Vesely lifts Fenerbahce past Zvezda
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul bounced back from last week's home loss by downing Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 82-56 at Ulker Sports and Event Hall on Tuesday. Fenerbahce improved to 9-4 in the standings while Zvezda dropped to 5-8. Jan Vesely led the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Luigi Datome and Brad Wanamaker each added 13 points, while James Nunnally had 12 and Nicolo Melli 10 for Fenerbahce. Ognjen Dobric led Zvezda with 15 points. Vesely and Kostas Sloukas helped Fenerbahce to overcome a slow start by giving the hosts a 17-11 margin after 10 minutes. Dobric and James Feldeine soon combined for all the points in a 0-9 run to give Zvezda a 21-25 edge. Fenerbahce answered with an 11-0 blast that Melli capped with a triple for a 41-33 margin at halftime. Wanamaker took over with 10 points in the third quarter. He got help from Datome and Vesely to break the game open, 62-42, after 30 minutes. Fenerbahce soon boosted its lead to 73-48 and never looked back.
Feldeine and Nunnally got their respective teams going with driving layups. Mathias Lessort's score down low and a floater by Rochestie gave Zvezda a 2-6 lead. Feldeine and Lessort made free throws but Vesely had 4 points, including a two-handed slam, in an 8-0 run that put the hosts in charge, 12-9. Datome bettered Pero Antic's layup with a triple and Marko Guduric beat the first-quarter buzzer with a closer basket for a 17-11 Fenerbahce lead after 10 minutes. Antic struck from downtown early in the second quarter and Dobric added a triple but Guduric and Datome kept the hosts ahead, 21-16. However, Dobric and Rochestie combined for all points in a 0-9 run that made Zvezda regain the lead, 21-25. Vesely followed a jumper with a put-back slam and even when Rochestie struck from downtown, Nunnally and Melli fueled an 11-0 run that gave Fenerbahce a 36-28 margin. Nemanja Dangubic hit a triple before free throws by Datome and a layup-plus-free throw by Wanamaker made it a double-digit game, 41-31. A layup by Feldeine fixed the halftime score at 41-33.
Wanamaker struck from beyond the arc and Datome added free throws to break the game open, 47-33, soon after the break. Antic and Dobric tried to change things for Zvezda but a red-hot Wanamaker got help from Melli and Vesely, whose put-back slam made the guests call timeout at 58-40. A jumper by Datome and a dunk off a steal by Wanamaker made it a 20-point game, 62-42, after 30 minutes. Vesely stepped up with a three-point play early in the fourth quarter. Nunnally followed a triple with a driving layup and Melli struck from downtown to seal the outcome, 73-48, with more than 6 minutes left. Zvezda kept trying, but Fenerbahce had cruised to a well-deserved win.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action on Thursday: Fenerbahce visits Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv while Zvezda hosts Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017