2014-15PlayoffsGame 1
April 14, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Vesely rallies Fenerbahce Ulker past champs for its first playoff win

Fenerbahce Ulker trailed for the first 29 minutes before taking control for good to beat reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 80-72 at Ulker Sports Arena for the club’s first-ever Euroleague playoff victory. The Turkish champs will look to keep up the momentum when they host Game of the best-of-five playoffs series on Thursday. The game featured a 20-point swing in 11 minutes between the third and fourth quarters; Alex Tyus put Maccabi up 46-56 with four minutes to go in the third quarter. Luka Zoric scored 6 straight points to trigger an 11-0 run and Andrew Goudelock gave Fenerbahce its first lead, 59-58, late in the quarter. Kenan Sipahi opened the fourth quarter with a three as Fener started to pull away. Jeremy Pargo had Maccabi within 5 with five minutes remaining, but Jan Vesely scored 8 points on the final four minutes – 6 of which came on put-back layups or dunks – to pave the hosts’ way to the win. Vesely finished with a career-high 23 points, while Nemanja Bjelica added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Zoric scored 10 for the winners. Pargo scored 19 first-quarter points and finished with 25, which was 1 short of Maccabi’s record in the playoffs, which he shares with two other players. Yogev Ohayon added 12 points, Alex Tyus tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds and Devin Smith scored 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Pargo orchestrates Maccabi charge

After nearly two scoreless minutes, Maccabi struck first as Brian Randle went coast to coast with a steal for slam dunk. Pargo joined him with a transition layup and Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored in close, too, for a sudden 0-6 advantage that prompted Zeljko Obradovic to call a timeout. Fenerbahce missed its sixth straight shot before getting another scare, as Nikos Zisis crumpled to the floor, but got up and continued playing. Ohayon drove for a reverse layup at 0-8 when finally Zisis did the same to get Fenerbahce on the scoreboard after almost four minutes. Maccabi responded with a three-pointer, the game's first, by Smith, meaning that all five of the visiting starters had now scored. The hosts got their first triple from a wide-open Bjelica at 5-11. Zisis scored on a goal-tended reverse, before Smith lobbed to Pargo for a layup. Vesely turned a layup into a three-point play at the foul line. Ohayon responded with a triple, and when Bogdan Bogdanovic hit free throws, Pargo answered with a stop-and-pop jumper to preserve the lead at 12-18. Bjelica tipped in a miss, but within seconds, Randle was scoring alone at the other end. And when Vesely rammed down an alley-oop dunk, Pargo matched it with a lane jumper that took Maccabi to a 16-22 first-quarter finish.

Second quarter: Pargo keeps Maccabi a step ahead

The tit-for-tat in Maccabi's favor continued into the second quarter. Vesely's dunk on a nice feed from Bjelica was met with a triple from Ohayon, found open by Pargo. Then Bjelica scored in close, but Pargo did the same to make it 20-27. Bjelica scored on another goal-tended shot for Fenerbahce before Smith scored on a finger roll. Melih Mahmutoglu entered for Fenerbahce and buried a triple, energizing the crowd. But sure enough, Pargo hit the same shot. Finally, Fenerbahce's efforts drew the hosts closer when Zisis popped a jumper and Bjelica's steal sent Vesely ahead for yet another dunk at 29-32. After a Maccabi timeout, Tyus put back a miss. Zoric copied him at the other end to make it 31-34. An unstoppable Pargo now finished an alley-oop with a double-pump one-hander. He was back seconds later at the free throw line, making both for a 31-38 Maccabi advantage. Goudelock, on a fastbreak, got Fenerbahce's third goal-tended basket, and Pargo just took those 2 points back with more free throws. Bjelica beat the shot-clock from way downtown, only to see Pargo lob to Tyus for a one-handed dunk. Appropriately, the half finished with a highlight on a pick-and-roll dunk from Bogdanovic to Vesely to get Fenerbahce within 38-42 and end the half on a high note.

Third quarter: Zoric leads Fenerbahce rally

Bjelica's free throw opened the second-half scoring before Ohayon drilled a corner triple. When Tyus hit 1 of 2 free throws, Maccabi's lead was back to 7 points. Vesely banked a shot inside before Pargo fed Randle for a slam. Bjelica and Vesely did the same at the other end at 43-48. Randle got to the line and made both before Pargo drove for a layup to match. When Tyus made a third-chance layup, Maccabi had the game's biggest lead, 42-53, and Fenerbahce needed a timeout. Bogdanovic calmed the hosts by hitting an open triple, his first field goal. Pargo's reverse attempt was corrected by Tyus with a tip-in dunk that Emir Preldzic answered with a triple at 49-56. Zoric narrowed the difference further with free throws, but Tyus equaled that with another tip-in. Preldzic fed Zoric for a dunk, and then Zoric tipped in a miss to make it 55-58. Zoric was perfect again at the free throw line, giving him 8 consecutive points, and cutting the difference to a single point. When Predlzic stole and fed Goudelock for a one-hander, Fenerbahce had its first lead of the night, capping a 13-2 run to put the hosts in front 59-58 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Vesely rules the finish

Fenerbahce's run continued on the first shot of the quarter, a three-pointer from Sipahi to make it 62-58. A long minute passed before MarQuez Haynes blasted his own triple for Maccabi, but Sipahi cut backdoor for a layup at 64-61. Fenerbahce's defense held strong until Goudelock could up the difference with a reverse layup. After a Maccabi timeout, Pargo hit a bank shot. Oguz Savas added 2 free throws to make it 68-63 with less than five minutes left. Vesely came off the bench to make a put-back as Maccabi struggled to get a clean shot off, then Goudelock waltzed in for a bank shot to make it 72-63 and force a Maccabi timeout. A lone free throw by Ohayon was met with Preldzic's second-chance jumper at 74-64. Pargo hit a couple free throws, but Vesely went to the glass and saw his shot goaltended, too. Smith answered with a triple, but Vesely was a monster again as he blasted down a follow-up dunk. Smith answered with a layup and Randle got a free throw, but in the final minute, Fenerbahce found Vesely again for a layup plus foul that put the finishing touch on a great comeback and Game 1 victory for the hosts.

Jan Vesely - Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - EB14
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA)
Attendance: 13013
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 35:44 8 4/7 0/1     4 4 1 1 4     1 5 10
1 ZISIS, NIKOS 18:44 6 3/6 0/1     1 1 2         2 1 4
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 29:14 13 3/10 2/4 1/2 5 7 12 4 3 1   1 4 2 18
9 ERDEN, SEMIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 10:11 3 0/2 1/3   1 1 2 1             2
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 33:10 5 0/5 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 3   2 1 1   3 4
15 CETIN, SERHAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 9:02 2 0/1   2/2 1 1 2 1   1     3 1 1
22 ZORIC, LUKA 9:28 10 3/5   4/4 3 1 4       1 1 3 3 12
24 VESELY, JAN 21:10 23 11/14   1/2 4 3 7     1     4 4 25
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 7:23 5 1/1 1/2     1 1   1 1     1   4
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 25:54 5 1/1 1/4   1 1 2 5 5       1 3 16
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 80 26/52 6/19 10/12 17 22 39 17 10 11 2 3 19 22 96
        50% 31.6% 83.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PARGO, JEREMY 37:04 25 8/12 1/5 6/7   1 1 8   5   1 3 6 22
5 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 9:12 3 0/1 1/2     2 2 1         1 1 4
6 SMITH, DEVIN 31:23 10 2/2 2/6     4 4 1   2 1   4 2 8
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 28:05 9 3/6   3/4 1 1 2 2 3       4 2 10
8 LINHART, NATE 18:34   0/2           1     1 1 2   -3
9 TYUS, ALEX 29:33 11 5/8   1/2 5 6 11 1   3 1   1 1 17
11 COHEN, JAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 33:44 12 1/3 3/4 1/2 1 5 6   1 2     3 3 13
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 10:27 2 1/3   0/2   1 1     2     3 4 -2
23 ALEXANDER, JOE 1:58                         1   -1
40 FORTE, JOSEPH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 72 20/37 7/17 11/17 7 22 29 14 4 14 3 2 22 19 70
        54.1% 41.2% 64.7%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"The game developed the way I expected. It was a tough game. Pargo played like a leader and he was a big problem for us. We played much better in the second half. We had more patience on offense. I’m happy that we won, but it’s only 1-0 and we must be very focused in the second game because Maccabi played excellent. I want to thank our fans who gave us a lot of energy and I hope they will do that again on Thursday. "
GOODES, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"The game is 40 minutes and not 25. In the critical moments, we fell apart. And that happened against their second unit with Zoric and Preldzic, who did some nice things. We committed a couple of critical turnovers and they took the lead after that. Fenerbahce also used a short roatation. I put in Linhart and MarQuez for a few minutes, but when Pargo and Ohayon are good, you don’t need to pull them. There’s no doubt that this is a long series and we’ll need to use everyone in the coming games. "

Players

VESELY, JAN
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a tough game in the playoffs. No second is easy; you have to play hard every single second. We didn’t do that in the beginning, but after that we jumped on it and we got the game. I try to play hard every game and to play good defense. But today I was getting all the baskets from my teammates. "
OHAYON, YOGEV
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Unfortunately we came to the end of the game and the shots that went in in the first three quarters did not work in the fourth. We did not execute as well and we didn’t take advantage of their foul trouble. There is no doubt that we missed an opportunity, but we hope the series will go five games. We’ll come different for the next game and we’ll play good for four quarters."