2015-16Top 16Round 1
December 30, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.0 Points 75.6
33.7 Rebounds 33.7
10.0 O. Rebounds 8.2
23.7 D. Rebounds 25.5
16.7 Assists 20.9
5.9 Steals 7.9
3.3 Blocks 2.8
11.8 Turnovers 14.0
50.0 % 2PT 53.5 %
36.7 % 3PT 36.5 %
77.7 % FT 70.0 %
87.1 Index 89.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.1 / Vesely Points 11.8 / Gist
6.2 / Vesely Rebounds 5.0 / Calathes
2.4 / Vesely OR 2.0 / Kuzmic
3.8 / Vesely DR 4.3 / Calathes
4.0 / Sloukas Assists 6.8 / Calathes
1.6 / Vesely Steals 1.8 / Calathes
1.8 / Udoh Blocks 0.8 / Gist
2.0 / Sloukas Turnovers 2.7 / Calathes
60.0 % / Udoh 2PT 72.0 % / Jankovic
50.0 % / Vesely 3PT 47.8 % / Fotsis
96.4 % / Datome FT 86.5 % / Raduljica
16.4 / Vesely Index 15.5 / Calathes

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
8-2 Overall 6-4

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain
Referee
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia
Umpire
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

The Take

In a power-duel in the opening week of the Top 16, Fenerbahce Istanbul welcomes Panathinaikos Athens to the Asian side of Istanbul. It marks the fifth time Fenerbahce head coach Zeljko Obradovic goes against a team he led to five Euroleague titles, and the first time he goes against his former player Sasha Djordjevic, now head coach of Panathinaikos. The two teams are among the top four defenses so far in Euroleague, with Fenerbahce allowing the third-lowest points (70.7 ppg.) and Panathinaikos right behind (71.0 ppg.). The Greens carry a four-game winning streak into this game and their recent success starts with the backcourt led by playmaker Nick Calathes and the legend Dimitris Diamantidis. The two will try to slow down Fener’s motors, Kostas Sloukas and Bobby Dixon. Both backcourts are hoping to get additional boosts and few extra minutes from their returnee point guards, Nikos Pappas for Panathinaikos and Ricky Hickman for Fenerbahce. The hosts feature the best perimeter defense in the competition, holding opponents to a mere 28.7% three-point shooting due in part to Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nikola Kalinic and Luigi Datome. The trio, which holds offensive firepower of its own, will match up at the wings against James Feldeine, Vlado Jankovic and Sasha Pavlovic. Panathinaikos has plenty of scoring options in its frontcourt. Miroslav Raduljica and Ognjen Kuzmic do the work inside, veteran Antonis Fotsis stretches the floor, and so does highlight-reel forward James Gist, who also helps the Greens protect the rim and hold opponents to a measly 46.2% two-point shooting. But they’ll have their hands full in this one, as Fenerbahce’s trio of Jan Vesely, Pero Antic and Ekpe Udoh has equal, if not better, size and athleticism.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Game Notes

Fenerbahce Istanbul

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

Coach Obradovic coached Panathinaikos head coach Sasha Djordjevic during the 1991-92 season at Partizan Belgrade in which all sides won their first Euroleague titles.

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

Bogdan Bogdanovic has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Luigi Datome has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Kostas Sloukas has teamed with Panathinaikos players Nick Calathes and Antonis Fotsis in recent summers on the Greek national team.

Panathinaikos Athens

Coach Djordjevic has coached Fenerbahce forward Nikola Kalinic in recent summers with the Serbian national team. Miroslav Raduljica also played on some of those teams.

James Gist needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Gist was a teammate of Fenerbahce big man Jan Vesely during the 2010-11 season at Partizan Belgrade.

Gist spent the 2011-12 season playing for Fenerbahce.

Dimitris Diamantidis trails retired CSKA great J.R. Holden by 9 points for seventh place on the Euroleague career scoring charts. Holden retired with 2,388 points.

Diamantidis has recorded at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Antonis Fotsis is 6 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

James Feldeine has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague games.

Nick Calathes has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games.

Calathes has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight Euroleague games.

Saturday, December 26, 2015
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Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We start the Top 16 against Panathinaikos at home. It‘s a team that of course we respect very much and like every game in the Top 16, it will be very tough and difficult. We must be 100% ready to play a good game."
DJORDJEVIC, ALEKSANDAR
Panathinaikos Athens
"Fenerbahce rested Hickman and Antic in the Efes game. They have an athletic team with great vertical ability. Jan Vesely really stands out, and they have a great backcourt with Dixon, Sloukas and Hickman. It will be a tough game for sure."

Players

UDOH, EKPE
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"First game of the Top 16; we took a little break and now we’re back at it. It’s gonna be a good physical competitive game. "
DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"We are on a good winning streak, but we have to keep improving because the Top 16 is going to be tough. Our feelings towards our former coach are always warm, but it's not about that, it's about two teams who will battle on the court."

Fenerbahce starts strong and hold on to beat Panathinaikos

Fenerbahce Istanbul trailed for only 17 seconds the entire night, but had to fight hard to hold off Panathinaikos Athens 82-75 in the Top 16 opener for both teams in Group E on Wednesday night. The hosts took control and a double-digit lead early by starting the game with a 14-0 run, but Miroslav Raduljica got the Greens going and a Vladimir Jankovic triple cut the deficit to 46-43 at halftime. The visitors melted the deficit more, and briefly went in front late in the third quarter, 56-58. But the hosts finished the third quarter with 6 straight points, then big men Ekpe Udoh inside and Pero Antic from downtown hit big shots down the stretch to restore a double-digit margin and lift Fenerbahce to victory and keep it perfect on its home floor this season. Udoh finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in victory. Luigi Datome netted 15 points, while Antic, Jan Vesely and Bogdan Bogdanovic each contributed 12 in victory. Raduljica and James Gist each scored 14 for Panathinaikos. Sasha Pavlovic scored 10, while Nick Calathes added 9 points in defeat.

First quarter: Great start for the hosts

Fenerbahce stormed out of the gate. Datome opened the scoring with a baseline jumper, and after Bobby Dixon fed Udoh for a layup, Datome hit another baseline jumper and added a pair of free throws to make it 8-0. Udoh served up a pair of blocked shots on the defensive end as Panathinaikos was held scoreless for more than four minutes to open the game. Udoh's short jumper and free throws from Bogdanovic and Pero Antic made it 14-0 before James Gist hit from downtown to open the Greens' account. But Dixon replied with a three of his own as Fenerbahce outhustled the visitors on the offensive boards as well. But Raduljica got Panathinaikos going by scoring a pair of baskets in traffic. Bogdanovic drove for a layup, but Raduljica answered with a monster dunk and then followed it up with a mid-range jumper to cut within 19-11. Udoh and Gist traded baskets inside, before Datome and Bogdanovic hit back-to-back from long range for the hosts to lead 27-13. However, Dimitris Diamantidis hit a runner and Jankovic knocked down a tough corner triple at the buzzer to make it 28-18 at the end of first quarter.

Second quarter: Greens rally back before halftime

Diamantidis opened the second quarter with a triple, and after an alley-oop dunk from Vesely, a triple from Antonis Fotsis cut the difference to 31-24. After Zeljko Obradovic called a timeout, Pavlovic scored a reverse layup that got the visitors within 6. Antic hit a three-pointer for Fenerbahce, but Raduljica scored inside and Pavlovic finished a fastbreak with a dunk to make it 35-30. Pavlovic added a driving layup for the Greens, but Vesely’s two-handed monster dunk over Gist extended the lead to 39-32. The Greens cut the deficit some more when Nick Calathes scored a three-point play. After Vesely’s free throws and a floater, Calathes made a runner and Jankovic had a tip-in that helped Panathinaikos close within 43-40. In the final minute, Bogdanovic and Jankovic traded three-pointers, making it 46-43 at halftime.

Third quarter: Panathinaikos takes a brief lead

Fenerbahce started the third quarter similar to the way it started the game. Datome hit a triple, and after 2 of 3 from the foul line from Dixon, Udoh drove to the hoop to make it 53-44. Gist hit a triple for the visitors, and Fotsis also nailed one from downtown for Panathinaikos to get within 54-52. Udoh made a jumper, but Nikos Pappas hit a floater and a runner on consecutive possessions to tie the game at 56-56 with three minutes to go in the qurter. After a Fenerbahce timeout, Pavlovic made a pair of foul shots that gave the visitors their first lead of the night, 56-58. However, the hosts finished the quarter with 6 unanswered points, as Udoh scored from close range and Bogdanovic made a nifty driving layup to give Fenerbahce a 62-58 advantage.

Fourth quarter: Antic’s triples help Fenerbahce hold on

Calathes hit a wild one-handed triple to beat the shot-clock, but Datome made a baseline jumper for the hosts. After free throws from Gist and Pavlovic cut it to 66-64, Udoh scored inside and Dixon made a steal and raced for a layup and a 6-point edge. Following a Panathinaikos timeout, Raduljica made a pair of foul shots, but Antic buried a corner three, extending the margin to . Panathinaikos kept getting to the foul line, and after a big dunk from Vesely, an equally big dunk from Gist made it 75-72. But Dixon nailed a jumper and Udoh scored a layup, before Antic sealed the deal with a triple, making it 82-72 with 1:08 to go. Gist gave the Greens hope with a three-pointer that snapped a 7-0 run, but Datome grabbed an offensive rebound on the next trip down the floor to secure victory for the hosts.

Bobby Dixon - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), PETEK, SASO (SLO)
Attendance: 9172
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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 3:44 2     2/2       1           1 4
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 UDOH, EKPE 29:58 16 8/11     3 4 7 1     3   1   23
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 ANTIC, PERO 28:11 12 0/3 3/6 3/4 2 3 5 1         3 3 11
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 33:25 12 2/3 2/2 2/2   3 3 4   3 1   3 3 16
14 YURTSEVEN, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 15:51 4 0/3 0/3 4/4   1 1 1   1     2 2 -1
24 VESELY, JAN 19:35 12 4/6   4/6 3 3 6 2   1 1   5 3 14
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 4:48   0/1 0/1   1   1           1 1 -1
35 DIXON, BOBBY 26:26 9 2/2 1/5 2/3   3 3 5 3 2 1   2 6 18
70 DATOME, LUIGI 38:02 15 3/7 2/3 3/4 2 2 4 1 2 4 1   3 3 13
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 82 19/36 8/20 20/25 11 20 31 16 5 12 7 0 20 22 97
        52.8% 40% 80%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 19:16 10 3/6 0/2 4/4 1   1 2 2 2   2 4 2 4
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 20:44 8 1/1 2/5   2 1 3 2         2   8
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 11:31 6   2/2     6 6             1 13
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 19:53 14 5/7   4/5 3 3 6           3 5 19
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 10:07 6 2/2 0/1 2/2   1 1           1 1 6
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 27:18   0/2 0/5   2   2 1 1 1   1 2 1 -6
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 12:55 5 1/1 1/3   1 1 2 5   1     1 1 9
14 GIST, JAMES 28:29 14 2/4 3/6 1/2 1   1 2   2     4 2 7
15 CALATHES, NICK 29:40 9 2/6 1/2 2/3   1 1 3 3 6   3 3 3 1
19 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 20:07 3 0/2   3/4   3 3 1 1     1 2 4 6
Team           1 4 5     3         2
Totals 200:00 75 16/31 9/26 16/20 11 20 31 16 7 15 0 7 22 20 69
        51.6% 34.6% 80%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, ALEKSANDAR

Players

UDOH, EKPE
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We were playing hard and stayed with our cause. That was a big deal. They made couple of runs, but we stayed with it."
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