2016-17Regular SeasonRound 17
January 12, 2017 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade celebrates - EB16

Zvezda sinks Fenerbahce in a thriller for fourth straight win

In an exciting, high-intensity match with a nail-biting finish, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade pulled out 75-73 win over the visiting Fenerbahce Istanbul in the Serbian capital on Thursday night. With the score tied at 73-73, Charles Jenkins hit a game-winning long jumper with 12.4 seconds to go, and after a timeout, Ognjen Kuzmic blocked an Ekpe Udoh layup attempt, starting wild celebrations on the floor and in the stands of Aleksandar Nikolic Hall. Zvezda improved to 9-8 record with its fourth consecutive win, while Fenerbahce dropped to 10-7. Kuzmic starred with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks to lead the hosts. Jenkins finished with 14 points, and Marko Simonovic netted 12 in the winning effort. Udoh and Luigi Datome scored 16 apiece for Fenerbahce, and Bogdan Bogdanovic collected 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in his return to his hometown.

Kuzmic was a force inside with 8 points early on, but Datome hit twice from long range on the other end to make it 10-9. Nemanja Dangubic hit first shot from downtown for the hosts, but Bobby Dixon and Bogdanovic each hit for three-pointer for Fenerbahce, helping it to a 17-21 edge. Jenkins on defense, and Nate Wolters with 4 points before the quarter’s end, helped tied the score at 23-23 after 10 minutes. The teams traded blows throughout the second quarter. Udoh and Milko Bjelica traded dunks and Branko Lazic scored a three-point play for the hosts, but Datome's third triple helped the visitors lead 33-37. Zvezda quickly nullified the deficit; Nikola Kalinic hit a three on one end and Simonovic on the other, before Deon Thompson, in his first EuroLeague game for Zvezda, made it 44-42 at halftime. After the break, Jenkins hit a three from each corner, and with a jumper from Dangubic and a fastbreak layup from Simonovic, the hosts opened a 54-44 lead. Fenerbahce answered with three-pointers from Datome and Bogdanovic. Kostas Sloukas also scored from downtown in a 0-7 run that tied the score at 59-59. Fenerbahce went up as Vesely came up with a blocked shot on the perimeter and then raced for a dunk and a 63-67 lead. Zvezda scored the next 6 points, but Udoh was coming up big in the paint to restore a 69-73 advantage. However, Fenerbahce did not score in the final 90 seconds. Meanwhile, Jenkins assisted on a Kuzmic dunk-plus-foul, which set up the thrilling ending.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE)
Attendance: 7648
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade23211714
Fenerbahce Istanbul23191714
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade23446175
Fenerbahce Istanbul23425973
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WOLTERS, NATE 9:47 6 2/3 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 1   3       2 6
2 THOMPSON, DEON 7:05 2 1/3           2 1   1       4
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 16:36 5 1/2 1/1     2 2 2 1       2   7
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 9:32 2 1/1       2 2 1   2       1 4
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 23:24 3 1/1 0/2 1/1 1 2 3   1 1     2 2 4
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 30:14 12 2/7 1/3 5/6 1 4 5 1   3   4 2 2 3
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 30:10 14 3/4 2/3 2/2   3 3 3 2 1     2 1 18
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 10:04   0/3 0/1     1 1 1       1 3   -6
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 30:13 8 2/7 1/1 1/2   1 1 7         3 3 10
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 27:33 21 9/15   3/3 5 3 8     1 2   2 6 28
51 BJELICA, MILKO 5:22 2 1/1 0/1   1 1 2           2   1
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 75 23/47 5/13 14/16 11 22 33 18 5 12 3 5 18 17 82
        48.9% 38.5% 87.5%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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 Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 UDOH, EKPE 35:16 16 7/8   2/4   3 3 2 2   3 1   3 25
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 0:16                              
12 ANTIC, PERO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 35:53 12 1/2 3/6 1/2 1 5 6 6 1 4   1 2 2 15
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 24:49 7 2/4 1/3     2 2 4   3     2 3 7
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 3:17                         3   -3
23 UGURLU, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 VESELY, JAN 22:07 7 3/7 0/1 1/2   4 4 1   1 2   3 2 6
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 21:07 8 1/1 2/6     1 1 1   1     4 1 2
35 DIXON, BOBBY 30:32 7 1/2 1/6 2/2 1 3 4 4 1     1 2 4 11
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
70 DATOME, LUIGI 26:43 16 0/2 4/5 4/4 1 2 3 2 2       1 3 22
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 73 15/26 11/27 10/14 4 20 24 20 6 10 5 3 17 18 85
        57.7% 40.7% 71.4%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Congrats to the players. It was very demanding all 40 minutes. We have to be pleased that we played smart. Not only at the end, but for the entire 40 minutes. Rebounding was an important segment tonight in order to be successful against Fenerbahce. We managed to control the boards and that gave us a chance to compete against them. The team played well, almost everyone had a big and important role. Our team functions well, and that makes me satisfied. Expectations are rising above what might be realistic. But I think the team is well grounded. However, I think it is natural that fans are feeling positive, and that wins are lifting the mood. "
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"It was a tough game. In the end it was decided by us making very bad decisions, and Zvezda making smart decisions. We had control, but then made a stupid foul, and had bad defense [on Jenkins’s shot]. We made bad decisions throughout. We knew young Zvezda players have courage to shoot early, but we still allowed them to shoot, defending their shots with arms down. I think we had to win this game. We could have finished the job, we had fouls to give. We did not make fouls when we could, but made a foul to allow them a three-point play when we were up by 4. Zvezda did not surprise us. They play like they play every game. I keep saying there are no favorites in EuroLeage, all results are absolutely possible."

Players

KUZMIC, OGNJEN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"A big win for us. I think we don’t have much time to celebrate. It is nice to win. Every game in EuroLeague is a big win for us. I felt good, but it does not matter who scores, just as long as we win."