2006-07Regular SeasonRound 4
November 16, 2006 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Mirsad Turkcan - Fenerbahce Ulker Fenerbahce Ulker made super sure of its first Group C victory when it rolled past visiting Zalgiris 84-75 on Thursday in Istanbul after leading by double digits most of the night. The result left both teams tied for sixth place in the group with 1-3 records. Fenerbahce blitzed Zalgiris from the very start, racing to a 13-2 lead before winning the first quarter 27-10. The lead ballooned to a high of 24 points before Zalgiris started a slow climb back that only dipped into single digits with a late 0-9 rally on which time ran out at the finish. Mirsad Turkcan paced the winners with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Damir Mrsic followed with 13 points, Ibrahim Kutluay with 12 and Kaspars Kambala with 10. For Zalgiris, Jonas Maciulis and Tanoka Beard put up 16 points each and Marko Popovic 11. Beard also pulled 13 rebounds.

Fenerbahce rolled in front early as Will Solomon, Mrsic and Kambala scored for a 6-0 lead. Turkcan joined them with his first baskets as the score reached 13-2. Zalgiris only had free throws to show until Penney made the team's first basket midway through the quarter, although Jonas Masiulis soon added a three-pointer to make it 16-8. A comeback seemed likely, but didn't happen as Fenerbahce kept finding points, whether at the line with Solomon or inside with Turkcan, whose basket-plus-free throw made it 23-10. Turkcan added yet another basket while Oguz Savas finished the quarter with his second jumper and Fenerbahce in command, 27-10.

Tanoka Beard - Zalgiris KaunasTurkcan kept going into the second quarter with a three-pointer that boosted the lead to 20 points, 30-10. Fenerbahce soon completed its 14-0 run bridging the first two quarters with Savas downing a hook to make it 34-10. Hanno Mottola tried to revive Zalgiris with 5 quick points including a three-pointer at 36-15, but the visitors still had defensive troubles. Even so, Beard scored 6 straight points between 17th and 19th minutes to cut the difference to 15 points, 44-29, but Mrsic buried a last three-pointer to cap a spectacular half with Fenerbahce holding an 18-point margin, 47-29.

Maciulis, with a pair of three-pointers early in the second half, teamed with Beard to try to keep Zalgiris coming back. The visitors were able to cut the difference to half of what it had been - all the way to 12 points, 53-41 - before Kutluay detonated a triple to stop Fenerbahce's slide. His four-point play soon made it 62-45. Beard came back with free throws and Paulius Jankunas his own shot from downtown to pull Zalgiris within 71-57, but a fine assist from Solomon to Turkcan for an easy layup ended the third quarter with Fenerbahce still way up, 73-57.

Savas kept Fenerbahce's offense going to start the final quarter and the home team's defense did the rest, holding Zalgiris scoreless for nearly 3 minutes until Maciulis dropped a layup. Kutluay took charge then of carrying the hosts, firing in a triple that made it 78-60 and then a jumper before Maciulis hit his own three-pointer. Less than 4 mintues remained and Fenerbahce led 80-66, but Zalgiris was far from finished. Beard and Maciulis dunked back-to-back before Penney rifled in a triple and Popovic drove for a layup. That 0-9 burst made it a seven-point game, 82-75, with under 2 minutes left. But time ran out on the rally as Solomon finally answered with free throws for Fenerbahce, which gave its fans their first-ever Euroleague triumph, 84-75.
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), SABETTA, ENRICO (ITA)
Attendance: 6500
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Fenerbahce Ulker27202611
Zalgiris10192818
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Fenerbahce Ulker27477384
Zalgiris10295775
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DEMIREL, HAKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 36:15 8 2/8 0/1 4/5   4 4 5 1 2     4 4 8
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 31:15 22 8/10 1/1 3/3 3 7 10   2       2 4 34
7 ONAN, OMER 16:30   0/1 0/1     2 2 1         2   -1
8 BASAK, RASIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 3:30                   1         -1
10 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 35:15 18 1/2 4/9 4/5   1 1 4 1 1     2 7 21
11 SAVAS, OGUZ 21:30 11 5/8   1/1   3 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 12
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 32:00 15 3/3 3/5   1 4 5     3     4 1 12
13 CLARK, IRA 8:45     0/1   1 1 2     1     2   -2
14 GULAY, ZEKI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 KAMBALA, KASPARS 15:00 10 4/6   2/4         2 2 1 1 4 4 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 84 23/38 8/18 14/18 5 22 27 11 7 11 2 2 22 22 89
        60.5% 44.4% 77.8%
Head coach: ORS, AYDIN
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 16:00   0/1 0/1           1       1 2  
5 MACHADO, MARCELINHO 18:00 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 5   2     2   2
6 BEARD, TANOKA 31:15 18 6/11 0/2 6/8 4 9 13   2 1 1   2 4 26
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 26:15 16 2/4 4/8   2 6 8 2   2 1   4 4 19
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 8:45     0/1         3 1       2 1 2
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 32:15 12 3/6 1/2 3/5 6 2 8 3 2       4 4 19
14 SILINSKIS, DARIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 PENNEY, KIRK 19:45 7 2/3 1/3 0/2 1   1 1         2 1 3
24 POPOVIC, MARKO 33:45 13 1/4 2/7 5/6       3   2   1   6 10
25 MOTTOLA, HANNO 14:00 7 2/6 1/1   1 3 4     3   1 5   -2
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 75 17/37 9/26 14/21 15 21 36 17 6 11 2 2 22 22 79
        45.9% 34.6% 66.7%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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Head Coaches

ORS, AYDIN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We knew that we beat a very dangerous and good team tonight. We knew that the defense was our opponent's weakest side. We were planning to take advantage of it. So the key of the game for us was our defense. First of all, I have to congratulate my players that we had excellent performance for most of the game. The defense we made in the first 15 minutes of the game bring the victory to us. But the problem for us in the last few minutes of the game was defense, too. When we look at those five minutes from the end, we cannot be satisfied. You should win much easier if you lead a game by 18 points five minutes before the end. There's a lesson at the end of the game and it is that the win is not safe if you trust this difference. Anyway, I'm happy about the result."
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Zalgiris
"First of all, I'd like to congratulate Fenerbahce Ulker for their deserved win. Tonight there were two different Zalgiris teams on the court. There was ba ig difference between the performance of my team on the first quarter, second quarter and the third quarter. We can only be successful if we play aggressive and this is our main rule for the games. Tonight we played so slow, especially in the first half. My players seemed like they forgot Mirsad Turkcan. In the third quarter, when we played better than the first half, we made the same mistake for Ibrahim Kutluay. In the final period, in the last five minutes, we realised that we were losing and tried to come back. But when you are 18 points down, it's nearly impossible to do it."

Players

TURKCAN, MIRSAD
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We had a very bad start and got unexpected losses one after another against Aris, Pau-Orthez and Benetton. It was very important for us to survive in the league. We needed to win it and managed to do it with the huge support of our fans. I think the victory was easier than we expected. Now we will have two matches away and it will be a hard period for us. But to do something in this league, we need to keep on winning."
PENNEY, KIRK
Zalgiris
"We had such an awful start. We came out and they jumped on us. We had such a first half which they just fired on us. We tried to get back in the game in the second half, but they kept the lead in the hand with easy open shots. They played well, they shot well and in the last couple of minutes we made a run but it was too late. They had talented players and they did good job tonight."
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