Türkcan makes Euroleague history, Fener routs Roma

Mirsad Türkcan (L)

January 05, 2008, Saturday/ 20:29:00
Mirsad Türkcan made Euroleague Basketball history on Thursday night when he became the first player to grab 1,000 rebounds since the competition was created in 2000.Türkcan pulled down his 1,000th board early in the third period of Fenerbahçe Ulker's resounding 84-63 road victory over Italian side Lottomatica Roma.

Türkcan, who is also the competition's top rebounder again this season, has been an outstanding rebounder in all his Euroleague years at CSKA Moscow, Montepaschi Siena, Ulker and Fenerbahce Ulker, as well as in his only ULEB Cup season playing for Dynamo Moscow. His biggest Euroleague rebounding night came on Jan. 10, 2002, when he grabbed 23 boards -- then a Euroleague record and still the second best in the competition behind Antonis Fotsis's 24 rebounds -- to help CSKA Moscow beat Buducnost 88-83. Türkcan has grabbed more than 20 rebounds in four Euroleague games with three different teams. He is also the all-time leader in rebounds per game (10.6 rpg.), total defensive rebounds (713), total offensive rebounds (294) and defensive rebounds per game (7.5 drpg.), as well as third in offensive rebounds per game (3.1 rpg.) behind Tanoka Beard (3.4 orpg.) and Joseph Blair (3.2 orpg.). Denis Marconato is second in the all-time rebound list with 840 boards. Luis Scola (810 rebounds), Nikola Vujcic (808) and Gregor Fucka (775) complete the all-time Top 5.

Fenerbahçe on Thursday won for third time away from home this season and improved to 5-5 in Group C, good for fourth place. Meanwhile Roma, which topped Panathinaikos and Real Madrid in its last two home games, dropped to 3-7. Willie Solomon paced the Turkish champs with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Türkcan added 13 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. The game was close in the early going and into the second period. However Fener went on a 2-23 tear leading into halftime and the third period to take control for good. Fener center Oğuz Savaş, sporting a full beard, scored 15 in his first start of the season and Ömer Onan added 14. Gregor Fucka led Roma with 15 points and 9 rebounds, David Hawkins added 13 points, Erazem Lorbek had 12 points and 9 boards and Roberto Gabini scored 10.

Efes falters at home

The newest Zvika Sherf era at Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv got off to the best possible start with a 68-83 road win over Efes Pilsen at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul. Sherf, who began his fifth term on the perennial Israeli champ's bench on Tuesday after Oded Kattash resigned as Maccabi head coach, inspired his troops to a big win.


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