2013-14Regular SeasonRound 1
October 17, 2013 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 KIEV PALACE OF SPORTS

Team Stats

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0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

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0 OR 0
0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
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Crew Chief

The Take

Budivelnik Kiev will become the first Ukrainian team to play in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague when it hosts Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Group A. The game marks the return of Zeljko Obradovic, the winningest head coach in European competitions history, who is back now with Fenerbahce. Obradovic brought in three new frontcourt players - Nemanja Bjelica, Luka Zoric and former All-Euroleague forward Linas Kleiza – and is expected to give playing time to up-and-coming talents Melih Mahmutoglu and Kenan Sipahi. Budivelnik needs to dominate the paint to improve its chances to win and relies on experienced big men Darjus Lavrinovic and Michail Anisimov to do so. Budivelnik's main concern, however, will be slowing lightning-quick playmaker Bo McCalebb, who teams up with scoring machine Bojan Bogdanovic to form an explosive backcourt duo. Janis Strelnieks and Ricky Minard must be ready to work against McCalebb, while Bogdanovic will test his scoring skills against shooting specialist Blake Ahearn. Budivelnik is really deep at small forward, with DaJuan Summers and Artur Drozdov offering versatility, size and explosiveness. Their matchups against Bjelica, Zoric and Emir Preldzic will be critical for the outcome of this game. Expect an exciting game in the Ukrainian capital.
Monday, October 14, 2013

Game Notes

Budivelnik Kiev

Budivelnik big man Darjus Lavrinovic played for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul during the 2010-11 season.

Budivelnik has only played against one Turkish team in the past. Budivelnik split home wins with Banvit in the 2012-13 Eurocup.

Leonid Yailo played the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds with Budivelnik in 1994 and 1995 but did not advance. He will make his Euroleague debut at age 40 and is the oldest player in the competition this season.

Ricky Minard has made at least 1 steal in 11 straight Euroleague games.

Minard has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

Fenerbahce Ulker has lost 11 straight Euroleague road games.

Eight-time Euroleague champion Zeljko Obradovic returns to the competition with Fenerbahce Ulker after a one-year absence.

 Fenerbahce has not played an official game against a Ukrainian team since the 2005-06 Eurocup season. Fenerbahce faced Kyiv twice and went 1-1.

 Emir Preldzic earned regular season Game 1 MVP honors last season. He amassed a performance index of 31 in a win against Khimki Moscow Region.

Linas Kleiza has scored in double digits in 21 of his 22 Euroleague career games.

Bo McCalebb has collected at least one steal in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

McCalebb had double digits in index ranking in his last 13 Euroleague games.

McCalebb has made his last 23 free throws in Euroleague action.

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double digits in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games. He has reached a double-digit index ranking in each of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Bogdanovic has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague appearances.

Bogdanovic needs 2 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Budivelnik Kiev
"We are waiting for this game with great excitement! Of course, this is a great challenge for all of us - for teh сlub, for the coaching staff, and of course, first of all for our players. We are ready to show what we are capable of. Our team have players who have something to prove. As I have said before, I wouldn't think too much about Fenerbahce, or about the any other teams. In our team everyone totally knows the level of the opponents which will confront us in this group. I am preparing my players for a fight, encourage them not to think about the names of the opponents, to concentrate only their actions, play first of all our own basketball. We can beat everyone, it is a sport! As always, we'll fight for the win, especially because we are starting the tournament at home, in front of our fans!"
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It's a very important game. It's going to be their first time playing the Euroleague. Their motivation will be high. So we really need to be ready for this game and play a good game."


Budivelnik Kiev
"We held good preparation, we are relaxed and calm, but at the same time we are focused on this match. Fenerbahce is a very good team, and generally speaking, we are really exited to be playing in Euroleague. Our victory against them in the Rixos Cup is not important, because its was just preseason and we both were missing good players, so the game in Euroleague will be much different. We will show our best, and the key for us is just playing our game."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"They are a good team and they play really good. When we go there we must give our maximum and try to win. Its the first game of the Euroleague. We will be prepared."

Fenerbahce Ulker dominates fourth quarter to spoil Budivelnik's debut

In the first ever Turkish Airlines Euroleague game in Ukraine, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul used a huge fourth quarter to rally past host Budivelnik Kiev 84-102 on Thursday at the Palace of Sports in the Ukrainian capital. The hosts led for most of the first three quarters, but Gasper Vidmar scored 6 points for Fenerbahce in 0-12 run early in the fourth quarter as the visitors went in front 79-85, taking the lead for good. Fenerbahce scored 61 points in the second half and outrebounded the hosts in the game 21-36, opening the new Euroleague season with a big victory. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the winners with 21 points, while Emir Preldzic had 14 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Linas Kleiza and Melih Mahmutoglu each netted 12 points and Nemanja Bjelica and Bo McCalebb scored 11 apiece for Fenerbahce. Darjus Lavrinovic led Budivelnik with 21 points, Blake Ahearn scored 16 on 4-for-7 three-point shooting. Janis Strelnieks netted 14, and Dajuan Summers had 12 points in defeat.

First quarter: Bogdanovic and Zoric put Fenerbahce in front early

Fenerbahce opened the game with youngster Kenan Sipahi in the starting lineup, and he assisted Mahmutoglu for a triple from the right corner to start the scoring. Summers scored the first-ever Euroleague points for Budivelnik in style, stealing the ball for a two-handed monster jam. The hosts grabbed their first lead in the competition after Micah Downs hit from downtown and Ahearn scored from close range to make it 7-5. But Bogdanovic scored two short jumpers and nailed a three-pointer to put visitors back up. The game had a good pace to it, as Downs and Lavrinovic scored inside, with the latter making an uncontested dunk for 11-10. After Bo McCalebb's driving layup, Strelnieks scored behind the arc, 14-14, but Zoric scored 4 points to end the quarter and help Fenerbahce grab a 15-18 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Ahearn's shooting sparks Budivelnik

Zoric continued his run from the end of the first quarter, with a baseline dunk and a jump shot, but Ahearn nailed a three-pointer to tie things at 22-22. After a triple from Emir Preldzic, Ahearn scored another three and added a tough layup before Lavrinovic drove for a big slam-dunk and a 33-28 Budivelnik advantage. After a timeout by Fenerbahce head coach Zeljko Obradovic, back-to-back triples from Bjelica and Mahmutoglu put the visitors back in the lead and forced a timeout from the hosts. Mahmutoglu hit two more jumpers for Fenerbahce, while Summers nailed a triple and a jumper for the hosts, making it 38-38. After a tip-in from Gasper Vidmar, Strelnieks nailed a three-pointer and Ricky Minard made 2 free throws to end the half, giving Budivelnik a 43-41 edge at halftime.

Third quarter: Lavrinovic steps up and carries the hosts

Ahearn opened the third quarter with a triple, and after Preldzic and Michailis Anisimov traded layups, Bogdanovic made basket-plus-foul and Linas Kleiza scored inside to make it 48-48. Minard and Summers from close range, and Ahearn from long range kept Budivelnik ahead, but a layup from Zoric and another basket-plus-foul from Bogdanovic tied it at 55-55. The hosts went up again, building the biggest lead of the night, with Lavrinovic making an off-balance hook-shot, then making a triple-plus-foul for 64-57. Bogdanovic, Preldzic and Sipahi all scored inside to keep Budivelnik close, but Lavrinovic threw down another dunk, and Summers closed out the quarter with a last-second triple from the right corner for 77-71 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Vidmar, Bogdanovic spark huge game-winning run

Mahmutoglu and Lavrinovic traded baskets to start the fourth quarter, but a fastbreak dunk from Bogdanovic and couple of put-backs from Vidmar tied the game. Fenerbahce went back in front with Vidmar's fastbreak dunk before Preldzic scored free throws and McCalebb's driving layup capped 0-12 spurt, making it 79-85. Lavrinovic snapped the run, but an acrobatic driving layup from McCalebb and a fastbreak layup from Bogdanovic made it 81-90 with less than three minutes to go. The visitors sealed it with Bjelica's shot from way downtown and Kleiza converted a fastbreak with a basket-plus-foul, before Preldzic and Bjelica each hit a triple in the last 40 seconds to increase the final margin to 18 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Attendance: 4200 (Tentative)
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Budivelnik Kiev1528347
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul18233031
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Budivelnik Kiev15437784
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul184171102
Budivelnik Kiev
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 AHEARN, BLAKE 28:40 16 2/4 4/7     1 1 2   1   1 2 3 13
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 26:13 21 7/10 1/1 4/5 1 3 4 1 1 2 1   4 6 24
8 DROZDOV, ARTUR 23:52     0/2   2 1 3 3             4
10 GORBENKO, SERGIY 9:13 2 1/1           1         1   2
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 26:53 14 3/4 2/4 2/2 1   1 5   2     2 2 15
14 ANISIMOV, MICHAILIS 14:10 3 1/4   1/2 1 2 3 2   1     3 3 3
15 LEBEDINTSEV, ANDRIY 0:36                   1         -1
17 TISHCHENKO, OLEKSANDR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ANIKIIENKO, KOSTIANTYN 1:30 2     2/2                   1 3
22 DOWNS, MICAH 19:21 7 1/3 1/2 2/2   2 2 1   1 1   5 2 4
24 MINARD, RICKY 20:38 7 2/6   3/4 2 2 4 5 1       5 4 11
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 28:54 12 3/8 2/5           3 3 1   2 1 4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 84 20/40 10/21 14/17 8 13 21 20 5 11 3 1 24 22 85
        50% 47.6% 82.4%
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 Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCALEBB, BO 25:25 11 3/4 0/1 5/6   4 4 2 1 2 1   3 4 15
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 25:00 11 1/2 3/5     6 6 1 1 2     3   11
9 ERMIS, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 16:15 12 3/5 2/4   1   1   1 2   1 2   5
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 23:43 12 3/5 0/1 6/7 1 3 4 2         2 4 16
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 18:23 9 4/4   1/2 4 2 6   1 3     3 3 12
22 ZORIC, LUKA 12:48 10 4/5   2/4 3 1 4         1 4 4 10
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 15:16 2 1/3           2       1 2   -1
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 33:16 21 7/12 1/2 4/5 1 3 4 1 1 1     2 5 22
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 29:54 14 2/4 2/4 4/4 1 4 5 7 1 1     1 4 25
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 102 28/44 8/17 22/28 12 24 36 15 6 11 1 3 22 24 117
        63.6% 47.1% 78.6%

Head Coaches

Budivelnik Kiev
"We lost this game during only five minutes, it’s very bad. We played good for three quarters of the game but after that, something strange happened. It seemed like we changed ourselves. We lost our discipline on offense and gave up on defense. Unfortunately, we didn’t have players with fresh heads in last five minutes of the game. Anyway, defeats are also a part of our job. We just must learned to play the whole game - not 20, 30 or 35 minutes. It’s a good experience for us."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I want to congratulate my team. We did a good job, because a victory in the first game is always very important. It was very hard game. Budivelnik is very good team, whose players always know what they are supposed to do on the court. Of course, we changed our game in the fourth quarter. We stopped them from making difficult shots. Our opponents also played a good game, aside from the last quarter. I am sure that the Euroleague will have benefit for this team, they are really great for newcomers. I think they have good future, and I want to congratulate them for a good game. I think that the difference in the final score doesn’t show the real difference in the game. I am glad, but we have much to do in the future."
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