Nando De Colo and Devin Booker guide Fenerbahce after the Maccabi
By the Eurohoops team / [email protected]
Although Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv had a slightly better start to the game, Fenerbahce took over and took a 90-79 home victory.
Scottie Wilbekin drained a triple as Maccabi managed to close the gap (70-49) to just five points (79-74) with two minutes remaining, but Fenerbahce responded thanks to Devin Booker and Nando De Colo. The duo scored Fener’s next 11 points, putting them back to double digits and sealing the deal.
Booker finished with 22 points, the top of the game, while De Colo followed just behind with 21 and the two were the Turkish squad’s only double-digit goalscorers. Marko Guduric and Pierria Henry added nine points each.
Booker was suspicious of a return and was ready to respond when the time came.
âJust come out focused and with a lot of energy. We did it well in the first half and in the second half we kind of let go of our focus, made a lot of mistakes. I was talking about it at halftime, we had to stay focused and we didn’t, and we blew up a 21 point lead. But we came out victorious. We fought hard at the end and got the victory we needed. Hopefully we can keep that momentum going until the second game this week.
De Colo admitted the win was good, but there is more to do to improve.
âIt’s a good feeling, but we are working hard every day to be there. Now we have to keep working and stay focused like we did recently. I think we had to control the game a lot better before, but that’s what happened tonight, and I think we came back well when they were back in the game, and that’s it. We know how to play a little better together, so that’s important for a game like this and for a good ending. he said.
For the Maccabi, James Nunnally scored 18 points in addition to Wilbekin’s 14 and Keenan Evans’ 13. Evans also delivered seven assists while Ante Zizic registered nine points and 11 boards.
After 15 rounds of the Euroleague, Fenerbahce improved to 6-9 and moved closer to Maccabi who hold a 7-8 record after that result.