Fenerbahce breaks slump for first road win
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul collected its first road victory of the season by knocking off LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 72-88 on Friday. Vladimir Stimac led the way with 21 points and 8 rebounds while Derrick Williams collected 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks to improve Fenerbahce's record to 3-7. Melih Mahmutoglu chipped in 14 points and Ali Muhammed had 13 for the winners. ASVEL dropped to 5-5 including its second straight loss at home after winning its first four games at Astroballe. David Lighty paced ASVEL with 18 points while Livio Jean-Charles had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists and Tonye Jekiri added 12 points.
It took nearly 2 minutes before either team could score, with Jekiri converting a three-point play for the hosts. Williams answered with a massive dunk and-one. He followed with a three-pointer and the Fenerbahce lead was 3-8 early. Four straight points from Jekiri were followed by another Williams dunk, a pair of scores from Stimac and a Luigi Datome triple as the visitors' advantage grew to 11-17. Lighty came off the ASVEL bench for 2 baskets and the home side trailed 16-19 after 10 minutes. Fenerbahce was able to gain control in the second quarter with 2 triples from Mahmutoglu and 6 points from Stimac in a 6-18 run to pull ahead 22-37. ASVEL tried to get back in the game with Theo Maledon hitting from long range and Jean-Charles tallying 7 points as the score was 36-48 at the break. Lighty's three-pointer was all that ASVEL scored in the first 5 minutes of the second half while Muhammed's layup pushed the gap to 39-54. Jekiri finally scored again for the hosts and Jordan Taylor knocked down a three-ball at 44-56. Stimac scored twice at the other end and Williams hit a triple in helping increase the cushion to 46-61. Amine Noua answered with a triple but Muhammed's buzzer-beater gave Fenerbahce a 52-67 advantage after 30 minutes. Kostas Sloukas started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to begin a 2-8 surge for a 54-75 Fenerbahce lead, and it was 58-80 after another Muhammed trey. ASVEL showed it was not dead yet with back-to-back three-pointers from Charles Kahudi to get within 64-80 with 5 minutes left. Lighty would add another long ball and it was 67-82, but ASVEL would not get closer than 14 points the rest of the game.
Close to career high
Vladimir Stimac had by far his best game of the season with 21 points on 8-for-12 two-point shooting and 5-of-7 free throws to go with 8 rebounds. He came into the game having scored a total of 11 points in four games. The 21 points were just one off his career high.
Still no De Colo and Vesely
Fenerbahce won without Nando De Colo making the trip to his native France while Jan Vesely did not play despite being in uniform. Vesely scored 4 points in 11:57 minutes against FC Barcelona in Round 9 while De Colo has not played since Round 7.
Fenerbahce not only out-rebounded ASVEL 35-27, but it hit 59.5% from two-point range and a white-hot 69.2% from long range, not to mention 17-of-20 (85.0%) on free throws.
After two straight home games, both losses, ASVEL heads on the road to face Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on November 28. Fenerbahce meanwhile hopes to build on the momentum and welcomes Khimki Moscow Region to Istanbul the same night.
Friday, November 22, 2019