2009-10Regular SeasonRound 3
November 04, 2009 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Oguz savas - Fenerbahce UlkerAfter following its young big men most of the night, Fenerbahce Ulker turned to backcourt veterans to seal its second win of the new Euroleague season, 67-62 over visiting Cibona Zagreb on Wednesday. Fenerbahce now stands 2-1 in the middle of Group A, while Cibona's record dropped heavily to 0-3. Fenerbahce needed a 16-0 explosion in the second quarter just to get back into a game that swung back and forth until Omer Onan put the hosts ahead for good late in the third quarter and Damir Mrsic made sure of it down the stretch. Big man Oguz Savas ruled the inside to the tune of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks for Fenerbahce. Onan scored 6 of his 11 points in a row to execute the last lead change, while Mrsic had 9 points on 3 triples that came when the hosts needed them most. Lynn Greer added 9 points for the winners, while Omer Asik had 8 and 3 blocks. Cibona fought back several times thanks to 15 points from Jamont Gordon, 14 from Antonio Graves and 10 each from Marin Rozic and teenage big man Leon Radosevic. Their efforts couldn't overcome disadvantages of 40-27 in rebounds and 6-1 in blocked shots, however.

Savas got Fenerbahce off on the right foot with an offensive rebound for a three-point play to open the scoring. Graves matched him with one shot, from downtown, and soon gave Cibona its first lead, 5-7, by feeding Radosevic for a dunk. Radosevic dunked again on an assist from Jamont Gordon, who then drove the lane to put the guests up 7-11. Onan broke the slide for the hosts, but Tomas scored the next 3 points to make it 9-14. Although Savas got to the line for Fenerbahce, Rozic and Gordon sliced through the hosts' defense as Cibona cruised to the end of the first quarter in control at 11-18.

Another layup by Gordon stretched Cibona's lead to 11-20 to open the second quartrer, not giving a clue what was about to come. Mrsic's triple sparked a reaction from the Fenerbahce bench that continues with Asik dunking and Gordan Giricek burying a three-pointer, too. The next basket, by Asik, put Fenerbahce in the lead again, while its defense kept harassing Cibona into one miss after another. Giricek came back with a basket to which Savas and Tarence Kinsey added free throws and Asik another layup to cap a 16-0 run with the scoreboard showing a sudden 27-20 lead for Fenerbahce. Graves and Rozic broke the spell for Cibona, but when Giricek canned another triple, the Fenerbahce lead was 32-24 - a 17-point swing from earlier in the quarter. Cibona realized there were 2 minutes left in the half, however. So after Graves beat the shot-clock from long range and Vedran Vukusic joined him with his own strike from downtown, Graves finished the half with a shorter jumper good for an 8-0 run and a 32-32 tie on the scoreboard.

Antonio Graves - CibonaRozic scored inside to complete the Cibona comeback at 32-34 to open the second half. Fenerbahce responded by finding Asik open for a dunk and Savas for a hook to lead again. Graves was able to tie it up again with a driving layup, but Onan blasted an open triple to keep Fenerbahce a step ahead at 39-36. Again, the hosts could not hold the edge, however. Rozic made a pair of free throws and Vukusic lined up another big triple as Cibona took a new lead, 39-41. After a timeout, Fenerbahce swung the scoreboard again as the veteran Onan took matters into his own hands. His three-point basket-plus-free throw got the lead back, then his big triple assisted by Asik after an offensive rebound made it 45-41. Kinsey hit a layup and Semih Erden a tip-in as the hosts reached the 30-minute mark holding a 49-43 advantage.

Cibona failed to take advantage of an intentional foul called early in the fourth quarter, getting just a free throw out of that possession. The visitors tried a zone defense to stop Fenerbahce's inside scoring, but a patient Erden found Savas for another layup. Gordon answered with a three-point shot from high then a steal out of the zone let Marko Tomas make a nice feed to Radosevic that trimmed the difference to a single basket, 51-49. That's when Mrsic stepped up again for the hosts, burying a triple while falling down that lifted Fenerbahce's spirits and its lead, to 54-49. An offensive rebound and put-back by Savas with just under 5 minutes left put Cibona's back to the wall again, 56-49. After a delay of several minutes due to a scoreboard problem, Cibona came back to Radosevic for a quick score and locked into its zone to get Fenerbahce's 15th turnover of the night. That zone left Greer alone, however, and he drilled a big shot from the arc at 59-51, after which Cibona's eighth turnover cost a lot more. After another timeout, Mrsic set up in the corner and buried his third three-point shot in as many tries to make it 62-51. Gordan and Rozic got 5 points back for Cibona, but time ran out on the guests as Fenerbahce's game-long resilience paid off with another Group B victory.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO)
Attendance: 1000
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Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ONAN, OMER 20:32 11 1/2 2/6 3/3   2 2     1     3 4 8
8 BASAK, RASIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 23:44 2 1/5     2 4 6 1 1 1 1   2 3 7
10 GIRICEK, GORDAN 18:42 8 1/3 2/2     1 1     2     2 1 4
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 18:15 9   3/4     3 3 1   2     3   7
14 GREER, LYNN 18:26 9 1/2 1/4 4/4 1 1 2 2 1 2       2 10
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 33:07 14 5/6 0/2 4/5 2 8 10     3 2   1 6 24
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 29:29 6 2/5 0/1 2/4 1 2 3 3 1 3   1 2 3 4
24 ASIK, OMER 19:55 8 4/8   0/1 2 3 5 2   1 3     1 13
33 CETIN, SERHAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 17:50   0/1 0/4   2 1 3 5         3 1 1
Team           1 4 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 67 15/32 8/23 13/17 11 29 40 14 3 16 6 1 16 21 82
        46.9% 34.8% 76.5%
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
Cibona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GORDON, JAMONT 31:21 15 5/8 1/1 2/3 2 3 5 6 3 2   1 2 5 25
7 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 8:20 2 1/3 0/2         1 1       1 2 1
9 TROHA, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 35:50 10 5/8     1 5 6   1     2 1 1 12
11 VUKUSIC, VEDRAN 25:08 8 1/1 2/6     2 2     1     3   2
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 12:27   0/2 0/2   3   3     1   1 3   -6
15 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 5:11     0/1                   1   -2
19 PRINC, VEDRAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ROZIC, MARIN 22:26 10 3/6 0/1 4/4   2 2   2     1 5 3 7
22 GRAVES, ANTONIO 25:37 14 4/7 2/5     3 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 13
33 TOMAS, MARKO 33:40 3 1/4 0/4 1/2   3 3 1   2     4 4 -3
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 62 20/39 5/22 7/9 9 18 27 11 8 8 1 6 21 16 52
        51.3% 22.7% 77.8%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR

Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We didn't play good enough but I'm happy for the win. We hope to play better in our next games. Now we will play very tough games against Efes Pilsen in the Turkish League and then against Montepaschi Siena in the Euroleague. Cibona was always in the game, ready to win. They beat Partizan and Hemofarm in the last two games on the road in the Adriatic League. They were dangerous all game. We fell down at the end of the first half and at the end of the game and missed the chance to win the game with a bigger difference like 10 or 15 points. We got to 11 points, but missed four straight chances then. This was an important and key win for us to remain in the top four places in the group. I must compliment of the great captain of our team, Damir Mrsic. He showed great heart, which is a good example for the young guys. He is not ready yet, but performed very well in defense and also scored 9 points, which was the key for the win. I'm also happy about the performances of Oguz Savas, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Omer Onan, who fought on defense and made key points in the game, and Emir Preldzic, who played despite being sick and made 5 assists to help the team for good organization."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Cibona
"I congratulate Fenerbahce Ulker for their win, which is very important for them. Especially in the first half, we played a great defensive game with out zone defense, but our offense was not good enough to dominate the game. The rebounds were equal in the first half, but Fener changed the balance and dominated the rebounds and that was the key. We couldn't balance the game in the paint. This was a very important game for both sides and they did the things needed to win it."

Players

MRSIC, DAMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
"I'm really very happy to come back in action with a very important win for us. I tried to do my best on the court as I always do, but after missing one month without any games, it is not easy to perform as usual. I felt comfortable after hitting my first shot and that helped my motivation, to do the things as good as I can. We knew that this game is one of the key matches in our group for the next stage. And I'm really very happy for my team that we won this very important game."
GRAVES, ANTONIO
Cibona
"It was a very important and tough game for both teams. We tried to do everything we could to win the game, but failed at the end. They had big guys dominating the inside game. It was a pity for us to lose our big guy Dalibor Bagaric due to injury. But there was no one to blame for the loss. We fought, but it was not enough."
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