2010-11Regular SeasonRound 3
November 04, 2010 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA
Roko Ukic - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB10

FB Ulker upset Regal FC Barcelona 61-69

When the duel of undefeated teams in Group C came to an end, Fenerbahce Ulker emerged victorious by handing defending champ Regal FC Barcelona the first loss of the season of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season by 61-69 in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday night. It was a tight game throughout with constant lead changes in the final quarter, but the great defense of Fenerbahce allowed the guests to control the tempo of the game and keeping their cool at the end, managed to escape with a valuable win. The victory leaves Fenerbahce atop of Group C with a 3-0 tied with Montepaschi Siena, while Barca drops to 2-1. Roko Ukic led the winners with his 13 points and Marko Tomas added 12. For Barcelona, Pete Mickeal had 17 points, Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Jaka Lakovic 11 and Erazem Lorbek 10.

Pete Mickeal moved in the lane for the first basket of the game but Marko Tomas' tip in for Fenerbahce Ulker tied the game soon, 2-2. Mickeal was on fire with a three and neither team missed its first offensive attempts when the scoreboard showed a 7-6. Gasper Vidmar's basket plus foul put Fenerbahce ahead for the first time, 7-8, but Juan Carlos Navarro fireworks turned the tides again. The fast pace of the game benefitted Ukic, who stepped up with four straight points to put a 9-12 and force Barca's timeout. The hosts had not pulled a single defensive board at that point and it was because Fenerbahce hardly missed any shots. In defense, the guests also forced turnovers of Barcelona and only Mickeal seemed to be active enough for the defending champs. Barca was clashing again and again against the defensive wall of the guests but Fenerbahce didn't take advantage of that as the score remained 11-14 in minute 8 and when Mickeal fed the alley-oop to Vazquez, it was a one-point game, 13-14, to end the first quarter.

Lynn Greer and Mirsad Turkcan sparked a 0-4 run for the guests that was only stopped by Navarro from the line. Fast points on each side fell now to make it 18-22. Fenerbahce didn't let go of the lead thanks to the contribution of Oguz Savas and thanks to a smothring defense, Greer blasted a three that made it 18-27 for the largest lead of the game. Victor Sada had to think twice before driving to the rim, to get the first basket for a Barca point guard, and soon Sada himself scored again for the hosts for the 22-27. The run increased to 6-0 with Navarro to force the timeout of Fenerbahce now. Barcelona was still struggling against Fenerbahce's defense but at least Erazem Lorbek hit the jumper over the buzzer but Marko Tomas was the one now to keep the guests at a safe distance. The hosts had not managed to steal the ball once yet, and after a foul, Darjus Lavrinovic scored his first point from the line to leave it at 28-32 at the break.

Vidmar opened the second half with free throws but when Vazquez slammed and received the foul from Lavrinovic for Barcelona, the arena seemed to come alive. Mickeal pulled the hosts within two points, as Barcelona's defense seemed to come together now and started working at full throttle. But again, when it looked like Barca would control the score, Fenerbahce found someone, Ukic this time, to maintain a safe distance. The hosts insisted on feeding the ball in the paint to the big men, but the defensive wall of the Turksih team was still there. Mickeal wasted another chance to tie the game by missing a free throw with a 36-37 but Navarro and Jaka Lakovic connected fast layups to finally make it 40-39 for Barcelona. With a steal and three to add, Lakovic emerged as the scorer that Barca needed in the final moments of the third quarter. Fenerbahce pressed hard in defense for the last plays and also got the last shot when Preldzic blasted a three from the corner on the buzzer to leave it all open for the last period, 45-44 after 30 minutes.

Lakovic was still active for Barcelona with a layup while Tarence Kinsey replied fast for Fenerbahce. Mirsad Turkcan blasted a three to put the guests ahead again and Preldzic did the same thing for the 49-52 in a game that offered no mercy for neither side. Good ball circulation earned Barca players good options to shoot, but the ball didn't want to go in as expected (3 of 16 threes at that point for Barca), and it had to be through free throws that Mickeal kept the hosts at one point. The decisive moments of the game were arriving and despite good defense, Barca's problem with the defensive rebounds persisted, allowing Fenerbahce to create more offensive options. Vidmar missed to key frees and Lorbek had an answer with a long jumper and two more free throws for 55-54. The carrousel of free throws continued with Ukic and Lorbek until Tomas hit an important three for 57-60 with three minutes to go. Ukic insisted on the Barca rim and Mickeal could only hold the fort with two free throws. The game entered its last 80 second with 59-64 after Tomas' basket. Barca's timeout would have to decide the outcome of the game. Mickeal missed a layup and when Fenerbahce grabbed an unbelievable offensive rebound time was running out. Lakovic missed the three and when Turkcan hit one free throw for 61-65 it was clear that Fenerbahce would remain undefeated while handing the defending champ the first loss of the season.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
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Attendance: 4217 (Tentative)
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Regal Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 24:48 4 2/2 0/1   2 2 4     2     2   3
9 RUBIO, RICKY 11:18     0/1             1     1   -3
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 16:34 11 4/4 1/6     2 2 2   2     1 4 11
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 29:55 12 4/4 0/5 4/4   4 4 2   2     3 4 12
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 6:09   0/2       1 1     1   1 1   -4
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 29:03 4 2/6   0/1 1 6 7       1   3 4 8
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 2:42                         1   -1
23 MORRIS, TERENCE 18:20 3   1/3   2 4 6   2       1   8
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 23:46 10 3/7 0/1 4/4 2 3 5 1   1 2   3 3 12
33 MICKEAL, PETE 34:19 17 5/13 1/2 4/5   4 4 2     1   3 7 18
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 3:06                   1         -1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 61 20/38 3/19 12/14 8 29 37 7 2 10 4 1 19 22 67
        52.6% 15.8% 85.7%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 UKIC, ROKO 22:48 13 5/10   3/3 3 3 6 2 2       1 2 19
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 20:45 6 1/2 1/3 1/2   5 5             1 8
7 ONAN, OMER 22:48 6 2/4 0/2 2/2   2 2           1 2 5
8 GREER, LYNN 17:12 7 2/4 1/1     1 1 4 1 1     2 2 10
12 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 22:42 3 0/3 0/2 3/6 1 5 6 1 1 2   2 3 3 -1
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 24:46 6 2/3   2/5 2 2 4     1 1   5 5 6
14 PEKER, KAYA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 11:47 6 2/5   2/2 1 1 2     3     2 1 1
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 17:12 2 1/4       1 1   2     1 4   -3
23 MUTAF, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 TOMAS, MARKO 26:52 12 3/6 1/4 3/4 2 4 6 1 2     1 3 3 13
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 13:08 8 1/1 2/3     1 1 1         1   8
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 69 19/42 5/15 16/24 9 28 37 9 8 7 1 4 22 19 69
        45.2% 33.3% 66.7%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN

Head Coaches

Regal Barcelona
"I already warned everyone before the game that we may be in trouble. Fenerbahce played excellente defense and were solid under the boards. The keys to our loss were turnovers, bad defensive rebound in the first quarter and being off-target from three-point range. We made 3-of-19 three-pointers and that says it all. They made the right choices down the stretch, for instance, a shot clock buzzer-beating triple by Emir Preldzic when we were up by 4 of six points by Roko Ukic and Marko Tomas in the final minutes. We made mistakes and helped them to win the game, but sometimes mistakes are a consequence of the opponents' good defense. We lacked intensity and were too nervous. We have enough time to get better and bounce back."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I want to congratulate my players for 40 minutes of excellente defense. We only struggled a bit in some minutes of the third quarter, when Barcelona got a four-point lead. We managed to regain our rhythm off a timeout. We planned the game with three big keys - match Barcelona's physicality, avoid easy baskets and control Navarro's shots. He went 0-of-5 from three-point range and this shows we managed to do it. We had a lot of rotations, controlled the rebound and all of my players helped us because they all worked really hard even when this is still November, not May. We have a long road ahead of us. Barcelona helped us a bit becayse they didn't play at their best level, but I am sure they will bounce back very soon. A few teams will be able to win in here and that gives more credit to our game tonight. We have to avoid being euphoric and focus on the next game."


Regal Barcelona
"It wasn't our best game, for sure. We lacked concentration and Fenerbahce is a good team that worked well tonight. They controlled the tempo since the beginning and we played by their rules this time. We also missed many shots and it was not a good thing for us. This only shows you that defending the title is very hard and if we want to lift the title again we will have to work even harder to improve our concentration. This game has been a warning to all of us."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We grabbed a great win and sent a message to everyone. The message is that we are ready to go one step forwards compared to what we did in the past. We got closer to the Top 16 but that is not our goal. It is a more demanding one that we have set this season. We want to win difficult games, like this one in Barcelona. We managed to do it playing tough defense that compensated some of our mistakes in offense. The most important lesson is that we showed everyone that we can play well and win anywhere."
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