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

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
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA), PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE)
Attendance: 16203
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade19121118
Fenerbahce Istanbul25201415
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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%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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 MUHAMMED, ALI 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 coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
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."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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."

Players

GUDURIC, MARKO
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."
ANTIC, PERO
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."
UDOH, EKPE
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."