2016-17Regular SeasonRound 25
March 09, 2017 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 FENERBAHCE ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Baskonia stuns Fenerbahce in Istanbul

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz boosted its playoff chances with a 74-79 road win over Fenerbahce Istanbul on Thursday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena. Baskonia, which routed Fenerbahce at home earlier in the season, improved to 14-11 to keep its spot in the playoff zone. Fenerbahce, which was missing All-EuroLeague center Ekpe Udoh, saw its five game home-court winning streak snapped as it fell to 16-9, but remains in fourth place. Shane Larkin led Baskonia with 19 points and Rafa Luz added 10 points in a balanced attack that features eight players with at least 7 points. Baskonia outrebounded Fenerbahce 20-32 in what was among the keys to the game. The visitors led for much of the game and went ahead by 10 in the fourth quarter. Fenerbahce rallied and had the ball down 3 in the final seconds, but Anthony Bennett missed what would have been a game-tying three. Bogdan Bogdanovic starred with 26 points and 8 assists and Luigi Datome added 10 points in defeat.

Bogdanovic took charge with a jumper and a reverse layup to give the hosts a 7-4 edge. Bogdanovic added two more baskets to stretch the lead to 5, but a similarly red-hot Jaka Blazic nailed a three to keep Baskovic close, 13-11. Chase Budinger then connected from deep to give Baskonia the lead, but Blazic took a seat with 3 fouls. A flurry of shots to end the first quarter finished with a Rafa Luz three pointer that gave the visitors an 18-19 edge. Anthony Bennett rocked the rim with a vicious slam before the lead switched hands three times on as many baskets with Luigi Datome and Adam Hanga trading triples. The score was tied at 28-28 midway through the second quarter after a Larkin jumper. Larkin carried the Baskonia attack and his first three of the game put the visitors ahead 35-39. Hanga assed a three in the closing seconds of the second quarter to give Baskonia a 35-43 halftime advantage. Ilimane Diop opened the scoring in the second half with a bucket that gave Baskonia a double-digit lead. More than three minutes passed before Bogdanovic got the Fenerbahce attack going, but Baskonia remained in control. Nikola Kalinic’s fast break slam closed the gap to 43-49. Larkin and Melih Mahmutoglu traded threes before Bogdanovic scored twice to make it a 2-point game. Baskonia responded to cling to the lead, but another Mahmutoglu three got the hosts within 55-56. Toko Shengelia hit a three and Budinger added free throws, but a Blakic bomb from beyond halfcourt was ruled to be after the third-quarter buzzer, to Baskonia took a 55-61 lead into the fourth. Rafa Luz blew past Bobby Dixon for a basket-plus-foul that made it 58-67. Kim Tillie connected from deep to make it a 10-point game. Kalninic revived the Fenerbahce hopes with a three-pointer and Bogdanovic added another to make it 66-70 with 3:30 to play. Bennett soared for a monster slam that brought the fans to their feet at 70-71 with less than two minutes to go. Roddy Beaubois responded with a clutch three-pointer and then added free throws to inflate the cushion to 6 with 74 seconds remaining. Fener fought back and got to within 3 with the ball, but Bennett missed from downtown, Baskonia corralled the rebound and scored on the break to put the game away.

Shane Larkin - Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz - EB16
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 12645
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Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 13:00 6   2/4         1 2       2   5
12 ANTIC, PERO 12:55 7   1/3 4/4 1 3 4   1       1 2 11
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 34:32 26 7/10 2/5 6/8 1 1 2 8 1 5   1 3 6 26
15 BENNETT, ANTHONY 18:42 9 3/4 1/3     3 3   1   1 1 1 1 10
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 5:55   0/3 0/2           1     1     -5
23 UGURLU, BERK 6:29     0/1         1         1   -1
24 VESELY, JAN 27:15 6 3/3   0/1 2 2 4 2 2 1     4 2 10
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 34:04 8 2/4 1/1 1/3 1 4 5 1 1 2 1     4 14
35 DIXON, BOBBY 14:22 2 1/3 0/3     1 1 1   2     4 2 -5
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 3:17                              
70 DATOME, LUIGI 29:29 10 2/4 1/4 3/3   1 1 1 1 2     3 5 8
Team           3 5 8               8
Totals 200:00 74 18/31 8/26 14/19 8 20 28 15 10 12 2 3 19 22 81
        58.1% 30.8% 73.7%
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
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LARKIN, SHANE 28:39 19 5/7 2/5 3/5   3 3 1   2     2 6 18
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 20:26 4 2/2 0/1   1 3 4 1   1     1   6
8 HANGA, ADAM 27:46 7 0/2 2/4 1/2 1 5 6 2 2 1     1 1 11
9 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 19:41 7 1/3 1/3 2/2   4 4 3 1 2 2   1 4 14
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 10:04 7 2/4 1/1     1 1     1     3   2
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 17:05 4 2/4     2   2 1 1     1 5 2 2
14 TILLIE, KIM 21:51 7 2/3 1/3   3 1 4   1 3     3   3
15 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 20:38 7 1/4 1/2 2/2 3 3 6 3 1 3 1 1 4 2 8
34 BUDINGER, CHASE 22:29 7 1/2 1/2 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 2 7
55 LUZ, RAFA 11:21 10 3/3 1/2 1/3   1 1 4 1 1     1 2 13
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 79 19/34 10/23 11/16 11 24 35 16 7 15 3 2 22 19 87
        55.9% 43.5% 68.8%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"First of all I want to compliment Baskonia. They played really very good. Their two point guards, Shane Larkin played like a leader and especially another point guard Rafa Luz, who played only 11 and something minutes, but he played an excellent game. In critical moments of the game, you fight to come back and have an opportunity, but we made some bad decisions. "
ALONSO, SITO
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
"It was very important, this game, not only the win but the way we won, because we had to fight. We defended very well for 40 minutes with intensity. And I’m very happy with the job they did for 40 minutes. Fenerbahce is a very good team. They play sometimes a little bit slower and that’s good for us to keep our mentality on defense. For us the first game was very important and we were ready because they are a very good team and they wanted their revenge. We were focused on our job for 40 minutes, this was the key to the win. The playoff is our goal. It’s true that we were in the playoff area all season, but now Darussafaka is close, Zalgiris is playing very well. Everybody is playing well. But the key for us is recovering our level and after the way we played today, maybe we are there again. "

Players

LARKIN, SHANE
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
"We’ve been struggling to get wins on the road all year. [Fenerbahce] is such a great team, so to come here and get a big win, it was huge. Every single game in the EuroLeague is tough; we just have to come out with the same defensive intensity, play together and just keep winning games. "