2008-09Regular SeasonRound 2
October 30, 2008 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Mirsad Turkcan - Fenerbahce UlkerMirsad 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.

Adam Chubb - Alba Berlin 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
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), CHIARI, ROBERTO (ITA)
Attendance: 3000
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Fenerbahce Ulker23182021
Alba Berlin15222214
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Fenerbahce Ulker23416182
Alba Berlin15375973
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GREEN, MARQUES 31:00 3 0/2 1/2     2 2 3 1 2       1 5
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 28:19 25 3/6 4/5 7/7 2 7 9 2   4 1   3 5 31
8 BASAK, RASIM 15:48   0/1 0/6   1 2 3   1       2   -5
10 GIRICEK, GORDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 23:53 17   5/10 2/2   1 1 4 1 1     3   14
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 13:06 4 2/3   0/2 2 1 3     1 1   2 4 6
15 DEMIREL, HAKAN 5:06     0/1                       -1
18 KANTER, ENES 9:38 5 2/3   1/2 1 2 3   1 1     1 2 7
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 23:03 12 5/8 0/1 2/2   3 3 1       2 2 1 9
32 SMITH, DEVIN 19:42 7 2/3 1/4     1 1   1 1     4    
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 30:25 9 3/4 1/4   1 4 5 5 1 2     4 1 11
Team                                
Totals 200:00 82 17/30 12/33 12/15 7 23 30 15 6 12 2 2 21 14 77
        56.7% 36.4% 80%
Head coach: TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
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
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JACOBSEN, CASEY 22:59 3 0/2 0/2 3/4 1 3 4 1 2 2       3 6
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 15:06 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   2 2     2       1 3
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 17:13   0/4     3 1 4 2 1 1   1 3   -2
9 SESAY, ANSU 14:02 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 2 3 5           5 2 -1
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 28:32 26 6/9 4/6 2/5 1 1 2 2 1 2 1   2 4 24
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 25:37 8 2/2 1/2 1/2       4   2       1 9
14 CHUBB, ADAM 19:43 9 3/8   3/4 2 4 6     2 1   2 2 8
21 DROBNJAK, DRAGISA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 29:05 15 5/8 1/1 2/3 3 6 9 2   1     1 2 22
32 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR 27:43 6 3/10   0/4 3 2 5 2 1 3   1 1 5 3
Team                           1   -1
Totals 200:00 73 21/48 6/13 13/26 15 22 37 13 5 15 2 2 15 20 71
        43.8% 46.2% 50%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA

Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It was a very difficult game, as we expected. Alba Berlin put its character in the game. They used tricky defensive tactics to stop us and it was really hard to deal with it. We knew that it was going to be hard, but not that hard. We are really very happy to win the game. I watched Alba during their game against Lottomatica Roma last week. They performed extraordinarily in thatgame. And that’s what they repeated this evening. The one who gave us trouble in the game was Julius Jenkins. It was an extraordinary night for him, too. We had too many missed attempts from the low post. But anyway, I'm happy to win the game. We were expecting Gordan Giricek to play tonight, but he was not ready enough. We are planning to put him on the court in our domestic league at the weekend, but just for 10 minutes of time."
PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"First of all, I congratulate Fenerbahce Ulker for their win. It was a tough game for both sides. Fenerbahce Ulker ruled the game for most of the 40 minutes but we also remained in the game until the last minute. We caught the momentum of the game more than once but weren't able to match it with our performance to win the game. We made easy mistakes in the critical minutes, especially in those hot moments like in the last couple of minutes. We scored just half of the free throws we had. Anyway, we will keep on trying and challenging to move to the next stage with all our aim."

Players

SAVAS, OGUZ
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It was really harder than we expected. Alba Berlin is a quite strong team and playing much better than in previous seasons. They had so many weapons, which can change the destiny of a game, and that’s why they remained in this one until the last minute. Of course, it’s good to complete the game without a surprise when you are missing five important players. We have to work hard to correct our mistakes and hope to see our injured teammates as soon as possible on the court."
WRIGHT, RASHAD
Alba Berlin
"It was a different feeling for me to play in Istanbul again after my experieance with Efes Pilsen. We are a new team with quality players which is trying to combine together in a good harmony. I can't say that we played bad tonight but the small things determined the winner. If we could have scored a little bit more from the three-point line and the foul line, we could easily have won the game. These are the beginning weeks of the Euroleague and I'm sure we will be much better soon."
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