2013-14Top 16Round 10
March 13, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.2 Points 75.9
34.4 Rebounds 34.5
10.6 O. Rebounds 12.8
23.8 D. Rebounds 21.6
15.3 Assists 14.3
6.2 Steals 5.3
2.1 Blocks 2.8
11.8 Turnovers 11.5
56.6 % 2PT 50.7 %
35.6 % 3PT 35.4 %
76.5 % FT 74.4 %
91.2 Index 84.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.4 / Bogdanovic Points 13.5 / Caner-Medley
6.0 / Bjelica, N. Rebounds 5.4 / Caner-Medley
2.5 / Vidmar OR 2.1 / Stimac
4.6 / Bjelica, N. DR 3.7 / Caner-Medley
4.9 / Preldzic Assists 3.2 / Granger
1.5 / McCalebb Steals 0.8 / Calloway
0.5 / Zoric Blocks 1.1 / Vazquez
1.8 / Bogdanovic Turnovers 1.7 / Granger
69.0 % / McCalebb 2PT 61.6 % / Stimac
44.4 % / Mahmutoglu 3PT 41.7 % / Dragic
91.2 % / Kleiza FT 100.0 % / Toolson
16.4 / Preldzic Index 15.2 / Caner-Medley


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-5 Top 16 5-4
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
12-7 Overall 10-9


Crew Chief

The Take

It is a critical game in the playoffs race. A win would give Unicaja a two-win gap and a 2-0 record over Fenerbahce. Luka Zoric of Fenerbahce goes against his former team. Zoric leads an interesting frontcourt that also includes centers Oguz Savas and Blagota Sekulic, as well as power forwards nemanja Bjelica and Linas Kleiza,who has been in good shape recently. Nik Caner-Medley faces a critical matchup against Kleiza. With Rafael Hettsheimeir still sidelined, Fran Vazquez and Vlado Stimac will see most of the minutes at center while Carlos Suarez will offer a helping hand at the power forward spot. Unicaja must find a way to stop Bo McCalebb, who runs Fenerbahce's offense along with Pierre Jackson. Earl Calloway and Jayson Granger face a physical test against McCalebb, but also need to set the right game tempo, preventing Fenerbahce from running the floor. Fenerbahce has a lot of options at the wings, including Emir Preldzic, Bojan Bogdanovic and Melih Mahmutoglu. Bogdanovic will test his scoring skills against Ryan Toolson and Mahmutoglu faces an interesting matchup against Mindaugas Kuzminskas. Unicaja swingman Zoran Dragic, who earned weekly MVP honors in Round 9, and Fener veteran Omer Onan could also play critical roles in this big game.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Game Notes

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 eight straight Euroleague games.
Luka Zoric played two of his three full Euroleague seasons with Unicaja and was teammates with current Unicaja players Fran Vazquez, Zoran Dragic, Earl Calloway, Txemi Urtasun and Sergi Vidal.
Linas Kleiza has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague games.
Nemanja Bjelica has at least 1 steal in six straight Euroleague games.
Omer Onan recorded one of the best games of his Euroleague career 21 points and a performance index rating of 29 for his team at the time, Efes, against Unicaja in April 2003.

Unicaja Malaga
Head coach Joan Plaza has used 11 different players in his team’s starting lineups this season. No player has started every game.
Unicaja ranks second in the Euroleague this season in offensive rebounds with 12.8 per game.
Ryan Toolson is a perfect 13 for 13 from the free throw line this season.
Carlos Suarez has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Zoran Dragic was the Top 16 Round 9 bwin MVP last week after he tied career highs with 24 points and 4 three-pointers made and recorded a career-best performance index rating of 30 to lead Unicaja over Anadolu Efes.
Vladimir Stimac was a teammate of Fenerbahce Ulker forward Nemanja Bjelica at Crvena Zvezda Belgrade for two seasons between 2008 and 2010.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We know that this is an important game. Unicaja has an advantage in the group situation with us now. We know that if we want to stay alive in the Euroleague we must win this game. Something that I would like is to have the atmosphere we had against Olympiacos. It helped us a lot and I am sure that he fans will understand that we need their support in this very important game."
Unicaja Malaga
"We are learning that the method we have been using has brought us here, so we will try to keep playing the same way. We will play in a hot gym. We must know how to play these games, wish to win and be smart. Our idea is to travel to Istanbul for a win, always respecting the opponent, but we must go there to win with whatever tools we have at hand. It is the trend we have followed in all gyms we visited."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"This is an important game. We have to make a statement. This is my third game with the team, I'm going to give my best. We are all very excited. We are going to play as hard as we can and hopefully win with the support of our fans."
Unicaja Malaga
"We are a bit surprised by their ranking because they are a super team. They have several players that have played, or could play, in the NBA and I am surprised they are not incommand of the group. We must use that to our advantage and try to get one more win ahead of them."

Bjelica leads Fenerbahce Ulker over Unicaja

Fenerbahce Ulker used a 13-1 fourth quarter run to beat Unicaja Malaga 69-67 Thursday at Ulker Sports Arena and join its rival in a tie for third place in Top 16 Group E with 5-5 records. Fener led much of the way, but Unicaja took over late in the third quarter and led by as many as 8 after a Ryan Toolson triple early in the fourth. However Nemanja Bjelica and Luka Zoric stepped up when needed most and Bo McCalebb free throws and a Linas Kleiza slam in the final half minute sealed the outcome. Bjelica finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. McCalebb also scored 13, while Zoric and Kleiza netted 11 apiece. Mindaugas Kusminskas paced Unicaja with 13 points, Fran Vazquez scored 10 and Jayson Granger dished 9 assists in defeat. Despite the loss, Unicaja preserved its tiebreak advantage over Unicaja due to an 89-75 win in Spain in January.

First quarter: Bogdanovic’s 9 points propel Fenerbahce

Each team committed a pair of turnovers before Earl Calloway connected from downtown for the game’s first points. Bojan Bogdanovic dunked twice on the break to put the hosts ahead. Bjelica sank a three from the corner. Fran Vazquez leapt into action with a tip-in and a jumper to tie the score at 7-7 midway through the quarter. Blagota Sekulic and Domas Sabonis kept the game knotted. Bogdanovic took charge with a three and a floater to put the hosts up 14-9. Vladimir Stimac scored off his own miss to finish a low-scoring quarter at 14-11.

Second quarter: Kleiza helps hosts hold on to slim lead

McCalebb took the ball to the rim and dunked it on the first play of the quarter. Granger’s steal led to a Carlos Suarez layup. McCalebb stayed hot with a basket-plus-foul. A Ryan Toolson jumper and Stimac basket inside narrowed the gap to 2. Emir Preldzic came up with a nifty assist to Zoric for a slam. Unicaja came back through Vazquez, whose steal ignited a break for a Toolson layup before he assisted on a Suarez slam that tied the game at 21-21. Bjelica put the hosts back in front and Kleiza soon scored his first basket. Calloway knocked down a deep three to trim the gap to 1, however Bjelica responded with a three. A Zoran Dragic jumper was matched by Kleiza free throws. Baskets by Granger and Sabonis sandwiched a Kleiza three as the half drew to a close at 33-30.

Third quarter: 10 points from Kuzminskas put Unicaja ahead

Stimac and Zoric exchanged the first two baskets of the half. Unicaja tied the game at 35-35 on a Kuzminskas three-pointer before the same player gave the visitors the lead with a tip-in. Kuzminskas fouled Preldzic at the other end as Fenerbahce tied the game. Preldzic’s three-quarters court pass to Kleiza for a layup put the hosts up before Granger fed a cutting Suarez for a slam that made it 39-39 midway through the quarter. McCalebb and Kuzminskas paced their respective teams over the following possessions. A Calloway-to-Kuzminskas alley-oop slam made it 43-44. Toolson set up Sabonis, who stretched the lead to 3. Calloway added a three – his third of the game – with a minute to go in the quarter. Omer Onan kept the hosts within 46-49.

Fourth quarter: Zoric, Bjelica fuel game-winning 13-1 run

Dragic fed Vazquez for a slam and the big man soon added a jumper to put Unicaja up 7. After Pierre Jackson split free throws, a Toolson triple silenced the crowd. Zoric scored and was fouled. After he missed the resulting free throw, he drew another foul from Sabonis. Onan trimmed the deficit to 52-56 with a tough basket. Stimac scored inside, but when Bejlica knocked down a three to make it a 3-point game, the arena started to rock. Then Bjelica dished to Zoric for a slam to make it 57-58 with four minutes to go. Onan got to the line, tied it and then put Fener ahead for the first time in the fourth quarter. Toolson split free throws to tie it before Zoric went to the charity stripe and sank 2. Bjelica scored inside and McCalebb attacked the basket to cap a 13-1 run. Kuzminskas gave Unicaja hope at 65-61 with a minute and a half to go. Bjelica denied Unicaja by tipping the ball off the rim. A Suarez triple made it a 1-point game with 21 seconds left, but Granger was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for holding McCalebb on the inbounds pass. McCalebb sank the 2 free throws and a Kleiza slam with 12 seconds remaining iced the victory.

Nemanja Bjelica - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Attendance: 11302 (Tentative)
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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 34:35 13 5/8 0/1 3/3   2 2 2 1 1     2 3 14
5 JACKSON, PIERRE 4:18 1 0/1   1/2       1         1 1  
7 ONAN, OMER 12:54 7 2/2   3/6   2 2   1       3 4 8
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 30:10 13 2/5 3/5   2 7 9 1   1 1   2 2 18
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 16:46   0/2 0/3         1 3 1     3 1 -4
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 15:58 11 3/5 1/1 2/2       1   3     2 1 6
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 0:28                              
18 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 11:40 2 1/1     1 1 2       1       5
21 SAVAS, OGUZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 ZORIC, LUKA 21:45 11 4/6   3/5 1 4 5 1 1 3 1 1 2 6 15
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 35:40 9 3/6 1/4     4 4 3 1 3 1   3 2 8
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 15:46 2 1/1 0/3 0/3 1 1 2 2     1   2 2 1
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 69 21/37 5/17 12/21 9 23 32 12 7 12 5 1 20 22 77
        56.8% 29.4% 57.1%
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TODOROVIC, DEJAN 1:59                              
8 SABONIS, DOMANTAS 22:08 6 3/5       6 6       1   4   7
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 18:15 9   3/6     1 1 1         3 1 6
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 22:32 9 3/5 1/3   1 1 2 3   1     1 1 9
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 22:17 2 1/4 0/1     4 4 9 1 2     2 7 15
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 25:14 10 5/8     2 2 4 2 1 1     3 1 11
18 NGUIRANE, MAODO 0:01           1 1               1
19 TOOLSON, RYAN 25:57 8 2/5 1/5 1/2   2 2 2 1 2   2 1 3 3
21 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 16:20 13 4/8 1/3 2/4 5 1 6   1 2   2 5 3 6
22 DRAGIC, ZORAN 30:31 2 1/4 0/3   1 1 2 4   4     1 2 -1
33 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 14:46 8 4/6     4 2 6         1 2 2 11
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 67 23/45 6/21 3/6 15 24 39 21 4 12 1 5 22 20 73
        51.1% 28.6% 50%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a very important win against Unicaja Malaga. This win keeps our chances alive for the top four spots in our group. Now we have four games ahead of us that each is more important than the next. We were pretty good in defense in the first half and the last five minutes of the game. I’m really satisfied about that. But despite good defense, things didn’t work well in offense. We made many mistakes. The main problem for us in the first half were the decisions in offense. One of the most important things in this game is motivation. Our fans helped us to gain our motivation. But concentration is also important. One of the main problems for us is that we are losing our concentration suddenly. We have to be open minded always."
Unicaja Malaga
"I’m really satisfied with the way my players performed tonight. I’m proud of them. They challenged until the last second against a strong team like Fenerbahce Ulker in front of a crowded and noisy arena. It made me so happy. I believe that we have our chance for the next stage if we keep on playing and challenging like the wey we did tonight. I think we have good chance to finish third or fourth in our group."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was one of the toughest games for us of the season. Maybe the must-win situation made a little pressure on us that we made many mistakes and felt nervous. But we never gave up the fight to win the game. It was not easy to comeback after going 9 points behind in a kind of defensive game. I can not say that we played good, but the way we challenged helped us to win."
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