2017-18Regular SeasonRound 8
November 17, 2017 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

Melli's buzzer-beating tip lifts champs to OT win in Moscow

Nicolo Melli’s tip-in as time expired in overtime lifted Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul to a dramatic 93-95 decision over CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital on Friday. In an exciting game between the last two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champions that had just about everything, Fenerbahce raised its record to 5-3, while CSKA dropped to 6-2. It marked the third time in their last four meetings that these two sides went into overtime, and the second time in a row that Fenerbahce beat CSKA on the road after an extra session, this time, snapping CSKA’s 14-game home winning streak in the process. Led by Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce opened an 18-point lead in the second quarter, but CSKA used an 11-0 run to rally before halftime and lead after it. Fenerbahce regained a 75-82 lead in penultimate minute of the regulation, but Sergio Rodriguez's four-point play with 15 seconds left ultimately led to overtime, where another tie was broken on a miraculous tip-in by Melli as the buzzer sounded. Vesely scored a career-high 31 points for the winners. Wanamaker added 13 points and 9 assists while Melli finished with 11 points, all in the fourth quarter and overtime. Kostas Sloukas and Luigi Datome had 10 points each, while Jason Thompson pulled down 12 rebounds. Rodriguez had 20 points to pace CSKA. De Colo scored 18, while Cory Higgins and Kyle Hines scored 17 apiece in defeat.

Higgins hit a pair of triples in the first 3 minutes for CSKA, opening and 8-5 lead, but Vesely started dominating from close range early on. Thompson joined in, sinking couple of mid-range jumpers, then dishing it for Vesely's layup at 12-17. Marko Guduric also fed Vesely inside, who scored 10 of the first 19 Fenerbahce points. Another jumper from Thompson, a three-point play by Vesely, and James Nunnally's corner three-pointer made it 16-27 after 10 minutes. Vesely had 13 points in the first quarter, then had 2 huge dunks early in the second, helping the visitors open a 21-39 lead. However, Hines answered with a huge dunk over Vesely, igniting the hosts. Rodriguez fed Will Clyburn on a fastbreak, followed by Rodriguez hitting a three-pointer to make it 30-39. A driving layup from Higgins capped an 11-0 run, and after Sloukas and Rodriguez traded triples, a fastbreak by Clyburn cut the difference to 41-46 after a wild first half.

To open the third quarter, Hines had a steal and a breakaway dunk that kept CSKA's momentum alive. Higgins drove to the rim and De Colo nailed a three-pointer to give the hosts 49-48 lead. Datome answered with a three-pointer, but Hines and Clyburn scored from close range to give CSKA 54-51 lead. Vesely had another dunk and a jumper to stop the bleeding, and despite a triple by Clyburn, a three-pointer from Sloukas put Fenerbahce in front 59-61. However, De Colo nailed a tough jumper that gave CSKA 63-61 going into the final 10 minutes, and Rodriguez hit from downtown to open a 66-61 advantage early in the fourth. Fenerbahce countered with consecutive triples from Melli and Marko Guduric, and a reverse layup by Melli made it 69-71, forcing a CSKA timeout. Rodriguez, De Colo and Othello Hunter each had baskets that put CSKA back ahead, but Fenerbahce locked down on defense, not allowing another basket for more than 3 minutes. Meanwhile, Datome got the roll on a three-pointer and Melli connected on a baseline jumper that extended the margin. Vesely’s alley-oop dunk made it 75-82 with less than 2 minutes left, but Hines snapped CSKA's scoring drought just in time, before Rodriguez drove for a reverse layup entering in the final minute of regulation. The hosts made another defensive stand before Rodriguez hit a corner three and a free throw - a four-point play - to put CSKA in front 83-82 with 15.7 seconds to go. Wanamaker split free throws on the other end, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra session, Fenerbahce took control thanks to Vesely and his 3 offensive rebounds leading to a pair of put-backs. With Wanamaker's jumper in between, the visitors opened a 86-91 lead. But Rodriguez scored 5 points to get CSKA within a single possession, and De Colo's driving layup made it 93-93. Fenerbahce had 16 seconds for the final possession, but when Wanamaker missed a triple, Melli tipped the ball up an in with 0.4 seconds showing to lift Fenerbahce to a memorable win.

Nikolo Melli celebrates - Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul - EB17
Friday, November 17, 2017
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 11213 (Tentative)
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CSKA Moscow1625222010
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul2719152212
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CSKA Moscow1641638393
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul2746618395
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 36:07 18 5/8 2/2 2/2 1 1 2 6 2 3   1 2 6 25
7 FRIDZON, VITALY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 6:13 3   1/2     1 1 1   1 1   1   3
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 29:20 20 3/4 4/8 2/3   2 2 4 1 1     3 4 21
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 2:23 2 1/1 0/1                   3   -2
21 CLYBURN, WILL 32:03 10 3/5 1/1 1/3 1 5 6 2   4     4 2 8
22 HIGGINS, CORY 31:23 17 4/6 2/5 3/4   2 2 1   2     3 4 13
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 9:01 2 1/1 0/1             2         -1
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 33:30   0/4 0/2   2 2 4 2 1 1 3 2 2   -1
42 HINES, KYLE 30:21 17 5/8   7/8 3 1 4 3 3   2   4 6 27
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 14:39 4 2/3     1 1 2 1 1   1   2   6
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 225:00 93 24/40 10/22 15/20 10 16 26 20 8 15 7 3 24 22 101
        60% 45.5% 75%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
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 Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 THOMPSON, JASON 27:51 7 3/7   1/2 6 6 12 2     2   2 3 19
4 MELLI, NICOLO 28:04 11 3/8 1/1 2/2 5   5 1   2   3 2 4 9
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 1:09                              
11 WANAMAKER, BRAD 37:31 13 3/11 0/4 7/8 1 2 3 9   4 1 1 4 5 9
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 30:41 10 1/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 2 9 3 2   1 2 2 16
18 ARNA, EGEHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 19:22 6 0/1 2/2     2 2         1 4 2 4
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 21:07 7 2/2 1/2     1 1 5 2 4     3 2 9
24 VESELY, JAN 38:08 31 14/19   3/5 4 1 5 1 2 2   1 4 5 30
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
70 DATOME, LUIGI 21:07 10 2/3 2/2     1 1     1     1 1 9
Team           1 5 6     2         4
Totals 225:00 95 28/55 8/15 15/19 18 19 37 27 7 17 3 7 22 24 109
        50.9% 53.3% 78.9%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
“Congratulations to Fenerbahce on the win. When it comes to overtime, in such a fight, the outcome could have been different. They opened the game very well, which is something we allowed. They had easy and comfortable movement of the ball, and they scored 27 points without us being there to compete, which is something we have to analyze some more. After 15 minutes, we actually tried to shrink the floor with full-court defense. With pressing we managed to get fastbreaks, make plays, and came to the halftime with an active chance, and then got the game where we wanted with a lead of 5 points. And in this game, obviously, a five-point lead was nothing for either team. Both teams showed heart and spirit and fought a lot. It hurt us they had plus 11 in rebounds. We tried to prepare for that. On rebounding you need a lot of things, but we had to risk something else to come back to the game and take the lead. We had a lot of switches, and sometime we were exposed on the rebounds, but at least we contained their creation. If we continued the same way, Wanamaker and Sloukas would have had 20 assists each. The game came down to a jumper and a tip, an amazing tip by Melli, and they took the win. This is a lesson that the season is long. We showed stability and showed some progress for sure. I congratulate my players on their fight after the 15th minute, but I told them we cannot give so many gifts, with all the respect to their great team and the great coaching they have. We game them too much, too much of respect, too much of the floor, too much space to operate. And this built their confidence. But that is EuroLeague, we have to take it as it is and fight. Also, a big thank you for the fans. It is very important for us to get extra support that the team needs.”
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“It was a very difficult game. We both played Wednesday, we came from Istanbul, they came from Belgrade. In the first 16 minutes we played excellent. They came back because they have great quality, and tactically they are very good. We found a way in the fourth quarter to get the lead, and had a chance to finish the game easy. But this is basketball, incredible things happen. We went into overtime, and finally, my player was there to tip in the ball. A win here must give my team confidence to keep playing like we did in the first half.”

Players

DE COLO, NANDO
CSKA Moscow
"For me it was a tough game. We didn't start like we need to play this kind of game. Maybe we are tired from a lot of games, but we need to be more focused on the beginning and not start with minus-18. After that we showed character and this is good, but we need to start better. We played much better in the second half, but we gave up some offensive rebounds, and this made the difference. In the last minutes we missed two offensive rebounds they scored from, and we knew from the beginning that this would be the key. This made the difference."
WANAMAKER, BRAD
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“It was a tough team win. We got off to a good start, but we put ourselves in some trouble. But we stayed together and we fought. It was two good teams competing. We went on a run, they went on a run. Things happen in games. But you keep composure, like we did tonight, and you come out with a win.”
MELLI, NICOLO
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
"We had a very tough game. We are very happy that we won, of course. I think we put ourselves in trouble. We started very well, but we let them come back. We know they are a very good team, one of the best. We ended up winning even though we complicated things again at the end of regulation and in the overtime. But now we are leaving Moscow with a win, so we are happy even though we have to improve. I think honestly we deserved the last shot. It's not personal but it's something that as a team we deserved. I'm happy that I scored it, but for the team, not for me."
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