2020-21Regular SeasonRound 32
March 30, 2021 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 AUDI DOME

Fenerbahce joins the playoff party

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul qualified for the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs by downing FC Bayern Munich 68-77 at Audi Dome on Tuesday. Fenerbahce improved to 20-12 and punched its ticket to the playoffs with its victory combined with CSKA Moscow's win against Zenit St Petersburg. Bayern, which would have reached the playoffs with a win, dropped to 19-13. Nando De Colo led the winners with 21 points, Marko Guduric added 18 while Jan Vesely had 15 for Fenerbahce. Wade Baldwin IV paced Bayern with 20 points, Paul Zipser added 12 and Vladimir Lucic 11. Fenerbahce led 15-18 after 10 minutes and kept a 34-35 edge at halftime. The guests found a go-to guy in Guduric, who joined forces with Vesely to boost Fenerbahce's lead to 44-53 after 30 minutes. Fenerbahce went on to control the game until the final buzzer.


Lucic got Bayern going with a three-pointer and a jumper. Melih Mahmutoglu and a red-hot Lucic traded triples and Zan Sisko scored off a steal for a 10-3 Bayern lead. Mahmutoglou and Vesely fueled a 0-6 run that Guduric capped with a driving layup. Jalen Reynolds dunked, but De Colo matched it with a jumper and Dyshawn Pierre added a jump hook that put Fenerbahce ahead, 12-13. Kyle O'Quinn scored in the paint, then D.J. Seeley and De Colo exchanged three-pointers for a 15-18 score after 10 minutes. O'Quinn scored again early in the second quarter. Zipser downed a jumper and Sisko Struck from beyond the arc to tie the game at 20-20. De Colo and Reynolds traded jumpers and Lucic pushed Bayern in front. De Colo struck from downtown, but Baldwin dunked and James hit a mid-range shot for a 28-25 edge. Lorenzo Brown took over with back-to-back layups in a 0-6 run that gave Fenerbahce a 28-31 edge. Baldwin rescued the hosts with a three-point play and Seeley added a three-pointer, but Vesely and Pierre kept the guests ahead, 34-35, at halftime.

Seeley bettered Vesely's layup with an off-balance three-point play for a 37-37 lead after the break. De Colo buried a jumper, Leon Radosevic and Vesely traded jump hooks and Guduric gave the visitors a 39-43 lead. Vesely downed a floater and Guduric followed a jumper with a three-pointer to boost Fenerbahce's margin to 42-50. Guduric kept pushing his team with a driving layup, but Baldwin brought Bayern within 44-53 after 30 minutes. Guduric and Zipser struck from beyond the arc early in the fourth quarter. Sisko improved De Colo's backdoor layup with a triple and fed Zipser for a layup that made it 52-58. Pierre scored in penetration and Guduric erased Zipser's three-pointer with his own shot from downtown. Baldwin and De Colo joined the three-point shootout and Vesely took over with a layup-plus-foul that seemed to seal the outcome, 58-70. Baldwin and Zipser managed to bring Bayern within 68-73 with 36.5 seconds left but the hosts didn't get closer.

Pivotal performer

Jan Vesely filled the stats sheet in many different ways and his relentless effort allowed Fenerbahce to dominate the game. He finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-8 two-point shooting and 5-of-5 on free throws plus 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks and 4 fouls drawn for a PIR of 25.

Game-changing moment

Leon Radosevic allowed Bayern to tie the game for the last time, 39-39. Jan Vesely stepped up with a jump hook and a floater and got help from Marko Guduric, who buried a couple of jumpers and a three-pointer before adding a driving layup to boost his team's lead to 42-53, after a 3-14 run. Fenerbahce never looked back after that.

Stellar stat

Two-point shots and turnovers made the difference in the game. Fenerbahce made 22 of 36 shots inside the arc (61.1%) and only allowed Bayern to score on 15 of 38 two-pointers (39.5%). Fenerbahce committed only 10 turnovers and pressured Bayern into 14.

Did you know?

Fenerbahce has qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive time. It made it to this stage from 2015 to 2019, reaching five consecutive Final Fours and lifting the trophy in 2017. Fenerbahce also made the playoffs in 2008, right after merging with Ulker.

Next game

Both teams return to EuroLeague action later on this week. Bayern hosts Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday, April 1. A day later, Fenerbahce welcomes FC Barcelona.

Nando De Colo - Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - EB20
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR; BALAK, AMIT
Attendance: 0
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FC Bayern Munich15191024
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul18171824
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FC Bayern Munich15344468
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul18355377
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 GEORGE, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 32:22 20 5/12 2/6 4/4 1 6 7 5 1 3   1 3 4 19
3 KRAEMER, DAVID 0:56                              
4 SEELEY, DENNIS 16:39 9 1/2 2/5 1/1   1 1   1 1   1 3 1 3
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 16:17 4 2/7     2 1 3     5     2 1 -4
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 35:13 11 1/3 2/5 3/4 2 5 7 1   1     3 5 14
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 23:33 12 3/4 2/4     2 2         1 2 3 11
21 GIST, JAMES 29:34 2 1/5 0/1   2 2 4   2 2     5   -4
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 10:36   0/3     1 2 3     1     3   -4
31 SISKO, ZAN 20:14 8 1/1 2/3   1   1 7 3 1     2   15
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 14:36 2 1/1       3 3             1 6
Team           2 1 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 68 15/38 10/24 8/9 11 23 34 13 7 16 0 3 23 15 57
        39.5% 41.7% 88.9%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
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 Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BROWN, LORENZO 15:22 5 2/3 0/2 1/3 1   1 1 2         3 7
8 GUDURIC, MARKO 30:10 18 4/6 3/9 1/2   2 2     2     3 2 8
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 14:02 5 1/1 1/2             1     2   1
11 O'QUINN, KYLE BRANDON 24:06 4 2/5     1 5 6 1 1 2 1   4   4
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK 0:37                         1   -1
19 DE COLO, NANDO 32:33 21 5/8 3/6 2/2 2 4 6 1 1 1     3 8 27
21 PIERRE, DYSHAWN 26:41 9 3/3 0/2 3/4   4 4 3           3 16
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 15:06   0/1       1 1     1       3 2
24 VESELY, JAN 33:45 15 5/8   5/5 2 4 6 5 1 3 2   2 4 25
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 0:56                              
31 EDDIE, JARELL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 6:42   0/1     1 2 3               2
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 77 22/36 7/21 12/16 7 23 30 11 5 11 3 0 15 23 91
        61.1% 33.3% 75%
Head coach: KOKOSKOV, IGOR

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
"Congrats to Fener. They played well. Very good defense and I believe that we tried with all of our weapons. We won the battle of the rebounds, we dished more assists, but we were not able to score in the paint and that was the key. And I believe that we are usually good attacking in the paint and this didn't allow us to have rhythm on offense, so we forced a little bit. And I don't blame the players, it was a night like this that we didn't find the rhythm on offense, but again, Fenerbahce is a very good team and played a very solid game and the third quarter made the difference because all the other quarters, we were there. The third quarter cost us a little bit in the economy of the game. The situation is exactly the game as it was before the game. We need a win to get back on track. We have another opportunity and need to do a little bit better, for sure. But we didn't have a lack of effort. We could have played a better game of offense, but the rest, we gave our maximum. And again, in 45 hours, we have to show up again and show the best face we have."
KOKOSKOV, IGOR
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"It was a big win. The technical part of the game, I didn't even check the stats, it is less important. The most important thing is the outcome of the game against a very tough team to play: very physical, athletic, that plays with a lot of confidence. With all being said, congratulations to Munich for a great season, but in this win, the credit goes to Fenerbahce's players and I am pretty sure they will dedicate this win to all these Fenerbahce fans who are supporting, watching these games, watching this team play all year long. We wish they were there with us. Again, great win, credit to the players and I am happy for the fans, we are dedicating this win to them."

Players

GUDURIC, MARKO
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"I think we did a good job. We were focused for 40 minutes and I am so happy for this group of guys. We have been through a lot this year and making it to the playoffs, that's a huge result. Just one thing I would like to say: this game means a lot to me, personally, because I lost my grandmother five days ago and I would like to dedicate this win to her. I just hope she is watching."
VESELY, JAN
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"We won the game. It was the game of the season for us. I am happy that we played focused and fought for 40 minutes. That is a team win. We have a lot of players who played a great game. It was a team win, I am happy for that. After the start we had, I didn't think it would be possible [to make the playoffs] but we turned it around and made the playoffs."