2020-21Regular SeasonRound 11
November 27, 2020 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Valencia comeback beats host Fenerbahce 86-90

Valencia Basket continued its rise up the standings with an 86-90 comeback road win at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul on Friday. Valencia's now has a 7-3 record, good for at least fourth place, while Fenerbahce fell to 4-7 with its fourth consecutive defeat. Valencia erased a 43-33 halftime lead with a 0-10 start to the third quarter, and then followed its guards in the fourth quarter to a late victory. Sam Van Rossom scored 8 of his 20 points in the last 90 seconds to lead Valencia in scoring. Klemen Prepelic ad all of is 13 points in the final quarter, while Derrick Williams added 13, as well, and Bojan Dubljevic 11 for the winners. Dyshawn Pierre led Fenerbahce's six double-digit scorers with 18 points. Ali Muhammed followed with 16, Lorenzo Brown with 15, Danilo Barthel with 14, Jarell Eddie with 11 and Jan Vesely with 10. Valencia's defense held Fenerbahce to 7-for-19 two-point shooting after halftime, or 36.8%, to secure the victory.



Valencia's Jaime Pradilla, Van Rossom, Dubljevic and Nikola Kalinic scored at the rim while Fenerbahce's Brown and Muhammed hit from deep for an 8-8 tie. Kalinic landed Valencia's first triple before Barthel's put-back and Brown's free throws put Fenerbahce up 12-11. Eddie and Williams traded triples before Vesely's free throws left Fenerbahce up 17-16 after one quarter. Williams blasted a dunk, Pierre and Fernando San Emeterio hit dueling threes, and Barthel hammered a put-back to make it 24-21. Williams tied it from long range but Muhammed, Pierre and Eddie moved the hosts ahead 33-28. Pierre kept it going with a three-point play to which Muhammed added a triple at 39-30. Van Rossom's spectacular save led to his three-point play, but Vesely scored the half's last 4 points, including a buzzer-beating put-back slam, for a double-digit lead, 43-33. Kalinic opened the second-half scoring then Dubljevic and Van Rossom drilled triples as Valencia ate up the deficit in chunks. Van Rossom completed the 0-10 comeback run with a layup at 43-43. Vesely ended Fenerbahce's long drought before Brown popped from the arc at 48-45. Vives soon copied him for a new lead change, 48-50. Pierre's and-one inside bucked flipped the scoreboard again to 53-52. Muhammed's transition triple made it 56-52 but Vives got Valencia close until San Emeterio could drill a go-ahead corner shot at 58-59. Barthel answered in kind and Muhammed found Eddie for a buzzer-beating three to restore a 64-59 Fenerbahce lead after 30 minutes. Leo Westermann's back-door layup fell first for Fenerbahce before 5 free throws and Martin Hermannsson's wing triple vaulted Valencia to a new lead, 66-67. Vesely's jumper and Klemen Prepelic's triple changed the lead twice again, as did shots from deep by Muhammed and Prepelic. Pierre's free throws tied it 73-73 with 5 minutes left. Prepelic broke it from deep but soon Barthel did the same to tie 78-78. Dubljevic's inside basket, free throws by Prepelic and a layup by Van Rossom gave Fenerbahce a 79-84 lead with 1:20 left. Van Rossom matched Barthel's free throws early in the final minute. Brown's coast-to-coast layup made it 83-86, but Van Rossom was free throws protected the lead from a late triple by Pierre, sending the victory back to Valencia.

Back-and-forth battle

The game featured 17 lead changes and seven ties before the last one, which came when Valencia captain Bojan Dubljevic backed down for a layup to make it 78-80 with 2:48 to play. Lorenzo Brown missed 1 of his 2 free throws that came next for Fenerbahce, which didn't get withing 3 points again until Dyshawn Pierre's three-pointer with 2 seconds left made it 86-88, but left no time for heroics.

Pivotal performers

Fenerbahce led 66-59 after the first shot of the final quarter, after which Valencia outscored the hosts 19-31 the rest of the way. The guard combo of Sam Van Rossom and Klemen Prepelic took turns scoring 20 of those points. Prepelic had 13 before the two-minute mark, his last free throws making it 79-82, and Van Rossom supplied the last 8 points to secure the victory.

Key sequence

Fenerbahce seemed to have all the momentum with a 19-9 run to a 43-33 halftime lead punctuated but Jan Vesely's put-back dunk on the buzzer. Valencia needed just the first 4 minutes after halftime to erase the difference on a 10-0 run in which Van Rossom had the last 5 points, including a layup seconds after a spectacular save that left him sitting in the first-row seats. The battle was rejoined and Van Rossom would come back to settle it in the end.

Moving up the charts

Jan Vesely's final points of the night moved him into 18th place all-time in EuroLeague scoring with 2,409 points, one ahead of Ioannis Bourousis and 35 behind 17th placed Nikola Vujcic.

Next games

Fenerbahce will try to break its losing string on the road against Zenit St Petersburg in Round 12 next Thursday. Later the same night, Valencia hosts ALBA Berlin.

Sam Van Rossom - Valencia Basket - EB20
Friday, November 27, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA; KOROMILAS, ELIAS; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul17262122
Valencia Basket16172631
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul17436486
Valencia Basket16335990
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 27:50 15 3/10 2/4 3/4 2 1 3 5   1     4 4 12
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 15:58 2 1/3 0/1     3 3 3 1 3     3 1 1
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK 5:31     0/2     1 1               -1
21 PIERRE, DYSHAWN 26:05 18 4/5 2/3 4/4 1 4 5 2   1     2 5 25
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 30:33 14 3/7 2/3 2/2 3 3 6 4   2   1 1 4 19
24 VESELY, JAN 25:33 10 3/5   4/4 2 2 4 4 2 1 1   3 3 18
25 SIPAHI, KENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 EDDIE, JARELL 21:13 11 0/1 3/6 2/2         1       3 1 6
32 CANDAN, BERKAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 30:41 16 2/3 4/7   1 4 5 5   2         20
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 2:22                         1 1  
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 14:14   0/2 0/1     2 2 1         1   -1
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 86 16/36 13/27 15/16 10 22 32 24 4 11 1 1 18 19 101
        44.4% 48.1% 93.8%
Head coach: KOKOSKOV, IGOR
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 19:03 13 0/2 3/7 4/4       2 1 1     2 2 9
4 PRADILLA, JAIME 14:57 6 3/4   0/1   3 3 1   1     3 1 5
6 PUERTO, JOSEP 0:47                              
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 24:05 20 6/7 1/3 5/5 1   1 5 1 2     3 5 24
10 TOBEY, MIKE 14:38 2 1/2       1 1 2 1 2     1   2
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 25:55 9 3/6 1/3     1 1 3   1   1 1 1 6
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 25:22 11 3/3 1/2 2/2 1 7 8 1   3     3 3 16
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 21:06 7 2/2 1/3     3 3 3         2 1 10
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 14:35 6   2/2         2 2       2 1 9
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 21:31 13 2/3 2/6 3/3 1 2 3 1 1   1   1 2 15
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 18:01 3 0/1 1/2     4 4 3         1 2 9
42 JIMENEZ, MILLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 90 20/30 12/28 14/15 5 23 28 23 6 10 1 1 19 18 109
        66.7% 42.9% 93.3%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME

Head Coaches

KOKOSKOV, IGOR
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"First of all, I want to congratulate the Valencia team on the win. We had our chances. I think the way we opened the game, obviously, in the first half it was completely ... we saw two different teams. It has happened a couple of times this year. We couldn't sustain, we couldn't go through the full 40 minutes, and playing a good team like Valencia, you pay the price. Honestly, I can't pick the game when we didn't play hard. Usually coaches are hiding behind effort. We talk about the effort wasn't there. Effort on most nights, like tonight, wasn't a problem. I think we played hard. But on this level you have to play smart and you have to play well. So, two moments were crucial this game. At the start of the third quarter, we couldn't handle their pressure, and we had to call a quick timeout. They were on an 8-0 run then, I believe. And then crunch time. You can play on a high level for 34 minutes, and we were still competing, but you have to play well. You have to stick with the game plan when you're tired and don't have enough air, you still have to stick with it. And in crunch time, obviously I know [Klemen] Prepelic well, and he was a game-changer. He didn't play many minutes, but the 13 points that he put in tonight were very valuable points. We should have a bitter taste in our mouth because I think we played hard, we had a good preparation, we knew what we had to do, we knew their strengths and weaknesses, but we couldn't sustain for 40 minutes. That was our problem."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"We understood that it was most important to change our physical work in the game, change the defense, fight for rebounds, change a lot of things. For us, it was very important to show our best mentality. Once this mentality changed, we found inspiration for Sam [Van Rossom], for [Klemen] Prepelic and other players, and this is the way for victories in the EuroLeague."

Players

VAN ROSSOM, SAM
Valencia Basket
"We talked at halftime about us having to play a little more dynamic on offense because we were too static, above all in the second quarter. We started the game OK, but then in the second quarter we didn't play well on offense and they were able to run because of our bad offense. We had to adjust there and the second half was better. To open up the court, get space inside and then move the ball outside, it's important that you score your threes. So it was important in the second half that our shots went in better and we could play more comfortable on offense."
DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN
Valencia Basket
"First of all, I feel happy because we won the game. I am happy for the team because we showed character in the second half. We started to play tougher. And we won. In this competition, every away game is important, so I think we are on a good road and we'll think now about the next one. What was really important was defense. When we play tough defense we can play good offense."