Mirsad Turkcan poured in 25 points including 4 three-pointers as Fenerbahce Ulker collected its first victory of the regular season in Group C, beating Alba Berlin 82-73 at home in Istanbul on Thursday. Turkcan scored 17 of his points in the first half and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Damir Kaan Mrsic nailed 5 triples in scoring 17 points and dished 4 assists, while Oguz Savas came off the bench for 12 points. And Emir Preldzic added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. The Turkish side made 12 triples total in bouncing back from its opening-week loss at Tau Ceramica to even its record at 1-1. The game also featured the debut of 16-year-old Fenerbahce prospect Enes Kanter, who had 5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in nearly 10 minutes of action – becoming the first player born in the year 1992 to play in the Euroleague. Berlin dropped to 1-1 in the group despite a game-high 26 points from Julius Jenkins. But the guard did not get enough support even though Immanuel McElroy added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Adam Chubb had 9 points and 6 rebounds in a losing effort. Berlin did not help itself by making just 13-of-26 free throws.
Berlin took advantage of some early Fenerbahce turnovers with Chubb and Steffen Hamann giving Alba a 0-4 lead. Turkcan knocked down two three-pointers in pulling the hosts ahead 8-7. Hamann’s lay-up knotted the game at 11-11 but Preldzic triple started a 12-4 surge to finish the first period, with Devin Smith also hitting from long range as Fenerbahce led 23-15.
Jenkins opened the scoring for Berlin in the second quarter with a three-point play only to see Kanter put in a lay-up for a 25-18 advantage. Bogdan Tanjevic had his reserves in the game and they tried to stay ahead by launching three-pointers and long two-point shots. And Berlin got out on the break with Jenkins and McElroy closing the gap and Chubb evening things at 25-25. Jenkins’s lay-up finished off a 0-9 run for a 25-27 lead. But Dragan Dojcin was called for an unsportsmanlike foul and Turkcan made all four foul shots to give the Turks back the lead. Mrsic knocked down a three-pointer for a 38-33 lead and then Turkcan nailed another trey just before the buzzer as Fenerbahce led 41-37 going into the break.
After Gasper Vidmar started the second half, Rashad Wright hit a triple only to get answered by Turkcan’s long three-ball. Jenkins refused to let his team go down, knocking down a three-pointer to knot the game at 46-46. Mrsic hit from long range to make it 51-46 but Jenkins answered again with a trey. Mrsic, however, nailed again from downtown and Marques Green’s triple gave Fenerbahce a 59-53 advantage. Jenkins was on target again from behind the arc to cut the deficit to one. But Savas’s basket gave the hosts a 61-59 lead after three periods.
Preldzic hit the first basket of the fourth and Berlin could not find a score with Mrsic’s three-pointer making it 66-59. Alba finally hit the scoring board on Jenkins’s triple more than three minutes into the fourth. But Mrsic answered right back with a trey of his own. Smith’s jumper had Fenerbahce ahead 71-63 midway through the fourth. Turkcan hit yet again from long range down the stretch as Berlin would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Thursday, October 30, 2008