2016-17Regular SeasonRound 27
March 21, 2017 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 FENERBAHCE ULKER SPORTS ARENA

Maccabi FOX completes season sweep of Fenerbahce

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv edged Fenerbahce Istanbul 79-81 Tuesday on a Sylven Landesberg buzzer-beater to complete a season sweep of the Turkish champs and deny – at least temporarily – Fenerbahce a ticket to the playoffs. Maccabi improved to 10-17, while dropping Fenerbahce to 17-10. Coach Zlejko Obradovic’s men could still advance to the playoffs in Round 27 if other results go its way. Fenerbahce led by as many as 13 points, but Maccabi battled back and ultimately scored the final 6 points of the game to secure the victory. Landesberg finished with a career-high 22 points to lead the winners, including 4-of-4 shooting from downtown. Diamon Simpson produced a spectacular all-around effort with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals, while Joe Alexander added a season-high 13 points and Yogev Ohayon tallied 10 points and 6 assists. Melih Mahmutoglu was 5 of 6 from behind the arc to pace the Fenerbahce attack with 15 points, Ekpe Udoh amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds, Bobby Dixon had 11 points and 7 assists and Jan Vesely scored 10 in defeat.

The game started at a slow pace, but Dixon drilled a pair three-pointers in the span of one minutes to make it 14-6 after six minutes. After a timeout, Mahmutoglu connected from downtown to give the hosts a double-digit advantage. Colton Iverson revived the Maccabi attack, but Udoh and Vesely kept Fenerbahce comfortable ahead, 25-15, after 10 minutes. Guy Pnini sank a three-pointer and Landesberg scored on the break to get Maccabi within 30-23, but Luigi Datome, countered with a triple of his own. Threes continued to rain down at both ends with Landesberg heating up to help the visitors close the gap. Ohayon scored twice to help get Maccabi within 1, but Nikola Kalinic’s layup gave Fenerbahce a 41-38 halftime advantage. Maccabi completed its comeback 70 second into the second half when an Ohayon three-pointer tied the game at 43-43. Victor Rudd took charge with the assist on an alley-oop slam by Simpson and two-handed slam of his own. Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena fell silent as Landesberg put the visitors up 45-51. Fenerbahce turned to defense to stop Maccabi and Pero Antic hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to push the hosts in front 54-53. Maccabi tied it, but Antic drilled a deep three and an amazing alley-oop by Vesely at the third-quarter buzzer made it 59-56 through three quarters. Landesberg tied it again with a three to open the fourth quarter. Fenerbahce regained a minimal lead, but was unable to shake the visitors and Rudd tied it again at 67-67 with five minutes remaining. Mahmutoglu’s fourth three of the game was followed by James Nunnally’s first. Ohayon and Mahmutoglu traded threes before Simpson scored twice to make it 76-74 with 2:20 remaining. Alexander tied it at 79-79 with a slam with 29.1 seconds remaining and after Dixon’s bad pass, Maccabi got the ball to Landesberg, whose jumper bounced in at the buzzer sounded to give the visitors a sweet victory.

Ekpe Udoh - Fenerbahce Istanbul - EB16
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU)
Attendance: 12174
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Fenerbahce Istanbul25161820
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv15231825
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Fenerbahce Istanbul25415979
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv15385681
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 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 UDOH, EKPE 30:25 13 6/10   1/3 3 7 10 1 2 1     1 2 20
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 34:46 15 0/2 5/6   1 3 4 3         1   18
12 ANTIC, PERO 11:58 8   2/4 2/2   3 3           3 2 8
15 BENNETT, ANTHONY 3:31           1 1           1    
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 18:43 8 2/4 1/4 1/1 1   1 4   2 1 1 2 3 7
23 UGURLU, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 VESELY, JAN 34:06 10 4/7   2/4 1 2 3 2 1 1 1   2 3 12
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 22:12 6 3/6 0/3   1 3 4 2 1       4 2 5
35 DIXON, BOBBY 26:31 11 1/2 3/9   1 3 4 7   5   1 2 2 9
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
70 DATOME, LUIGI 17:48 8 1/3 2/2   1 1 2 1 1 1   1 2 2 8
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 79 17/34 13/28 6/10 10 23 33 20 5 12 2 3 18 16 86
        50% 46.4% 60%
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 RUDD, VICTOR 28:58 8 2/6 1/3 1/2 2 2 4 3 2 3 1   3 3 8
4 SEELEY, D.J. 3:15     0/1                       -1
5 SIMPSON, DIAMON 30:30 14 6/8   2/7 3 9 12 1 5 2     3 6 26
6 SMITH, DEVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 LEVI, NIMROD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MEKEL, GAL 21:25 4 2/5       1 1 5   1     1   5
10 PNINI, GUY 17:55 5 1/1 1/5     3 3 2   1     1   4
11 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 24:11 10 2/6 2/2     2 2 6         1 1 14
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 30:25 22 4/7 4/4 2/4 1   1 3   2   1 2 4 20
23 ALEXANDER, JOE 26:31 13 6/7 0/1 1/2       1   2 1   2 1 9
24 IVERSON, COLTON 16:50 5 2/4   1/2 2 2 4     1 1 1 3 3 5
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 81 25/44 8/16 7/17 11 23 34 21 7 12 3 2 16 18 97
        56.8% 50% 41.2%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"First of all, congratulations to Maccabi on the victory. They fought a lot, even in the first half, when we got the advantage, they tried to come back to the game and did it. The game was decided in the last three minutes because we practically didn't try to play defense. Everything was very easy for them. And some offensive decisions, of course, they hurt us and because of this, we lost the game. Thanks to our fans - one more time, very good atmosphere. We still have three more games and will try to do our best."
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I think that means a lot for our team because with this kind of win, we become stronger. We played like a team. We missed some players, some perimeter players, but we became bigger at other positions and that gave us aggressiveness from outside with aggressiveness inside. That gave us the result. We are happy… It was really good teamwork. We did not hesitate. I told the players before the game that if we decide something, we must do it because Fenerbahce has experience and uses it. We just did our job. "

Players

LANDESBERG, SYLVEN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I felt good the whole game, and the players kept telling me to stay aggressive. On the last possession, Yogi [Ohayon] got the rebound and when I got the ball, I knew I won't have time to pass. I stepped back, took the shot and it bounced on the rim, felt like for an hour. On the second bounce I thought it would bounce out. I was praying it would go in because I was dead tired and didn't want it to go to overtime. Then when it went in I was in shock, I couldn't believe it."
SIMPSON, DIAMON
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"Our team is really good, we worked hard in practice and kept believing when we were down. Personally, I just play as hard as I can and don't think about how good the other guys are… In Sylvan's last shot, on the first bounce I was thinking - overtime. And on the second bounce I thought it might get in. And then in the third, I just started to shout."