Regular Season Round 11 - January 09, 2008 CET: 19:15 Local time: 20:15 - ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-5 Regular Season 3-7
5-5 Overall 3-7

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
JERSAN, ANDREJ, Slovenia
Umpire
KOLAR, ROMAN, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.9 Points 81.6
31.4 Rebounds 29.8
9.2 O. Rebounds 12.0
22.2 D. Rebounds 17.8
12.4 Assists 14.8
8.2 Steals 9.5
2.8 Blocks 3.5
12.8 Turnovers 15.2
53.2 % 2PT 47.6 %
36.1 % 3PT 39.0 %
67.5 % FT 74.4 %
78.8 Index 84.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.4 / SOLOMON, WILLIE Points 22.6 / SALYERS, MARC
9.9 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD Rebounds 6.9 / SALYERS, MARC
3.0 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD OR 3.1 / SALYERS, MARC
6.9 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD DR 4.0 / BADIANE, PAPE
4.4 / SOLOMON, WILLIE Assists 5.1 / Pellin
1.9 / Onan Steals 2.1 / Pellin
1.0 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD Blocks 1.4 / BADIANE, PAPE
1.9 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD Turnovers 3.0 / Pellin
64.7 % / Preldzic 2PT 60.0 % / CAZALON, LAURENT
55.6 % / BASAK, RASIM 3PT 50.0 % / SOLIMAN, WILLIAMS
100.0 % / MRSIC, DAMIR FT 90.0 % / Rush
17.3 / SOLOMON, WILLIE Index 24.6 / SALYERS, MARC

THE TAKE

Fenerbahce Ulker will look to establish itself in the top half of the Group A standings when it hosts Chorale Roanne on Wednesday night at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish champs are coming off a big road win at Lottomatica Roma to improve to 5-5 and fourth place in the standings. But with Roanne tied for sixth and onlt two wins behind, nothing is yet certain for Fenerbahce. Meanwhile the French champs have dropped back-to-back games and with three of their final four games on the road, head coach Jean-Denys Choulet’s charges must score some away wins to have a prayer at reaching the Top 16. Roanne started strong and led early against Fener when these teams met in France in November, but was outscored 36-48 in the second half as Fenerbahce won 90-97. Willie Solomon led the charge with 23 points and 7 assists as six Fener scorers were in double figures for the come-from-behind win. The Euroleague’s top scorer, power forward Marc Salyers, had the best scoring output of any player this season with 40 points for Roanne in defeat that night. Those two players will feature in two of the game’s most significant matchups. Salyers will try to duplicate his big showing against Mirsad Turkcan, the Euroleague's all-time top rebounder, who is coming off a major milestone himself after become the first player in Euroleague Basketball history to reach the 1,000-rebound barrier with 13 last week. Meanwhile Solomon carries the Fenerbahce attack against the pesky Marc-Antoine Pellin, second in the Euroleague in assists this season. The hosts will also debut a new face with the recently signed Tarence Kinsey, who can team with Damir Kaan, Omer Onan and James White on the wings. Roanne counters with the trio of Brion Rush, Adam Hess and Laurent Cazalon. Visitng center Pape Badiane and reserve forward Ron Hale will have their hands full with Fener’s deep frontcourt, which in addition to Turkcan, boasts Oguz Savas, Gasper Vidmar, Omer Asik and Emir Preldzic. Fener actually has a losing record (2-3) at home this season, but its depth makes it the favorite this time in what figures to be a high-paced and entertaining game. However with big-time scorers like Salyers and Rush, Roanne does have the ability to get hot, take this game and shake things up in Group A.
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Quotes Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It’s always hard to challenge when you have a wounded lion standing front of you. And when you come closer to reaching your goal, it makes you stress more than ever. This is what we have to handle against Chorale Roanne. I remember how it was a hard game when we played on their home court. I can easily say that this one will be much harder. We have to protect our rythm and team game from Lottomatica Roma last week. We have to put more on our defensive pressure."

Players

MRSIC, DAMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
“As everybody knows, this is the Euroleague and you can never look down on any kind of opponent in this tough competition. Chorale Roanne is a dangerous team and they have great shooters like Marc Salyers, Brion Rush and Adam Hess. But I knew that if we play the way we did in the last couple of matches, we can win this game. We are in good shape and that makes the differance for our side.”
James White - Fenerbahce Ulker Fenerbahce Ulker had one foot in the Top 16 as it downed visiting Chorale Roanne 81-68 in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Fenerbahce improved to 6-5 in Group C. It needs only another victory or a loss by Lottomatica Roma, which played later Wednesday against Brose Baskets in Bamberg, Germany. Meanwhile, Chorale dropped to 3-8 but still has chances to reach the next round. Willie Solomon led the winners with 19 points. James White added 12, Omer Onan had 11 while Rasim Basak and Gasper Vidmar each got 10 for Fenerbahce. Euroleague leading scorer Marc Salyers led Roanne with 20 points. Brion Rush added 12 while Ron Hale and Will Soliman each had 10 for the guests. Fenerbahce rolled in the first quarter, opening the game with a 14-2 run and boosting its margin to 28-13 after 10 minutes. Salyers singlehandedly tried to bring Chorale back, getting the guests to within 44-36 at halftime. Back-to-back triples by Basak boosted Fenerbahce in front by 57-41 midway through the third quarter but Roanne was not done. Hale, Rush and Adam Hess shot Chorale within 65-63 with 7 minutes to go. Solomon reappeared then with 7 quick points to make it 74-66, with 2 minutes to go, sealing the outcome and maybe Fenerbahce's now-likely Top 16 berth.

Fenerbahce went wild after the tipoff, racing to a 7-0 advantage punctuated by a layup from Vidmar. Even after Pape Badiane got Roanne on the scoreboard, Fenerbahce was on fire, piling up the points until White's cut to the basket and dunk made it 14-2. Roanne tried, but couldn't get to the basket, while the hosts could do nothing but score, with a triple by Solomon and another basket by Vidmar making it 24-8. Roanne took a timeout and returned in a 3-2 zone defence that changed the tone of the game. Soliman's tip-in capped a 0-5 run for the visitors at 24-13, but Mirsad Turkcan followed White with a spectacular penetration and dunk to finish the first quarter with Fenerbahce still in control, 28-13.

Marc Salyers - Chorale RoanneRush got Roanne's second quarter going with a triple to which Hale added a shorter jumper to make it 28-18. Roanne kept relying on its 3-2 zone defense to keep Fenerbahce from scoring at will, while their own offense kept working for the visitors. Salyers and Rush combined on Roanne's next 6 points to get the difference back to single digits at 32-24. Fenerbahce needed a spark now, and found it in the person of Damir Kaan, whose 2 consecutive three-point shots midway through the quarter vaulted the lead back to 14 points, 38-24. Salyers took responsibility for his team's offense during the rest of the second quarter and made trouble for Fenerbahce time and again, while the hosts struggled with turnovers to keep their lead at 10 points or higher. Salyers had the last say, however, and his 18 points for the half ended with 2 free throws that drew the visitors as close as 44-36 headed into the locker rooms.

Laurent Cazalon reduced the Roanne deficit to just 6 points with a jump shot to start the second half, but Fenerbahce responded with a 5-0 burste in which Vidmar scored and Onan buried a triple, extending the lead to double digits again, at 49-38. It didn't take much longer for the home team to reach a 16-point advantage as Basak stepped out and knocked down his own pair of long-range bombs, making it 57-41 midway through the third quarter. Roanne was far from finished, responding with a triple by Hale and a layup by Soliman to cut the difference to 61-52. Fenerbahce's own Solomon ended the third quarter with a jumper, however, keeping the hosts comfortably ahead, 63-52, after 30 minutes.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO), KOLAR, ROMAN (SLO)
Attendance: 2800
By Quarter1234
Fenerbahce Ulker28162116
Chorale Roanne13231913
End of Quarter1234
Fenerbahce Ulker28446581
Chorale Roanne13365568
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 WHITE, JAMES 27:03 12 5/7 0/2 2/2 4 2 6 1 1 2 1     1 16
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 35:29 19 3/4 3/7 4/4   4 4 4 2 5 1   2 2 20
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 25:51 4 2/5 0/2   2 6 8 2 1 2     3 1 6
7 ONAN, OMER 21:21 11 2/4 2/4 1/1 1   1 2   1     1 1 9
8 BASAK, RASIM 20:35 10 2/4 2/3     2 2 1 2       1 2 13
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 11:54 6   2/2           1 2         5
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 14:57 10 4/9   2/2 4 4 8 2 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
15 DEMIREL, HAKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 MUTAF, CAN MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 14:46     0/3     1 1     2     2   -6
24 ASIK, OMER 18:45 9 3/3   3/4 1 4 5 1   1     2 2 13
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 9:19     0/1           1 2     1 1 -2
Team                   1 2         -1
Totals 200:00 81 21/36 9/24 12/13 12 23 35 13 10 21 3 1 13 13 89
58.3% 37.5% 92.3%
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: CHOULET, JEAN-DENYS
Chorale Roanne
# 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
5 POUPET, PIERRIC 15:42     0/3   2   2 2 1 2   1 1 1 -1
6 HALE, RONALD 27:49 10 2/4 2/6   1 3 4 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 10
8 WILSON, RAPHAEL 2:16                         1   -1
11 SOLIMAN, WILLIAMS 17:58 10 5/6     1 1 2   1 2     1 1 10
21 BADIANE, PAPE 16:21 4 2/3     2 2 4     3     1   3
22 SALYERS, MARC 31:56 20 3/9 2/6 8/10 1 4 5   1 1     1 5 17
23 CAZALON, LAURENT 13:45 8 1/4 2/5   4 1 5 1 1 3     2 1 5
34 HESS, ADAM 20:51 4 1/2 0/4 2/2 1 3 4   1       2 1 3
45 PELLIN, MARC-ANTOINE 24:18   0/2     2   2 5 1 3   1 1   1
55 RUSH, BRION 29:04 12 4/7 1/6 1/3 1 2 3 2 5       2 3 13
Team           1   1   2 1         2
Totals 200:00 68 18/37 7/30 11/15 16 16 32 11 15 16 1 3 13 13 62
48.6% 23.3% 73.3%
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Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We had 15-16 point lead three or four times during the game, but what stopped us from getting an easy win was our many turnovers. We committed 21 turnovers, too much to handle for any team. Even with that, I think we played a good game, especially our young players. Rasim Basak, Omer Asik and Gasper Vidmar played really well tonoght, putting a lot of effort. It was Tarence Kinsey's Euroleague debut and will be ready to play in the near future. He is an excellent player who will adjust himself well in our rotation. He is a great talent and we will be stronger with him on board. We are now very close to reach the Top 16. I can easily say that I am satisfied with my team."
CHOULET, JEAN-DENYS
Chorale Roanne
"We had a very slow start in the game. Of course, the main key to our loss was how Fenerbahce Ulker played in the opening minutes. They really had a strong start but then we switched to 3-2 zone defense and that helped us to cool down our opponents' rhythm. We managed to erase our deficit, coming a little bit closer every minute and returned to the game. We managed to make it a one-point game but missed several chances to get the lead. Then Fenerbahce fired in 3 triples in a 14-0 run that killed our hopes of winning the game. I took the decision of changing all five players on court and switching back to man-to-man defense in the last 2 minutes as a final gamble. My plan is to keep everyone happy, but this was a risk and things don't always work they way you want."

Players

TURKCAN, MIRSAD
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Our self-confidence in critical moments is helping us a lot. We showed again that we are a good team. It doesn't matter that we had a big lead and saw it disappear in the final minutes of this game. Whatever happens on the court, we believe in each other and manage to find answers in every kind of situation. Willie (Solomon) showed again that he is the leader of our team. There is nothing much to say, just that we deserved this win. We are not looking forward to the remaining games before getting into the Top 16."
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