TODAY’S – Fener and Efes face tough Euroleague challenges from day one

Fener and Efes face tough Euroleague challenges from day oneTurkish Basketball League (TBL) sides Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahe ulker kick off their Euroleague Top 16 campaigns in Group F with tough matches on Friday.Zeljko Obradovicand#39s Fenerbahe, which made its way through this stage with an amazing six-match winning streak in the last games of the preliminary groups, hosts one of the most impressive sides of the regular season, the undefeated CSKA Moscow.

The Russian club was the top scorer of the regular season with average of 88 points per game. This matchup will be special because of the clash of tacticians Obradovic and the Russiansand#39 Dimitris Itoudis.

The duo have both coached for Greeceand#39s Panathinaikos Athens before and carried the team to three Euroleague titles.The Istanbul club will rely on Andrew Goudelock, fifth best scorer of the regular season, Nemanja Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic to boost its chances against the on-form Russians.

Having created a buzz putting up a fight for the top spot of its regular season group with Real Madrid, Anadolu Efes meets Laboral Kutxa Vitoria on the road in their curtain-raiser of Group FDusan Ivkovicand#39s men impressed the audiences with their solid-rock defense, which allowed their opponents to net only 69.6 points per game in the regular season, causing them to be the top-ranked team in this respect.

In the absence of Nenad Krstic, who had the top index ranking before his injury, Dario Saric shouldered responsibility for scoring alongside Milko Bjelica The club recently acquired the best of Laboral, playmaker Thomas Heurtel, during the transfer window, to strengthen its cause in the Final FourElsewhere, Red Star Belgrade entertains Real Madrid in what has been dubbed andldquothe match of the week.andrdquo.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman