Regular Season Round 9 - January 08, 2009 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - TIVOLI ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-7 Regular Season 4-4
1-7 Overall 4-4

Referees

Crew Chief
PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
CONDE, ANTONIO, Spain
Umpire
KRAUSE, OLIVER, Germany

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.5 Points 74.9
33.8 Rebounds 35.0
12.6 O. Rebounds 11.3
21.1 D. Rebounds 23.8
9.6 Assists 11.0
7.1 Steals 6.8
2.4 Blocks 3.3
16.0 Turnovers 13.4
46.6 % 2PT 48.9 %
30.1 % 3PT 32.9 %
67.7 % FT 74.3 %
61.9 Index 72.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.4 / Begic Points 13.6 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
6.0 / Begic Rebounds 8.6 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
2.8 / Begic OR 2.9 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
3.3 / Begic DR 5.8 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
2.2 / Ilievski Assists 3.8 / Green, M.
1.3 / OZBOLT, SASO Steals 1.9 / Green, M.
1.6 / Begic Blocks 0.9 / Smith
4.0 / Ilievski Turnovers 3.0 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
64.3 % / OZBOLT, SASO 2PT 83.3 % / MRSIC, DAMIR
38.9 % / Rudez 3PT 50.0 % / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
100.0 % / OZBOLT, SASO FT 100.0 % / MRSIC, DAMIR
13.5 / Begic Index 15.1 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD

THE TAKE

Union Olimpija will try to play a spoiler role this week when it hosts Fenerbahce Ulker in a Group C matchup at Tivoli Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Olimpija, which has lost three straight and has won only one game this season, has been mathematically eliminated from advancing to the Top 16, but Fener can clinch a berth with a road win. The previous meeting between these two teams in November was a true thriller as the Turkish champs won 89-87 after two overtimes. Emir Preldzic recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Mirsad Turkcan added a double-double for the winners. Vlado Ilievski paced Olimpija with a season-high 22 points, but is no longer with the club, paving the way for Olimpija’s next generation of stars to take center stage in their last regular season games. Team captain Marko Milic returns after an injury and Saso Ozbolt and Jasmin Hukic join him as the few players with significant experience for the Slovenian champs. Meanwhile Fenerbahce, which has a very young squad itself, features more experienced players, many of whom reached the Quarterfinal Playoffs. One duel to keep an eye on will be in the paint, where Fener will look to Oguz Savas, Semih Erden and Gasper Vidmar to handle the 2.20-meter Mirza Begic. Milic, Miha Zupan and Vladimir Golubovic join Begic in an imposing frontline. The visitors counter with Turkcan, Preldzic and Rasim Basak. On the wings, Devin Smith and veteran shooter Damir Kaan Mrsic lead the way for Fener, while Olimpija boasts Ozbolt, Damjan Rudez, and Frank Robinson. At point guard, Olimpija features Jaka Klobucar and teenage prospect Mirza Sarajlija, who’ll face the visiting Marques Green. Although Olimpija has a poor record, it has lost several games by 5 points or less and head coach Jure Zdovc will surely have his players ready to fight for the home win. But with more at stake, Fenerbahce remains the favorite to rise to the occasion and punch its ticket to the Top 16 this week.

GAME NOTES

Union OLimpija
  • Center Vladimir Golubovic has grabbed 9 rebounds in each of his last Euroleague games and despite averaging just 15 minutes per game, is ranked 12th in the competition with 2.3 offensive rebounds per game.
  • Big man Miha Zupan and swingman Jaka Klobucar were teammates with Fenerbahce forward Emir Preldzic on the Slovenian national team at the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens last summer.
  • Team captain Marko Milic spent half a season playing for Fenerbahce during the 1998-99 campaign. He took part in 11 Euroleague games with the club, averaging 15.5 points and 4.8 rebounds playing alongside stars like Ibrahim Kutluay, Zan Tabak and the late Conrad McRae.
Fenerbahce Ulker
  • Playmaker Marques Green has recorded a steal in every game this season. He is tied for sixth in the league with 1.9 steals per game.
  • Forward Devin Smith is coming off his best Euroleague performance to date with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in a home win over DKV Joventut before the winter break.
  • Head coach Bogdan Tanjevic and his Olimpija counterpart Jure Zdovc both won their first championships as head coaches with the same team. Tanjevic led Bosna Sarajevo to the 1978 Yugoslavian championship and Zdovc did the same last season.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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Quotes Head Coaches

ZDOVC, JURE
Union Olimpija
"Fenerbahce Ulker will come to Ljubljana with tons of motivation because a win can secure them a Top 16 berth. We have enough problems with ourselves, but we will do everything in our hands to keep this win at home. Fenerbahce is a rather irregular team I think. They can have some outstanding games and beat any team that crosses its path, or they can go down deep like in the last Turkish League game they lost against Galatasaray."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It’s a very important game for us. It can be a qualification game. Union Olimpija won’t feel any stress because they have nothing to lose. They don’t have any pressure on their shoulders like we do. It doesn’t change anything and they are still a very good team. They also have very good size at the same time. We are going to have a very, very tough game. We have to play much better than we did against Galatasaray Cafe Crown at the weekend in the Turkish League. I hope we win for the good of the next stage."

Players

MILIC, MARKO
Union Olimpija
"Since it is the last Euroleague home game we want to give our fans a win over Fenerbahce Ulker. It won't be easy as they have a lot at stake with this game. We hope to play well for the 40 minutes, only that way you can win in the Euroleague."
GREEN, MARQUES
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Obviously it’s one of the hardest game of the season. I remember the game we played against Union Olimpija in Abdi Ipekci. They were really tough to beat. I hope we have a better game there and win. That’s what we are focused on since last month."
Omer Onan - Fenerbahce UlkerFenerbahce Ulker stormed into the Last 16 from Group C with its highest scoring total all season in a no-doubt-about it 70-90 road win against already-eliminated Union Olimpija in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Thursday. Fenerbahce raised its record to 5-4 and now holds third place exclusively in the group. Due to its two victories over one of the four-win teams right behind it, DKV Joventut, Fenerbahce would qualify in any tie scenarios at the end of the regular season. Olimpija fell to 1-8 despite the return of team captain Marko Milic from a six-week injury. Fenerbahce was led by its veterans, as Omer Onan paced the scoring charge with 20 points. Mirsad Turkcan followed with 16, while Damir Kaan Mrsic had 14, including a pair of decive three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Oguz Savas 10. Fenerbahce made the most of 29 free-throw attempts, making 25, including 15 for 15 in the first half. The visitors decided a close game by lengthening their lead into double digits early in the final quarter, after which Mrsic's triples kept it there for good. Mirza Begic was the big gun for Olimpija, with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Frank Robinson backed him up with 11 points.

Onan got Fenerbahce started strong with a layup and a triple at 0-5. After Begic answered with a three-point play, Fenerbahce reeled off 8 unanswered points of which Onan scored the last 4 to make it 3-13. Begic ended Olimpija's slide with a dunk and team icon Milic scored his first basket after six weeks injured, but back-to-back triples by Marques Green opened Fenerbahce's lead again, to 11-19. The Begic-Milic duo was soon joined by Jasmin Hukic, however, whose basket-plus-free throw capped a 7-0 Olimpija run to make it 18-19. Soon, Miha Zupan's triple tied the score and free throws by Robinson gave Olimpija its first lead, 23-21. Devin Smith took it back for Fenerbahce with a triple, but Robinson's layup gave the first quarter to the hosts, 25-24.

Mirza Begic - Union OLimpijaRobinson kept his and Olimpija's momentum going with a three-point bomb to open the second quarter. Mrsic matched him for Fenerbahce and before long Smith was dunking the guests into the lead again, 30-31. Onan boosted them further with a triple from the arc to which Mrsic added free throws. Again, Olimpija responded well, as Begic, Hukic, Vladimir Golubovic and Mirza Sarajlija filled an 8-0 blast to retake the lead at 38-36. Free throws by Savas to forge another tie signalled a string of trips to the foul line. Robinsion's 2 free throws put Olimpija ahead, but Elmir Preldzic hit 3 of 3 and Turkcan 2 of 2 from the line to make it 40-43 for Fenerbahce. Begic went to the line next, making his, too, as both teams were perfect through 25 shared free throws until then. True baskets returned, however, as Saralija and Hukic hit shots that Turkcan bettered with a two-pointer and a triple. And when Preldzic got loose for the half's last basket, Fenerbahce had a 47-50 lead.

Begic put Olimpija back within a point, 49-50, with the second half's first basket. A quiet 2 minutes ended with Green feeding Preldzic long for a layup. After Golubovic and Turkcan traded shots, Jaka Klobucar got a second chance after making 1 of 2 free throws and tied it 54-54 with a nifty layup. Mrsic responded from deep, however, and Onan scored a fastbreak layup and free throw for a 54-60 edge to the visitors. Olimpija seemed to cut that in half on Damjan Rudez's long triple, but Onan matched that within seconds. Klobucar canned the next long-distance shot for the hosts, but Savas fed Smith for a dunk and rolled in a jumper as Fenerbahce took a 60-67 advantage after 30 minutes.

Savas was perfect from the line to start the final quarter by extending the Fenerbahce advantage to its biggest of the game so far, 60-69. Begic responded for Olimpija, Turkcan did the same for Fenerbahce, then the visitors slowed a fastbreak to find Mrsic on the arc for a triple that meant the first double-digit advantage, 62-74. Begic came out of a timeout trying to spark Olimpija with a layup and dunk, but in between, the hosts left Mrsic open again and he drilled it. When Semi Erden soon added a three-point-play the hard way, Fenerbahce was up 68-80 with 4 minutes left and the outcome was clear. Fenerbahce was going to the next round with a much-deserved victory.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), KRAUSE, OLIVER (GER)
Attendance: 3000
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Union Olimpija25221310
Fenerbahce Ulker24261723
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Fenerbahce Ulker24506790
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE
Union Olimpija
# 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 KLOBUCAR, JAKA 24:14 6 1/2 1/4 1/2 2 2 4 1   3     2 4 5
9 RUDEZ, DAMJAN 9:55 3 0/1 1/1             1     2   -1
11 SIRNIK, MATIC 1:08           1 1               1
12 MILIC, MARKO 26:04 5 2/8   1/2 1 1 2   2 2     3 2 -1
13 HUKIC, JASMIN 35:17 7 2/4 0/7 3/3 1 1 2 4   2     2 4 4
14 ROBINSON, FRANK 28:32 11 2/4 1/1 4/4 1 2 3 1 1 3   1 1 3 12
15 BEGIC, MIRZA 25:03 23 9/14   5/5 6 7 13     2 2   2 5 34
16 SARAJLIJA, MIRZA 23:31 6 3/3 0/1   1 1 2 1 1 1     5 2 5
20 RADOJEVIC, DEJAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR 14:57 6 3/5       1 1     2     4 1  
24 ZUPAN, MIHA 11:19 3 0/1 1/3                   2   -2
31 OZBOLT, SASO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 70 22/42 4/17 14/16 12 16 28 7 4 16 2 1 23 21 57
52.4% 23.5% 87.5%
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
4 GREEN, MARQUES 22:13 8 0/1 2/3 2/2   1 1 2 3 1     3 2 10
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 30:41 16 4/9 1/4 5/6 1 5 6 1 2 2     1 2 15
7 ONAN, OMER 34:48 20 4/9 3/6 3/3 1 1 2   2     2 3 3 14
8 BASAK, RASIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 21:06 6 2/4   2/5 3 3 6     1 1   2 6 11
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 18:42 14   4/7 2/2   1 1     1     1 2 12
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 8:18           1 1 1   2     3   -3
16 MUTAF, CAN MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 19:55 10 2/2 0/1 6/6 2 1 3 2 2       3 5 18
32 SMITH, DEVIN 23:44 7 2/3 1/2     2 2   1 1     2   5
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 20:33 9 2/2 0/3 5/5   2 2     1     3 3 7
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 90 16/30 11/26 25/29 7 17 24 6 10 10 1 2 21 23 88
53.3% 42.3% 86.2%
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Head Coaches

ZDOVC, JURE
Union Olimpija
"If we had lost by 10 points, I'd be satisfied, but 20 are too many. We worked during 35 minutes no to lose by so much, and in the last 5 minutes, we threw everything out the window. Without Saso Ozbolt, who was injured a day before the game, we didn't have a chance to win. We were unable to organize our offensive possessions and with so few players it is impossible to play at a high level for 40 minutes."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"I am very happy. We achieved the objective for which we came to Ljubljana. We are in the Top 16, and now things will be easier. Our job has been as difficult as if Union Olimpija had played with its full roster. Without Ozbolt and Ilievski, Union Olimpija is not the same team that we played against in Istanbul. I am satisfied with the majority of my players. Only the young ones haven't played at the level we would have wished."

Players

BEGIC, MIRZA
Union Olimpija
"We battled as well as we could, but without Ozbolt and Ilievski, by which I mean without a floor general, we couldn't have won. The 20 points of the final margin aren't the real image of the game, either, because we were even for three-quarters of the game."
VIDMAR, GASPER
Fenerbahce Ulker
"What's important is that we have qualified for the Top 16. Now, we can play relaxed and without pressure. I wish all the best in the future to Union Olimpija."
PRELDZIC, EMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Over three quarters the game was very even, and in the last one we played really well. Without a doubt it was clear that Union Olimpija didn't play with all its players."
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