2017-18Regular SeasonRound 9
November 24, 2017 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Wanamaker, Nunnally lead champs to hard-earned win

Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul held on to withstand several spirited comebacks from Khimki Moscow Region to triumph 71-67, improving its record to 6-3 with a fourth win in five games. Fenerbahce led all the way and occasionally threatened to make it a blow-out by establishing several double-digit leads, but Khimki always came back and it was a one-point game in the final minute, before a trio of free throws from Brad Wanamaker settled matters. James Nunnally top scored for Fenerbahce with 20 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, while Wanamaker combined 16 points with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Luigi Datome bagged 14 points and 7 boards, and Jan Vesely scored 12. Khimki’s Alexey Shved led all scorers with 21 points, James Anderson scored 13 and Stefan Markovic added 11 in defeat.

Datome, Wanamaker and Nunnally all struck early triples as Fenerbahce quickly took control, and a textbook alley-oop between Wanamaker to Vesely made it a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter. A pair of three-pointers from Shved helped get Khimki closer, but Nunnally converted his third triple and Wanamaker went coast to coast and one to make it 24-15 after the first quarter. Khimki started the second with a mid-range jumper from Anderson, a rainbow triple from Markovic and another long-range strike from Anderson, before Ali Muhammed – coming off the bench for his first appearance of the season – ended a 0-8 run by scoring 5 consecutive points with a lay-up and a triple. Marko Guduric and Datome added two-pointers to restore Fenerbahce’s double-digit lead. A free throw from Vesely and Datome’s triple made it a 13-0 run, with Khimki held scoreless for more than seven minutes before Shved’s three-pointer, but Wanamaker’s free throw completed the first half’s scoring at 38-26.

Another triple from Wanamaker stretched the advantage to 45-28 early in the third, before a three-point play from Anderson got it closer. Free throws by Shved and Anthony Gill made it a ten-point game, and Malcolm Thomas scored a tough lay-up to complete a 0-9 run. Datome’s long two got the hosts back on the board, but Khimki kept on chipping away at the deficit and Shved’s fastbreak lay-up made it 48-44. Nunnally stepped up with another triple plus a foul, before Datome’s baseline jumper and Ahmet Duvieroglu’s tip-in restored the double-digit lead and it was 58-48 after three quarters. Khimki started the final quarter with a triple from Markovic and a tip-in from Marko Todorovic to again threaten a comeback, before Vesely’s big dunk and one got the crowd on their feet. But Khimki kept fighting as baskets from Markovic, Shved and Todorovic made it 64-62. Nunnally’s free throws increased the home team’s lead, but another Markovic triple made it a one-point game with two and a half minutes to play. Anderson and Shved missed shots to give Khimki the lead, before Vesely and Gill traded lay-ups. Then Wanamaker nervelessly hit three free throws with 16 seconds remaining to make it 71-67 and this time Khimki had no answers.

Brad Wanamaker - Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul - EB17
Friday, November 24, 2017
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 11508
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Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul24142013
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Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul24385871
Khimki Moscow Region15264867
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 23:39   0/3     1 5 6 2   1     4 2 2
4 MELLI, NICOLO 18:28   0/1 0/1     1 1 1   3 1   4 2 -4
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 WANAMAKER, BRAD 31:14 16 2/8 2/6 6/10 2 3 5 6 1       1 6 19
18 ARNA, EGEHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 27:18 20 1/1 4/5 6/7 1 2 3 3 2 2     1 4 27
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 18:01 2 1/3 0/3   1   1 1 1 1     2 2 -1
24 VESELY, JAN 29:45 12 5/6   2/3 3 2 5 1   2     4 3 13
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 9:57 5 1/3 1/2     2 2 1       1     4
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 7:52 2 1/2   0/1 1 1 2           1 2 3
70 DATOME, LUIGI 33:46 14 3/5 2/5 2/2   7 7     3 1 1 2 3 14
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 71 14/32 9/22 16/23 11 26 37 15 4 13 2 2 19 24 81
        43.8% 40.9% 69.6%
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ROBINSON, THOMAS 18:49 4 2/7     1 4 5 1 1 1     2 1 4
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 33:45 21 2/5 3/10 8/11 1 2 3 5 2 2     3 7 20
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 4:49               1         1 2 2
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 0:16     0/1     1 1                
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 28:37 11 1/2 3/5     3 3   1 1     2 2 11
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 10:20 3   1/2         2   1 1   2   2
13 GILL, ANTHONY 22:40 9 2/4 1/1 2/2 3 1 4   1 1   1 1 4 13
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 11:34 4 2/2     1 1 2   1   1   2   6
21 ANDERSON, JAMES 31:44 13 3/8 2/7 1/1   2 2 2   1   1 5 1 1
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 20:49     0/1     1 1 1 1 2     5   -5
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 16:37 2 1/4       3 3 2         1 1 4
Team           4 4 8     1         7
Totals 200:00 67 13/32 10/27 11/14 10 22 32 14 7 10 2 2 24 18 65
        40.6% 37% 78.6%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“First of all congratulations to my players for the victory. Thanks for our fans for a great atmosphere. The first half was very good, but in the second half we had problems. But we got an important victory. I’m happy we were always present with their shots, some of them they scored in the last seconds but this is basketball.”
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region
“It was a tight game. We had our chance to win but couldn’t take it. At the end we couldn’t manage our problem with fouls. Congratulations to Fenerbahce. This is not an easy place to come and be competitive, but we did it despite circumstances. It looks like Thomas Robinson probably has a broken hand, and I have to give credit to Anthony Gill because he played for the first time for so many minutes after his surgery without even having one practice with contact.”

Players

VESELY, JAN
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“Very important win, tough win. It wasn’t our best performance. We started well but in the second half we struggled a lot and the important thing was that we stayed together and fought until the end. In the most crucial moments we were really focussed. Our fans push us and give us energy, and I hope they’ll keep coming because it’s a long season and we’ll play better basketball.”
NUNNALLY, JAMES
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“In the last quarter we turned the ball over too much, including myself. I had two stupid turnovers. But we battled at the end and got shots when we needed to, we hit free throws, got shots and came through. I’m not worried about my shooting percentages, only winning. If we move the ball we’re going to have easy shots, and my teammates got me involved. That’s all I can say.”
MARKOVIC, STEFAN
Khimki Moscow Region
“We tried to improve our game from last week, and I think we managed to do this. At the end we fell short; but we had a chance. We feel disappointment but compared to last week, at least we fought and made some improvements. We need to keep working and keep building this momentum. We started playing defense and that's how you need to play. That was a big part we didn't do last week.”
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