2015-16Top 16Round 12
March 25, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 DRAZEN PETROVIC ZAGREB

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.1 Points 78.5
33.0 Rebounds 34.3
10.0 O. Rebounds 9.8
23.0 D. Rebounds 24.6
15.7 Assists 16.7
4.9 Steals 5.3
1.2 Blocks 4.4
13.3 Turnovers 12.1
51.4 % 2PT 52.9 %
33.0 % 3PT 39.0 %
74.6 % FT 74.7 %
74.2 Index 90.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / Pullen Points 12.9 / Datome
6.2 / Bilan Rebounds 7.0 / Vesely
2.3 / Bilan OR 2.7 / Vesely
4.3 / Babic DR 4.4 / Vesely
3.1 / Gordic Assists 3.8 / Dixon
0.8 / Babic Steals 1.1 / Bogdanovic
0.3 / Walker Blocks 2.3 / Udoh
2.4 / Pullen Turnovers 1.9 / Sloukas
58.2 % / Arapovic 2PT 64.3 % / Ugurlu
46.6 % / Pilepic 3PT 66.7 % / Vesely
100.0 % / Pilepic FT 89.3 % / Datome
15.7 / Bilan Index 15.7 / Udoh

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-9 Top 16 10-1
4-6 Regular Season 8-2
6-15 Overall 18-3

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
PASTUSIAK, PIOTR, Poland
Umpire
PERUGA, CARLOS, Spain

The Take

The Group E leader visits the team in last place on Friday. Fenerbahce has the best record in the Top 16 and has already secured the top spot in the group, but will look to keep rolling on its way to the playoffs despite the loss of star big man Jan Vesely to injury. Luigi Datome scored 19 and Ekpe Udoh controlled the paint with 4 blocks when Fenerbahce beat Cedevita 86-73 in January. That loss started a seven-game slide for Cedevita, which is just 2-8 at home this season. Center Miro Bilan will relish a second crack at Fenerbahce, as will the rest of a young confident roster aided by veteran swingman James White and scorer Jacob Pullen. Nikola Kalinic and Baris Hersek could each see a bump in minutes with Vesely out, though the visitors will continue to rely on a deep backcourt with Bogdan Bogdanovic, Bobby Dixon and Ricky Hickman as they look to sweep the season series.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Cedevita Zagreb

Miro Bilan and James White are among the 11 players that have started every Euroleague game for their team this season.

Jacob Pullen has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last three Euroleague games and at least 1 three-pointer in 16 of his last 17 Euroleague appearances.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 20 for 20 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Henry Walker has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games. He is shooting 9 for 21 from downtown in that stretch.

Luka Zoric spent the previous two seasons with Fenerbahce. He helped the club win the 2014 Turkish championship. Zoric played under Coach Obradovic and alongside a handful of its current players.

James White made his European basketball debut with Fenerbahce during the 2007-08 season.

Nemanja Gordic was a teammate of Fenerbahce guard Bogdan Bogdanovic at Partizan Belgrade during the 2012-13 season. They helped Partizan win the Serbian and Adriatic League titles.

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic has used 10 different starters and 15 players overall in Euroleague games so far this season. No player has started in every game.

Ekpe Udoh leads the league in blocked shots with 2.3 per game; Udoh has blocked at least 1 shot in seven straight and 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.

Bobby Dixon has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five and 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.

Bogdan Bodanovic has made multiple three-pointers in each of the last six Euroleague games.

Pero Antic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"The good thing is that three games before the end of the Top 16 we are group champions. You must continue to play serious and to use this game to prepare for the most important moment of the season, the playoffs, to be ready and to have everybody healthy."

Players

ANTIC, PERO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We are playing against a very good team. They are one of the top teams of the Balcans. We have to be cautious and play our game. We know our rotation is not the best one with Jan injured. Everyone has to step up, especially me, coming back from injury. So we'll see. We will fight like in every game and we'll see what will be."

Cedevita makes history with 30-point rout of Fenerbahce

Cedevita Zagreb made club history with its largest ever margin of victory in a Euroleague game by routing Group E leader Fenerbahce Istanbul 89-59 at Drazen Petrovic Zagreb. The hosts got 9 first-quarter points from Marko Arapovic to jump ahead and then only added to the lead as the game went on. Cedevita, which had previously lost all chances to reach the playoff, outscored Fenerbahce in all four quarters as it marched to a 3-9 record. Fenerbahce, which had already clinched first place in the group, fell to 10-2. Arapovic finished with 18 points, Miro Bilan scored 15, James White tallied 11 points and 5 assists and Jacob Pullen added 10 points. Ekpe Udoh led Fenerbahce with 11 points as the team suffered its worst defeat since a 39-point drubbing at the hands of Barcelona in the 2012-13 season.

First quarter: Arapovic’s 9 points help hosts take lead

Players missed shots at both ends before Pero Antic marked his return to the lineup with a three-pointer. Cedevita had missed 5 shots before Luka Babic tied things with a three-pointer. Pullen’s basket-plus-foul resulted in Cedevita’s first lead and Bilan split free throws to add to the advantage. Udoh and Arapovic traded jump shots, but when Arapovic got to the line on his next trip downcourt, his 2 free throws made it 10-5. Berk Ugurlu hit a foul-line jumper, however an Arapovic triple boosted the Cedevita advantage at 6. After the TV timeout, Ugurlu took a steal in for a layup. Arapovic reached 9 points with a hook shot, but Udoh countered with free throws. Baris Hersek was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul for trying to stop White on a fast break. White made the resulting free throws and almost a minute later put Cedevita up 8 with a spin move and bank shot. After Bogdan Bogdanovic made a layup with a minute left in the corner, White and Toni Katic kept Cedevita in control with more free throws for a 22-13 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Bilan, Pilepic add to Cedevita’s advantage

Bogdanovic attacked the basket for a three-point play, but Bilan, left open at the top of the key, connected on a triple and followed that with a hook shot to give Cedevita a double-digit lead. Katic drew a foul shooting a triple and sank the resulting 3 shots to cap an 8-0 run for a 30-16 lead. Luigi Datome split free throws and Fran Pilepic continued the Cedevita surge with a jump shot. Ricky Hickman looked to spark Fenerbahce with pull-up triple, but Fran Pilepic countered with shot from downtown. Arapovic’s fadeaway jumper over Datome added to the difference. After a Fenerbahce timeout timeout, Datome and Hickman each scored and then Cedevita called timeout. The hosts used good ball movement to get Pullen a three and Luka Zoric put back Pullen’s next shot for a 17-point lead. Melih Mahmutoglu countered with a triple, but Babic drove for a layup. Hickman sped to the rim for a layup that cut the gap to 44-30 at the break.

Third quarter: Arapovic dunks hosts to 29-point cushion

Bilan scored off an inbounds play, after which Nikola Kalinic tipped in a shot for the visitors. Pullen buried 3 free throws and then stole a pass and sank a layup for a 19-point lead. Kalinic and Bilan traded scores before White’s behind-the-back pass set up Arapovic for a slam. Bilan also went behind the back on a dish to Arapovic for a dunk. Babic split free throws and Bilan hit a jumper for a 60-36 lead midway through the third quarter. After a Kalinic put-back, the Cedevita show continued with White’s fancy play inside and Bilan’s second three-pointer. Arapovic produced another highlight with a steal and two-handed slam. Antic and Udoh looked to revive Fenerbahce, though White hit free throws in between. Zoric also sank free throws as the margin touched 29 again. Bogdanovic split free throws at the other end to end the quarter at 71-43.

Fourth quarter: Teenager Musa gets involved as Cedevita makes history

Udoh dunked in an offensive rebound, but Pilepic responded with a triple. White took the lead into the 30s with free throws. Udoh converted a three-point play, but Zoric countered with a jumper. Katic sank free throws to put his team up by 32. Hickman drove inside with a pretty move, but teenager Dzanan Musa scored twice to make it 84-50. Ugurlu and Hersek pushed the margin back and Mahmutoglu nailed a three. Lovro Mazalin split free throws to become the 11th Cedevita player to score as the hosts marched on to a memorable win.

James White - Cedevita Zagreb - EB15
Friday, March 25, 2016
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 1791
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Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 22:16 10 2/4 1/2 3/4       3 3 1       4 15
4 WHITE, JAMES 26:18 11 2/5   7/8 2 3 5 5 3 1     2 5 22
6 KATIC, TONI 17:44 7   0/1 7/7   2 2 4   3     2 3 10
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 18:23 8 1/1 2/3     2 2 1   2     2 1 7
9 BABIC, LUKA 27:11 6 1/3 1/4 1/2   4 4 1   3       2 4
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 16:39   0/2     2 7 9   2 1   1 2   5
13 MUSA, DZANAN 6:18 4 2/2     1 2 3 1   1     2   5
15 BILAN, MIRO 19:12 15 4/5 2/2 1/2   5 5 2 1       3 2 20
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO 4:01 4 1/1   2/3                   2 5
21 ZORIC, LUKA 16:47 6 2/6   2/2 1 2 3     1     3 3 4
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 25:11 18 6/9 1/3 3/4 1 3 4   1 2 1   2 3 17
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 89 21/38 7/15 26/32 8 31 39 17 10 15 1 1 18 25 116
        55.3% 46.7% 81.3%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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 Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 24:45 9 3/5 1/3     3 3 3   2     1 2 10
5 HERSEK, BARIS 12:31 2 1/2 0/2   1   1   1       2   -1
8 UDOH, EKPE 21:24 11 4/11   3/3 2 1 3 1 1 3 1   2 2 7
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 17:04 6   2/5         1 1 1     4    
12 ANTIC, PERO 27:31 6 1/5 1/3 1/2 3 3 6     2     3 2 2
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 14:00 6 2/2 0/2 2/3   4 4     4     1 4 6
18 ARNA, EGEHAN 3:46 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   1 1             1  
22 BAYRAK, ERCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK 15:57 7 3/3 0/1 1/2   1 1   1       3 2 6
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 27:11 8 4/4 0/2   2 3 5 2 1 1     4 1 10
35 DIXON, BOBBY 14:24   0/2 0/2     1 1 1       1 3 2 -4
70 DATOME, LUIGI 21:27 3 1/3 0/2 1/2 2 2 4           2 2 2
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 59 19/38 4/23 9/14 10 19 29 8 5 14 1 1 25 18 37
        50% 17.4% 64.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"We played a great game, especially in the second half. In the first half we were good, in the second half we were great, especially in defense. We moved really well, we closed almost everything except for 2 or 3 offensive rebounds that they got. I am really proud of my guys and how they played tonight. "
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We secured first place in our group and we played against a very motivated team today. Everything is about motivation and the way we played today was embarrassing. I want to apologize to the fans. I would like to congratulate to Cedevita for their professional approach to this game. They played great tonight."

Players

ARAPOVIC, MARKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"Everyone on our team played great today. It is not easy to win by 30 points against Fenerbahce. After losing some very important games, we needed this win badly and I hope we will continue to play the way we played tonight."
BILAN, MIRO
Cedevita Zagreb
"We knew that Fenerbahce would not be 100% and we knew that they would underestimate us a little bit, but we used that great and we made a big difference in the first half, like 15 points, and for them they played a really terrible game. We had a great game and won by 30 points. I would to congratulate my team and coaching staff because this is a big victory for us even though we are out of chances. "
UDOH, EKPE
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"It was an ugly game. Defensively we were bad right from the beginning. Even though we secured the first place in our group, you got to find the rhythm when you play. Offensively, we will figure it out, but is important for us to play much better on defense."
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