2011-12Regular SeasonRound 5
November 16, 2011 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 SINAN ERDEM DOME

Fenerbahce Ulker topped Bennet Cantu in overtime 85-83

In an exciting battle that went down to the wire, Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed its third consecutive win in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group A by edging Bennet Cantu 85-83 in overtime in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Both teams are tied at 3-2 in the upper standing of this group's standings. Omer Onan led the winners with 18 points. Thabo Sefolosha added 14, Oguz Savas had 13, Bojan Bogdanovic and Roko Ukic each got 12 while Gasper Vidmar contributed 10 for Fenerbahce. Gianluca Basile and Nicolas Mazzarino led Cantu with 12 points apiece. Maarten Leunen and Denis Marconato had 11 apiece for the guests. Marconato and Leunen shined early to give Cantu a 17-19 lead after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Leunen allowed the guests to keep a 32-35 margin at the break. James Gist and Onan fueled a 10-0 run that helped Fenerbahce to get a 56-52 lead at the end of the third quarter. Sefolosha took over in the fourth quarter for a 65-56 Fenerbahce lead but Cantu rallied in the final 4 minutes and a corner three-pointer by Nicolas Mazzarino sent the game to overtime, 73-73. A three-pointer by Manuchar Markoishvili got the guests within 82-80 with 12 points but Ukic sent 3-of-4 free throws in crunch time to make Fenerbahce put the victory on ice.

Both teams struggled to score in the early going until Sefolosha made free throws. Cantu could not find the way to the basket and picked up three early fouls but a put-back basket by Marconato tied it at 2-2. Ukic and a very active Marconato traded layups but Sefolosha quickly put Fener back ahead, 6-4. Leunen took over with a dunk and an off-balance three-point play by Marconato gave Cantu its first lead, 6-9. Savas sank a close shot but a long jumper by Leunen and a free throw by Vladimir Micov made the guests get a five-point lead, 8-13. Mazzarino hit a running jumper that Onan bettered with a triple for an 11 -15 score. Giorgi Shermadini hit free throws and matched Vidmar's put-back jump hook with an easy dunk. Fenerbahce adjusted its defense and free throws by Bogdanovic and Onan brought the hosts within 17-19 after 10 minutes.

Andrea Cinciarini buried a mid-range jumper early in the second quarter but a big dunk by Vidmar kept Fenerbahce within 19-21. David Lighty banked in a close shot but Bogdanovic improved that with a three-point play for a 22-23 score. Cantu called timeout but a driving layup by Onan put the hosts back ahead, 24-23. Cantu managed to regroup and play more intense at both ends, preventing Fener to run its offense through point forward Emir Preldzic. Markoishvili beat the shot clock with a six-meter jumper but a layup by Vidmar made Fenerbahce regain the lead, 26-25. Bogdanovic scored in transition but Lighty split free throws and added a wild driving layup to tie it at 28-28. Ukic scored again that Marko Scekic erased that with foul shots. Kaya Peker hit a fallaway jumper but Basile hit foul shorts and Leunen struck from downtown to put Cantu back ahead, 32-35, at halftime.

Preldzic took over with a huge basket in penetration immediately after the break but Markoishvili answered from downtown for a 34-38 Cantu lead. Vidmar shined with a big move in the low post but Marconato took revenge with his trademark baseline jumper and free throws by Micov made it a six-point game, 36-42. Ukic sank a second-chance jumper and added free throws to get Fenerbahce as close as 40-42. Cantu could not find good options in offense and Fenerbahce found a go-to guy in James Gist, who followed a put-back dunk with a high-flying alleyoop layup to make the guests call timeout at 44-42. Omar scored in penetration that capped a 10-0 run, as Basile buried a seven-meter bomb for a 46-45 Cantu deficit. Bogdanovic made foul shots that Lighty erased with a driving basket. Mazzarino buried a three-pointer and a baseline jumper by Shermadini restored a 49-52 Cantu edge. Savas scored down low off a Fenerbahce timeout and Curtis Jerrells tied it again, 52-52. Foul shots by Bogdanovic and Savas fixed the score at 56-52 after 30 minutes.

Mazzarino made foul shots early in the fourth quarter but Fenerbahce had raised its intensity at both ends. Savas fought hard in the paint for a layup but Lighty matched that with free throws. Sefolosha sank a mid-range jumper and soon added a three-point play that sent the crowd to their feet at 63-56. Cantu kept struggling score against the hosts' outstanding defense and Onan took over with a big basket in transition that broke the game open, 65-56, forcing the guests to call timeout. Shermadini tried to change things with a power layup and free throws by Leunen and Basile gave Cantu some hope, 65-61, with over 3 minutes to go. Basile insisted with more foul shots but Lighty missed the go-ahead shot from downtown. Sefolosha stepped up with a critical jumper but Micov bettered that with a layup-plus-foul for a 67-66 score with under 2 minutes to go. Onan drove to the basket for a critical three-point play and Savas matched Micov's free throws with a layup. A reverse put-back layup by Leunen brought Cantu within 72-70 with 22 seconds to go. Bogdanovic split free throws and a corner three-pointer by Mazzarino tied it, 73-73, with 10 seconds left. Fenerbahce had the chance to win the game in regulation but Ukic missed a floating shot at the buzzer.

Onan and Mazzarino traded free throws early in the extra period and Savas made just 1-of-2 attempts for a 76-75 score. Cantu picked up a 24-second violation and Marconato missed a mid-range shot and a wild tip-in by Sefolosha - and the free throw that came with it - came Fener a four-point lead, 79-75. Marconato made free throws to make it a two-point game, 79-77, with 1:34 left. Savas shined with a left-handed layup in the low post and free throws by Ukic seemed to seal the outcome, 83-77, with 19 seconds left. Markoishvili buried a running triple, however, but Ukic drew a foul and made more free throws to allow all Fenerbahce fans to celebrate a critical, exciting win, as Basile's three-pointer beyond midcourt was too little, too late for the guests.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), REITER, MORITZ (GER)
Attendance: 8355
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Bennet Cantu1916172110
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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
4 UKIC, ROKO 29:19 12 3/12   6/8 1 4 5 2         2 5 11
5 JERRELLS, CURTIS 16:24 1 0/2   1/4   1 1   1       1 2 -1
7 ONAN, OMER 35:04 18 5/9 1/3 5/5   2 2 1 2 1     4 4 16
10 ATSUR, ENGIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 23:35 10 5/7     2 4 6   2 1     2 3 16
14 PEKER, KAYA 7:09   0/1       1 1           2   -2
15 GIST, JAMES 15:39 3 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 1 2     1     3 2  
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 21:16 13 5/13   3/4 4 1 5 1     1 1 3 4 11
23 DEMIREL, HAKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 SEFOLOSHA, THABO 28:37 14 5/7 0/2 4/4 1 6 7   2 1   1 5 3 15
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 25:12 12 2/5 0/1 8/9   1 1     1     1 6 12
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 22:45 2 1/4 0/1   1 3 4 2 1 1     2 2 4
Team           4 2 6           1   5
Totals 225:00 85 27/62 1/8 28/36 14 26 40 6 8 6 1 2 26 31 87
        43.5% 12.5% 77.8%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
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
Bennet Cantu
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LIGHTY, DAVID 20:59 9 3/6 0/3 3/4 1 3 4 2 1 1     2 3 9
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 27:01 8 1/4 0/2 6/7 2 4 6 3   3     3 5 10
7 SCEKIC, MARKO 10:13 2 0/1   2/2       2   1     2 2 2
8 ORTNER, BENJAMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 16:00 8 1/4 2/5   2 1 3 3 1 1     3 2 7
10 LEUNEN, MAARTEN 30:36 11 2/3 2/4 1/2 2 4 6 1 1 2     5 2 10
11 MARCONATO, DENIS 23:29 11 4/9   3/3 1 3 4 1     2   4 2 11
12 MAZZARINO, NICOLAS 18:12 12 1/1 2/4 4/5 1   1           4 2 8
19 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 21:13 8 3/6   2/2 1 5 6     1   1 4 3 8
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 32:04 2 1/3     2 2 4 2 1 2     2   3
21 BOLZONELLA, FEDERICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 BASILE, GIANLUCA 25:13 12 0/1 2/10 6/6 1 3 4 2   2     2 4 9
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 225:00 83 16/38 8/28 27/31 16 27 43 16 4 15 2 1 31 25 80
        42.1% 28.6% 87.1%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Fenerbahce Ulker
“I want to congratulate our team and also our fans. We didn’t play our best basketball, but if you compare Turk Telekom in the Turkish League over the weekend and this game, I can say that we played better. We won our third game. The team played better with its heart. I told my players that we were not good in three-point shooting and we needed to play defense better. How much harder you play in such games, the better results you get. I want to thank to fans, they supported us in such a hard time from the side of our team. I think we play better with just one big guy and four small guys on the court. In future games, we will try to inject our big guys to play much more effective inside.”
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Bennet Cantu
“Tonight we played a solid game. We played close to our rival. Thabo Sefolosha's three-point game in the last quarter was vital. Omer Onan was great as well. We played tough and we competed against one of the biggest team in Europe. We improved ourselves, we could compete such big teams like Fenerbahce Ulker. To defend a player like Sefolosha was very hard from our side. We tried to win with individual effort, but failed. Compared to our previous away game, we were better. Tonight was a beginning for us. I congratulate Fenerbahce a lot.”

Players

ONAN, OMER
Fenerbahce Ulker
“Tonight, late in the game we played our best. There is pressure on the team, which I cannot understand. Our self-confidence is low somehow. Today we played aggressive and pushed the game more than ever. As long as we play to pressure on our rival, like we did today, we will be successful. Like last year, we needed to keep the opponents between 65-70 points, but not anymore. It's unfortunate to let the game go to overtime. But we are having a tough times and in such days, victories will fresh our self-confidence and also get us into the upper levels of the Euroleague. Finally, I want to thank our supporters. Their assistance was really important on bad days. We played terrible in the Turk Telekom game, but after that, they came to Sinan Erdem and supported us. They need to be congratulated. If we can adapt our pressure, we will get better.”
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