2010-11Top 16Round 1
January 20, 2011 CET: 20:45
Kaya Peker - Fenerbahce Ulker - EB10

Fenerbahce Ulker stunned Olympiacos 70-84

Fenerbahce Ulker sent a message that echoed all around the competition and registered its first win in Top 16 Group H by downing Olympiacos 70-84 in Greece on Thursday. Fenerbahce hosts Power Electronics Valencia next week in a big battle between undefeated teams while Olympiacos visits Zalgiris in already a critical game for both teams. Marko Tomas paced the winners with 19 points. Roko Ukic added 17 while Omer Onan had 14 for FB Ulker. Theo Papaloukas led Olympiacos with 15 points. Vassilis Spanoulis added 14 while Zoran Erceg had 10 for the Reds. It was a very balanced game for 33 minutes, as Olympiacos led 18-16 at the end of the first qyarter but a layup by Spanoulis tied it at 33-33 at halftime. The game was as many as 11 lead changes in the second half but Onan, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Ukic fueled a game-breaking 0-12 run that sealed the outcome, 65-76. The Reds kept trying but Fener managed to get its biggest lead right at the buzzer.

Ioannis Bourousis got Olympiacos going with a put-back jump hook, as Fenerbahce tried to get its big men involved early. Tomas shined with a wild driving layup that Kostas Papanikolaou bettered with a three-pointer for a 5-2 Olympiacos lead. Ukic sank a floating jumper and soon added a fast break basket to give Fener its first lead, 5-6. FB Ulker had locked the defensive board and the Reds' offense collapsed. Meanwhile, Tomas and Ukic struck from downtown for a 5-12 score. Erceg, a surprise starter to guard Kaya Peker, hit free throws and Bourousis added a tip-in to give the Reds some fresh air at 9-12. Bourousis split free throws, as Olympiacos had improved its defense off a timeout. Milos Teodosic took over with a turnaround three-pointer but a jumper by Jasikevicius restored a 13-14 Fener lead. A free throw by Papanikolaou and a running jumper by Teodosic provided another lead change, 16-14. Foul shots by Oguz Savas and a put-back layup by Erceg fixed the score at 18-16 after 10 minutes.

Olympiacos tried Yotam Halperin to guard Jasikevicius early in the second quarter. Papaloukas shined with a fast break dunk, as Fener faced foul trouble when Darjus Lavrinovic picked up his third. Spanoulis sank a fallaway jumper for a six-point Olympiacos lead, 22-16. Emir Preldzic struck from downtown and Onan improved Halperin's driving layup with a three-point play to bring the guests within 24-22. The game had turned into a physical battle and the Reds struggled to score for more than 3 minutes. Meanwhile, Ukic split foul shots and Lavrinovic took over with a four-point play for a 24-27 Fener edge. Tarence Kinsey nailed a stop-and-pop jumper that capped a 0-10 run. Papaloukas and Savas traded free throws but a fast break layup by Tomas forced Olympiacos to stop the game at 26-33. Matt Nielsen sank foul shots, igniting a 7-0 run in which a put-back basket by Rasho Nesterovic and a fast break layup by Spanoulis tied it at 33-33 as both teams headed back to the locker rooms.

Erceg split free throws immediately after the break but Tomas quickly answered from downtown for a 34-36 Fener lead. Bourousis stepped up with a power layup that a very active Tomas bettered with a three-point play. Fener had managed to avoid second-chance points but a technical foul on Peker - his fourth - allowed Teodosic to keep the Reds within 38-39. Ukic took over with a coast-to-coast layup but an open triple by Erceg got Olympiacos as close as 41-42. Spanoulis scored in penetration but Savas and Tomas restored a 43-45 Fener edge. Erceg and Savas traded foul shots but Papaloukas buried a three-pointer for a 48-47 Olympiacos lead. Tomas stayed on fire with a follow-up layup and erased Spanoulis' mid-range jumper with free throws. Olympiacos improved its intensity in defense and Halperin downed a corner triple to make FB Ulker call timeout at 53-51. Spanoulis joined the three-point shootout and added free throws but Sean May and Ukic kept the guests within 58-55 after 30 minutes.

Onan downed a step-back triple early in the fourth quarter but Papaloukas answered from downtown for a 61-58 score. Sean May found space for an uncontested dunk that Loukas Mavrokefalidis erased with an easy basket. Ukic shined with his trademark floating jumper and a jumper by an unstoppable May put Fener back ahead, 63-64. Mavrokefalidis sank a six-meter jumper, as Olympiacos tried Michalis Pelekanos to guard Preldzic. May hit free throws and Onan nailed a big triple off a scream for a four-point Fenerbahce lead, 65-69, forcing the Reds to call timeout. Onan split free throws, as the Reds tried to get Bourousis involved in the low post. Jasikevicius buried a critical three-pointer to boost the guests' lead to 65-73 with 3 minutes left. Olympiacos kept struggling to score right when it mattered and Ukic capped a game-breaking 0-12 run with a free throw, 65-76. Olympiacos had been scoreless for more than 5 minutes and even when Papaloukas stepped up with a driving layup, Fener managed to keep full control of the game and cruise to a very important road win.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
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Attendance: 8000 (Tentative)
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Olympiacos Piraeus18152512
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul16172229
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Olympiacos Piraeus18335870
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul16335584
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 25:43 15 2/2 2/2 5/6   5 5 2 3 4     3 4 21
5 NESTEROVIC, RASHO 22:54 2 1/2   0/2 1 4 5 2 1 1     2 2 6
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 34:48 14 4/7 1/2 3/4 1 1 2 4 1 6     2 6 14
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 17:06 7 3/4 0/1 1/2 2 3 5     2     1 3 9
10 KESELJ, MARKO 2:43                         3   -3
11 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 2:15                         1   -1
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 10:53 4 2/7 0/1     1 1           2 2 -1
15 NIELSEN, MATT 5:06 2 0/1   2/2   1 1         1   1 2
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 15:07 4 0/1 1/2 1/2 2 1 3           3 1 2
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 21:14 10 1/4 1/4 5/6 2 1 3 1   3 1   2 4 7
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 26:16 7 1/3 1/10 2/2   3 3 2 1       3 3 2
21 HALPERIN, YOTAM 15:55 5 1/1 1/2     3 3   2       3   6
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 70 15/32 7/24 19/26 8 24 32 11 8 16 1 1 25 26 65
        46.9% 29.2% 73.1%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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 31:27 17 6/12 1/2 2/4   2 2 4 3 1   1 2 2 15
5 EROGLU, ERBIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ONAN, OMER 23:24 14 3/5 2/3 2/3   3 3   2 1     3 3 14
12 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 25:46 4 0/4 1/1 1/1   2 2       1   4 1  
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 8:09 5 1/3 1/1     1 1     5     1   -2
14 PEKER, KAYA 16:53           3 3 3 1 3     5 2 1
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 16:14 7     7/8 1   1   1 2     3 5 8
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 17:00 3 1/4   1/2   3 3 1 1 1     3 1 1
23 MUTAF, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 TOMAS, MARKO 23:54 19 4/7 2/2 5/7 2 2 4 2 1 1     1 6 25
42 MAY, SEAN 19:17 8 3/8   2/2 3 1 4     1     2 3 7
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 17:56 7 2/2 1/1     7 7 2   3     3 1 11
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 84 20/45 8/10 20/27 7 26 33 12 9 19 1 1 27 24 82
        44.4% 80% 74.1%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN

Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"The coaching staff and me personally take the most of the responsibility for this defeat. This was supposed to be a difficult game for us, especially after our away win over Panathinaikos last week in the Greek League. We had to handle our morale, but we failed. FB Ulker was better prepared and deserved the win tonight. We planned to play up-tempo and not to have to offend against set defense. We had control of the game for 30-33 minutes, but after that we did not find the proper solutions agaist Ulker tight defense; we tried to connect from the perimeter, but we were inefficient from the three-point range. We were outscored 12-29 in the last quarter, and there is no room for much analysis to do about that. It was a shock for the players to get from a 3-point advantage to a 14-point deficit within minutes. This is a very bad result for us in the beginning of the Top16, and I am not talking about the final difference. My players are shocked from this loss. We have to find the solution as soon as possible. We had worked during practice in the previous days in order not to get influenced by the crowd’s enthusiasm; not to take difficult shots because of our fans’ passionate support. But, as we showed on court, we played under much pressure. We have to work hard because we have five more games ahead us in the Top 16."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Congratulations to my team for this big win. It’s not an easy job to beat Olympiacos, but I think that tonight we had our best performance so far in the season and deserved the win. We had some ideas about how to play against Olympiacos; the 90% of these thoughts worked perfect. I know that we did a great accomplishment forcing Olympiacos to a rare home defeat, but we have to curb our enthusiasm. There is a string of difficult games ahead us and a lot of hard work needs still to be done. This is a big step towards the Group top spot for us, but I repeat that it is too soon to talk about that now."


Olympiacos Piraeus
"This was a bad night for the team. I hope that we won’t ever repeat such a bad performance. The Top16 level is really high and every team can beat another. We didn’t play well and lost fair and straight. However, there is still a long way to go. We will play another five games; you don’t lose everything because of one defeat and don’t earn a birth to the quarterfinals from day one. We have to learn our lesson from this loss and come back ready for the upcoming games. I don’t think that we had in our mind last week’s win over Panathinaikos; we just had a bad day at work tonight, that’s all."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I am really happy. This is a huge win for us. It doesn’t happen every day to beat Olympiacos at its own ground, but we managed to do it. We were very well prepared to defend against Olympiacos’ plays and paid great attention to its star players. Defense led the way for us tonight. On the offensive end we had patience and executed well from the perimeter. We knew that if we stayed close as time went by, pressure would go to Olympiacos side. We had a perfect final quarter and deserved the win. Now, we have to stay calm and focus on the next games. We had a great start at the Top16, but there are still five games to be played."
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