2015-16Top 16Round 2
January 08, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PIONIR

Fenerbahce rolls to monster win in Belgrade

Fenerbahce Istanbul went into one of the toughest road venues on the continent and walked away with one of its biggest away wins, topping Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 65-88 on Friday night in Hala Pionir. It was Fenerbahce’s third win in as many games against Zvezda this season, and second in the Serbian capital after downing Zvezda during the regular season in Kombank Arena Belgrade. The win was the biggest in club history since a 52-82 blowout of Opel Skyliners in the 2004-05 season opener and improved Fenerbahce to 2-0 and a share of first place in Group E, while Zvezda dropped to 0-2. Fenerbahce had a 0-11 run that bridged the first and second quarters, and a 1-12 run to end the first half to open a 28-41 halftime lead. After the break, four third quarter triples in a span of three minutes and 15 seconds helped Fenerbahce pull away to 37-59. Zvezda came within 56-67, but Jan Vesely was unstoppable with 15 points and 15 rebounds, which tied his career-high. Vesely’s career-best 10 on the offensive glass was 1 shy of a Turkish Airlines Euroleague record and the most by a player since the 2012-13 season. Vesely also tied a club record with 5 blocks. Luigi Datome netted 21 points, and Bobby Dixon finished with 17 points and a career-high 11 assists, Ekpe Udoh posted 12 points and 7 rebounds, and Pero Antic also scored 12 in victory. Quincy Miller dropped 21 and blocked 4 shots for Zvezda, while Marko Guduric had 9 points and Stefan Jovic 8 in the losing effort.

First quarter: Fenerbahce goes in front, Zvezda quickly rallies

Dixon started the scoring with a triple, before Udoh’s jumper followed by a pair of free throws capped a 0-7 start. Branko Lazic and Datome traded jumpers, and Datome’s driving layup made it 3-11. Tarance Kinsey scored his first Euroleague basket for Zvezda on the other end, and Nemanja Dangubic scored inside. Vesely made a layup after a dish from Dixon, before another long jumper from Kinsey cut it to 9-14. Miller was in foul trouble early, but his foul shots and a driving layup got the hosts within 13-14. After a timeout, Zvezda went in front on a driving layup by Dangubic, capping an 8-0 run. Udoh made foul shots, but Miller knocked down a three to make it 18-16. Antic made a turnaround jumper for Fenerbahce, and after Vasilije Micic drove for a layup for the hosts, Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a fade-away jumper for the visitors. Dixon scored a three-point play on a baseline floater with a second to go in the quarter to make it 20-23 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Fenerbahce pulls away behind two big runs

Bogdanovic took a fast break all the way to open scoring in the quarter. Antic added a dunk, and Vesely scored from close range to make it 20-29, forcing a timeout from Coach Dejan Radonjic. Zvezda was held without a point for almost five minutes to open the quarter, and six minutes in total, when Maik Zirbes opened his account from close range, snapping a 0-11 run. Stefan Jovic buried a triple, and Miller made 2 from the free throw line to get the hosts within 27-29. After a Fenerbahce timeout, Datome knocked down a jumper and Antic followed with a three-pointer, 27-34. Antic’s free throws extended the margin back to 9, and Fenerbahce made defensive stands on the following two possessions. A corner three from Datome and an easy layup from Udoh made it 28-41 at halftime, capping a 1-12 run as Zvezda was kept without a field goal for the final 4:24 of the half.

Third quarter: Visitors hit from downtown to break it open

Zirbes made foul shots and Jovic scored a basket before Fenerbahce went on a 0-8 run during which Datome scored a basket and Dixon and Antic buried back-to-back threes to lead 31-49. After a Zvezda timeout, Kinsey made a baseline jumper, but Bogdanovic hit Fenerbahce’s third consecutive shot from downtown. Marko Guduric answered with a three-pointer, but Datome hit another corner three, followed it with 2 free throws, and Ricky Hickman’s driving layup opened a 37-59 margin. Guduric made 3 of 4 free throws, but a basket from Berk Ugurlu kept the margin at 20 points1. Udoh added a dunk over Lazic, before a long triple from Micic ended Zvezda’s drought of more than six minutes without a field goal, making it 46-63.

Fourth quarter: Jan Vesely does it all

Vesely opened the fourth with a put-back dunk, and after Guduric answered with a triple, Vesely had another second-chance basket. But Miller strung together 7 points, including a triple that cut it to 56-67 with seven minutes to go. After a timeout, however, Vesely had a dunk and a triple to increase the margin back to 56-62. Vladimir Stimac and Datome traded baskets, and after Stimac scored inside again, Vesely had another put-back dunk to make it 60-76 midway through the fourth. Dixon buried a triple and drove the open lane for a layup and a 21-point advantage. Miller answered with a wide-open three-pointer, but Datome scored inside. Stimac rounded out Zvzeda’s scoring with a dunk, but Dixon beat the final buzzer with a corner triple that raised the margin to 23 points, the highest of the night.

Luigi Datome - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB15
Friday, January 8, 2016
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), FOUFIS, IOANNIS (GRE)
Attendance: 6421
By Quarter1234
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade2081819
Fenerbahce Istanbul23182225
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade20284665
Fenerbahce Istanbul23416388
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 KINSEY, TARENCE 20:00 6 3/8 0/1   1 1 2 5 1 1   1 1 1 6
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 3:02                              
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 17:09 4 2/4 0/1     4 4     3   1 4 2 -1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 10:37 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1   1     1     4 2 -4
13 MICIC, VASILIJE 15:11 5 1/4 1/2     1 1 3   1   1 3 1 1
15 TEJIC, MARKO 6:48   0/1   0/2   2 2 2           1 2
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 17:41   0/3 0/1   1 1 2   1           -1
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 19:37 9 0/2 2/2 3/4   1 1   2 1   2 1 3 8
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 21:40 8 2/3 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 3 3 2     3 2 10
30 MILLER, QUINCY 28:15 21 2/2 3/4 8/8   3 3     1 4   3 4 27
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 24:50 5 1/5   3/6 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 5
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 15:10 6 3/7     2 1 3               5
Team                                
Totals 200:00 65 14/40 7/15 16/24 8 20 28 14 8 11 5 7 21 19 58
        35% 46.7% 66.7%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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 Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 11:31 2 1/3 0/1           1     1 2 2 -1
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 UDOH, EKPE 31:41 12 3/9 0/1 6/6 2 5 7 2 1   2 1 2 4 18
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 ANTIC, PERO 20:03 12 2/2 2/4 2/2 1 3 4 1 1 2     2 1 13
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 28:29 7 2/3 1/3     3 3 2 3 1   1 3 2 9
14 YURTSEVEN, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK 8:56 2 1/1           1   2     1 2 2
24 VESELY, JAN 28:16 15 6/12 1/1 0/4 10 5 15 3   3 5 1 2 3 25
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 10:47     0/1   1 2 3 1 2 1     1 1 4
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 31:04 17 2/6 4/10 1/1   5 5 11 1 1   1 3 4 23
70 DATOME, LUIGI 29:13 21 6/8 2/2 3/4 1 5 6 1   1     3 2 23
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 88 23/44 10/23 12/17 17 29 46 22 9 11 7 5 19 21 119
        52.3% 43.5% 70.6%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We were ready to fight for the win but it was obvious at the beginning of the game that Fenerbahce is a much better team at the moment. They had too many offensive rebounds and too many second-chance points. They controlled the game all the way. We will continue to fight because there are 12 more games." 
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Crvena Zvezda is a much better team than at the beginning of the season when we met twice. The fans are pushing Crvena Zvezda here in Pionir and I am sure it will be the rare visiting team that will celebrate here. We played good and smart at both ends of the court. There are lot of games and trips ahead and we need a strong bench. This game we won on defense."

Players

STIMAC, VLADIMIR
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to Fenerbahce for the win, which they deserved. They punished every mistake we made. I think we played tonight against the strongest team in Europe at the moment."
VESELY, JAN
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Thanks to Crvena Zvezda's supporters for the excellent atmosphere. I really enjoyed it and I played good on defense.That provided some good offensive moves and I am satisfied."