Nick Calathes' Clutch Three-Pointer Sends Fenerbahçe to the Final Four.

Nick Calathes’ Clutch Three-Pointer Sends Fenerbahçe to the Final Four.

A thrilling game unfolded at the Salle Gaston Médecin, culminating in Fenerbahçe’s victory in the Final Four in overtime, thanks to Nick Calathes’ clutch three-pointer with 19.4 seconds left on the clock. As I analyzed the game, it mirrored the intensity of previous matchups in the series, characterized by a slow tempo, numerous missed shots, and neither team securing a comfortable lead. In the first half, Monaco held a narrow 40-35 advantage.

In the second half, Fenerbahçe managed to raise the game’s tempo, with standout performances from S. Wilbekin and T. Biberovic, altering the game’s momentum and seizing the lead in the third quarter with a score of 15-21.

During the fourth quarter, both teams displayed signs of nervousness, resulting in several poor decisions, ultimately leading to a 70-70 tie and overtime.

Overtime began with a three-pointer by M. James, granting Monaco a 73-70 lead, which Fenerbahçe quickly narrowed to 73-72. In the closing moments of overtime, the teams found themselves tied once again at 77-77. With only seconds remaining, M. James made a crucial basket, extending Monaco’s lead to 79-77. On Fenerbahçe’s final possession, amidst heightened tension, Nick Calathes stepped up, sinking a pivotal three-pointer for the third time in the game, propelling Fenerbahçe to the Final Four in Berlin.

Game Stats:

Team Stats:AS MonacoFenerbahçe
Field Goals30/63 (47.6%)29/62 (46.8%)
3 Pointers5/19 (26.3%)15/35 (42.9%)
Free Throws14/17 (82.4%)7/9 (77.8%)
Assists1517
Rebounds2528
Off. Rebounds811
Def. Rebounds1717
Steals99
Blocks11
Turnovers1115
Personal Fouls1817

Players stats:

Home Team: AS Monaco

Starters:

  • Mike James: Min 38:22, Pts 20, Reb 3, Ast 3, Stl 2.
  • Donatas Motiejunas: Min 28:51, Pts 16, Reb 7, Ast 1, Stl 1.
  • Jordan Loyd: Min 24:50, Pts 5, Reb 2, Ast 3, Stl 0.
  • John Brown: Min 28:38, Pts 3, Reb 3, Ast 2, Stl 1.
  • Yakuba Ouattara: Min 10:30, Pts 0, Reb 0, Ast 0, Stl 0.

Bench:

  • Elie Okobo: Min 32:34, Pts 15, Reb 3, Ast 5, Stl 1.
  • Alpha Diallo: Min 04:22, Pts 10, Reb 2, Ast 1, Stl 2.
  • Jaron Blossomgame: Min 29:43, Pts 5, Reb 3, Ast 0, Stl 2.
  • Donta Hall: Min 09:09, Pts 5, Reb 2, Ast 0, Stl 0.
  • DNP – Coach’s Decision: Matthew Strazel, Petr Cornelie, Mam Jaiteh.

Away Team: Fenerbahçe

Starters:

  • Nick Calathes: Min 37:49, Pts 14, Reb 6, Ast 4, Stl 1.
  • Scottie Wilbekin: Min 34:46, Pts 14, Reb 4, Ast 2, Stl 4.
  • Nigel Hayes: Min 36:29, Pts 7, Reb 2, Ast 4, Stl 1.
  • Johnathan Motley: Min 09:56, Pts 6, Reb 4, Ast 0, Stl 0.
  • Dyshawn Pierre: Min 12:13, Pts 2, Reb 1, Ast 1, Stl 0.

Bench:

  • Tarik Biberovic: Min 19:37, Pts 13, Reb 5, Ast 0, Stl 0.
  • Marko Guduric: Min 27:37, Pts 10, Reb 3, Ast 3, Stl 0.
  • Nathan Sestina: Min 14:48, Pts 8, Reb 1, Ast 1, Stl 1.
  • Georgios Papagiannis: Min 23:43, Pts 6, Reb 2, Ast 1, Stl 2.
  • Sertac Sanli: Min 04:28, Pts 0, Reb 0, Ast 1, Stl 0.
  • Tyler Dorsey: Min 03:34, Pts 0, Reb 0, Ast 0, Stl 0.
  • DNP – Coach’s Decision: Yam Madar.
QuarterAS MonacoFenerbahçe
Q11513
Q22522
Q31521
Q41514
OT910
Score7980

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