Regular Season Round 6 - December 03, 2009 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALAU BLAUGRANA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-0 Regular Season 3-2
5-0 Overall 3-2

Referees

Crew Chief
SUTULOVIC, ZORAN, Montenegro
Referee
RYZHYK, BORYS, Ukraine
Umpire
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.0 Points 74.2
32.8 Rebounds 32.0
8.4 O. Rebounds 9.4
24.4 D. Rebounds 22.6
16.0 Assists 12.8
5.8 Steals 5.4
3.6 Blocks 3.0
11.8 Turnovers 13.4
62.4 % 2PT 52.8 %
32.0 % 3PT 32.7 %
75.9 % FT 65.6 %
97.4 Index 76.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.8 / Mickeal Points 10.6 / Kinsey
5.0 / Mickeal Rebounds 5.6 / ASIK, OMER
1.0 / MORRIS, TERENCE OR 1.8 / ASIK, OMER
4.2 / Mickeal DR 3.8 / ASIK, OMER
5.4 / RUBIO, RICARD Assists 2.8 / Greer
1.4 / RUBIO, RICARD Steals 1.6 / Greer
1.2 / Vazquez Blocks 1.4 / ASIK, OMER
2.3 / Navarro Turnovers 2.8 / ASIK, OMER
94.1 % / MORRIS, TERENCE 2PT 100.0 % / MRSIC, DAMIR
66.7 % / Lakovic 3PT 70.0 % / MRSIC, DAMIR
100.0 % / RUBIO, RICARD FT 91.3 % / Greer
21.2 / Mickeal Index 14.0 / Kinsey

THE TAKE

A big battle in the upper part of Group A takes place in Barcelona, Spain, where Regal FC Barcelona hosts Fenerbahce Ulker on Thursday at 20:45 CET. Barcelona is one of the two undefeated teams in the competition and can clinch a Top 16 spot if it wins and Montepaschi downs Cibona. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce is third in Group A at 3-2 and is still undefeated on the road. Above all, it is the battle between two of the deepest frontcourts in the competition. FB Ulker bases its game on a battery of big men used to play together for many years. Omer Asik is an outstanding shotblocker and one-on-one defender, Oguz Savas has a nice array of post skills and keeps improving his game and basketball IQ while Semih Erden offers size and power at center. With rebounding machine Mirsad Turkcan still sidelined, Rasim Basak is ready to see extended playing time at power forward due to his toughness and experience. Asik is a high-profile matchup against Fran Vazquez in one of the key matchups in this game. Savas has to battle in the paint against Erazem Lorbek while Erden must be ready for a physical battle against Boni Ndong, that comes off an outstanding game against Montepaschi. Basak must be ready to face Terence Morris, always available to open the court with his three-point shots. Fenerbahce must be ready to stop reigning Euroleague MVP Juan Carlos Navarro and Sportingbet MVP of the Month for November Pete Mickeal, that will see most minutes at both wings. With Gianluca Basile and Lubos Barton still sidelined, Jaka Lakovic, Roger Grimau and youngster Xavi Rabaseda may see minutes at both wings. Mickeal is ready for an interesting battle against Emir Preldzic. Mickeal is stronger and more experienced but Preldzic hopes to use his size, ballhandling and talent against him. Navarro has a tough test against Tarence Kinsey and Omer Onan. Meanwhile, Grimau must be ready to use his defensive skills against Gordan Giricek. The point guard battle will be interesting, as Ricky Rubio and Victor Sada are excellent defensive players ready to battle against more experienced playmakers like Lynn Greer and Damir Mrsic. Fenerbahce must take Mickeal into foul trouble and rely on its frontcourt to control the defensive rebound. Barcelona must play the way it has done so far this season, controlling the game tempo through Rubio and being all over the place in defense. Expect a pivotal game in the fight to win Group A.

REFEREES: Zoran Sutulovic, Boris Ryzhyk, Olegs Latisevs


GAME NOTES

Regal FC Barcelona

Forward Pete Mickeal was named Euroleague Basketball’s MVP for November after recording averaged 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and a 21 index over three games, all Barcelona wins.

Mickeal set a Euroleague career high in scoring with 26 points against Fenerbahce Ulker in Week 1.

Boni NDong matched a Euroleague career high with 19 points last week in a road win at Montepaschi.

Juan Carlos Navarro needs just 2 more three-pointers to reach 300 for his Euroleague career. He would be come the fifth player to accomplish that feat.

Terence Morris needs just 2 more blocked shot to reach 20th place on the Euroelague’s career shot-blocking charts. He has blocked 71 shots in 51 games over his career.

Morris has blocked at least 1 shot in six consecutive Euroleague games.

Fran Vazquez tied Marcus Goree for second place on the Euroleague career blocked shot list last week when he swatted 2 shots. Vazquez now has 120 blocks in 104 career games.

Ricky Rubio has recorded at least one steal in each of his last 15 Euroleague appearances.

Rubio has made 15 straight free throws over his last six Euroleague games.

Fenerbahce Ulker

Mirsad Turkcan, Lynn Greer and Barcelona forward Pete Mickeal were teammates briefly during the 2004-05 season at Dynamo Moscow. Mickael played only one Eurocup game with Moscow before moving to Makedonikos Kozani.

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

Point forward Emir Preldzic and Barcelona guard Jaka Lakovic played together on the Slovenian national team at the 2008 Pre-Olympic Qualifying tournament.

Lynn Greer needs 20 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Oguz Savas has averaged 13 points and 6.3 rebounds per game at home this season, but just 3.5 points and 3 rebounds on the road.

Damir Kaan Mrsic had his best performance of the season last week with 16 points and 5 assists in a road win at Zalgiris.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"We start the second round of game and after the road win in Siena, we may have the feeling that we already did all we needed to be first, but that is not true. If we believe that, we will have troubles to beat Fenerbahce Ulker. It will be in the Top 16 for sure and can even make it to the Quarterfinal Playoffs. It is a team able to score and imtimidate. They are getting better as the season goes by, have a lot of potential and can do well in this year's Euroleague."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"This is the revenge of the game in which we made a terrible start to the Euroleague season. They are one of the two unbeaten teams of the whole league at the moment. There's nothing much to say about their roster. They have plenty of stars who have gelled in good harmony. Of course we are better than in the first game we played at home but it's still the same difficult game against a very tough opponent. Now they will have the home advantage, too. We will try to play better and also try to have a better result which can be also counted as a win."

Players

LAKOVIC, JAKA
Regal FC Barcelona
"Barcelona is the favourite team in this game and we have to take that tole. We work hard to prepare each and every game and we want to be 100% ready for this one against Fenerbahce Ulker. We are not interested in anything else than beating Fenerbahce. We expect to see a different team than in Game 1. Fenerbahce plays better now, they are used to each other so it is logical. They know each other well now and are playing better basketball."
BASAK, RASIM
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We will play one of the two unbeaten teams so far this season. They had a well deserved victory against us in the first game of our group. But we were not that kind of a weak team to lose Regal Barcelona with that much big difference like 23 points. What we need to do is to prove that we are a kind of tough team to beat. On the other hand, we know that winning there is a kind of very tough target to reach. But there's nothing you can call impossible in sports."
Jaka Lakovic - Regal FC BarcelonaIt was an easy night for Regal FC Barcelona, who thrashed visiting Fenerbahce Ulker by 89-55 in Group A. This result, combined with Cibona's loss at Siena makes Barcelona the first team to punch a ticket for the Top 16, as it improves to 6-0 in the standings. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce Ulker drops to 3-3 for sole possession of third place. Thanks to superb second and third quarters commanded by Fran Vazquez and Juan Carlos Navarro, Barca pulled away fast to leads over the 30 points that made Fenerbahce surrender too early. Jaka Lakovic and Vazquez led the winners with 14 points each, Pete Mickeal had 12 and Navarro and Erazem Lorbek posted 11 apiece. For the guests, Lynn Greer had 13 points.

The Sportingbet MVP for November, Pete Mickeal, opened the game in style as he buried four points for a starting 8-2 Regal FC Barcelona lead. Fenerbahce Ulker struggled in offense and it wasn't until minute 7:30 that Lynn Greer scored again for the guests, making it a 2 of 9 from the field at that point. Erazem Lorbek replied with authority with his dunk, as Barca managed to move the ball in offense and the guests could only stop it with fouls in the paint. Greer and N'Dong traded free throws, but a final turnover by Fenerbahce allowed Jaka Lakovic to cross the court for a layup on the buzzer that made it 15-6 after 10 minutes.

Fenerbahce Ulker started the second quarter in a better way with Emir Preldzic's basket and a good defense, but Lakovic stopped the situation for Barcelona, 17-8. Tarence Kinsey blasted the game's first triple but Mickeal scored from the line for a 22-11 Barcelona edge. The hosts were not allowing open shots to the guests at any cost, but Lakovic and Rasim Basak traded threes. However, the percentage from the arc of Fenerbahce allowed Barca to pull the defensive boards and run in offense. Terence Morris and Omer Asik traded monster blocks to bring the crowd to its feet. It was time to trade again, but this time it was threes between Morris and Greer as the game started to pick a much faster pace than in the first quarter. Serhat Cetin cut the deficit down to 11 points again, 32-21. But it went up again fast when Ricky Rubio fed Fran Vazquez for an impossible alley-oop that brought the house down, 36-21. Juan Carlos Navarro finally scored his first points with a three for 39-21 that was putting Fenerbahce in a dangerous spot, at the same time as Omer Onan had to walk to the bench due to a fortuitous ankle injury. Lakovic still had some time left to squeeze in a last basket-plus-foul play for a 42-21 halftime score that capped a 10-0 run.

Lynn Greer - Fenerbahce UlkerNavarro was the first scorer of the second half now, and Vazquez joined in to destroy the rim with a dunk that made it a 25-point game, 46-21. Gordan Giricek finally scored for Fenerbahce but Vazquez slammed again twice fast to keep a safe distance, 50-23. Damir Mrsic came to the rescue but as most people expected, Navarro hit a new three, becoming his 300th in Euroleague history, to make the lead even bigger. Boni N'Dong hit free throws to make it a 30-point game as the party went on in the stands. Mrsic and Asik scored for the guests after a long drought but Navarro and Mickeal punished that with threes that made it 65-31. Asik closed the quarter on a positive note for Fenerbahce with a three-point play, 67-36 after 30 minutes.

Greer started the last period with a basket making it a 0-5, but N'Dong tipped in Roger Grimau's miss to put the difference above the 30 points again, and then Victor Sada has a bank three that was replied by Giricek's triple, 72-45. Asik was really active now as Fenerbahce seemed to pick up the rhythm a little more, but it was too late because Barcelona never relaxed with Jordi Trias going for every offensive rebound and when youngster Xavi Rabaseda slammed the ball in Fenerbahce's rim for his first Euroleague points ever, the arena exploded in joy. It was clear that Barca would take this win and become the first team in 2009 to punch a ticket for the Top 16.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 4227
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Regal FC Barcelona15272522
Fenerbahce Ulker6151519
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Fenerbahce Ulker6213655
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
# 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 TRIAS, JORDI 10:53   0/1     1 2 3 1         2   1
9 RUBIO, RICKY 17:08   0/2       2 2 4   1     2 2 3
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 18:26 14 5/9 1/1 1/1   1 1 3 1 1   3 2 3 12
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 23:01 11 1/2 3/6     1 1 5 1 2     1 3 14
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 11:21 14 7/8   0/2   1 1   2 1 1   1 2 15
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 14:07 6 2/7   2/2 1 3 4   1 1       1 6
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 3:52 4 1/1   2/2       1   1       1 5
23 MORRIS, TERENCE 20:11 7 1/1 1/2 2/2   7 7 1 2   2   1 2 19
24 SADA, VICTOR 13:52 3   1/2         2   1     2   1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 23:28 11 5/9 0/1 1/2 2 3 5 1 3         1 15
33 MICKEAL, PETE 25:32 12 4/6 1/2 1/2 1 5 6   2   1 1 1 1 16
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 18:09 7 3/5 0/1 1/1 1 1 2   2 1     1 1 7
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 89 29/51 7/15 10/14 9 26 35 18 14 9 4 4 13 17 117
56.9% 46.7% 71.4%
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: 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
7 ONAN, OMER 13:17   0/1 0/1     1 1 1 2 1     1    
8 BASAK, RASIM 11:38 3   1/1         2 1           6
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 10:47   0/1     1 2 3   1 2     3   -2
10 GIRICEK, GORDAN 28:21 9 2/7 1/4 2/2 1 4 5 1 1 4   1 2 1 2
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 15:34 6   2/3                       5
14 GREER, LYNN 19:00 13 4/6 1/1 2/2   1 1     4 1 1 2 3 9
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 16:32   0/1     1 2 3     2     3 1 -2
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 23:26 3 0/5 1/3     2 2 1   1     2 2 -2
24 ASIK, OMER 26:38 9 4/7   1/1 1 6 7 2   2 3 1 2 3 16
33 CETIN, SERHAT 14:29 6 3/3 0/2             2     1 1 2
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 20:18 6 3/4 0/3     3 3 1   2   1 1 2 4
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 200:00 55 16/35 6/18 5/5 5 22 27 8 5 22 4 4 17 13 38
45.7% 33.3% 100%
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Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"We are very happy about this win tonight. Not only about thewin itself, but about how we won it. The team kept good concentration throughout the forty minutes and overall I think it was a well-rounded game for us. It was nice to have this game at home so that our fans could enjoy it."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Barcelona is a great team, they played great. As fo us, I don't really know what happened tonigght. We normally play better than this and never play this badly. I am really sorry for the image that we gave tonight to the fans in Barcelona. We are really a good team, but tonight we didn't show it. I think Barcelona is the best team in Europe right now, they play together and I am sure they will do good at the end of teh season. Together with Real Madrid and Panathinaikos, they are the op teams in Europe."

Players

NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
Regal FC Barcelona
"We expected a different Fenerbahce Ulker, that's true. But I also think that you canno take anything away from our win because we started the game very concentrated. I am happy with the way the team is performing. Many players who normally do not have many minutes, saw playing time tonight and that's good for everyone. There are still many games ahead of us."
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