2007-08Top 16Round 6
March 19, 2008 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Will Solomon - Fenerbahce Ulker Fenerbahce Ulker is in the Quarterfinal Playoffs! The Turkish champs led from start to finish, defeating Tau Ceramica 75-59 on Wednesday at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul to clinch second place in Group E and a quarterfinal date with Group D winner Montepaschi Siena. Fener finished the Top 16 with a 3-3 record and handed Tau its only loss of this stage, ending that team’s six-game winning streak. Tau, which already wrapped up the top spot in the group last week, will meet Partizan Igokea in the playoffs. Willie Solomon matched his season-high with 28 points, going 5 for 6 from downtown, to pace the inners. Fener scored the first 8 points of the game and continued to increase the lead throughout the first period, reaching 40-17 early in the second period. Tau answered with a 0-10 run and with Tiago Splitter scoring well in the paint, the visitors cut the gap to 43-30 by halftime. In the third, Tau would get within 8, but Solomon seemed to be everywhere when it mattered and kept Fener comfortably ahead en route to a historic win. Solomon added 4 steals and 4 assists for the hosts, James White scored 11 and Emir Preldzic and Rasim Basak posted 9 each. Splitter paced Tau with 21 points on 9-of –11 shooting and 7 rebounds. Teletovic added 9 points and Gabe Muoneke 7.

It was a perfect start for Fenerbahce Ulker as the home team came out of the gate with three pointers from Solomon, Preldzic and Basak. After just 33 seconds, Fener led 5-0. Tau Ceramica stayed strong inside with Splitter and Pete Mickeal scoring, but Preldzic's triple from the left side and its tough defense plus the support of its fans helped the home side extend the lead minute by minute. Soon Solomon hit another triple to increase the lead to 13-4. A Mickeal jumper in the paint made it 15-10, but then Fenerbahce used a 10-2 charge to make it 25-12 on a triple from Basak. Solomon soon stretched the lead to 14 with a three-pointer before Teletovic answered the same way. White had the last word in the first quarter with a skillful layup that made it 30-17 after 10 minutes.

James Singlenton - Tau CeramicaFenerbahce was still hot as the second period began. The hosts scored 10 unanswered points with Semih Erden, Solomon, Basak and White all contributing to increase the lead to an amazing 23 points – 40-17 – just four minutes into the period. Tau overcame the shock with superb zone defense and responded with a 0-10 run of its own. James Singleton held his team with a nice dunk to start the charge, Sergi Vidal added a layup and then Splitter tallied his 14th points with two straight layups as Tau reduced the gap to 40-27. Basak break the silence for Fener with his third triple of the game, but Vidal ended the first half by replying with a three-pointer to determine the halftime score of 43-30.

Splitter made another layup early in the third quarter to cut the difference to 11 points, but Fener remained hot and extended the lead to 48-32 with another triple from Solomon. The grew to 53-36 as Solomon continued to pepper the nets. Tau went back to zone pressure and strengthened its defense. Splitter’s 21st point brought Tau to its closest sine the first period, 55-47. White’s free throws made it a 10-point lead and then Solomon extended the lead to 12 points from the line. However Pablo Prigioni silenced the Fener fans with a buzzer-beating triple from his own end of the floor to end the third period 59-50.

An Omer Asık dunk put Fener ahead by double digits once more and the home team controlled the game with its strong defense, plus points from Solomon and White. Just three-and-a-half minutes into the period, a White jumper made it 67-50 and essentially secured the outcome. Muoneke's individual efforts inside made it 71-57 midway through the period, but Asik kept the hosts in control and increased the lead to 18 points as the hosts celebrated a playoff berth.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), CICORIA, GIANPAOLO (ITA), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 10000
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Fenerbahce Ulker30131616
Tau Ceramica1713209
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Fenerbahce Ulker30435975
Tau Ceramica17305059
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WHITE, JAMES 23:30 11 3/3 1/3 2/2   2 2 2   1     1 3 14
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 31:38 28 3/5 5/6 7/7   4 4 4 4 5     2 4 34
7 ONAN, OMER 15:09   0/2 0/3                   1   -6
8 BASAK, RASIM 25:50 9 0/1 3/6     3 3 1 2 1     2 3 11
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 11:07 4 1/2   2/2 1 2 3   1 2 1   4 1 3
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 8:39     0/1         2 1       1   1
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 12:50 4 2/3     1 1 2 1 2 1     2 1 6
15 DEMIREL, HAKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 12:52 2 1/2 0/1 0/1   1 1     1       1  
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 24:51 4 1/3 0/5 2/4 1 5 6   2 2 1 1 2 3 2
24 ASIK, OMER 15:05 4 2/4   0/2   4 4   2 1   1   1 5
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 18:29 9 3/4 1/3   2 3 5 2       1 1   11
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 75 16/29 10/28 13/18 5 25 30 12 15 14 2 3 16 17 82
        55.2% 35.7% 72.2%
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
Tau Ceramica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 21:08 5   1/5 2/2   2 2 2 1 4     1 2 3
6 GARCIA, ANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 26:22 2 0/4 0/1 2/2   2 2 1   4     1 2 -3
9 VIDAL, SERGI 19:52 5 1/3 1/3 0/1   3 3   1 1     2 2 3
10 PLANINIC, ZORAN 21:44 2 1/4 0/2     3 3 4 1       3   2
11 FERNANDEZ, LUCHO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 18:20 9 3/5 1/3   2 1 3   1   1 1 3 1 7
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 4:59     0/1           1            
15 SINGLETON, JAMES 11:52 2 1/3     1 2 3     2 2   1   2
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 31:26 21 9/11   3/4 2 5 7 1 1 1   1 2 5 28
30 MUONEKE, GABE 18:22 7 2/4   3/3   4 4     2     1 2 8
33 MICKEAL, PETE 25:55 6 3/5 0/1   1 3 4 1 1 4     3 2 4
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 59 20/39 3/16 10/12 6 26 32 9 7 19 3 2 17 16 54
        51.3% 18.8% 83.3%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN

Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It was a very important win for us. My team played over the expectations in terms of basketball quality. We played very good defense and managed to keep a great team like Tau Ceramica under 60 points when it averages around 90. That was fantastic. We also took the right decisions in offense. We were sure to control the game rhythm with our defense when we were struggling in offense in the final minutes of the game. We are very proud of this win because our young players now have gained a year of experience. I think we did the right thing by recruiting this young talents. We now have to play a very tough game against Galatasaray Cafe Crown this weekend. We have to think about this game before considering a very good team like Montepaschi Siena. They have better chances to reach the Final Four but we also want to keep our chances alive as long as we can."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Tau Ceramica
"I'm really like Fenerbahce Ulker fans tonight. They created a very strong basketball atmosphere in Abdi Ipekci and the only bad thing in this game was our team. The atmosphere at Abdi Ipekci was one of the best of Europe. There is nothing much to say about the game because Fenerbahce played excellent basketball tonight. Nobody knows what will happen in the Quarterfinal Playoffs, as every team has its chances. We will see what we can do."

Players

WHITE, JAMES
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We had an excellent game in defense. We proved what we are tonight and hope to repeat this performance in the Quarterfinal Playoffs. We are very happy to move into the playoffs but we know that we can take another step forwards and reach the Final Four. We will try our chance in the next round against Montepaschi Siena."
PLANINIC, ZORAN
Tau Ceramica
"It was a hard game to play. There was an incredible environment to play against. I think their outside shooting was the key to this game. They showed all that they can do. They played great but we were not good enough at the same time. We had some important games in Spanish league and then we will see what we can do against Partizan Igokea."
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