Final 4: Fener went, saw, but failed to conquer

Fenerbahandce andulker lost the third-place match to CSKA Moscow 86-80 despite coming from behind to level the game in the second half however, the Istanbul side received kudos for its maiden Euroleague Final Four appearance over the weekend.
Under head coach Zeljko Obradovic, one of the most prolific personalities in European basketball, having won the Euroleague trophy eight times during his coaching career, Fenerbahandce has raised the bar for the Turkish league sides, being the first Turkish team to reach the last four since Efes achieved it in 2001 for the second time in a row. Fenerbahandce was beaten by hosts and eventual champions Real Madrid 96-87 in the semifinal match.
and”Fenerbahandce andulker has everything that it takes to become the best of Europe,and” Obradovic said after the CSKA match and highlighted that coming in fourth in the Euroleague is not a bad result. The Serbian coach thanked the cluband’s fans who were in Madrid to support them.
Speaking about the match, Obradovic called their first-half performance a disgrace while he congratulated the players who put up a good fight in the second half. andquotThey changed the whole picture in the second half and the fans saw that, too. I believe this will be a good lesson for us,andquot he added.
Fenerbahandceand’s leading scorer Andrew Goudelock, who netted 24 points in defeat against CSKA Moscow, said in his post-game remarks that his side had no experience when they landed in Madrid, but they had gained some now and hopefully will do better next season.
Nemanja Bjelica added 18 and Nikos Zisis chipped in 12 points in the third-place match. Five of those who took playing time did not contribute to the score while all the CSKA players who were given a chance in the match tallied points in their victory.
CSKA started off the game at Barclaycard Center with a 12-0 run, while Fenerbahandce got its first points in the fourth minute. The Russian side increased the margin to 20 before it led the first quarter 27-13. The Turkish club continued its lackluster performance in the second quarter, netting three points as opposed to 11 by CSKA. The Russians were up 48-24 at halftime.
Zisis and Goudelock fired Fenerbahandce up at the beginning of the third period and reduced the margin to 11 as CSKA took a 66-55 lead going into the last 10 minutes. Goudelock hit back-to-back shots to help his side bring the margin to single digits.
A Semih Erden layup and a Zisis triple leveled the score at 70-70. Demetris Nichols sank a three-pointer to make it 84-78 in favor of the Russians and diminish Fenerbahandce hopes with 39 seconds to the final buzzer. Even though Bjelica reduced the gap to four, Mahmutoiluand’s attempt on a triple was fruitless and Nichols set the final score: 86-80.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman