2013-14Regular SeasonRound 6
November 22, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Fenerbahce Ulker dances to perfect record and Top 16 berth

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul led from start to finish in beating visiting Budivelnik Kiev 84-68 to remain unbeaten and become the first club to advance to the Top 16 this season. Fenerbahce improved to 6-0 atop of Group A, while Budivelnik remained in a share of fifth place with a 1-5 record. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points in less than 23 minutes to pace the winners, who pulled away late in the second quarter with a 14-0 run for a 52-35 halftime lead. The margin was never in question in the second half. Luka Zoric scored 15 points while Gasper Vidmar collected 12 points plus 8 rebounds in victory. For the visitors, Dainius Salenga made 4 of 5 threes and finished with 16 points. Ricky Minard scored 14, Janis Strelnieks 11, and Dajuan Summers netted 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Hosts dominate inside, get early lead

A couple of easy layups from Vidmar, assisted by Kenan Sipahi, opened the game, before Minard banked a shot to get Budivelnik on the scoreboard, too. Melih Mahmutoglu and Vidmar scored more from inside for the hosts, but Minard sank a jumper and Darjus Lavrinovic hit from long range to make it 8-7. Bogdanovic opened his tally with a driving layup, and after Salenga made a floater, Zoric answered with a layup to continue the hosts' domination in the paint. Minard made a runner to keep Budivelnik within 1 point, but Bogdanovic made a short turnaround jumper, followed by a fastbreak dunk for 16-11, forcing the visitors to call a timeout. Preldzic extended the lead with a fastbreak layup, and after Michailis Anisimov drove to the hoop for the visitors, Bogdanovic banked in a shot, then hit back-to-back long jumpers for 24-17. But Summers and Minard each scored a basket-plus-foul, cutting it to 27-23 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Fener pulls away with a 14-0 run

Zoric opened the second quarter with consecutive layups, after assists from Kleiza and Preldzic. After Minard hit a jumper, Zoric made a pair of mid-range jumpers for 35-25. Budivelnik answered through a baseline jumper from Summers and a corner triple from Salenga. After Bo McCalebb slashed for a layup-plus-foul, Salenga hit another one behind the arc to make it 38-33. However, Fenerbahce replied with a run. A big dunk from Vidmar sparked things, and a triple from Omer Onan extended it to 45-33. Bjelica added a driving layup, Onan hit another three and Bogdanovic capped a 14-0 run with an easy layup, as the hosts took 52-35 into halftime.

Third quarter: Obradovic’s men stay in control

Salenga opened the third quarter with a three-pointer, and Lavrinovic added a layup. Bogdanovic scored from close range for Fenerbahce before Salenga made a layup to make it 54-42. But Onan answered with a driving layup, and after Vidmar made another big two-handed slam, Bogdanovic stole the ball and ran for an easy fastbreak dunk and a 60-42 advantage. After a short timeout, Salenga hit his fourth triple and Summers dunked for the visitors, but Bjelica scored twice from close range to keep Fenerbahce way in front. Anisimov’s put-back cut it to 64-49, but a tip-in from Zoric, and a banked shot from Kleiza extended the hosts’ lead to 19. Budivelnik made an attempt with zone defense, and kept Fenerbahce scoreless for the remainder of the quarter, and a fastbreak layup from Janis Strelnieks made it 68-51 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Fener comfortably closes out the game

Unlike the previous three, the fourth quarter started slowly. In the first three minutes Zoric hit a mid-range shot, and Preldzic made a layup to make it 72-53. Strelnieks hit a jumper on the other end, then added a triple and another jumper, closing within 74-61. The hosts’ offense stalled, as they failed to produce a field goal for more than five minutes. Oleksandr Tishchenko made a layup, and after Vidmer snapped Fener’s drought with a dunk, Summers nailed a corner triple to get within 77-66. But that was as close as the visitors came, as more baskets from Vidmar and Bjelica extended the margin, and Mahmutoglu rounded out the scoring with a triple just before the buzzer.

Luka Zoric - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB13
Friday, November 22, 2013
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), BIJEDIC, HARIS (BIH)
Attendance: 12123 (Tentative)
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul27251616
Budivelnik Kiev23121617
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Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul27526884
Budivelnik Kiev23355168
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCALEBB, BO 17:23 3 1/3 0/1 1/1   1 1 3   1     2 1 2
7 ONAN, OMER 13:02 8 1/2 2/4                   2   3
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 22:05 6 3/4 0/2     6 6 6     1     2 18
9 ERMIS, BARIS 6:58     0/1         1              
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 17:10 5 1/3 1/4     1 1 1 1       4   -1
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 19:22 4 2/4 0/2   1 3 4 1         1   4
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 21:23 12 6/9   0/1 6 4 10     2     1 3 18
22 ZORIC, LUKA 17:06 15 6/7   3/4   2 2       1 1 2 2 15
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 15:39           2 2 5   1     3 1 4
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN 11:12 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 1 1 2       1   2 2 5
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 22:51 20 9/10 0/2 2/2         2 1     1 2 19
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 15:49 6 3/4 0/3   1 4 5 4 1 2     1 1 10
Team           3 4 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 84 34/49 3/20 7/10 12 28 40 21 4 8 3 1 19 14 103
        69.4% 15% 70%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Budivelnik Kiev
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 AHEARN, BLAKE 22:25 2 0/3 0/3 2/2   2 2 3   1     1 2 1
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 15:59 7 1/2 1/3 2/2       2 1   1 1 5 3 5
9 SALENGA, DAINIUS 28:01 16 2/2 4/5     1 1 3   1       2 20
10 GORBENKO, SERGIY 13:58     0/5   1 2 3     1     2   -5
11 NERUSH, OLEKSANDR 4:32   0/1     1   1 1             1
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 22:24 11 3/4 1/6 2/2 1   1   1         1 8
14 ANISIMOV, MICHAILIS 26:10 6 2/2   2/2 1 2 3     1     2 2 8
15 LEBEDINTSEV, ANDRIY 2:52                              
17 TISHCHENKO, OLEKSANDR 10:52 2 1/2 0/2   3 1 4           2   1
24 MINARD, RICKY 26:27 14 5/8 1/2 1/1   3 3 3 1 2   1 2 5 17
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 26:20 10 4/15 0/1 2/3 2 2 4 1       1   4 5
Team           1 7 8     3         5
Totals 200:00 68 18/39 7/27 11/12 10 20 30 13 3 9 1 3 14 19 66
        46.2% 25.9% 91.7%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“I think we played an excellent game, especially in the first half tonight. The key to us winning the game was resistance in defense and the good job in offense in the second period. We changed the destiny of the game in the second quarter. Our aggressiveness in defense and the excellent performance in offense made the differance. I want to thank our fans once again for coming and supporting us in Ulker Arena. They respect us and the way we play the game. And what we want to do is to keep on satisfying them on the court without disappointing them.”
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Budivelnik Kiev
“Tonight we were really very weak in many aspects of the game. Fenerbahçe Ulker is a great team which has a bright future and the potential to move forward. It was a very tough game and it was sure that we were not the favorites tonight. We couldn’t stick together. Luka Zoric and Bojan Bogdanovic were excellent tonight. We had many bad shot selections and Fenerbahce Ulker took advantage of it. Fenerbahce Ulker is a very smart team. They played really smart and deserved to win. By the way it was impossible to not to feel pressure in front of excellent fans like Fenerbahce has. We wanted to upset them but failed. Maybe we can do it next time.”

Players

ONAN, OMER
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“First of all we are really happy to guarantee a spot in the the Top 16. We played an excellent first half and used the advantage of the big differance in the second half. We are playing better every game. I’m also happy to help the team. We hope to keep on winning to finish the group on top. But now we are focused on the BEKO Turkish League game against Banvit on the road this weekend.”
MINARD, RICKY
Budivelnik Kiev
“We knew that it would be a very tough game. Fenerbahce Ulker is a team packed with experianced stars. When they used a pressure in defence at the end of the first half, we couldn’t answer the same way. They took the game away. We tried everything in the second half, but it’s not easy to come back against a team like Fenerbahce.”