2014-15Top 16Round 10
March 13, 2015 CET: 20:45
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Goudelock shines in Fenerbahce Ulker's pivotal win in Piraeus

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul sent a message that echoed throughout the competition by downing Olympiacos Piraeus 64-73 in Group F at Peace and Friendship Stadium in Greece on Friday. Fenerbahce registered its seventh consecutive win and also grabbed its ninth straight road win - its last Turkish Airlines Euroleague road loss came on October 30. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos join CSKA Moscow in a three-way tie for first place, each with an 8-2 record. Fenerbahce also claimed the head-to-head tiebreak advantage over Olympiacos. Andrew Goudelock paced the winners with 24 points on 6-of-7 three-point shooting. Nemanja Bjelica added 16 points and 9 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Oliver Lafayette led Olympiacos with 14 points. Bryant Dunston scored 12 and Georgios Printezis had 11 while Vassilis Spanoulis dished 10 assists for the hosts. A wild three-pointer by Kostas Sloukas gave Olympiacos a 19-17 lead late in the first quarter, but a tip-in by Bjelica tied it at 19-19 after 10 minutes. An outstanding Goudelock helped Fenerbahce to a 25-32 lead, enough for the guests to keep a 35-39 edge at halftime. A three-pointer by Spanoulis tied the game at 46-46 midway through the third quarter, but Goudelock and Jan Vesely helped the guests regain the lead, 50-55, through 30 minutes. Three-pointers by Emir Preldzic and Bjelica sealed the outcome at 56-68 with two minutes left. Olympiacos kept trying but Fenerbahce cruised to a well-deserved, really important road win.

First quarter: Intensity rules the early going

Tremmell Darden got Olympiacos going with a turnaround jumper in a very physical start of the game. Free throws by Spanoulis soon gave the Reds a 4-1 lead. Hickman and Vangelis Mantzaris made free throws before a layup by Bogdan Bogdanovic kept Fenerbahce within 6-5. After Andrew Goudelock struck from downtown, Georgios Printezis hit his trademark jump hook in the lane. A dunk by Semih Erden put the guests back ahead, 8-10. Bryant Dunston shined with a big slam that Goudelock bettered with a triple. Othello Hunter took over with an alley-oop dunk and a close jumper by Printezis put the Reds back ahead, 14-13. Erden kept pacing Fenerbahce with a power layup. Mantzaris hit foul shots, but so did Hickman for a 16-17 Fenerbahce edge. Kostas Sloukas stepped up with an eight-meter bomb, but a tip-in by Bjelica tied the game, 19-19, after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Three-pointers give Fener the lead

Hickman nailed a corner three early in the second, as Fenerbahce improve its defense. Olympiacos was held scoreless for more than three minutes, while a free throw by Bjelica and a jump hook by Jan Vesely gave the guests a 19-25 edge. Spanoulis found Oliver Lafayette for a three-pointer, but Oguz Savas quickly answered with a put-back layup. Lafayette and Nikos Zisis split free throws and a layup by Dunston kept Olympiacos within 25-28. Goudelock found space with a wide open triple, as Fenerbahce started to circulate the ball better with Zisis and Emir Preldzic together. Vesely split free throws and a dunk by Dunston brought Olympiacos within 27-32. Darden split foul shots and Lafayette nailed a triple off the dribble for a 31-32 scoreline. Bjelica split free throws and a driving layup by Lafayette tied it at 33-33. Bjelica struck from beyond the arc and Goudelock copied him for a 35-39 Fenerbahce edge at halftime.

Third quarter: Goudelock keeps guests ahead

Dunston dunked again soon after the break, but Bjelica matched him with a driving basket for a 37-41 Fenerbahce lead. Bogdanovic briefly silenced the crowd with a big slam off the baseline, but Printezis followed free throws with a fast break layup. Dunston ignited the crowd with a huge dunk in traffic that Goudelock bettered with a big three-pointer. Spanoulis answered from downtown. Goudelock hit a one-handed floater in the lane, but free throws by Dunston tied it at 48-48. Goudelock nailed his sixth triple before free throws by Sloukas kept Olympiacos within 50-51. Vesely took over with a dunk, as the game turned into a battle. Vesely jumped to catch a high pass and put it in to give Fenerbahce a 50-55 lead.

Fourth quarter: Defense completes the job for Fener

Printezis split free throws early in the quarter, as Fenerbahce struggled to find the way to the basket. Olympiacos missed a couple of open shots and a layup by Savas gave Fenerbahce some fresh air at 51-57. A three-pointer by Preldzic forced the Reds to call a much-needed timeout, 51-60. The guests kept dominating the game with outstanding defense, but a three-pointer by Lafayette gave the Reds plenty of hope at 54-60. Hunter swished a jump hook that Bjelica bettered with a critical three-pointer. Olympiacos kept taking off-balance shots without much success and a wild basket by Goudelock sealed the outcome, 56-65, with over three minutes left. Both teams started to fight for the tie-break advantage, a critical issue to get the home court advantage in the upcoming playoffs. Another triple by Bjelica made it a double-digit lead for the first time, 56-68, and allowed Fenerbahce to finish off a near-perfect road win.

Nemanja Bjelica - Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - EB14
Friday, March 13, 2015
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), CORTES, CARLOS (ESP)
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Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 17:57 6 2/7   2/2 1 3 4   2 1     2 2 6
6 DUNSTON, BRYANT 20:58 12 5/6   2/3 1 4 5     1 1   3 3 15
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 26:50 5 0/2 1/6 2/2   2 2 10   2   2 3 4 7
9 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 15:41 9 0/2 1/2 6/6   2 2 1   3     2 3 7
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 30:48 11 4/6 0/3 3/4 1 2 3 1   1     4 2 6
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 7:53     0/1     1 1           2 1 -1
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 20:08 4   0/1 4/4   2 2 1         3 2 5
18 KAVVADAS, VASILEIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 19:45 14 1/2 3/6 3/5   3 3 2 1 2       4 16
21 DARDEN, TREMMELL 22:37 3 1/2   1/2   3 3 1         1 2 6
24 LOJESKI, MATT 17:23   0/1 0/2     1 1   2       3   -3
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 64 13/28 5/21 23/28 4 25 29 16 5 11 1 2 23 23 66
        46.4% 23.8% 82.1%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
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
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 33:01 24 3/8 6/7   1 1 2 1       1 2 1 19
1 ZISIS, NIKOS 19:56 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 4 1 2     5 1 -2
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 26:41 7 0/2 1/5 4/4 1 6 7 1 2 4     2 7 12
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 25:55 16 2/7 3/4 3/6 1 8 9 1   1 1   3 5 19
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 13:26 4 2/2   0/1 1 2 3 1   1     2 2 6
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 20:04 5 2/6 0/1 1/2   2 2 3   1     3 3 3
15 CETIN, SERHAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 15:01 4 2/3     4   4 1 2 2     3 1 6
22 ZORIC, LUKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 VESELY, JAN 24:24 7 3/8   1/4 2 4 6 2 1       2 2 8
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 21:32 5 1/2 1/2     4 4 1 2 1 1   1 1 10
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 73 15/40 11/20 10/19 12 30 42 15 8 13 2 1 23 23 83
        37.5% 55% 52.6%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"There is not a team in the world that wins every night. We knew that Fenerbahce Ulker had a very good tempo in the Euroleague and it has been proven tonight. We tried to show our character with defensive pressure and get them out of their rhythm, but they always had an answer, either with offensive boards or with big three-pointers. We didn't manage to change the momentum of the match, because we didn't find a solution under the boards and we allowed them to score second-chance points. I am not the man who is trying to find excuses for a defeat, but without Petway and Tsairelis, we didn't avoid the mismatches. I would like to congratulate Spanoulis and Mantzaris for ignoring their injuries to play and to thank our fans for their support. We will keep working hard in order to win the remaining games and get the best possible placement."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We expected to have a very tough and difficult game here. Up to now Olympiacos has the best defense in the Euroleague and it’s all about the pressure on the ball. Tonight we played a very good defense, moved the ball well in offense, grabbed offensive boards and didn’t allow them to play their transition game. I am very proud of my players because they played an excellent game. There are four more games to play and nothing is decided yet. We are a team that plays much better on the road than at home. I see the home games as a trap. The most important thing is to make the quarterfinals and then try to win three games and advance to the Final four. This is exactly what I said to my players in practice, in order to make them more relaxed and finally it worked out."

Players

DUNSTON, BRYANT
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It has been a bad game for us. We lost because they got many offensive boards and hit big shots from behind the arc, which gave them confidence. However, we will give our best to finish in the best possible place. Now, we have to recover and try to beat Laboral Kutxa in Vitoria."
MANTZARIS, VANGELIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We didn't play good defense in the first half and we allowed them to score a lot. But even when we defended better, they grabbed crucial offensive boards and had second-chance points, which always hurts. At the same time, we didn't manage to run in the open court and were forced to play five against five. Finally, we lost and we didn't defend the six-point margin we got on their home court, but there are four more games. We will fight up to the end to get the home court advantage in the playoffs."
ZISIS, NIKOS
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It is a very important win in a difficult game, which we managed very well. We were preparing especially for this game and it cost us the loss to Galatasaray in the Turkish League. Tonight we played great defense on Spanoulis and we had a balance in both ends of the court. It is a big win, but nothing is decided yet. Now we have to win the three games at home in order to give value to the road victories in Moscow and Piraeus. There is a mysterious gap in our performance between home and road games. When we play at home we are affected by the enthusiasm, but outside we keep our concentration and remain dedicated to the coach’s plan."