Fenerbahce took firm control of its playoffs series with Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens by claiming a 75-80 victory at the Olympic Sports Center to go up 2-0 before next week’s return to Istanbul.
Once again, Game 1 MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic was the hero for Fenerbahce, recording a performance index rating of 35 for the second consecutive game by combining 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a blocked shot. He received ample assistance from Ekpe Udoh, who added 22 points on 11-of-14 two-point shooting and 9 rebounds, while Ali Muhammed added 14 points including three triples.
Panathinaikos was led by 22 points and 4 assists from Mike James, with big men Chris Singleton and Ioannis Bourousis adding 14 and 13 points respectively.
It was a close contest all the way, but Fenerbahce’s defense had the final say by restricting the home team to 9 points in the final eight minutes.
1st Quarter: 22-20 (Fenerbahce)
2nd Quarter: 23-23
3rd Quarter: 18-16 (Fenerbahce)
4th Quarter: 17-16 (Fenerbahce)
Fenerbahce (80):Bogdanovic 25, Udoh 22, A.Muhammed 14, Kalinic 7, Sloukas 5, Antic 3, Datome 2, Vesely 2.