Regular Season Round 1 - October 17, 2014 CET: 21:00 Local time: 22:00 - ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Records

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0-0 Regular Season 0-0
0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia
Umpire
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain

Team Stats

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Player Stats

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THE TAKE

Two Turkish Airlines Euroleague powerhouses meet again at Ulker Sports Arena. Milan power forward Linas Kleiza returns to Istanbul to lead an interesting frontcourt that also includes Nicolo Melli, Shawn James, Samardo Samuels and Angelo Gigli. Melli must use his size, mobility and shooting range against Jan Vesely, who is back in the Euroleague after three seasons. James and Samuels will not have it easy against Semih Erden, Oguz Savas and Luka Zoric. Fenerbahce must use its great versatility at both wings with players like Nemanja Bjelica and especially Emir Preldzic. David Moss, Alessandro Gentile and Daniel Hackett must be as aggressive as always to make the difference in this game. Eurocup MVP Andrew Goudelock and Euroleague Rising Star Bogdan Bogdanovic are great scorers ready to prove it against Joe Ragland and MarShon Brooks. Fenerbahce playmaker Ricky Hickman earned playoffs Game 1 MVP honors against Milan last season and his matchup against Trent Meacham will be critical.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"First game of the season. Very important for us. We understand that our group is very difficult, with the teams that we have we have to go game by game. Of course we will try to be in the Top 16 and with the help of our fans I am sure we have possibilities of winning this game."
BANCHI, LUCA
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"The first game is immediately a very difficult one. They come from a disappointing Euroleague season and will try to start the new on a high note. From our part, we need to play with personality, courage and the right amount of organization because this is the only way to keep the tempo of the game and the emotions under control."

Players

HICKMAN, RICKY
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"First Euroleague game of the year. We wan to start out on the right foot. We know in thie group every game matters, especially the home games. So we'll have extra focus to play at 100 percent during 40 minutes and, hopefully, get our first Euroleague win."
KLEIZA, LINAS
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"I play against my former team but in reality this is just a game. An important one because the group is very competitive and we need to come together as a team as fast as possible. I think we have a great potential and there's room for improvement but there's also a lot of work to be done."

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Fenerbahce Ulker newcomers Andrew Goudelock and Can Altintig are due to make their Turkish Airlines Euroleague debuts this week.
Ricky Hickman and EA7 Milan center Shawn James were teammates at Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv the past two seasons and helped the club win the Euroleague last season.
Hickman had one of the best games of his Euroleague career last season against EA7 Milan in the playoffs. Hickman scored 26 points and amassed a performance index rating of 36 in Game 1 of the playoffs to lead his team, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, to a 99-101 come-from-behind overtime victory. He averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 assists in four playoff games against EA7 Milan.
Nemanja Bjelica averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals against EA7 Milan last season.


EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
Joe Ragland and Marshon Brooks are set to make their Turkish Airlines Euroleague debuts this week.
Linas Kleiza played for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul last season and helped the club win the Turkish League title. He was coached by current head coach Zeljko Obradovic and a teammate of nearly half the current roster.
Trent Meacham has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague appearances.
Alessandro Gentile’s father, Nando Gentile, played two seasons under Fenerbahce Ulker head coach Zeljko Obradovic for Panathinaikos between 1999 and 2001. The Greens won the 2000 Euroleague title and reached the 2001 SuproLeague final in that period.
Shawn James had one of his best Euroleague games against Fenerbahce Ulker two seasons ago. James, then with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, led his team to a 91-73 victory with 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting plus 5 rebounds and a block.
Daniel Hackett was a teammate of Fenerbahce Ulker guard Ricky Hickman during the 2011-12 season at Scavolini Pesaro.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Guodelock leads Fenerbahce to victory in opener


Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul got a winning start to its Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign, after pulling out 77-74 win over the visiting EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Friday night. Fenerbahce had a flying start behind Andrew Goudelock, who pushed the hosts to 26-15 lead, but Milan rallied behind Nicolo Melli, who strung together 10 points in a 0-13 run late in the second quarter, helping the visitors to 41-43 halftime lead. Teams stayed close, changing leads throughout the second half, as the game went down to the wire. David Moss made a steal and a dunk to put Milan up 68-69 with 3 minutes to go, but Ricky Hickman and Goudelock knocked down triples that lifted Fenerbahce to victory. Goudelock finished with 19 points, Nemanja Bjelica scored 11, and Hickman tallied 9. Oguz Savas, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Luka Zoric scored 8 apiece. Alessandro Gentile netted 15 for Milan, while Samardo Samuels and Nicolo Melli each had 12 points plus 8 rebounds in defeat.

Goudelock puts Fenerbahce in control early


Alessandro Gentile opened the scoring with a put-back, but Andrew Goudelock quickly answered with a driving layup. Oguz Savas scored a basket-plus-free throw for 5-2 Fenerbahce lead, and after Emir Preldzic fastbreak layup, Goudelock's triple made it 10-2. After a timeout, Bogdan Bogdanovic hit from downtown to make the margin 11 points, but Marshon Brooks answered with a triple and a runner for 13-7. Goudelock scored a one-handed put-back, but Gentile with a jumper and Samardo Samuels muscling one inside cut it to 15-11. Luka Zoric scored from close range on the other end, and after Brooks drove to the hoop, Jan Vesely finished back-to-back fastbreaks with dunks for 22-13. Hickman and Brooks traded layups, before Zoric scored a layup to finish the first quarter, 26-15.

Milan rallies behind Nicolo Melli show

Daniel Hackett drove the baseline for a tough layup, and after an easy layup by Preldzic, Moss nailed a triple, cutting it to 28-20. But Nemanja Bjelica also scored an uncontested layup for the hosts, and after a monster one-handed dunk by Shawn James, Hickman nailed a triple for 33-22. Joe Ragland countered with a driving layup and a jumper, and after a runner from Goudelock, James made a put-back dunk for 35-28. Teams continued trading baskets, with Preldzic driving for a layup, Kleiza hiting a tough baseline jumper, and Semih Erden scoring inside for 39-30. That is when Nicolo Melli took over, starting his run with a tip in, following it with a three-pointer, and after a Fenerbahce timeout, Melli knocked down a jumper for 39-37. He also grabbed an offensive board, then buried his second triple for 39-40 with 59 seconds left in the quarter. Before the end of the half, Gentile made 3-of-3 foul shots, before Zoric’s tip-in snapped a 0-13 run, as Milan held 41-43 halftime lead.

Players Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - EB14

Teams step up defensively, trade leads

Bogdanovic opened the third quarter with a pair of free throws, and after Gentile’s short jumper for Milan, Goudelock made a floater and Savas scored an easy layup for 47-45. But Samuels, playing with 3 personal fouls, made couple of free throws and a monster put-back dunk for the visitors to briefly regain the lead. Gentile drove for a layup, but Bjelica made a baseline dunk, helping Fenerbahce to 52-51. Basket were few and far between before Kleiza drove to the hoop, and Bjelica nailed a three-pointer. Samuels and Savas traded baskets from close range against each other, and Samuels made a put-back-plus free throw to end the quarter, giving Milan 57-58 lead.

Hickman and Goudelock hit key triples for Fener’s win


Zoric’s powerful two-handed dunk got things going in the fourth quarter, and after a reverse layup from Kleiza, Goudelock nailed a triple and Bjelica scored from close range for 64-60. Melli scored a put-back before a timeout, and Goudelock answered with a driving layup after it. Vesely extended himself for a tip-in, but Genitle and Ragland made 4 of 5 free throws to keep the pace, before Moss made a steal and raced for a two-handed slam dunk and 68-69. After a Fenerbahce timeout, Ricky Hickman drilled a three-pointer, followed by a put-back from Bjelica for 73-69. Hackett cut the deficit with two free throws, but Goudelock drained a three-pointer over Gentile with 46 seconds to go, 76-71. Milan took three shots on the next trip down the floor, but could not connect before Bogdanovic secured the rebound and sealed the deal splitting free throws. In the final second, Gentile hit it from downtown, but it was too little too late for the visitors.
Friday, October 17, 2014
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP)
Attendance: 9846 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul261561020
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan152841116
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul2641475777
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan1543475874
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
# 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
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 36:53 19 5/7 3/9   2 2 4 4         2 2 19
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 22:52 9 1/5 2/2 1/1       1 2 2     1 1 6
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 22:41 11 4/7 1/5   2 3 5   3 1 1 1 3 1 9
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 2:39 2 1/1                         2
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 32:52 8 0/2 1/5 5/6   4 4 4   1 1     5 14
20 ALTINTIG, CAN 22:08 2 1/3     1 1 2     3     2 1 -2
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 27:13 8 3/4   2/3 1 1 2 1 1 1 3   3 4 13
22 ZORIC, LUKA 14:46 8 4/6     3 1 4     1     2 1 8
24 VESELY, JAN 22:19 6 3/5   0/2 5 4 9 1   2 2   5 1 8
25 SIPAHI, KENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 20:37 4 2/3     1 1 2 3   1     3 1 5
Team             3 3               3
Totals 225:00 77 24/43 7/21 8/12 15 20 35 14 6 12 7 1 21 17 85
55.8% 33.3% 66.7%
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: BANCHI, LUCA
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
# 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
1 RAGLAND, JOE 20:41 5 2/4   1/2 2 1 3 3 2 2   2   1 7
2 BROOKS, MARSHON 19:56 9 3/8 1/2   1 2 3     1   1   2 6
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 23:39 15 4/9 1/4 4/4 2 2 4   1 4   1 4 4 7
6 GIGLI, ANGELO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MELLI, NICOLO 22:41 12 3/4 2/2   3 5 8   1       2   18
10 MEACHAM, TRENTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 25:36 6 3/7 0/1     2 2     2     2   -1
21 JAMES, SHAWN 7:54 4 2/2     2 1 3       1   2 2 8
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 43:50 6 1/6 0/2 4/4   1 1 5 1 2   2 2 5 5
24 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 31:54 12 4/8 0/1 4/7 5 3 8     1   1 4 5 11
34 MOSS, DAVID 28:49 5 1/2 1/1   2 1 3 1 1       2 1 8
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 225:00 74 23/50 5/13 13/17 19 18 37 9 6 13 1 7 18 20 70
46% 38.5% 76.5%
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a tough game, decided by only 3 points. I believe we started excellent, but then in the second quarter without any reason played very bad defense and that is where all our problems started. But everything is ok, we won the game. Thank you to the fans for their support. We will continue to fight."
BANCHI, LUCA
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"First of all, I want to congratulate our opponent for their win. It was a very tough game for both sides. And there was a great challenge until the end. We played well and I also congratulate my players. We had a very bad start in the game. But we responded well a little while afterwards. Fenerbahce Ulker was better in the end on both offense and defense. They caught us really well in the weak moments. The game was tough like a playoff match. And it seems like both teams are ready to fight."

Players

GOUDELOCK, ANDREW
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
I think we played great. We still have a lot to work on, but for the first game it was really good for us. The fans helped us out a lot, we really needed that support. Everybody really came together, we got a lot to work on, but it was a good start into the season for us. My first Euroleague game was great experience for me. This type of atmosphere is always good, it just does something to your soul. I am very happy with the performance for everybody.
KLEIZA, LINAS
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We had a very bad start but did pretty well for most of the game. We could also win the game. But Fenerbahce Ulker did the small details better than and shot really well in crunch time."
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