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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fenerbahce reaches third straight Final Four with sweep of Panathinaikos

Fenerbahce became the first team to advance to the 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four, which will be held in its own city, by completing a playoff sweep of Panathinaikos Superfoods with a 79-61 victory on Tuesday at Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena.


Fenerbahce used a balanced attack to reach its third Final Four in as many seasons. Coach Zeljko Obradovic’s side also became the first team to sweep a series in which it did not have home-court advantage as well as the first to sweep three consecutive playoff series.


Ali Muhammed paced the winners with 13 points, James Nunnally scored 12 and Ekpe Udoh, Luigi Datome, Nikola Kalinic and Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 10 points apiece. Udoh also collected 10 rebounds, while Jan Vesely anchored the defense with 4 blocked shots. Fenerbahce outrebounded Panathinaikos 38-22 and held the visitors to 5-of-24 three-point shooting (20.8%), while making 13 of 27 shots from downtown (48.2%).


K.C. Rivers led the Greens with 16 points and Chris Singleton added 12 in defeat.


1st Quarter: 18-17 (Fenerbahce)
2nd Quarter: 19-13 (Fenerbahce)
3rd Quarter: 15-12 (Fenerbahce)
4th Quarter: 27-19 (Fenerbahce)


Fenerbahce (79):Ali Muhammed 13, Nunnally 12, Udoh 10, Bogdanovic 10, Datome 10, Kalinic 10, Sloukas 6, Vesely 6, Ahmet 2.