana to help us because it is the win that brings the award of a playoffs spot."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Barcelona played a good game, was aggressive and deserved to win and got an easy win. We tried to prepare the game and talked about Barcelona being a team that plays with a lot of aggressiveness, that wants to run. We talked about it being critical not to commit turnovers. We opened the game with 2 turnovers in the opening minute and at the beginning of the second half, we made 3 consecutive turnovers in as many offenses. We had 5 turnovers at halftime and finished the game with 17. We cannot win playing like that, it was out problem. There was something else that I didn't like at all, when they saw that the outcome was clear, some players didn't even fight. They have to be ashamed of themselves. This game is not as important for us as the ones we will play against Unicaja, Panathinaikos, Milan, Efes and Laboral Kutxa. We have some options to advance and we will at least try to fight for it."


FC Barcelona
"Our success tonight was linked to good outside shooting, hitting 14 three-point shots. It helps a lot when our outside shooters are doing well, everything is easier. We had a great second quarter and an even better third quarter, collecting steals, running the floor and getting easy baskets. They couldn't match our game rhythm and that helped us to get another win."
FC Barcelona
"We took this game very seriously and when we do that, everything goes well. We have a lot of work left to do and many games to play in the Euroleague. We have to stay focused and tough on defense, which is important. I am not looking at my numbers, the only important thing is that the team is winning. I can play well or not, but the team is winning."
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