2015-16Top 16Round 2
January 08, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PIONIR

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.3 Points 77.5
35.0 Rebounds 33.5
11.7 O. Rebounds 10.1
23.3 D. Rebounds 23.4
17.9 Assists 16.6
6.5 Steals 5.8
3.2 Blocks 3.6
14.8 Turnovers 11.8
51.4 % 2PT 50.2 %
34.5 % 3PT 37.0 %
73.2 % FT 77.9 %
79.5 Index 88.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.8 / Zirbes Points 13.0 / Vesely
7.3 / Miller Rebounds 6.2 / Vesely
3.0 / Zirbes OR 2.5 / Vesely
6.2 / Miller DR 3.7 / Vesely
7.7 / Jovic Assists 3.7 / Sloukas
1.5 / Jovic Steals 1.5 / Vesely
1.8 / Miller Blocks 1.9 / Udoh
2.6 / Miller Turnovers 2.0 / Datome
68.9 % / Zirbes 2PT 62.0 % / Udoh
44.2 % / Simonovic 3PT 50.0 % / Vesely
87.5 % / Jovic FT 93.8 % / Datome
19.6 / Zirbes Index 16.2 / Vesely


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-1 Top 16 1-0
5-5 Regular Season 8-2
5-6 Overall 9-2


Crew Chief

The Take

Crvena Zvezda comes home looking to bounce back from a tough road loss to start the Top 16, but faces Fenerbahce Istanbul, which won both games between the sides in the regular season. Former Zvezda player Pero Antic led a balanced attack with 14 points in a 60-74 victory in Belgrade before Ekpe Udoh posted 13 points and 4 blocks in a 79-61 victory in Turkey. Balance was again Fenerbahce’s calling card as it beat Panathinaikos to open the Top 16. Coach Zeljko Obradovic’s side has five players averaging double digits in performance index rating and two more not far behind. Zvezda’s heroes have been point guard Stefan Jovic, whose 7.7 assists per game are tied for the most in the league, center Maik Zirbes and forward Quincy Miller. Bobby Dixon and Kostas Sloukas will match up with Jovic and Vasilije Micic, while Branko Lazic, Marko Guduric and Tarence Kinsey counter Fenerbahce’s Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nikola Kalinic and Luigi Datome on the wings. Jan Vesely, Antic and Udoh aim to control the paint for Fenerbahce, but won’t have it easy against Miller, Zirbes, Vladimir Stimac and Marko Simonovic. Zvezda is always the favorite when backed by its passionate fans at home, but with a win in Belgrade already this season Fenerbahce has not only the talent, but the confidence to claim another major road win.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Game Notes

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Thirteen different players have started for Crvena Zvezda already this season; no player has started every game.

Since Stefan Jovic has become Zvezda’s starting point guard, the team is averaging 83.6 points per game. In the games before that point, Zvezda was averaging 66.3 points per game.

Branko Lazic has recorded at least 1 steal in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Maik Zirbes has scored in double figures in five straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Quincy Miller has scored in double figures in six of his last seven Euroleague games.

Miller was a teammate of Fenerbahce big man Jan Vesely during the 2013-14 season in the NBA with Denver.

Marko Simonovic and Vladimir Stimac have been teammates of Fenerbahce players Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Kalinic on the Serbian national team in recent years. All four were on the Serbia roster that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Istanbul.

Simonovic, Bogdanovic and Kalinic helped Serbia to the semifinals of EuroBasket 2015 over the summer.

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Coach Obradovic has used 15 different players in Euroleague games so far this season.

Ekpe Udoh has blocked at least 1 shot in eight consecutive games.

Bogdan Bogdanovic has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Bobby Dixon has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight Euroleague games.

Jan Vesely has recorded a performance index rating in double figures in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Nikola Kalinic spent last season with Crvena Zvezda and was a teammate of much of its current roster. He helped the team with the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles.

Kalinic was a teammate of Crvena Zvezda forward Stefan Jovic not only last season with Crvena Zvezda, but also in 2013-14 with Radnicki Kragujevac.

Pero Antic spent two seasons as a Crvena Zvezda player between 2005 and 2007. He helped the team with the 2006 Serbia & Montenegro Cup and reach the 2007 Eurocup quarterfinals.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This will be our fourth game against Fenerbahce this season, once we played during the pre-season, and twice during the Euroleague [Regular Season] and in all three games that we played we lost. Now in the Top 16 we have another chance to play again against a team which I think could make their to the Euroleague Final four, maybe even further. We showed that in Pionir hall in front of our fans we can handle the best teams in Europe. Fenerbahce beat us three times this season, but we're hoping that we can make a surprise and come out with the first Top 16 win. About our problems with injuries, Vasilije Micic is absent because he has a fever and Marko Simonovic still has problems with his ankle, the rest of the players are in good health and I hope it will remain so until Friday’s game."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We played with Zvezda in the regular season and we know them well. But we have to forget everything that happened in those two games. They have changed the team, and started excellent in the Top 16. They played a good game against Efes, and now they play at home, where it's hard to play because fans help a lot. To play a good game we will need to be concentrated for 40 minutes."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"It's going to be a totally different atmosphere than the other games. They have some new players and now play in Pionir, a smaller arena which I know very well and its atmosphere. We have to start strong and for 40 minutes play the system that coach tells us. We will have to be concentrated throughout because if we let them catch their momentum, it will be difficult for us to come back."

Fenerbahce rolls to monster win in Belgrade

Fenerbahce Istanbul went into one of the toughest road venues on the continent and walked away with one of its biggest away wins, topping Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 65-88 on Friday night in Hala Pionir. It was Fenerbahce’s third win in as many games against Zvezda this season, and second in the Serbian capital after downing Zvezda during the regular season in Kombank Arena Belgrade. The win was the biggest in club history since a 52-82 blowout of Opel Skyliners in the 2004-05 season opener and improved Fenerbahce to 2-0 and a share of first place in Group E, while Zvezda dropped to 0-2. Fenerbahce had a 0-11 run that bridged the first and second quarters, and a 1-12 run to end the first half to open a 28-41 halftime lead. After the break, four third quarter triples in a span of three minutes and 15 seconds helped Fenerbahce pull away to 37-59. Zvezda came within 56-67, but Jan Vesely was unstoppable with 15 points and 15 rebounds, which tied his career-high. Vesely’s career-best 10 on the offensive glass was 1 shy of a Turkish Airlines Euroleague record and the most by a player since the 2012-13 season. Vesely also tied a club record with 5 blocks. Luigi Datome netted 21 points, and Bobby Dixon finished with 17 points and a career-high 11 assists, Ekpe Udoh posted 12 points and 7 rebounds, and Pero Antic also scored 12 in victory. Quincy Miller dropped 21 and blocked 4 shots for Zvezda, while Marko Guduric had 9 points and Stefan Jovic 8 in the losing effort.

First quarter: Fenerbahce goes in front, Zvezda quickly rallies

Dixon started the scoring with a triple, before Udoh’s jumper followed by a pair of free throws capped a 0-7 start. Branko Lazic and Datome traded jumpers, and Datome’s driving layup made it 3-11. Tarance Kinsey scored his first Euroleague basket for Zvezda on the other end, and Nemanja Dangubic scored inside. Vesely made a layup after a dish from Dixon, before another long jumper from Kinsey cut it to 9-14. Miller was in foul trouble early, but his foul shots and a driving layup got the hosts within 13-14. After a timeout, Zvezda went in front on a driving layup by Dangubic, capping an 8-0 run. Udoh made foul shots, but Miller knocked down a three to make it 18-16. Antic made a turnaround jumper for Fenerbahce, and after Vasilije Micic drove for a layup for the hosts, Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a fade-away jumper for the visitors. Dixon scored a three-point play on a baseline floater with a second to go in the quarter to make it 20-23 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Fenerbahce pulls away behind two big runs

Bogdanovic took a fast break all the way to open scoring in the quarter. Antic added a dunk, and Vesely scored from close range to make it 20-29, forcing a timeout from Coach Dejan Radonjic. Zvezda was held without a point for almost five minutes to open the quarter, and six minutes in total, when Maik Zirbes opened his account from close range, snapping a 0-11 run. Stefan Jovic buried a triple, and Miller made 2 from the free throw line to get the hosts within 27-29. After a Fenerbahce timeout, Datome knocked down a jumper and Antic followed with a three-pointer, 27-34. Antic’s free throws extended the margin back to 9, and Fenerbahce made defensive stands on the following two possessions. A corner three from Datome and an easy layup from Udoh made it 28-41 at halftime, capping a 1-12 run as Zvezda was kept without a field goal for the final 4:24 of the half.

Third quarter: Visitors hit from downtown to break it open

Zirbes made foul shots and Jovic scored a basket before Fenerbahce went on a 0-8 run during which Datome scored a basket and Dixon and Antic buried back-to-back threes to lead 31-49. After a Zvezda timeout, Kinsey made a baseline jumper, but Bogdanovic hit Fenerbahce’s third consecutive shot from downtown. Marko Guduric answered with a three-pointer, but Datome hit another corner three, followed it with 2 free throws, and Ricky Hickman’s driving layup opened a 37-59 margin. Guduric made 3 of 4 free throws, but a basket from Berk Ugurlu kept the margin at 20 points1. Udoh added a dunk over Lazic, before a long triple from Micic ended Zvezda’s drought of more than six minutes without a field goal, making it 46-63.

Fourth quarter: Jan Vesely does it all

Vesely opened the fourth with a put-back dunk, and after Guduric answered with a triple, Vesely had another second-chance basket. But Miller strung together 7 points, including a triple that cut it to 56-67 with seven minutes to go. After a timeout, however, Vesely had a dunk and a triple to increase the margin back to 56-62. Vladimir Stimac and Datome traded baskets, and after Stimac scored inside again, Vesely had another put-back dunk to make it 60-76 midway through the fourth. Dixon buried a triple and drove the open lane for a layup and a 21-point advantage. Miller answered with a wide-open three-pointer, but Datome scored inside. Stimac rounded out Zvzeda’s scoring with a dunk, but Dixon beat the final buzzer with a corner triple that raised the margin to 23 points, the highest of the night.

Luigi Datome - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Friday, January 8, 2016
Attendance: 6421
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade2081819
Fenerbahce Istanbul23182225
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade20284665
Fenerbahce Istanbul23416388
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 KINSEY, TARENCE 20:00 6 3/8 0/1   1 1 2 5 1 1   1 1 1 6
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 3:02                              
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 17:09 4 2/4 0/1     4 4     3   1 4 2 -1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 10:37 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1   1     1     4 2 -4
13 MICIC, VASILIJE 15:11 5 1/4 1/2     1 1 3   1   1 3 1 1
15 TEJIC, MARKO 6:48   0/1   0/2   2 2 2           1 2
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 17:41   0/3 0/1   1 1 2   1           -1
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 19:37 9 0/2 2/2 3/4   1 1   2 1   2 1 3 8
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 21:40 8 2/3 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 3 3 2     3 2 10
30 MILLER, QUINCY 28:15 21 2/2 3/4 8/8   3 3     1 4   3 4 27
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 24:50 5 1/5   3/6 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 5
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 15:10 6 3/7     2 1 3               5
Totals 200:00 65 14/40 7/15 16/24 8 20 28 14 8 11 5 7 21 19 58
        35% 46.7% 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
Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 11:31 2 1/3 0/1           1     1 2 2 -1
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 UDOH, EKPE 31:41 12 3/9 0/1 6/6 2 5 7 2 1   2 1 2 4 18
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 ANTIC, PERO 20:03 12 2/2 2/4 2/2 1 3 4 1 1 2     2 1 13
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 28:29 7 2/3 1/3     3 3 2 3 1   1 3 2 9
14 YURTSEVEN, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK 8:56 2 1/1           1   2     1 2 2
24 VESELY, JAN 28:16 15 6/12 1/1 0/4 10 5 15 3   3 5 1 2 3 25
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 10:47     0/1   1 2 3 1 2 1     1 1 4
35 DIXON, BOBBY 31:04 17 2/6 4/10 1/1   5 5 11 1 1   1 3 4 23
70 DATOME, LUIGI 29:13 21 6/8 2/2 3/4 1 5 6 1   1     3 2 23
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 88 23/44 10/23 12/17 17 29 46 22 9 11 7 5 19 21 119
        52.3% 43.5% 70.6%

Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We were ready to fight for the win but it was obvious at the beginning of the game that Fenerbahce is a much better team at the moment. They had too many offensive rebounds and too many second-chance points. They controlled the game all the way. We will continue to fight because there are 12 more games." 
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Crvena Zvezda is a much better team than at the beginning of the season when we met twice. The fans are pushing Crvena Zvezda here in Pionir and I am sure it will be the rare visiting team that will celebrate here. We played good and smart at both ends of the court. There are lot of games and trips ahead and we need a strong bench. This game we won on defense."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to Fenerbahce for the win, which they deserved. They punished every mistake we made. I think we played tonight against the strongest team in Europe at the moment."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Thanks to Crvena Zvezda's supporters for the excellent atmosphere. I really enjoyed it and I played good on defense.That provided some good offensive moves and I am satisfied."
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