2019-20Regular SeasonRound 3
October 17, 2019 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

De Colo's career-night leads Fenerbahce to first win

Nando De Colo dropped in a career-high 39 points as Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul registered its first win of the season, downing visiting KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 87-80 on Thursday night. Both teams now hold 1-2 records. Fenerbahce took the lead for good in the third quarter, but did not pull away until a 16-6 fourth-quarter run that opened a 79-68 lead. De Colo was the only Fenerbahce player in double figures, as he made 12 of 15 two-point shots, another career-best. EuroLeague MVP Jan Vesely contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Luigi Datome had 8 points and 5 rebounds in a winning effort. Tornike Shengelia scored 18 points and Shavon Shields had 17 for Baskonia. Pierria Henry added 15 points and Achille Polonara 10 in the losing effort.

Shengelia scored 8 points early and Shields hit his first triple to help Baskonia open an 8-13 lead. De Colo came off the bench to spark Fenerbahce's offense, hitting a pair of triples in the process. He had 10 points in the first quarter and a three from Derrick Williams made it 22-22 after 10 minutes. De Colo and Polonara traded buckets as the only scorers in the first 5 minutes of the second quarter; Polonara banked a running hook-shoot and a three-pointer to give the visitors a 26-29 edge. But Luigi Datome knocked down a triple and De Colo scored 8 more points before the end of the half, getting his tally to 22 and hitting a buzzer-beating jumper to give Fenerbahce a 39-36 cushion at halftime. The teams exchanged buckets with Datome hitting a triple at one end and Shengelia and Henry on the other to open the second half. The teams went bucket-for-bucket before De Colo and Vesely combined to score 11 points to create a 57-49 advantage. The visitors cut into the deficit with the help of a triple from Luca Vildoza late in the third quarter. Baskonia came within 63-62 early in the fourth, but back-to-back three-pointers from Nikola Kalinic and Ali Muhammed gave Fenerbahce more breathing room. Polonara answered with a three, but De Colo scored 6 more points and baskets from Kalinic and Sloukas opened a 79-68 margin with under 4 minutes to go as Fenerbahce went on to close out the game.


Flirting with a scoring record

Nando De Colo finished just 2 points shy of the EuroLeague single-game record of 41 points, held by four players: Alphonso Ford, Carlton Myers, Kaspars Kambala and Bobby Brown. De Colo's 39 points are the most scored in a EuroLeague game since Brown tied the record in January 2013 and tied for the eighth-most in the EuroLeague this century. De Colo scored 10 points in the first quarter, added 12 in the second, and had already surpassed his previous career-high by reaching 31 points with 1:43 left in the third quarter.

Nando's career night

De Colo did not just shattered his previous career-high in scoring, but also set a new personal best with a performance index rating of 44, and set a career-best with 12 two-point shots made on 15 attempts.

The Vesely effect

Fenerbahce had much needed energy and Vesely was one of the reasons for it. The reigning MVP seemed to be everywhere and led Fenerbahce with 7 rebounds. He was even his team's co-leader with 5 assists. Vesely also got the fans into it with three monster dunks in the third quarter.

Key stats

Baskonia loves to run in transition, but it was Fenerbahce which did better in that department, scoring 13 fastbreak points to Baskonia's 7 for the game. Coupled with a 35-27 rebounding advantage, it played a big role in the outcome of the game.

Next up

In Round 4 next Friday, Fenerbahce travels to face AX Armani Exchange Milan, while Baskonia will play its first home game of the season when it welcomes Olympiacos Piraeus.

Nando De Colo - Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - EB19
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; PATERNICO, CARMELO; VILIUS, GYTIS
Attendance: 10201 (Tentative)
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul22172424
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz22142222
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul22396387
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz22365880
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 6:58 3   1/1     2 2 1   1     5    
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 8:19     0/1         1         1   -1
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 23:29 7 2/6 1/3 0/2 1 1 2 2 1 2   1 2 5 4
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK 3:44               1   1     1   -1
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 30:35 6 3/4       3 3 6 1 4     3 2 10
19 DE COLO, NANDO 30:37 39 12/15 3/6 6/7   3 3 3 1 2     2 9 44
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 25:00 4 0/2 1/4 1/2 1 3 4   1     1 1 3 4
24 VESELY, JAN 25:04 9 4/5   1/2 2 4 6 5   2     4 3 15
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 11:19 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   1 1 1 1 1   1   1 8
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 13:44 4 1/3   2/2 2 3 5 1   1 3 2 1 2 9
70 DATOME, LUIGI 18:12 8 1/4 2/2     5 5     1   1 4   4
91 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 2:59   0/1                     1 1 -1
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 87 24/42 9/18 12/17 7 27 34 21 5 15 3 6 25 26 98
        57.1% 50% 70.6%
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
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 16:32 3   1/2     2 2 4   4     1   3
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HENRY, PIERRIA 29:46 15 4/8 1/5 4/7 2 1 3 3 1       1 6 16
11 JANNING, MATT 21:10 6 1/1 1/3 1/2   2 2 1 2       2 2 8
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 9:12         1 1 2           3 1  
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 12:52           2 2 1   2     5 2 -2
22 STAUSKAS, NIKOLAS 16:32 2 1/1 0/2     1 1 1         3 1  
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 24:04 18 6/6 1/3 3/4 1 3 4 3 2 2 1   4 4 23
29 GARINO, PATRICIO 9:39 5 0/2 0/2 5/5         1   1 1 1 4 5
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 26:21 17 3/5 3/7 2/2   1 1 3   1       2 16
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE 15:56 10 2/4 2/3   1 3 4     1     1   9
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 17:56 4 2/5       3 3     2 4 2 5 2 1
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 19/32 9/27 15/20 6 21 27 16 6 12 6 3 26 24 82
        59.4% 33.3% 75%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"This was our first home game in the EuroLeague after a long period. We are very happy to come back and play in front of our people. Thanks to the fans for the support before and during the game, that is something very important to us. We were saying before the game, Baskonia is a very good team that knows how it wants to play and want they need to do. We needed to control the rebounds and I am very happy in that aspect. Plus, we scored 87 points despite having 15 turnovers. Players need to understand we can't play good basketball without moving the ball faster, we need to insist on that in our practices and try to have some automatism in our game. We came into the last period with an advantage and we played smart and that is why we won. It is just the beginning of the season, so players need to understand they are all important and everybody will get a chance to play."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"Congratulations to Fenerbahce on a deserved victory. I think they were more solid during the game. I think the key was we never could stop Nando De Colo. Not only small guys, but in pick-and-roll situations, he found an easy way to make pull-ups and he killed us. We stayed in the game, but turnovers in the fourth quarter broke the game open."

Players

DE COLO, NANDO
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"I feel great, not about what I did on the court, but about what the team did. It is tough to start the season with two losses, but we came back home and with the support of our fans we got this one. Now we have to keep working and go day by day. I am sure we are all happy with this first win. In the first two games, we had some problems on offense, we played pretty good defense. But we had to be much better on offense, and we did that tonight. I knew about the great atmosphere here as an opponent, it is extra energy when we need it."
VESELY, JAN
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"Every win feels good, I am happy in many moments we played good basketball. We fought, and this is how we should play. I am happy about the energy. We still have a lot of things to fix. We still have one more player injured, I am hoping we will be complete soon and that we will be playing much better basketball. Nando is an amazing player, he was proving it for how many years before. I am happy he is here and we can help each other win games."
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