Regular Season Round 7 - December 09, 2009 CET: 19:15 Local time: 20:15 - AYHAN SAHENK SPORTS HALL

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
3-3 Regular Season 2-4
3-3 Overall 2-4

Referees

Crew Chief
CEREBUCH, GUERRINO, Italy
Referee
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia
Umpire
CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY, Ukraine

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.0 Points 67.2
31.2 Rebounds 29.8
8.7 O. Rebounds 7.2
22.5 D. Rebounds 22.7
12.0 Assists 13.3
5.3 Steals 6.7
3.2 Blocks 2.0
14.8 Turnovers 16.3
51.6 % 2PT 55.7 %
32.8 % 3PT 32.7 %
66.9 % FT 75.6 %
69.8 Index 63.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.7 / Greer Points 14.7 / Traore
5.8 / ASIK, OMER Rebounds 5.8 / Traore
1.7 / ASIK, OMER OR 2.2 / FOFANA, BANGALY
4.2 / ASIK, OMER DR 4.3 / Traore
2.3 / Greer Assists 3.5 / Dixon
1.3 / Greer Steals 2.8 / Lukauskis
1.7 / ASIK, OMER Blocks 0.5 / Traore
2.7 / ASIK, OMER Turnovers 2.7 / Dixon
100.0 % / MRSIC, DAMIR 2PT 66.7 % / CAMPBELL, ERIC
69.2 % / MRSIC, DAMIR 3PT 60.0 % / Kangur
92.0 % / Greer FT 100.0 % / Kangur
11.3 / Kinsey Index 13.8 / Traore

THE TAKE

A pivotal game in Group A is scheduled for Wednesday in Istanbul, Turkey, where Fenerbahce Ulker hosts Asvel Basket. Fenerbahce is third in Group A with a 3-3 record and Asvel is right behind at 2-4 and hopes to keep its winning streak going after consecutive home triumphs against Cibona and Zalgiris. The winner of this game will take a giant step forwards towards sealing a Top 16 berth. Asvel is still without center Curtis Borchardt, who has been sidelined since Week 2. As such, Ali Traore will be its main reference around the baskets, with Victor Samnick, Eric Campbell and Kristjan Kangur sharing playing time in the guests' frontcourt. Fenerbahce has an advantage due to its power and strength inside. Omer Asik is ready for a big battle against Traore. Asik had 13 points and 10 rebounds in Lyon, France, to help Fener beat Asvel 76-78 in overtime in Week 2. Oguz Savas may be a decisive factor for Fenerbahce due to his size, post skills and good hands. Center Semih Erden and defensive ace Rasim Rasak are set to offer intensity and toughness off the bench, as Mirsad Turkcan is not expected to make his Euroleague debut this weekend. On the wings, Asvel turns to Rawle Marshall and Mindaugas Lukauskis, while Ben Dewar is expected back and veteran sharp shooter Laurent Foirest provides leadership and unlimited range, too. Marshall has the tough mission to guard Emir Preldzic, a natural-born mismatch due to his size, ball-handling skills and all-around game. Lukauskis is ready for a big matchup against Tarence Kinsey and Gordan Giricek. Serhan Cetin has entered his team's rotation and could be the X-factor for Fener. The point guard battle will be equally interesting, as Lynn Greer faces a critical matchup against Asvel playmaker Bobby Dixon. Greer hopes to use his experience against a quick opponent that has been playing really well lately. Damir Mrsic offers unlimited shooting range, experience and court sense off the hosts' bench and is set to battle against Asvel's backup point guard Aymeric Jeanneau. Asvel must slow down the game tempo and prevent FB Ulker from getting easy points in the paint. Fener must find Asik and Savas around the baskets, creating double-team situations to get open shots from its perimeter players. Expect a very interesting battle in Istanbul this Wednesday.

REFEREES: Guerrino Cerebuch, Matej Boltauzer, Sergey Chebyshev


GAME NOTES

Feberbahce Ulker

Head coach Bogdan Tanjevic coached at Asvel Basket during the 2001-02 season, leading the team to the French League title. Tanjevic coached a young Ali Traore that season.

Lynn Greer needs just 7 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Mirsad Turkcan has scored in double figures in eight consecutive Euroleague games. He has made at least one three-pointer in each of those games.

Oguz Savas has averaged 13 points and 6.3 rebounds per game at home this season, but just 2.3 points and 3 rebounds on the road.

Omer Asik picked up his first double-double in nearly two years in Week 2 when he posted 13 points and 10 rebounds against Asvel Basket.

Tarence Kinsey scored a career-high 21 points in a Week 2 win over Asvel Basket.

Asvel Basket

Mindaugas Lukauskis has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Ben Dewar’s scoring output has increased in every game so far this season.

Kristjan Kangur has made 12 consecutive free throws over his past six Euroleague games.

Eric Campbell scored a season-high 15 points last week in a victory over Zalgiris.

Laurent Foirest scored a season-high 15 points last week in a victory over Zalgiris.

Ali Traore scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds – both career highs – in a Week 2 overtime loss against Fenerbahce Ulker.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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Quotes Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Our goal is to stay in front of the other opponents in the standings. Asvel is stronger than when we played last time. They signed two very important new players. They are also in better shape. They won two games in Euroleague and they are getting better in every coming game. That’s the confirmation of improving form and confidence. So we have to play a different game, not like the game against Regal Barcelona last week. Against a perfect team like Regal Barcelona, we played below our potential. We were under our level, however, we have enough shape to play much better. I expect to see our fans at the Ayhan Sahenk Arena. We have respect for the opponent. It will be a very tough challenge, which will also mean a lot to take the third place in the group."
COLLET, VINCENT
Asvel Basket
"This game is not enough to qualify for the Top 16, but it is important to win it. We will have to resist their physical players and defend hard on their outside shooters."

Players

CETIN, SERHAT
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It’s going to be a kind of determining game in our group. Asvel is much better than when we played them in Villeurbanne. They won two straight games and have an improving performance. The only good thing is that we will play in Istanbul, but in a different Arena then our regular gym [Abdi Ipekci], in Ayhan Sahenk. It was a kind of nightmare against Regal Barcelona last week. So we will try to forget about it by winning against Asvel."
CAMPBELL, ERIC
Asvel Basket
"We are more confident now that we won two games in a row. The team is playing together, and that‘s how we'll win games. It is important to win this game to qualify for Top 16. If Fenerbahce loses, they will be stressed for their next games against Cibona and Zalgiris. What we learned from the first game with them is that it is important to have a good start, but also to finish the game well. Our main problem is a lack of consistency. We could have won the first game, but we won't think about that anymore. We are looking ahead."
Mindaugas Lukauskis - Asvel BasketA resurgent Asvel Basket won its third consecutive game and boosted its Top 16 changes by registering a 61-68 decision over Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul on Wednesday to take hold of third place in Group A. Both teams are now 3-4, but Asvel's victory avenged a painful early-season OT home loss to Fenerbahce by enough points to ensure the French champs a decisive tie-break advantage should one be needed between them at the end of the season. Defense was the recipe for Asvel, whose 8 steals and 5 blocks proved the difference, especially down the stretch. Asvel trailed by double-digits in the first half, but turned the game around with a 6-22 run that lasted into the third quarter. Kristjan Kangur led Asvel with 16 points, while Rawle Marshall added 15 and 6 rebounds. Mindaugas Lukauskis and Ali Traore chipped in 12 points each for the winners. Fenerbahce got 11 points each from Omer Asik and Lynn Greer while Gordan Giricek chipped in 10, but only Damir Mrsic, with 7 points, had any impact for the hosts in the game's last 5 minutes.

Asik got the scoring started with a breakaway dunk for Fenerbahce on the game's very first play. Then, however, the defenses took over. Between quick shots, turnovers and solid defense, neither team could put the ball in the basket for the next 4 minutes, until a timeout gave both coaches a chance to regroup their charges. Immediately after the timeout, Asvel got on the board with a dunk by Traore. It wasn't long before Bobby Dixon gave Asvel its first lead, 2-4, on a fastbreak layup. Greer tied at the foul line for Fenerbahce, then the points started rolling. Kangur and Lukauskis put back offensive rebounds for Asvel around a driving layup by Emir Preldzic for the hosts. When Greer hit 2 more free throws, there was an 8-8 tie. Marshall joined Asvel's scorers with a twisting layup. Tarence Kinsey kept Fenerbahce perfect at the line, then added a fall-away one-hander to put the hosts up again, 12-10. Greer fed Asik for a basket in the paint. Aymeric Jeanneau ended Asvel's slide, but Greer came back with a triple that left Fenerbahce leading 16-14 after 10 minutes.

Jeanneau popped for 3 points from the corner to give back the lead to Asvel on the first shot of the second quarter. Fenerbahce went inside and found big man Oguz Savas for a pair of baskets, however, before Kinsey's driving layup made it 22-17. Fenerbahce's defense kept confounding Asvel's shooters, while Giricek got into the scoring column for the hosts with a three-point basket-plus-free throw at 25-17. Marshall stopped the bleeding with a jumper for Asvel. Kangur and Traore followed him with baskets, but between them, Savas dropped a triple and an inside shot as Fenerbahce lengthened the lead into double digits, 34-23, on a new layup by Giricek. Lukauskas stepped up then to save Asvel with 5 consecutive points, including a nifty baseline layup, that cut the lead to 34-29. Bangaly Fofana added a free throw before the half ended with Fenerbahce clinging to a 34-30 lead.

Lynn Greer - Fenerbahce UlkerAsvel's defense limited Fenerbahce to a free throw during the first 4 minutes of the third quarter as the visitors completed their comeback with a 1-9 run based on layups by Traore, Kangur and Dixon that made it 35-39. Fenerbahce used a triple by Greer to stop its slide, but Kangur and Traore stayed strong. When Kangur jammed in a miss, Asvel was sitting on a 40-45 advantage following a 6-22 swing on the scoreboard since midway through the second quarter. Fenerbahce rallied with free throws by Greer and a pair of dunks by Asik, but in between Lukauskas landed a triple to keep Asvel a step ahead at 47-49 after 30 minutes.

After the fourth quarter started with yet another dunk by Asik to forge a tie at 49-49, Asvel again found a go-to guy in Kangur, who lined up and stuck a three-pointer to keep the guests in charge. On an inbounds play a minute later, Giricek came off a screen to tie the game in one shot from the top of the circle. Asvel wouldn't give in, however. Marshall hit a jumper from the lane and then got to the foul line to raise his team's lead to 52-56. Asvel made a crucial mistake in leaving Mrsic open to hit a triple, but the visitors found Traore inside to stay ahead before Mrsic got loose on the break to make it 57-58 with 4 minutes left. Another series of loose balls ended with Marshall spinning on the break for a layup at 57-60. Mrsic was in charge now for the hosts, hitting 2 more free throws, but Asvel got a driving layup in response from Lukauskis. Fenerbahce got a couple chances to change things going into the last 2 minutes, but a big steal by Dixon led to a crucial loss of time for the hosts. With 22 seconds left, Fenerbahce sent Dixon to the line, where he made 2 of 2 to make it 59-64. Kinsey scored fast, but with 13 seconds, Kangur made 1 of 2 to assure the victory and give Asvel new chances to reach the Top 16!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR)
Attendance: 800
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Asvel Basket14161919
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Asvel Basket14304968
Head coach: TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
8 BASAK, RASIM 5:48     0/1     2 2     1          
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 25:52 2     2/4 2 5 7 3   3     3 4 8
10 GIRICEK, GORDAN 25:49 10 3/6 1/3 1/1   2 2 2   3   1 1 1 5
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 23:08 7 1/1 1/7 2/2       1         5 2 -1
14 GREER, LYNN 15:44 11 1/3 1/5 6/6 2   2 1           6 14
16 MUTAF, CAN MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 17:06 9 3/3 1/1   2   2     1     4 1 7
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 20:52 9 3/8   3/4   4 4   2 1   1 3 3 7
24 ASIK, OMER 25:14 11 5/7   1/3 4 3 7     3   2 2 3 10
33 CETIN, SERHAT 12:14   0/1 0/1         1   1       2  
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 28:13 2 1/4 0/2     7 7 4   3   1 3 3 4
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 61 17/33 4/20 15/20 10 24 34 12 2 16 0 5 21 25 55
51.5% 20% 75%
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
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
Asvel Basket
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 35:57 12 4/5 1/4 1/1 1 3 4 3 2 1 1   1 2 18
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 0:07                              
9 JEANNEAU, AYMERIC 18:48 5 1/1 1/2   1   1 1   1     4 1 2
10 DEWAR, BEN 19:14           1 1 1   1     2 1  
12 TRAORE, ALI 28:57 12 6/13       4 4   1 5 2   3 2 6
13 CAMPBELL, ERIC 13:23   0/2 0/2   1 1 2 1     1   4   -4
14 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 26:54 16 5/6 1/3 3/6 3   3 3         1 4 19
16 FOFANA, BANGALY 7:14 1     1/2   1 1     1 1   1 1 1
17 MARSHALL, RAWLE 24:49 15 5/9   5/6   6 6 1 2 1     3 6 21
20 DIXON, BOBBY 21:09 7 2/4 0/3 3/4   3 3 3 3 2     4 4 8
21 SAMNICK, VICTOR 3:28                         2   -2
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 68 23/40 3/14 13/19 7 23 30 13 8 12 5 0 25 21 74
57.5% 21.4% 68.4%
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Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Unfortunately we lost a game which meant a lot for us. We lost the advantage we won in Villeurbanne. Now we have to fight to take back this advantage in the upcoming games. We have three more games which we need to motivate ourselves much better for than this game to win. We weren't able to find solutions to the switches in the game. They risked a lot in defense and they earned the reward. They produced 16 turnovers with their good defense. And to top it off, also our three-point percentage was too low. On the other hand, due to injury we missed our guard Lynn Greer, who knows how to play the last minutes. About Greer, I hope that it's not such a serious injury that he had to his ankle."
COLLET, VINCENT
Asvel Basket
"I watched the game of Fenerbahce Ulker against Regal Barcelona and realized that they are not in good shape. But my team scared me at the beginning of the game. We planned a motion offense to make them work hard to defense. We moved the ball quickly to make trouble for them. But instead, they made a lot of penetrations which ended with baskets. We knew that we could not win the game this way. We tried to play tougher defense in the second half and also tried to keep on playing faster in offense. The end of the first half and the beginning of the third period was the best part of the game for us when we did what we had planned perfectly. But when we got a 5-point advantage, we missed on all our next offensive possession when we had a chance to put away the game. That made the last couple of minutes full of mistakes for both sides. But we managed to win at the end. It's good to get revenge, but we still need to win more games to come."

Players

MRSIC, DAMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We weren't able to play the way we wanted to. We missed too many wide open shots and that was the main reason for our loss. But this is not the end of the world. We still have some advantages in our hands. But to keep it on our side, we have to win at home against Zalgiris Kaunas and also to get another win against Cibona Zagreb on the road. I think we can still get what we want."
MARSHALL, RAWLE
Asvel Basket
"We knew that it was going to be a tough game in Istanbul. They have talented big guys and had a good start to the game. We tried to stop them from killing us when they got an 11-point lead in the middle of the second quarter by playing the game as hard as we can. We played really good defense most of the second half and tried to make it hard for them to create for scores. Honestly, it was really a very hard game, but we are happy that we won and remain alive in the group."
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