2014-15Top 16Round 9
March 05, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Bjelica leads Fenerbahce to sixth straight win

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul registered its sixth consecutive win in Top 16 Group F by downing Nizhny Novgorod 92-79 at home on Thursday. Fenerbahce improved to 7-2 and came closer to clinching a playoffs spot while Nizhny dropped to 2-7. Nemanja Bjelica led the winners with 16 points. Ricky Hickman and Jan Vesely each added 13 while Andrew Goudelock had 10 for Fenerbahce. Trey Thompkins led Nizhny with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Rochestie and Rihards Kuksiks scored 13 apiece and Gal Mekel had 12 in his debut for Nizhny, which was without Tarence Kinsey and Art Parakhousi. Nizhny led 8-13 midway through the first quarter and free throws by Rochestie gave the guests their last lead, 16-17. It didn't last long, as Bjelica, Hickman and Bogdan Bogdanovic fueled a 26-3 run that Emir Preldzic capped with a fast break layup to break the game open, 42-20. Nizhny got within 50-34 at halftime and even closer, 50-41, right after the break. An outstanding Thompkins brought the guests as close as 60-55 late in the third quarter, but Vesely and Bjelica led a 13-2 run, which restored a 73-57 Fenerbahce lead. Nizhny never gave up, but Fenerbahce managed to keep a safe lead from that moment until the final buzzer.

First quarter: Bjelica puts hosts ahead

Oguz Savas got Fenerbahce going with free throws, which Rochestie erased with a running shot. Semen Antonov hit a baseline jumper, but Savas finished a three-chance offense with a big basket in the low post to make it 4-4. Thompkins scored twice around the basket, as the hosts kept committing turnovers. Bjelica stepped up with a driving layup, which Antonov erased with a put-back basket. After Nikos Zisis hit a six-meter jumper, a three-pointer by Rochestie boosted Nizhny's lead to 8-13. Emir Preldzic hit a big triple off the dribble and Bjelica copied him right after that to put Fenerbahce back ahead, 14-13. A dunk by Bjelica caused Nizhny to call timeout at 16-13 – after an 8-0 run. Thompkins hit a mid-range jumper and free throws by Rochestie gave the guests a 16-17 edge. Bjelica restored an 18-17 Fenerbahce lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: 26-3 run breaks game open

Luka Zoric sank foul shots early in the quarter and a three-pointer by Hickman boosted the hosts' lead to 23-17. Goudelock hit free throws and a wild catch-and-shoot triple by Bogdan Bogdanovic made it a double-digit game as Nizhny called timeout. Rihards Kuksiks answered from downtown, but back-to-back three-pointers by Hickman broke the game open. Vesely scored around the basket and a tip-in by Semih Erden ignited the crowd at 38-20. Vesely hit a close jumper and a fast break layup by Preldzic gave the hosts a 22-point lead after a mammoth 26-3 charge. Thompkins tried to change things with free throws and a layup by Meksim Krivosheev caused the hosts to call timeout at 42-24. Dimitry Khvostov sank foul shots and a layup by Gal Mekel gave Nizhny hope at 42-28. Vesely dunked and Goudelock shined with a couple of big baskets, but Mekel and Rochestie kept Nizhny within 50-34 at halftime.

Third quarter: Thompkins rescues Nizhny

Kuksiks hit his second three-pointer immediately after the break and banked in a running shot to bring the guests within 50-39. Mekel took over with a wild driving layup, which Bogdanovic copied at the other end. Goudelock beat the shot clock with a huge step-back jumper and a driving layup by Hickman caused Nizhny to call timeout at 56-41. Mekel hit a one-handed floater in the lane and Rochestie nailed his trademark six-meter jumper in transition to keep Nizhny within 56-45. Goudelock scored again and Vesely added a hook shot, but Thompkins followed a tip-in with a three-pointer in transition to keep Nizhny in the picture. Thompkins kept pushing the guests with an alley-oop layup and a catch-and-shoot triple off an inbounds pass which made it a 5-point game. Free throws by Bogdanovic fixed the score at 62-55.

Fourth quarter: Fenerbahce bounces back to win

Vesely split free throws early in the quarter and a dunk by Bjelica restored a double-digit Fenerbahce lead, 65-55. Vesely scored around the basket and Zisis matched Rochestie's off-balance basket with a mid-range jumper for a 69-57 Fenerbahce edge. A big, high-flying block by Vesely allowed Bjelica to dunk at the other end and a one-handed floater by Zisis made it a 16-point game with seven minutes left. After Kuksiks nailed a corner triple, Bjelica dunked again. A slam by Thompkins kept Nizhny within 75-62. Antonov and Melih Mehmutoglou exchanged three-pointers. Thompkins scored again, but a free throw by Bjelica gave his team a 79-67 edge. Mekel shined with an acrobatic layup, but three-pointers by Preldzic and Serhat Cetin sealed the outcome at 85-69. Nothing changed from that moment as even though Nizhny kept fighting, it was too late for the guests.

Jan Vesely - Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - EB14
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE)
Attendance: 10233
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul18321230
Nizhny Novgorod17172124
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul18506292
Nizhny Novgorod17345579
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 18:37 10 4/5 0/1 2/2   1 1   1 1     2 1 8
1 ZISIS, NIKOS 22:35 6 3/4     1 2 3 7 1       2 2 16
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 17:25 13 1/2 3/4 2/2   1 1 2   1       1 14
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 24:07 16 5/6 1/1 3/4 1 6 7 3 1 1       2 26
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 9:46 2 1/2     1 1 2           3    
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 10:04 5 1/2 1/2     1 1           1   3
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 26:37 7 1/3 1/5 2/2 1 3 4 3       1 1 3 9
15 CETIN, SERHAT 8:11 6   2/2     1 1 1         1   7
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 4:15 4 1/3   2/2 1   1     3 1     1 2
22 ZORIC, LUKA 15:37 2 0/4   2/2 1 3 4 1   1 3   1 3 7
24 VESELY, JAN 24:52 13 6/8   1/4 1 2 3 1 2 2 1   1 3 15
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 17:54 8 1/2 2/3     2 2 2   1       3 12
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 92 24/41 10/18 14/18 8 25 33 20 5 10 5 1 12 19 122
        58.5% 55.6% 77.8%
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
Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 10:22   0/1 0/1     1 1 1         2   -2
8 MEKEL, GAL 24:21 12 6/10       3 3 6 1 2   1 2 1 14
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 17:31               1         3 1 -1
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 25:20 7 2/7 1/2   1 3 4 1 2       4   4
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 30:13 8 0/1 2/4 2/2       5   1     1 3 11
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 25:50 13 4/5 1/3 2/2       2 2 3       5 16
23 SAVELYEV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KUKSIKS, RIHARDS 22:49 13 2/2 3/6     2 2           3   9
31 KRIVOSHEEV, MAKSIM 8:08 4 1/2   2/2   1 1         1 2 1 2
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 32:37 22 7/14 2/6 2/2 3 8 11 2   2 1 3 2 1 19
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 2:49                              
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 79 22/42 9/22 8/8 6 18 24 18 5 8 1 5 19 12 74
        52.4% 40.9% 100%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“It was really important for us to play a good game tonight. We had an excellent second quarter. We were pretty good especially in defense. But we started the third period bad. I always mention to my players the importance of motivation. Unfortunately we relaxed in the third quarter to give the opportunity to Nizhny to come back in the game. Then we started everything from the beginning. I had the chance to give the opportunity to all of my players. Everybody in the team has to be ready for a challenge any time. It’s because we have still so many games in front of us.”
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
“Congratulations to Fenerbahce Ulker. They really had a great game from behind the arc. They shot with high percentages that we couldn’t stop. They hit many big shots, especially in the beginning of the second quarter and then used the advantage of it until the end of the game. We were able to catch them later in the third quarter. But they repeated once again those big shots to win the game.”

Players

BJELICA, NEMANJA
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We needed this victory in front of our fans because we won five games on the road. It was really important and it is really a pleasure to play with this crowd. We have to continue fighting; we have one more game in the Turkish championship before we get ready for Athens."