Credit: Tolga Adanali/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images
Credit Tolga Adanali/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (2-2) finished the double week of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with a very convincing victory.

Player of the Game
Devin   Booker
Devin Booker
Points 16
Accuracy 7-8
Rebounds 5
Assists 1

Turkish powerhouse 80-41 (21-8, 23-14, 17-5, 19-14) took care of UNICS Kazan (1-3) in front of their own fans and recovered after an unexpected 70-84 loss against ALBA Berlin.

41 points in a game are the fourth-lowest tally in EuroLeague’s history. Krka Novo Mesto had 35 in 2003, Brose Bamberg – 37 in 2008, Cibona Zagreb (2009) and London Towers (2001) – both 40, Arka Gdynia (2011), Siena Montepaschi (2011), and now UNICS – 41.

Fenerbahce took control of the game from the very first minute. Achille Polonara made a jumper, Jan Vesely added a lay-up, Marial Shayok hit another basket, while Fenerbahce made an 11-1 run to build a double-digit lead (18-8).

The hosts continued their dominance in the second quarter. Marko Guduric made a jumper, Dyshawn Pierre knocked down both free throws, while Nando De Colo hit two 3-pointers in a row, and Fenerbahce’s lead increased to 20 (31-11).

The rest of the game was just a formality, as Fenerbahce kept increasing their lead. The biggest advantage was 39 points in the fourth quarter (75-36).

For the winners, Devin Booker scored 16 points (5/6 2PT, 2/2 3PT) and got 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist, 3 turnovers, and 22 PIR.

“We were just a bunch of motivated kids who got after it tonight. We wanted to win, we needed to win. We all came together before the game and decided this is the time to make a difference. Hopefully, it’s the start of something good for us," said Booker post-game.

Sasa Djordjevic was very pleased regarding his team performance on the court.

Points this season

Points made: 65,8
Accuracy: 39,5%
Place in standings: 18
Record max: 80
Record min: 41
Best scorer: Isaiah Canaan

“Congratulations to the players. They made an exceptional effort on the floor. The second thing that comes to mind is in the last two games we played 60-70 minutes of good basketball, great basketball, and it should have been 80. But never mind, this was a great reaction to how we lost in Berlin. Now we just move forward,” told the Serbian mastermind.

Marial Shayok added 17 points (5/7 2PT, 2/3 3PT, 1/1 FT), 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 1 block, and 19 PIR.

“It feels great. We stuck together and played the full 40. In the last game, we had a tough second half, so it was important for us to play the full 40 minutes hard and together defensively with a lot of great energy. When we’re on the same page, we are hard to beat,” declared Shayok.

Isaiah Canaan was the only UNICS player with a double-digit tally. He scored 10 points (2/8 2PT, 2/8 3PT), but made 5 turnovers, had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and accumulated -5 PIR.

“Congratulations to Fenerbahce. Today we were terrible in every aspect of the game,” said Velimir Perasovic after a painful defeat. “Mostly we had problems scoring. We couldn’t even score in the beginning - not even on open shots.

When they started to play more physically, it’s hard to have any kind of concentration - also on defense. It was a terrible game and I am sorry for the fans of our club.”

Former Fenerbahce player Bobby Dixon was presented today as a new individual development coach and infrastructure ambassador. As expected, Dixon was greeted warmly by the fans.

Fenerbahce: Marial Shayok 17 (5/7 2PT), Devin Booker 16 (5/6 2PT, 22 PIR), Nando De olo 13 (3/4 3PT, 17 PIR), Ahmet Duverioglu 10 (4/4 2PT, 8 REB).

UNICS: Isaiah Canaan 10 (2/8 2PT, 2/8 3PT, 5 TO, -5 PIR), Lorenzo Brown 8 (4/5 2PT).


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KazanÄ—s UNIKS
Stambulo Fenerbahce
Field goals

Best players

Marial   Shayok
17 PTS
7/10 FG
1/1 FT
Isaiah  Canaan
10 PTS
4/16 FG
0/0 FT
Fenerbahce Istanbul
Few players
Few players
Marial   Shayok
5 As
3 TO
27 MIN
Few players
2 As
Devin   Booker
22 EFF
83% 2P%
100% 3P%
Tonye  Jekiri
50% 2P%
- 3P%