2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 11, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.6 Points 77.5
34.9 Rebounds 35.1
11.3 O. Rebounds 12.4
23.6 D. Rebounds 22.8
16.4 Assists 16.6
5.3 Steals 7.0
2.6 Blocks 3.8
12.0 Turnovers 14.5
49.4 % 2PT 50.0 %
35.5 % 3PT 33.5 %
78.3 % FT 72.2 %
85.5 Index 78.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.9 / Vesely Points 17.5 / Miller
6.5 / Vesely Rebounds 6.5 / Miller
2.9 / Vesely OR 2.7 / Stimac
3.6 / Vesely DR 5.0 / Miller
3.8 / Sloukas Assists 7.5 / Jovic
1.3 / Vesely Steals 1.5 / Jovic
1.3 / Udoh Blocks 2.3 / Miller
2.3 / Sloukas Turnovers 2.7 / Miller
58.1 % / Udoh 2PT 100.0 % / Simanic
50.0 % / Yurtseven 3PT 41.2 % / Simonovic
96.2 % / Datome FT 100.0 % / Simanic
16.4 / Vesely Index 18.8 / Zirbes


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


Crew Chief

The Take

This is a very important game for both teams. Fenerbahce will lock up first place in Group A with a win. Zvezda will qualify with a win if Bayern wins, too. Fenerbahce already registered a 60-74 road win when these teams met last month in Belgrade, but may be without Ekpe Udoh this time. If Udoh remains sidelined, Jan Vesely, Pero Antic and Omer Yurtseven will see most of the playing time against a solid Zvezda frontcourt led by Maik Zirbes, Vladimir Stimac and Quincy Miller, who has averaged an index rating of 29.3 over the last three games and is already the third best scorer (17.5 ppg.) in the competition. Fenerbahce is taking good care of the ball with just 12 turnovers per game. Bobby Dixon, Kostas Sloukas and Bogdan Bogdanovic will be its main backcourt weapons against Stefan Jovic, Marcus Williams and Branko Lazic. Fenerbahce has an advantage at small forward with Luigi Datome and Nikola Kalinic and must make the most out of it. Zvezda must improve its defensive numbers (82.3 ppg. allowed, 23 fouls committed per game) to increase its chances to win this critical game on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Game Notes

Fenerbahce Istanbul

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

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

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

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.

Jan Vesely spent three years in Belgrade playing for Crvena Zvezda’s archrival, Partizan Belgrade.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Twelve 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 3-1 and averaging 88.8 points per game. In the games before that point, Zvezda was 1-3 and averaging 66.3 points per game.

Jovic has recorded at least 1 steal in five consecutives Euroleague games.

Quincy Miller has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last four Euroleague games. He is shooting 15 for 34 from downtown (44.1%) over that period.

Miller has blocked at least 1 shot in six straight Euroleague games.

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

Branko Lazic has recorded at least 1 steal in seven straight Euroleague games.

Maik Zirbes had made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We have a game against a Zvezda team that is totally different from the time we played them in Belgrade. They played a really good at home beating Real Madrid and Khimki, and they have a great addition in Marcus Williams. But it's not only about him, all the other players also play well and score. It will be a difficult game for us, for sure."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We're playing against the team who showed the most in the first round of the competition and who already secured their spot in Top 16. We're aware of the fact that they are great team, but we are turned only to ourselves, and first of all we must see which players will be able to play this game, because we have a lots of problems with viruses and colds. However, we're gonna go out there and play with high motivation and try to make good game against top team no matter what."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"They are coming to Istanbul and we expect a tough game. It's an important game for us because we want to be first to hopefully get an easier schedule in Top 16. They are playing ebtter than when we played them in Belgrade. They also have some new players like Marcus Williams, who I know from last year. He is a great player and person and will be hard guarding him. The rest of players from the first time we met are also playing really good now. I expect a very hard game, I don't think it will be easy at all. But we are also a good team, and if we play to the best of our abilities we should have no problem in this game."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We can't, and we are not in the position to, threat Fenerbahce, neither anyone can do that, especially in Istanbul. We're going there to try to give our maximum and to see what can we do in this game. I hope that it's gonna be a good game, we are in better shape than in the first game against them in Belgrade, so we will see in which direction the things on the court will go."

Fenerbahce runs away from Crvena Zvezda to clinch first place

Fenerbahce Istanbul used great defensive effort in the second half to beat Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 79-61 and clinch first place in Group A on Friday night. Fenerbahce improved to 7-2 while Zvezda dropped to 4-5 and a three-way tie for third place. Zvezda jumped to an early nine-point lead behind Maik Zirbes and Stefan Jovic, but Ekpe Udoh hustled inside and Bogdan Bogdanovic hit from the outside to give Fenerbahce 39-37 halftime lead. The hosts never relinquished the edge after the break, keeping Zvezda scoreless for almost 5 minutes to start both third and fourth quarters, paving the way for a big margin of victory. Udoh had 13 points and had 4 blocks to lead the way. Luigi Datome scored 12 with 8 rebounds. Pero Antic added 12 points, while Bogdanovic netted 10 for Fenerbahce. Marko Simonovic hit 5 of 8 shots from downtown, scoring 15 points in defeat. Zirbes had 12 points, Vladimir Stimac scored 11, Quincy Miller grabbed 11 rebounds while Marcus Williams dished 10 assists for Zvezda, which next week hosts FC Bayern Munich in a direct battle for a Top 16 berth in the Serbian capital.

First quarter: Zvezda jumps in front

Zirbes started scoring inside, and after Udoh powered in a basket-plus-foul for Fenerbahce, Simonovic buried a three-pointer and Jovic drove for a layup to make it 3-7. Bobby Dixon hit a triple for the hosts, but Branko Lazic fed Zirbes for a layup. Bogdanovic opened his account with a jumper, but Zirbes had a put-back and Jovic had an open lane for a driving layup that made it 8-13. Udoh scored a tip-in, but Zirbes finished fastbreak with a layup as Zvezda dominated on the boards early, collecting 5 offensive boards in the first 5 minutes. Nikola Kalinic scored a pair of easy layups for the hosts, which Simonovic answered with a corner-triple. Vladimir Stimac scored inside for Zvezda before Udoh beat the buzzer from close range, making it 18-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Antic and Bogdanovic rally Fener to halftime lead

Simonovic buried a second-chance triple to keep Zvezda in front early in the second quarter. After Kostas Sloukas wiggled his way for a nifty layup, Stimac scored a layup-plus-free throw and Lazic added a corner triple to help open a 21-30 advantage for the visitors. Sloukas and Lazic traded triples before Antic hit from long range, cutting the deficit to 27-33. Udoh worked his way inside again, but Ryan Thompson went on a breakaway and scored to keep the visitors with slim lead with 3:35 left in the quarter. Bogdanovic answered right back with his first triple, and after Jovic drove all the way for a layup high off the glass, Bogdanovic’s corner three put Fenerbahce ahead 39-37 at halftime.

Third quarter: Fenerbahce takes control

The hosts turned it up defensively at the start of the third quarter while Bogdanovic hit a short baseline jumper, and Jan Vesely made a short step-back shot, 43-37. Udoh added a basket inside. The Fenerbahce defense got Zvezda out of sync, holding the visitors scoreless for almost 5 minutes as Vesely's monster dunk made it 47-37, the first double-digit lead. Simonovic ended Zvezda's drought with a tough three-pointer and Stimac added a pair of free throws and a layup. Datome snapped Zveda's 0-7 run with a corner three. Williams knocked down a mid-range jumper, but Antic answered with a floater before Sloukas fed Udoh for an easy dunk at 54-46. Datome went coast-to-coast, restoring a double-digit margin, but Simonovic hit his fifth triple, helping the visitors cut the difference to 58-51 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Fenerbahce defense puts the game away

Antic drove for a layup, and Kalinic buried a three-pointer to open 63-51 after 60 seconds in the fourth quarter. A tough baseline floater from Datome opened a 14-point margin, forcing a Zvezda timeout. But the visitors were without a point again for almost 5 minutes to start the quarter. Udoh extended the lead from close range, and Datome hit a corner three that made it 70-51. Quincy Miller ended a 12-0 run with a three-pointer, his first points of the night. Zirbes scored inside, but Antic made a baseline jumper. Nemanja Dangubic cut it to 73-58, but Sloukas dished a look-away pass to feed Vesely for a layup. Zirbes and Omer Yurtseven traded baskets inside, before Ricky Hickman in his first game back after a long-term injury, rounded out the scoring by banking in a runner to end a big win for Fenerbahce.

Bogdan Bogdanovic - Fenerbahce Istambul - EB15
Friday, December 11, 2015
Attendance: 8634 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 1:05 2 1/1       1 1             1 4
8 UDOH, EKPE 32:31 13 6/11   1/1 1 2 3 2     4   1 3 19
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 5:47                         1   -1
12 ANTIC, PERO 20:39 12 3/4 1/2 3/4   4 4 1   1     2 3 14
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 31:19 10 2/5 2/4     1 1 1 3 1 1     2 12
14 YURTSEVEN, OMER 2:34 2 1/2     1   1           1   1
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 23:48 9 1/2 1/2 4/4       7         1 5 18
23 UGURLU, BERK 0:51                              
24 VESELY, JAN 14:40 9 4/8   1/2 1 3 4   3 1 1   3 2 10
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 21:04 7 2/3 1/5   1 2 3 1   1     3   2
35 DIXON, BOBBY 16:51 3   1/5     4 4 4   1     2 1 5
70 DATOME, LUIGI 28:51 12 2/6 2/2 2/2   8 8   1 2 1     3 19
Totals 200:00 79 22/42 8/20 11/13 4 25 29 16 7 7 7 0 14 20 103
        52.4% 40% 84.6%
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 19:49 2 1/1 0/4     1 1 10   3   2   3 7
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 5:07           2 2               2
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 15:43 2 1/2 0/2     1 1   1 2   1 1   -3
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 9:46 2 1/2       2 2           1 2 4
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 19:03 6   2/3   1 1 2 2 1 2     3 1 6
15 TEJIC, MARKO 6:45 2   0/2 2/4 1 2 3 1         1 2 3
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 26:12 15 0/3 5/8   1 1 2     1     2   8
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 10:03   0/3 0/2             2     2   -9
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 22:13 6 3/8     1 2 3 1   2   1 1   1
30 MILLER, QUINCY 25:19 3 0/2 1/2     11 11 2   3     4 1 7
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 22:42 12 6/9   0/1 4   4   1 2     2 1 10
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 17:18 11 3/6   5/5 2 2 4 2   1   3 3 4 11
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 61 15/36 8/23 7/10 11 27 38 18 3 18 0 7 20 14 50
        41.7% 34.8% 70%

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We started slowly in the first quarter. We let them score easy, but Crvena Zvezda now as compared to a month ago is a much better team. I congratulate my players. This week we literally could not work as a team. We had too many players with flu-like illness. But I would like to thank our doctors and our medical team. And today our players did it on the court, especially Jan Vesely and Pero Antic, who weren't feeling well, but did their job in the best way. I would like the thank our fans for supporting us until the end. We hope they do the same all season. We were already qualified for the Top 16, but we have won the group. I do not know who our opponents will be in the next round, but I know it won't be easy."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to Fenerbahce on the victory and I wish it all the best this season in the competition. We had a good start to the game, and I can even say we played excellent early on. At the end of the second quarter, we made many mistakes and Fenerbahce showed its quality. At the start of the second half, Fenerbahce pulled away, we tried to fight back, and had few situations to become more competitive. But in the final quarter the hosts completely controlled the game."


Fenerbahce Istanbul
"It was a great game. We had to be concentrated because today we played for first place. I am happy, but we did not succeed yet. The season is starting for us in the Top 16."
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