2012-13Top 16Round 10
March 07, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.1 Points 78.7
28.9 Rebounds 32.4
8.7 O. Rebounds 9.5
20.3 D. Rebounds 22.9
11.2 Assists 15.5
6.0 Steals 7.4
2.1 Blocks 4.3
12.1 Turnovers 11.7
51.9 % 2PT 53.6 %
32.2 % 3PT 38.0 %
76.1 % FT 74.0 %
71.7 Index 88.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.8 / Bogdanovic Points 12.6 / Hickman
4.5 / Sato Rebounds 6.4 / James
1.5 / Sato OR 2.4 / James
3.5 / Andersen DR 4.0 / James
3.1 / Preldzic Assists 3.9 / Ohayon
1.7 / McCalebb Steals 1.7 / Hickman
0.6 / Bogdanovic Blocks 1.8 / James
1.7 / Preldzic Turnovers 1.7 / Ohayon
68.0 % / Ermis 2PT 73.3 % / Landesberg
42.1 % / Onan 3PT 44.2 % / Logan
87.5 % / Batiste FT 100.0 % / Landesberg
15.1 / Bogdanovic Index 17.6 / James


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


Crew Chief

The Take

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul will look to protect its home court on Thursday when it hosts suddenly resurgent Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Fener, which is seventh in Group F with a 2-7 record, will look for its third win in its last four Euroleague home games – and its first since Simone Pianigiani stepped down as head coach and Ertugrul Erdogan took over. Maccabi, tied for fifth at 4-5, seeks its third straight road win to remain stay in the thick of the playoff race. Ricky Hickman was the Top 16 Game 3 bwin MVP after he scored a season-high 24 points and dished 5 assists to lead Maccabi to a 91-73 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker when there teams met in January.

Maccabi’s defense could be the key to this game. The Israeli champs have limited opponents to just 62.8 points per game in their Top 16 victories, and anything close to that could be too much for Fener, which is last in the Top 16 in points allowed, with 89.8 per game. Maccabi’s most effective players in recent weeks have been do-it-all swingman Devin Smith, who once played for Fenerbahce, and center Shawn James. Smith will need to put an extra focus on the defensive end as he takes on the Top 16’s No. 1 scorer, Bojan Bogdanovic. Fener has a battery of big men that it will use to try to slow down James, including Oguz Savas, David Andersen and Kaya Peker, while Mike Batiste and Ilkan Karaman will help out while keeping tabs on power forwards Lior Eliyahu and Nik Caner-Medley. Star point guard Bo McCalebb and backcourt mates Omer Onan and Romain Sato will be eager to outduel Hickman and Yogev Ohayon this time. Maccabi’s third guard, David Logan, comes off his best game of the season and Guy Pnini has also stepped up lately. Both could play big roles in how things shake out in Istanbul too. A potential difference-maker for the hosts is point Emir Preldzic, though injuries have reduced his role lately.

Both teams will surely be motivated to play, as the hosts big stars look to turn things around and finish the season on a roll, while the visitors remain very much alive in the playoff race. Expect Maccabi coach David Blatt to have a plan to curtail McCalebb and Bogdanovic, thus forcing a third offensive weapon to take over. The defense played by all of Maccabi’s perimeter players will be critical in what shapes up to be an exciting showdown.
Monday, March 4, 2013

Game Notes


Fenerbahce Ulker is ranked last in the league in rebounding (28.9 rpg.).

Bo McCalebb has at least 1 steal in 10 straight Euroleague games.

McCalebb needs 12 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

McCalebb has scored in double figures in eight straight Euroleague games.

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in 10 straight Euroleague games. He is the Top 16’s leading scorer with 21.3 points per game.

Bogdanovic needs 8 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Mike Batiste is 13 points behind former CSKA great J.R. Holden for fifth place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Batiste enters the week with 2,375 career points.

Uros Tripkovic has made his last 14 free throws in Euroleague action.

Tripkovic is 3 three-pointers away from tying former Unicaja teammate Berni Rodriguez for 25th place on the Euroleague’s career list of three-pointers made.



Maccabi leads the league in blocked shots with 4.3 per game.

Yogev Ohayon and Ricky Hickman are the only two Maccabi players to have started every Euroleague game this season.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 12 Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 26 for 58 from downtown (44.8%) over that stretch. He has nine games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Logan was a teammate of Fenerbahce Ulker players Mike Batiste and Romain Sato last season at Panathinaikos Athens. They helped the club reach the Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul.

Ricky Hickman was the Top 16 Game 3 bwin MVP after he scored a season-high 24 points and dished 5 assists to lead Maccabi to a 91-73 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker.

Devin Smith played his first Euroleague season with Fenerbahce Ulker during 2008-09. He played alongside current Fener players Oguz Savas, Omer Onan and Emir Preldzic that season.

Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games. He is shooting 50% (14 of 28) during that stretch.

Smith has blocked at least 1 shot in five consecutive Euroleague games.

Shawn James has blocked at least 2 shots in five straight Euroleague games. He is the Top 16 leader with 2 blocks per game.

James has at least 1 steal in six consecutive Euroleague games.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"This is an important game for us, we are playing at home and we want to win. Maccabi is here with a different motivation because if they win they will increase their chances to qualify for the Playoffs. However we have to show everyone that we can fight with all teams in this level and renew our image and come together with our fans once again. The most important out of all of this is that we want to increase our performance and win a momentum. Besides this we want to better the atmosphere with the games we win and that's why every single game is important. We have to win every Euroleague game. Tonight's game is a game of honor for us. We are aware that we are going to play against a strong team who has a good system. In this period where we are going through changes its going to be difficult. However today on the court you will see a Fenerbahce Ulker who will play with a 100% performance."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Over the summer, Fenerbahce built up their team so they could go as far as possible in the Euroleague. In the Turkish League, which is not an easy league at all, they’re in first place. We know that if we don’t play at our best it will be extremely difficult to win. Now the games of other teams are important for us, as well. Still, we need to do our own job. If we win, I think we truly have a chance of reaching the quarterfinals."


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Today's game for us were just playing for our pride trying to get better. Every single day we know more or less our goals. The playoffs is out of reach but we have 5 games left to try to get better especially for our Turkish League. So every game right now in the Euroleague is important for us."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Right now we’re in a situation where we can’t allow ourselves to lose. We need to be extremely focused, like we were the last two weeks, and to keep up the same level of ability. We’re in a pretty good position right now in the Euroleague after our wins against Caja Laboral and Siena, but this isn’t going to be an easy game at all."

Maccabi Electra rolls past FB Ulker for third straight win

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv hit 15 three-pointers and improved its chances to grab a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by downing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 85-94 on Thursday night. The Israeli champion picked up its third consecutive victory to improve to 5-5 in Group F, while Fenerbahce dropped to 2-8 and is all but eliminated from the hunt for one of the top four places in the group. Maccabi took the lead for good with a 1-11 run at the start of the second quarter and Fenerbahce never came closer than 4 points the rest of the way. Ricky Hickman led the way in victory with 18 points and 6 assists. Devin Smith scored 16 on 4-for-6 three-point shooting, collecting 3 blocks along the way, while David Logan netted 15 on 5-for-7 three-point shooting. Shawn James added 13 points plus 7 rebounds and Darko Planinic chipped in 11 points in victory. For Fenerbahce, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 12 of his 26 points in the first quarter while Emir Preldzic had 15 plus 7 assists. Kaya Peker scored 13 and Bo McCalebb finished with 12 in defeat.

First quarter: Leads change hands in evenly matched start

Shawn James opened the scoring with a basket-plus-foul, and Yogev Ohajon added a floater for Maccabi, which applied a full-court zone press mixed with zone defense early on. After Bogdanovic made a jumper and a fastbreak layup to open Fenerbahce's account, Maccabi extended the margin to 4-10 with Devin Smith sinking a triple and Hickman hitting a long jumper. But, Bo McCalebb drove to the hoop twice as the hosts found their offensive rhythm and put together a run of 11 unanswered points, capped with a Bogdanovic three-pointer, 15-10. The lead quickly changed hands again, though, as David Logan hit a three-pointer and Darko Planinic made a basket-plus-foul for 17-18. Planinic added a reverse layup to his tally before Bogdanovic hit a last second triple for 22-22 at the end of the first quarter.

Second quarter: Maccabi pulls away with a 1-11 run

Logan scored from downtown to start the second quarter, before Planinic and Lior Eliyahu converted fastbreak baskets for 22-29, forcing Fenerbahce to call a timeout. A layup from Sylven Landesberg and free throws from Moran Roth put the Israeli champs up by double figures. Emir Preldzic snapped the Fenerbahce drought with a driving layup, but Roth answered with a three-pointer extending the margin to 11. Fenerbahce got a spark from Peker who scored twice inside, then grabbed an offensive board, before Preldzic hit a triple from the right corner for 32-38. The hosts got within 4 points with a jumper and a pair of free throws from David Andersen, but in the final 90 seconds of the quarter, Hickman first hit a triple, then made 3 of 4 free throws, before racing the length of the floor and nailing a buzzer-beating three-pointer for 40-49 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Triples keep Maccabi’s lead in the double figures

Bogdanovic and Logan traded triples to open the third quarter, and Smith scored a fastbreak layup for 43-54. Bogdanovic answered with another three, and Peker muscled in a basket-plus-foul for Fenerbahce, but Ohayon and Smith answered with back-to-back triples to restore a double-digit margin. After Preldzic hit a jumper and a triple, Hickman made a three-pointer and Roth made a baseline floater during a 0-7 spurt for 56-71. On the other end, Bogdanovic snapped the visitors’ run with a layup, and Omer Onan sunk a jumper with a buzzer for 60-71 going into the final 10 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Tel Aviv coasts to victory

Logan and Onan traded three-pointers at the start of the fourth quarter as the hosts tried a three-quarter zone press and a 2-3 zone defense to disrupt Maccabi’s rhythm. Layups from Bogdanovic and McCalebb cut the deficit before a basket-plus-foul from Oguz Savas brought Fenerbahce within 72-78. However, Ohayon and Smith sank back-to-back triples to push the margin to 74-84, giving Maccabi some breathing room, before more triples from Logan and Smith sealed the deal. McCalebb, Preldzic and Savas cut the deficit in the final two minutes of the game, but it was too little, too late for a comeback.

Ricky Hickman  - Maccabi Electra - EB12
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Attendance: 1800
By Quarter1234
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul22182025
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22272223
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul22406085
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22497194
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 36:00 12 6/14 0/2   6 3 9 3 2 2   1 3 5 15
7 ONAN, OMER 24:10 5 1/4 1/5   1   1 1       1 3 1 -3
9 ERMIS, BARIS 3:03   0/1           1   1   1 1   -3
10 SATO, ROMAIN 12:19   0/2           1 1       3   -3
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 0:57                              
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 14:40 4 1/4 0/1 2/2   3 3 2 2 1     1 3 8
14 PEKER, KAYA 25:40 13 6/8   1/3 3 3 6         1 2 2 14
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 15:04 7 3/5   1/3 1 1 2 1       1 3 3 5
24 BATISTE, MIKE 5:28 3 1/1 0/1 1/2                 1 1 1
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 3:48         1   1     1          
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 35:32 26 7/8 4/7   1 4 5 1 3 2     3 3 29
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 23:19 15 4/5 2/2 1/2   2 2 7 1 2     4 2 19
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 85 29/52 7/18 6/12 16 17 33 17 9 9 0 5 24 20 86
        55.8% 38.9% 50%
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
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOGAN, DAVID 34:20 15   5/7     2 2 3 1       1 3 21
5 JAMES, SHAWN 26:46 13 4/7   5/6 3 4 7   1 4 1   4 4 14
6 SMITH, DEVIN 28:46 16 2/3 4/6   1 3 4 2 3 3 3   4 1 19
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 32:06 18 1/1 3/5 7/8   1 1 6 1 4     2 9 26
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 6:39 2 1/4     1 1 2 3             4
9 ROTH, MORAN 9:57 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   1 1 1 1       2 1 8
10 PNINI, GUY 11:00     0/2         3   1       1 1
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 7:40 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   2 2             1 3
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 21:54 8 1/2 2/3         2   2     3 1 4
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 12:35 11 4/5   3/4   3 3   1   1   2 3 15
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 8:17 2 1/1 0/2         2         2    
22 ZALMANSON, IDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 94 15/26 15/27 19/22 7 20 27 22 8 14 5 0 20 24 120
        57.7% 55.6% 86.4%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We came today with a very determined mindset knowing that this was a critical game and we played accordingly. We had time to prepare for this game and that helped us. We got excellent contributions from a lot of players. The guys that came off the bench lifted the team at the end of the first quarter and in the second quarter and in the second half. We saw some great basketball and teamwork and that’s how Maccabi needs to play. We made a lot of three-pointers because we moved the ball well and got to open shots; we didn’t take crazy shots. The game against Khimki could determine our entire season and it will be a real battle."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We showed a lot of character today. We have been doing this week after week since the start of the second half of the Top 16. We came back into the promotion battle by ourselves; we did it through talent, determination and faith in our game. We can’t wait for Khimki, that’s our game of the season. Personally I am very happy that I had a good game from the moment I came off the bench and that I helped Maccabi take this important win. I am always ready, in any situation, to be there for the team."
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