Fenerbahce holds off Maccabi's comeback
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul grabbed its third consecutive win by topping Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 90-79 at home on Tuesday. Fenerbahce improved to 6-9 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season standings, while Maccabi dropped its fifth straight game to fall to 7-8. Devin Booker led the winners with 22 points and Nando De Colo added 21. James Nunnally paced Maccabi with 18 points. Scottie Wilbekin added 14, Keenan Evans 13, Derrick Williams 10 and Ante Zizic pulled down 11 rebounds for the visitors. Fenerbahce led 42-37 at the break before Pierria Henry scored 6 points in a 9-0 run that boosted his team's lead to 59-43. It was 70-51 after 30 minutes, but Maccabi rallied to within 79-74, That's when Booker and De Colo stepped up in crunch time to seal the outcome.
Evans and Wilbekin got Maccabi going with back-to-back three-pointers. Marko Guduric answered from downtown and Booker added an alley-oop dunk to make it 5-6. Williams joined the three-point shootout and got help from Evans and Zizic to keep Maccabi ahead, 7-13. Booker followed an alley-oop slam with a put-back dunk. He then followed DyShawn Pierre's jump hook with a triple that gave the hosts their first lead, 16-13. Jalen Reynolds scored down low but Polonara followed a triple with a layup. Scottie Wilbekin struck from way beyond the arc to keep Maccabi within 23-18 after 10 minutes.
Angelo Caloiaro buried a corner triple early in the second quarter. Sehmus Hazer took over with a backdoor layup and De Colo followed a fallaway jumper with a three-point play for a 30-21 Fenerbahce lead. Kameron Taylor struck from downtown, Zizic erased Vesely's dunk with a put-back layup and Evans scored in transition, which prompted the hosts to stop the game at 32-30. De Colo buried a jumper and Vesely fed Booker for a slam that gave Fenerbahce fresh air at 36-32. Wilbekin and Hazer each struck from beyond the arc, Vesely pushed the margin to 42-35. Evans hit a jumper to fix the halftime score at 42-37.
Pierria Henry nailed a three-pointer soon after the break and Booker buried a jumper to make it a double-digit lead, 47-37. Nunnally took over with a coast-to-coast layup and a floater. He got help from Reynolds to get Maccabi within 50-44. Booker stepped up with a catch-and-shoot three-pointer. Henry also struck from beyond the arc and added a layup-plus-foul that broke the game open, 59-43. Vesely and Kameron Taylor traded dunks before De Colo made it 63-45. Evans scored in penetration and Caloiaro banked in an off-balance shot, but Guduric and Polonara fueled a 7-0 run that kept Fenerbahce comfortably ahead, 70-51, after 30 minutes.
Nunnally sink a triple early in the fourth quarter and soon added a three-point play to give Maccabi hope at 72-57. Williams struck from downtown to force Fenerbahce to stop the game at 72-60. Nunnally took over with a wild four-point play, Zizic scored in paint and Williams's layup brought the guests within 74-68 with over 6 minutes left. De Colo and Pierre tried to change things for the hosts but Nunnally hit a jumper. After De Colo buried a floater, Nunnally and Wilbekin brought their team even closer, 79-74. Booker answered with a tip-in and De Colo sealed the outcome, 83-74, with a driving layup in the final minutes.
Booker is Fenerbahce's X-factor
Devin Booker led Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul to victory against difficult Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv in Round 14 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. In fact, Booker has led Fenerbahce's most recent turnaround. In Fenerbahce's four-game losing streak, Booker averaged 6.3 points and 2.5 rebounds for a PIR average of 7.0. Fenerbahce has won its last three games and Booker's numbers are 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and a PIR of 16.3 in that stretch. Against Maccabi, Booker had a season-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting inside the arc and 2-of-4 from downtown plus 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks for a PIR of 23.
Nunnally plays inspired basketball in Istanbul
It is always special for James Nunnally to play at Ulker Sports and Event Hall. Nunnally helped his former team, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, to conquer the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title in 2017. He certainly proved to be a championship-caliber player, leading Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv's offense against Fenerbahce in Round 14 on Tuesday. Nunnally finished the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 fouls drawn for a PIR of 17. He led Maccabi's fourth-quarter comeback, bringing his team within 79-74, but Devin Booker and Nando De Colo allowed Fenerbahce to seal the outcome.
Fenerbahace relies on blocks, hustle
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv played a very physical showdown in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 14. When the dust settled, Fenerbahce won 90-79. Two-point shooting accuracy allowed Fenerbahce, together with its overall aggressiveness, to win the game. Fenerbahce made 23 of 39 two-point shots (59.0%), limiting Maccabi to hit just 17-of-37 shooting inside the arc (43.2%). Both teams fought hard; Maccabi led 13-12 in offensive rebounds and 9-8 in steals. Fenerbahce, however, blocked 6 shots and Maccabi finished the game with just 2 blocks, which was important in the outcome of this great game.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021