2013-14Regular SeasonRound 7
November 29, 2013 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.8 Points 86.3
35.0 Rebounds 36.8
10.3 O. Rebounds 11.3
24.7 D. Rebounds 25.5
18.7 Assists 16.8
5.7 Steals 6.8
3.5 Blocks 2.7
11.2 Turnovers 9.8
56.3 % 2PT 57.5 %
30.0 % 3PT 34.5 %
63.9 % FT 77.1 %
86.7 Index 101.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.7 / Tomic Points 20.2 / Bogdanovic
6.3 / Dorsey Rebounds 6.2 / Bjelica, N.
2.8 / Dorsey OR 3.2 / Vidmar
4.0 / Papanikolaou DR 4.3 / Bjelica, N.
5.2 / Huertas Assists 5.3 / Preldzic
1.0 / Abrines Steals 1.7 / McCalebb
0.8 / Papanikolaou Blocks 0.8 / Bjelica, N.
1.8 / Huertas Turnovers 1.8 / Vidmar
66.7 % / Dorsey 2PT 66.7 % / Birsen
40.7 % / Abrines 3PT 50.0 % / Sipahi
83.3 % / Nachbar FT 100.0 % / Sipahi
16.0 / Tomic Index 20.3 / Bogdanovic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-2 Regular Season 6-0
4-2 Overall 6-0

Referees

Crew Chief
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Referee
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia
Umpire
SHULGA, BORIS, Ukraine

The Take

Two Turkish Airlines Euroleague powerhouses meet again in the Game of the Week. A win would guarantee Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul to finish at least second in Group A. FC Barcelona would advance to the Top 16 if it wins and both Partizan NIS Belgrade and Budivelnik Kiev lose. Fenerbahce's main concern will be stopping Juan Carlos Navarro and Kostas Papanikolaou at the wings. Navarro will not have it easy against Omer Onan and this season's top scorer Bojan Bogdanovic. Emir Preldzic and Nemanja Bjelica must use their ball-handling skills and basketball IQ against a more experienced, stronger Papanikolaou. Marcelinho Huertas and especially Victor Sada need to give their best on defense against super scorer Bo McCalebb. Fenerbahce big men Luka Zoric and Gasper Vidmar face a critical battle against Ante Tomic and Joey Dorsey, but the matchup between Linas Kleiza and Maciej Lampe will be equally important, too.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

FC Barcelona
  • Juan Carlos Navarro, the competition’s all-time leading scorer, is nearing the top spot in career free throws made. He enters this game in third place with 670 successful free throws, which is 3 fewer than former teammate Jaka Lakovic, who is second. Marcus Brown is the career leader with 690.
  • Navarro is also 20 free throws attempted behind both Lakovic and Brown for the career lead in that category. Navarro has attempted 785 free throws in his career.
  • Navarro has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.
  • Alex Abrines has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games dating back to the 2011-12 season, when he played for Unicaja Malaga.
  • Bostjan Nachbar needs 38 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark in Euroleague games.
  • Ante Tomic lined up alongside Fenerbahce Ulker players Lukas Zoric and Bojan Bogdanovic on the Croatian national team that reached the semifinals at EuroBasket 2013 this past summer. Tomic and Zoric also spent a season-and-a-half together at KK Zagreb.


  • Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  • The foursome of Nemanja Bjelica, Bojan Bogdanovic, Kenan Sipahi and Gasper Vidmar have started every Turkish Airlines Euroleague game this season.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic leads the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in scoring with 20.2 points per game.
  • Bogdanovic has scored in double digits in six straight and 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games. He has reached a double-digit index ranking in each of his last 17 Euroleague games.
  • Bogdanovic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague appearances.
  • Bogdanovic needs 35 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark in Euroleague games.
  • Linas Kleiza was a teammate of Barcelona forward Kostas Papanikolaou with Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2009-10 season.
  • Nemanja Bjelica was a teammate of three Barcelona players at different periods during the past three seasons at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. He overlapped for much of the time with Brad Oleson and also played alongside Marcelinho Huertas and Maciej Lampe.


  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013
    Euroleague.net

    Quotes Head Coaches

    PASCUAL, XAVI
    FC Barcelona
    "It will be a tough game definitely because Fenerbahce Ulker is one of the teams in best shape now in the competition. I think we are being too irregular at this point. This week we worked hard because we want to achieve a regular status as a team."
    OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
    Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    "We are in the Top 16. We are happy about that because that was our first target, but we will also go for the rest of the games."

    Players

    SADA, VICTOR
    FC Barcelona
    "We have been practicing with more intensity this week, I think the team is really into it. We are aware of what has happened and what will happen. We have lacked intensity and character at some points this season and we are aware that we need to change this situation."
    ERMIS, BARIS
    Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    "In the situation that we are in without any losses so far, this is a very important game in terms of group leadership. It's not going to be easy playing against such a strong team in front of their own fans. But I think that we have proved ourselves in that we have the strength to win there. We will do our best to win."

    FC Barcelona walks tall into Top 16

    The Turkish Airlines Euroleague has one more Top 16 qualifier and one fewer undefeated team after FC Barcelona exploded early and won 94-81 to deliver the first defeat of the season to visiting Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on Friday. The victory kept Barcelona tied in second place with CSKA as both teams reached the Top 16 with 5-2 records. Barcelona also put Group A's first place in play by dropping Fenerbahce to 6-1 and winning by more than it lost earlier this season in Istanbul. A 35-15 jolt to start the game set the tone of the game and Barcelona's 41-25 rebounding dominance - including 17 offensive boards - preserved that difference after Fenerbahce got within 4 points, 59-55, midway through the third quarter. Bostjan Nachbar answered with one of his 3 three-pointers then as he went on to lead the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Kostas Papanikolaou was next with 18 points, while Juan Carlos Navarro had 13 and Ante Tomic 12. Three players shared all but 15 of Fenerbahce's points, with Bo McCalebb scoring 22, Emir Preldzic and Nemanja Bjelica 20 each. Bjelica also grabbed 11 rebounds, which means his teammates combined for just 14.

    First quarter: Barca explodes out of the gate

    Bogdanovic was open for a jumper to start the scoring before Papanikolaou made a near-identical shot to get Barcelona on the scoreboard. A third-chance tip-in by Tomic gave Barca a lead that Bjelica took it back with a triple, but Nachbar and Navarro answered with 5 points in a row to make it 9-5. Gasper Vidmar joined Fenerbahce scorers with an inside basket that Nachbar answered before Huertas went behind his back to Tomic for a fastbreak slam and a 13-7 home lead. Navarro, Papanikolaou and Huertas kept the scoring pace with quick-strike baskets for the hosts as the lead soared to 19-7 and Fenerbahce needed a timeout. Preldzic followed that with a three-pointer, but Nachbar paid with the same coin. Bogdanovic hit another short jumper, but Maciej Lampe fed Papanikolaou for a triple and Victor Sada for reverse to make it 28-12. Bogdanovic tried to revive Fener with a triple, but again Nachbar matched it. Next, Lampe finished his own reverse before Papanikolaou stole an inbounds pass and beat the buzzer for incredible 35-15 Barcelona lead after 10 minutes.

    Second quarter: McCalebb rallies Fener late

    Papanikolaou picked up where he left off, burying a three-pointer to push the difference over 20 points. McCalebb's two-pointer was answered by a Navarro steal and fastbreak dunk by Sada, just Barca met another Bjelica triple with a slam by Joey Dorsey and a Navarro trademark "bomba", good for the biggest lead yet, 44-22. Bjelica was on the mark with his third triple before Dorsey tipped an offensive rebound to Sada for a layup. McCalebb's three-pointer prompted a Barcelona timeout, after which Nachbar made a back-door layup, free throws and a jumper to make it 52-28. McCalebb chose that moment to revive Fenerbahce with a three-pointer, which he followed with a layup and another shot from the arc to suddenly drop the difference to 52-38, forcing a Barca timeout. McCalebb kept it going with a double-clutch layup to give him 10 points of a 0-12 run over 2 minutes, 40 seconds that cut the Fenerbahce's deficit in half, 52-40, going into the break.

    Third quarter: Barca withstands Fener approach

    Gasper Vidmar slammed to open the second half and cut the difference to 52-42 before Huertas got both points back at the free throw line. McCalebb reappeared with a back-door layup and another double-clutch basket inside as the margin dropped to single digits. Papanikolaou got 2 points back for Barca, but Preldzic struck from downtown and hit a two-pointer as the lead dwindled to 57-52 before Navarro calmed Barca with a runner. But Predlzic was feeling it and drilled a corner triple to make it 59-55. Nachbar was Barca's answer man from downtown. After a timeout, the teams spent almost 3 minutes splitting up 11 free throws before Antic fed Sada for a nice layup at 70-60. Preldzic's free throws were met with an easy lob dunk by Tomic and a put-back by Lampe that restored a 12-point lead for Barcelona, 74-62, after 30 minutes.

    Fourth quarter: Tomic helps Barca slam the door

    The first 2 points of the game by Alex Abrines were bettered by 3 in one shot by Bjelica, but Navarro was ready with a running one-hander and Tomic's feed to Lampe had Barca in full charge again, 80-65. Lampe's free throws and McCalebb's finger roll preceded a pair of runners by Kenan Sipahi that dropped the difference dropped to 10 points, 83-73. Tomic downed free throws as the time dwindled toward 4 minutes. Barca's defense continued locking up Fener as Papanikolaou got loose for a baseline jam and Tomic a layup at 89-73. Sipahi and Bjelica struck next from downtown to make it 89-79 with under 2 minutes left, but the visitors could get no closer as Barcelona made sure to walk tall into the Top 16.

    Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona - EB13_52336
    Friday, November 29, 2013
    Euroleague.net
    Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
    Attendance: 5494 (Tentative)
    By Quarter1234
    FC Barcelona35172220
    Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul15252219
    End of Quarter1234
    FC Barcelona35527494
    Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul15406281
    FC Barcelona
      Rebounds Blocks Fouls
    # Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
    00 PULLEN, JACOB DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    6 DORSEY, JOEY 10:37 2 1/2     2 1 3     1 1 1 4   -1
    8 SADA, VICTOR 25:17 8 4/6 0/1   1 3 4 2   1     2 1 9
    9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 14:43 4 1/2 0/1 2/2       3   2       2 5
    10 ABRINES, ALEX 15:34 2 1/1 0/3   1   1 1 1       5   -3
    11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 29:37 13 4/7 1/5 2/2 1   1 4   2   2 2 3 8
    14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 0:22 3 1/1   1/1                   1 4
    16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 34:17 18 5/8 2/2 2/2 2 4 6 2 1 1 1   3 2 23
    23 HEZONJA, MARIO 0:32                              
    30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 16:08 9 3/6 0/1 3/5 4 2 6 3   1     2 5 14
    34 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 32:15 23 4/6 3/5 6/7 2 7 9 1   4 1   1 7 31
    44 TOMIC, ANTE 20:38 12 4/7   4/6 4 3 7 5   3 1   3 4 18
    Team             4 4               4
    Totals 200:00 94 28/46 6/18 20/25 17 24 41 21 2 15 4 3 22 25 112
            60.9% 33.3% 80%
    Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
    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 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 32:08 22 6/7 3/3 1/2 1 1 2 1 2       2 1 24
    7 ONAN, OMER 4:45                   1     1 1 -1
    8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 28:41 20 1/6 5/8 3/5 3 8 11 1 1 4   1 4 4 18
    9 ERMIS, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    11 KLEIZA, LINAS 13:06     0/1         1   1 1   1 2 1
    13 VIDMAR, GASPER 17:13 4 2/2     3 1 4 1   1     5 1 4
    22 ZORIC, LUKA 15:53   0/5       1 1   1 6   1 4   -14
    25 SIPAHI, KENAN 20:11 7 2/4 1/1 0/2       1 1   1   3 1 4
    33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 32:48 8 2/9 1/4 1/1       5       2 3 5 3
    55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 35:15 20 4/7 3/6 3/7 2 4 6 4     1   2 6 25
    Team           1   1               1
    Totals 200:00 81 17/40 13/23 8/17 10 15 25 14 5 13 3 4 25 21 65
            42.5% 56.5% 47.1%
    Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

    Head Coaches

    PASCUAL, XAVI
    FC Barcelona
    "I am very happy for this win against a great opponent that arrived here with a 6-0 record. The first quarter marked the rest of the game. We came out strong, with a lot of intensity and, without any questions, these 10 minutes were our best ones recently. We played outstanding defense and also had good offense, with some brilliant minutes. I am very happy with the qualification to the Top 16. Papanikolaou played great defense on Bogdanovic while Nachbar played his best game since he arrived. Both players needed a game like this."
    OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
    Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    "First of all, I have to congratulate Barcelona. They came out strong, very aggressive, while we couldn't react and had no will: I don't know why. We practiced hard but we cannot fight more in practice than in the game. We bounced back after that, with good moments during the second half, but it was late. All due respect to Barcelona, but allowing 35 points in one quarter is foolish. I have to talk to my players. All I know is that we have to work harder and harder."

    Players

    NACHBAR, BOSTJAN
    FC Barcelona
    "Yes, I agree that it was my best game in a Barcelona jersey. The most important thing is that this win could allow us to finish first or second. Psychologically speaking, it means a lot because beating a direct opponent at home is always important. I am sure that the first quarter determined the game rhythm, but I am also happy with the way we reacted when they rallied within four points. We managed to handle the pressure."
    McCALEBB, BO
    Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    "Our bad start cost us a lot. We cannot allow 35 points in one quarter. We rallied, but it was late. We spent a lot of strength and when we got within four points, we were not fresh enough to keep playing with the same intensity."
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