2015-16PlayoffsGame 1
April 12, 2016 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.7 Points 84.5
34.2 Rebounds 35.9
10.1 O. Rebounds 11.6
24.0 D. Rebounds 24.3
16.4 Assists 19.9
5.3 Steals 6.2
4.2 Blocks 3.3
12.1 Turnovers 11.7
52.0 % 2PT 54.4 %
38.2 % 3PT 35.5 %
74.5 % FT 76.2 %
88.0 Index 96.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.4 / Datome Points 13.5 / Llull
7.0 / Vesely Rebounds 7.9 / Ayon
2.7 / Vesely OR 3.0 / Ayon
4.4 / Vesely DR 4.9 / Ayon
3.7 / Dixon Assists 6.7 / Rodriguez
1.1 / Bogdanovic Steals 2.0 / Ayon
2.1 / Udoh Blocks 1.4 / Ayon
1.8 / Sloukas Turnovers 2.1 / Rodriguez
65.0 % / Ugurlu 2PT 66.7 % / Hernangomez
66.7 % / Vesely 3PT 44.0 % / Reyes
88.5 % / Dixon FT 100.0 % / Thompkins
15.6 / Vesely Index 19.1 / Ayon


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
11-3 Top 16 7-7
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
19-5 Overall 12-12


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

This is a rematch of last season's semifinal. Madrid finished the Top 16 with the second-best offense (83.8 points per game) and Fenerbahce with the third-best defense (73.7). Fenerbahce showed great hustle while leading the Top 16 in blocks (4.79) and ranking sixth in defensive rebounds (24.3), hitting 39.2% of its three-point shots and limiting its opponents to low shooting percentages (50.6% 2FG, 32.9% 3FG). It will be interesting to see how Fenerbahce's defense develops against Madrid, which had the best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.82) in the Top 16. Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull take good care of the ball for the defending champs, but neither will have it easy against aggressive Fenerbahce playmakers Ricky Hickman and Bobby Dixon. Madrid must find a way to limit Fenerbahce's clutch master, Bogdan Bogdanovic, but counters with Rudy Fernandez in what will be a stellar matchup all series long. Melih Mahmutoglou, Kostas Sloukas and Nikola Kalinic give Fenerbahce plenty of options at both wings against Fernandez, Jonas Maciulis, Jeffery Taylor and K.C. Rivers. Fenerbahce is still without injured star Jan Vesely, so Ekpe Udoh and Luigi Datome will see most of the playing time around the baskets. Datome will seek to use his quickness and ballhandling against Madrid veterans Felipe Reyes and Andres Nocioni. Udoh faces a tough matchup against center Gustavo Ayon. Pero Antic is set to play a key role for Fenerbahce due to his size, experience and deep shooting range. Playoffs newcomers Augusto Lima and Willy Hernangomez will be needed to bring intensity and hustle off Madrid's bench. Expect nothing but the start of a great series!
Monday, April 11, 2016

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Fenerbahce is undefeated at home in the Euroleague this season. The team has won its last 19 Euroleague home games going back to January 2015.

Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic has used 11 different starters and 15 players overall in Euroleague games so far this season. No player has started in every game.

Zeljko Obradovic coached Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso at Madrid for two seasons during the mid-1990s. They won the 1997 Saporta Cup together.

Ekpe Udoh leads the league in blocked shots with 2.1 per game; Udoh has blocked at least 1 shot in 10 straight and 20 of his last 21 Euroleague games.

Ekpe Udoh was a teammate of Real Madrid's Gustavo Ayon during the 2012-13 NBA season with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Pero Antic was a teammate of Real Madrid's Gustavo Ayon during the 2013-14 NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Pero Antic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 11 Euroleague appearances.

Ricky Hickman enters the playoffs needing 42 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his Euroleague career.

Injured big man Jan Vesely needs 5 points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce 96-87 in May at the semifinals of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Madrid en route to winning the title. Gustavo Ayon led six Madrid scorers in double figures that night with 18 points. Sergio Llull tallied 12 points and dished 9 assists.

Sergio Llull has made at least 1 three-pointer in 19 straight Euroleague games.

Llull needs 8 more three-pointers to reach the milestone of 300 in his Euroleague career.

Llull is 40 points away from becoming the 20th player in Euroleague history with 2,000 career points.

Felipe Reyes enters the playoffs needing 19 points to catch Nikola Vujcic (2,444 points) for seventh place on the Euroleague’s career scoring charts.

Sergio Rodriguez has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.

Rodriguez is 5 assists behind Zalgiris Kaunas coach Sarunas Jaseikevicius (755 assists) for sixth place on the Euroleague’s career charts.

Trey Thompkins has made 33 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Rudy Fernandez needs 5 more steals to move into the Euroleague’s career top 20. He enters the playoffs in 22nd place with 179 career steals. Mike Batise (184) is 20th with Nikola Vujcic (181) standing between them.

Andres Nocioni needs 4 more steals to reach 100 for his Euroleague career.

Gustavo Ayon has a performance index rating in double figures in eight straight and 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We fought all season to be in this position and to have the home court advantage in the series. We play against the defending champs. We have big respect for them but we must understand that we play at home and that the energy of our fans and their help will be the key for us to win the opening game."
Real Madrid
"We're about to play the first game of a playoff series that will be tough, because Fenerbahce has probably been the most solid team in the league so far. They have not lost at home, they have athletic, versatile players inside that can dribble and play outside. On top of that, Fener has a great coach in Zeljko Obradovic. We know how difficult this series will be regardless of the number of games that are played in the end. We must focus only on the opening game. It's the only important thing right now."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Very excited to start. We are 0-0 and it was a great journey to this point. We have home court advantage against the defending champs. I think it will be a great series with good games for the fans. Can't wait to start the playoffs!"
Real Madrid
"Fenerbahce has had a great run in the competition so far. They have the home court advantage in the series and talented players, but we are Real Madrid, the defending champion, and we'll fight until the end. We know it won't be easy to be in the Final Four again, but we have our options. We have to play focused in this opening game because in a series like this, Game 1 can be very important. We will also have to work hard in defense and rebounds, that way I think we can minimize many of the weapons that Fener has. Bogdanovic and Datome are playing at a high level right now and Antic can hurt us inside. In any case, they have a deep roster and we will have to pay attention to everyone, because every player in Fenerbahce has loads of quality. Coach Obradovic has a lot of experience in games like this one. He is a superb coach and I am sure he has some tricks up his sleeve for the series. We will also try to prepare the games well to try to make use of our strengths and defeat them. We are feeling fine, we are confident and we can't wait to start playing. We are aware of the difficulties ahead, but the goal is the Final Four in Berlin, and we'll fight for it."

Sloukas, Bogdanovic lift Fenerbahce in series opener

Kostas Sloukas scored 10 fourth-quarter points and Bogdan Bogdanovic nailed a key three-pointer in the penultimate minute to lead Fenerbahce Istanbul to a 75-69 victory over reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Real Madrid on Tuesday at Ulker Arena. The best-of-five series resumes Thursday in Istanbul before heading to the Spanish capital for Game 3 –and, if necessary, Game 4 – next week. The hosts led for most of the night, however Rudy Fernandez helped fuel a Madrid comeback from 14 down to lead 51-52 after 4 straight points from Andres Nocioni late in the third quarter. Fenerbahce answered with 6 straight points and never trailed again, though it needed late free throws by Ricky Hickman and Bogdanovic to ice the win. Bogdanovic and Sloukas finished with 17 points each to pace the winners; Bogdanovic also dished 5 assists. Ekpe Udoh shined inside with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Felipe Reyes led Madrid with 13 points, Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull added 12 points apiece and Fernandez 10.

First quarter: Bogdanovic rescues hosts after slow start

Madrid won the opening tip and Llull drew a foul and split free throws to open the scoring. Bobby Dixon got Fenerbahce started with a floater. Strong defense and poor shooting characterized the first few minutes; Fernandez’s layup three-and-half minutes into the game only made it 2-3. After a Reyes free throw, Bogdanovic evened things at 4-4 midway through the quarter. Llull came away with a steal and darted downcourt for a layup, but a deep three-pointer by Bogdanovic gave the hosts a slim lead. Reyes turned the tide with a put-back. Gustavo Ayon frustrated the hosts with a chase down block of Dixon, but soon a Bogdanovic steal and layup and a triple by Dixon had Fenerbahce up 12-8. Bogdanovic added a free throw, however Jaycee Carroll came off the bench and buried a three on his first touch. Udoh took control of the paint with a rejection of Nocioni, which triggered a Fenerbahce fast break that Sloukas finished with a layup for a 15-11 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Udoh takes Fenerbahce lead into double figures

After triple from Dixon and another block by Udoh, the arena was rocking. The difference was 10 after a Sloukas triple, which prompted a Madrid timeout. Sergio Rodriguez looked to revive the visitors with a three-pointer. Nikola Kalinic drve for a layup before Carroll and Luigi Datome traded threes. Llull split free throws to get his team within 8. Llull added a jumper in the lane before Datome ran the pick-and-roll with Udoh and the latter finished with a slam. After free throws by Llull, Udoh unleashed another impressive slam to make it 30-22 midway through the quarter. After the TV timeout, Bogdanovic set up Udoh for a layup via the pick-and-roll. Sloukas’s jumper in the paint put the hosts up 12 and Hickman’s steal led to 2 free throws. Reyes scored 4 straight points for Madrid, but Bogdanovic kept Fenerbahce in charge with a pair of free throws. Jonas Maciulis split free throws for the visitors and later drove for a layup. But Bogdanovic’s drive for an impressive three-point play left Fenerbahce with a 41-29 halftime advantage.

Third quarter: Madrid storms back to take the lead

Both teams shot blocks in the first few minutes of the second half. Reyes netted a pair of free throws before Fernandez sparked the visitors with a three-pointer. After a timeout, Pero Antic nailed a triple for the hosts. After a layup by Reyes, Bogdanovic found Udoh for an alley-oop that restored a double-digit lead. Llull used a crossover to get himself an uncontested layup and make it 46-38 midway through the quarter. Ayon battled for an offensive rebound and Jeffry Taylor took advantage with a three to bring Madrid within 5. Datome’ long jumper was matched by Reyes’s bucket inside. Fernandez took charge with a three to make it a 2-point game. And after Antic nailed another three, Fernandez sank a floater. Nocioni added free throws and then gave his team its first lead, 51-52, since the opening minutes with a baby hook. Kalinic’s put-back gave the hosts a 53-52 advantage.

Fourth quarter: Visitors go cold as Sloukas heats up

Sloukas’s basket inside and Udoh’s monster put-back slam gave Fenerbahce some breathing room. Rodriguez’s three-pointer quickly cut into the deficit. Then Sloukas stepped up with a pair of jumpers to make it 61-55. Rodriguez penetrated for a three-point play, but Sloukas shined with a drive at the other end. Kalinic added free throws for a 65-58 lead. Madrid went cold at the worst possible time by missing 5 straight shots, while Datome free throws further increased the difference. Ayon ended a three-minute Madrid drought with free throws and Llull drove for a layup that made it 67-62 with 2:20 remaining. Sloukas sank free throws and Ayon matched him with a layup. A Bogdanovic triple with less than 90 seconds to play was a dagger in Madrid’s hopes. Ayon made free throws, but after a Bogdanovic turnover, both Carroll and Fernandez each missed threes. Rodriguez made it a 3-point game with 11 seconds left, but Hickman made free throws to help ice the game.

Bogdan Bogdanovic - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Attendance: 12826
By Quarter1234
Fenerbahce Istanbul15261222
Real Madrid11182317
End of Quarter1234
Fenerbahce Istanbul15415375
Real Madrid11295269
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 19:10 4 0/1   4/4   1 1   1 1       3 7
5 HERSEK, BARIS 0:12                         1   -1
8 UDOH, EKPE 33:37 10 5/10     2 5 7   1 4 2     2 13
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 ANTIC, PERO 20:45 6 0/1 2/5     6 6   1 1     3 3 8
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 32:19 17 3/6 2/4 5/7   4 4 5 1 2     4 5 19
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 20:33 17 6/7 1/1 2/2   1 1           4 2 15
18 ARNA, EGEHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 21:14 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 3 4 7 1   1     3 3 10
35 DIXON, BOBBY 23:02 8 1/4 2/5     1 1 3 1 1   1 2 4 7
70 DATOME, LUIGI 29:08 7 1/3 1/4 2/4   2 2 1   3     3 4 1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 75 18/36 8/20 15/19 6 27 33 10 5 13 2 1 20 26 83
        50% 40% 78.9%
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 RIVERS, K.C. 3:38     0/1     1 1           1   -1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 24:10 10 2/3 2/10   1 1 2     1     2    
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 14:20 4 1/2 0/1 2/2   1 1         1 2 1 1
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 11:43 3 1/1 0/1 1/2   1 1 1         1 1 3
9 REYES, FELIPE 25:22 13 4/6 0/1 5/6 1 5 6   1 3     4 5 14
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 19:54 12 1/4 3/5 1/1 1 2 3   1 3   1 2 2 7
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 24:49 6 1/1   4/4 3 5 8 2 1 3 1   4 2 13
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 10:48 6 0/2 2/4   2   2 2   2     3   1
22 LIMA, AUGUSTO CESAR 6:30                   1     2 1 -2
23 LLULL, SERGIO 34:11 12 4/5 0/7 4/6   3 3 5 2 1     3 8 16
41 HERNANGOMEZ, WILLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 24:35 3 0/1 1/4   2 2 4           2   1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 69 14/25 8/34 17/21 11 24 35 10 5 14 1 2 26 20 57
        56% 23.5% 81%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We started the playoffs and it is really easy to understand by the atmosphere here. It was really amazing how the people tried to help the team and I want to thank them. In the playoffs the most important thing is the result. It’s now 1-0 and this is it. We forget everything that happened tonight and we get ourselves ready for Game 2 on Thursday. We showed how we must play in the first half. Even though we spoke about it at halftime that the game is not over and we must be ready, our third quarter was really very bad and we must make conclusions from this and understand what it is like to play against the defending champion of the Euroleague. "

"Most important is that it is 1-0. We must forget everything now. Thanks to the people. I think it will be the same atmosphere here on Thursday, too."

Real Madrid
"Congratulations to Fenerbahce for victory. We started the game pretty good, we were holding their offense, we played solid. We missed some open jumpers in the beginning. Second quarter was kind of the key of the game. We made stupid turnovers, they were able to run, and they controlled the rhythm of the game in the second quarter. And they got that 12-point advantage. For me this was the key to the game because they are a smart team, they have a lot of experience. Good thing is we saw that we are not here just to enjoy the playoffs. We were ready to play. It was a great basketball game. It is 1-0, and that is it. We know that if we want to win series and go to the Final Four we need to win one game here. We have to stop thinking about this game, recover, and start thinking about the next one. We needed to play our best, all of us. We are not happy with the difference of our assists and turnovers. It means we have to move the ball better and not turn it over. That is important for offense. On defense, there are people who did good job defensively, controlling the great players Fenerbahce has. But we have to improve both on offense and defense if we want to beat Fenerbahce."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"It's a great start, but we have to put our heads down now. We have in two days a very crucial game to make 2-0. We have to be concentrated. It will be for sure a different game. We made a lot of mistakes. We need to improve and to play the defense that we played today. In the beginning of the game, we were underdogs, because of missing Vesely. We need to take advantage of this, but we need to also go everybody to rebound. Excellent job from everybody: we need to continue. Excellent crowd, unbelievable today. I think next game will be just as difficult as today."
Real Madrid
"A difficult game. It's tough to play here. I think we are happy about the second half. We tried to be better on defense and be aggressive. This is the time when we recovered in the score. We have to keep working. It is a long series, and it is going to be tough. But if we play like in the second half we have a chance to win. I don’t think we forced three-point shots too much. We are shooters, we try to play at the three-point line. We take shots. This is how we play the whole season."
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