2015-16Regular SeasonRound 4
November 06, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 KOMBANK ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
68.3 Points 73.7
36.3 Rebounds 35.3
14.7 O. Rebounds 12.3
21.7 D. Rebounds 23.0
14.0 Assists 15.0
8.0 Steals 5.7
3.7 Blocks 2.7
17.0 Turnovers 12.7
40.9 % 2PT 43.2 %
30.8 % 3PT 37.1 %
64.3 % FT 84.6 %
59.0 Index 80.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.0 / Zirbes Points 11.3 / Datome
9.0 / Zirbes Rebounds 7.0 / Vesely
4.3 / Zirbes OR 3.7 / Vesely
5.0 / Mitrovic DR 3.3 / Vesely
5.7 / Jovic Assists 3.3 / Sloukas
1.3 / Guduric Steals 1.3 / Vesely
2.0 / Mitrovic Blocks 1.5 / Udoh
3.3 / Jovic Turnovers 3.0 / Sloukas
100.0 % / Simanic 2PT 66.7 % / Hersek
100.0 % / Mitrovic 3PT 54.5 % / Bogdanovic
100.0 % / Simanic FT 100.0 % / Kalinic
17.7 / Zirbes Index 13.3 / Vesely


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-2 Regular Season 2-1
1-2 Overall 2-1


Crew Chief

The Take

Struggling Crvena Zvezda will look to get back on track in front of its fans when it hosts Fenerbahce. Zvezda comes off back-to-back blowout losses and has also see a roster shakeup with Quincy Miller and Vladimir Stimac arriving to help center Maik Zirbes, who has been the bright spot so far for Coach Dejan Radnonjic. Fenerbahce shares first place in Group A after beating defending champion Real Madrid last week, but is still seeking its first road win. The visitors will turn to Jan Vesely, Pero Antic and Ekpe Udoh to control things inside, while small forwards Gigi Datome and Nikola Kalinic aid them. Zvezda will look to Branko Lazic and Ryan Thompson to help out against Fenerbahce’s taller perimeter players. Playmaker Stefan Jovic has been a spark off the Zvezda bench, though starters Gal Mekel and Thompson are starting to find chemistry too. Bobby Dixon and Kostas Sloukas ensure Coach Zeljko Obradovic always has a savvy playmaker to choose from, while Bogdan Bogdanovic and is a top-notch scorer, whom Zvezda may not have an answer for. Will the Belgrade faithful be enough to power Zvezda past a 2015 Final Four team?
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Game Notes

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Crvena Zvezda and Fenerbahce last met in the 1989-99 Euroleague, when they split a pair of home games. Zvezda has won three of their previous four meetings.

Maik Zirbes leads the Euroleague through three games with 9 rebounds per game.

Quincy Miller was a teammate of Fenerbahce big man Jan Vesely during the 2013-14 season in the NBA with Denver.

Marko Simonovic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last four Euroleague appearances.

Simonovic and Vladimir Stimac have been teammates of Fenerbahce players Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Kalinic on the Serbian national team in recent years. All four were on the Serbia roster that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Istanbul.

Simonovic, Bogdanovic and Kalinic helped Serbia to the semifinals of EuroBasket 2015 over the summer.

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Gigi Datome has made 33 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Bogdan Bogdanovic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.

Nikola Kalinic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Kalinic spent last season with Crvena Zvezda and was a teammate of much of its current roster. He helped the team with the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles.

Kalinic was a teammate of Crvena Zvezda forward Stefan Jovic not only last season with Crvena Zvezda, but also in 2013-14 with Radnicki Kragujevac.

Pero Antic spent two season as a Crvena Zvezda player between 2005 and 2007. He helped the team with the 2006 Serbia & Montenegro Cup and reach the 2007 Eurocup quarterfinals.

Jan Vesely spent three years in Belgrade playing for Crvena Zvezda’s archrival, Partizan Belgrade.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Next opponent is Fenerbahce, who made many changes in their roster after last season. But this season, with new players, they will be even better. Their coach Zeljko Obradovic has so much experience, trophies and sucess. They come to Belgrade after a loss in the national league, but with their experienced and good team, they will be even more dangerous and motivated to leave Belgrade with a positive result. We have so many problems with injuries, so we need time to be at our highest level. But we need support from our fans, and full Kombank Arena, to try to beat one of the best european teams."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Like in every Euroleague game, this one is very important in a group that, until now, is very tough for everybody. So we will play tough and we must think about how they played against Strasbourg in the first round. If we think about their other games it will be wrong. So this game is very important for both teams, and we must find the way to play with concentration for 40 minutes, and understand that one more time it will be very difficult, because Crvena Zvezda fans push hard from the stands and help them."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We need to maintain our focus and lock in on defense and stay together as its a tough place to play."

Fenerbahce chalks up road win at Zvezda

Fenerbahce Istanbul picked up a big road win in Group A, never trailing en route to a comfortable 60-74 win over Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade at the Kombank Arena in the Serbia capital. This is not only the first road win of the Euroleague season for Fenerbahce, but also a first road win for any team in regular season Group A. Fenerbahce improved to 3-1, while Zvezda dropped its third straight and is now 1-3. The visitors got off to a strong start with a 0-13 run to pull away. Vladimir Stimac strung together 9 points to get Zvezda within 21-25 in the second quarter, but never closer than that. Pero Antic nailed a pair of threes before halftime to help Fenerbahce open 31-45 lead at the break, and the visitors never looked back in the second half. The margin grew to 19 points twice in the third and fourth quarters, as Antic paced the visitors with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Ekpe Udoh contributed with 12 points, while Jan Vesely and Bobby Dixon each finished with 11 in victory. Stimac led Zvezda with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Ryan Thompson and Maik Zirbes each had 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Fenerbahce starts strong, Stimac rallies Zvezda

Vesely made a shot from close range to get things started, and Zirbes scored a layup to open Zvezda's account, but had to briefly leave the game right after with a cut above his eye. Kostas Sloukas drove for a layup, before Vesely made a three-point play, and Udoh finished a fast break with a dunk, 2-9. After a timeout, the visitors had two more breakaways, as Melih Mahmutoglu banked in a runner and Sloukas scored an easy layup, making it 2-13 only three and a half minutes into the game. Udoh knocked down a mid-range jumper, before Thompson snapped a 0-13 run with a three-pointer. Sloukas drove for a layup, before Stimac scored inside for Zvezda and then added a pair of free throws. He then finished his personal 7-0 run with a put-back-plus foul, cutting the deficit to 12-17. Antic hit a baseline jumper just inside the arc, but Stimac hustled and kept firing up the crowd. Vesely made another close range basket, and Antic’s reverse layup gave Fenerbahce a 16-23 lead. In the final minute of the quarter, Kalinic hit a pair of foul shots, before Thompson buried his second three-pointer for Zvezda, making it 19-25 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Antic and Dixon build visitors’ margin

Marko Tejic assisted Zirbes for an easy layup to open the quarter, and after Luigi Datome answered with a put-back, Marko Simonovic scored a fastbreak layup that made it 23-28. The scoring slowed down a bit, as Bogdan Bogdanovic banked in a runner, ending the visitors’ two-minute scoring drought. Tejic drove the baseline for a bucket, but Antic bettered it with a triple. Zirbes scored a layup inside, but Dixon also scored from long range for Fenerbahce, prompting a Zvezda timeout at 27-36. Jovic drove for a layup, but Antic nailed another triple, and with free throws from Datome the lead grew to 29-43 late in the quarter. In the final minute, Dixon drove for a layup, and Thompson made foul shots to make it 31-45 at halftime.

Third quarter: Fenerbahce in control

Datome opened the quarter with a short turnaround jumper, extending the lead to 16 points, before Thompson and Dixon traded driving layups. Udoh and Gal Mekel traded jumpers. Udoh added a layup to the tally, making it 36-53. Zirbes scored a layup, but Fenerbahce remained in control, not allowing another point for the next three minutes. Udoh made free throws, and after Simonovic hit a baseline jumper for the hosts, Antic nailed a wide-open triple, helping make it 42-59.

Fourth quarter: Zvezda cuts the gap as Fenerbahce cruises

Berk Ugurlu had a layup and Quincy Miller hit a jumper, both scoring their first points of the game. But Omer Yurtseven scored twice inside for Fenerbahce, opening up a 46-65 margin. Miller drove for a big dunk midway through the quarter, and Stimac scored from close range to cut it to 51-65. After Sloukas drove through a crowd for a layup, Stimac from the foul line and Marko Guduric with a driving layup-plus foul helped cut it to 57-68 with two minutes remaining. Before the game’s end, Vesely had a monster slam dunk and Nikola Rebic hit a triple for the hosts. Dixon rounded out the scoring with a layup as Fenerbahce finished the job.

Protect Humanity - Crverna Zvezda Telekom Belgrade vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Friday, November 6, 2015
Attendance: 16203
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade19121118
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade19314260
Fenerbahce Istanbul25455974
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 8:35 3 0/1 1/3     1 1 1             2
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 20:22 10 1/3 2/3 2/2 2   2     2   1 2 2 6
7 MEKEL, GAL 14:30 2 1/3 0/1   1 1 2 2   1   1 1 2 2
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 22:03 2   0/1 2/2   2 2 4 1 2     1 1 6
12 SIMANIC, BORISA 2:57                              
15 TEJIC, MARKO 8:33 2 1/2     1 1 2 1         2   2
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 20:30 4 2/2 0/2   1 1 2   1 1     2 2 4
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 20:14 6 1/4 0/2 4/5   1 1 1 1 1     1 6 7
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 20:55 4 1/4 0/3 2/2   1 1 4 1       1 2 5
30 MILLER, QUINCY 21:21 4 2/3 0/3     2 2     3 1   3   -3
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 18:14 10 4/5   2/4 1 3 4 1 1   1   5 3 12
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 21:46 13 4/6   5/7 3 4 7     3   1 4 4 12
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 60 17/33 3/18 17/22 9 19 28 14 5 14 2 3 22 22 56
        51.5% 16.7% 77.3%
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 Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HERSEK, BARIS 2:37           1 1               1
8 UDOH, EKPE 21:52 12 4/7   4/4 3 1 4 2 1 1 1   1 4 19
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 17:09 2 1/2 0/2   1 1 2 2 1       1 1 4
12 ANTIC, PERO 24:10 14 2/5 3/5 1/3 3 4 7     2   1 2 6 15
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 20:28 2 1/5 0/1     2 2           3   -4
14 YURTSEVEN, OMER 5:39 4 2/3                     2   1
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 18:07 8 4/4 0/1     1 1 3 1 1     3 2 10
23 UGURLU, BERK 7:24 2 1/3           1   1     2 1 -1
24 VESELY, JAN 25:33 11 4/9   3/5 1 3 4 2 1     1 1 4 13
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 22:29 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 2     2   1 1 7
35 DIXON, BOBBY 17:01 11 3/6 1/5 2/2 1 2 3 2 1 2     3 1 6
70 DATOME, LUIGI 17:31 6 2/2 0/1 2/2 2 3 5 1 1 4     3 2 7
Team           5 1 6               6
Totals 200:00 74 24/48 4/16 14/18 17 22 39 15 6 11 3 2 22 22 84
        50% 25% 77.8%

Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to Fenerbahce for a win. We were real bad in the first quarter and the lack of concentration killed us. Fener took advantage of that by building a huge lead. In the second quarter we tried to do something, but the guests dominated both in rebounding and shooting. Fenerbahce is a quality and experienced team and I think the final score is better than Crvena Zvezda deserved because Fenerbahce is a much better team."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"My first impression was the excellent atmosphere. Before the game I tried to explain to my players that atmosphere in Belgrade has to motivate and inspire them. In the first half we played pretty well, punishing each Crvena Zvezda defensive mistake. In the second half we simply did our job and I am not satisfied with that. Some people called that group like the group of death and the curiosity is that this is the first road win in the group so far."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"It is shame how we opened the game. We made so many cheap mistakes in defense and we lacked the strength to get back in the game."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Congratulations to Crvena Zvezda for a fair game. You know it is so hard to play against a team you like, but I am proud and with a help from the best coach in Europe we won."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"The win is huge. We were coming off a loss from Galatasaray [in the Turkish League]. We had three good practices coming into tonight. We knew we had to bring it because Zvezda plays really good at home. It was a really good game for us, but we've got to learn. In the fourth quarter we started slowing down and allowed the game to get closer."
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