Fenerbahce tops Besiktas in Turkish finals opener

Fenerbahce Istanbul held off Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul 75-69 in the opening game of their best-of-seven Turkish League finals on Friday. Besiktas came back from a double-digit deficit to tie the score twice in the fourth quarter, but Fenerbahce finished strong to win the game. Bobby Dixon paced the winners with 16 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Ekpe Udoh netted 13 points apiece, Kostas Sloukas added 11 and Jan Vesely posted 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Vladimir Stimac led Besiktas with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Earl Clark added 17 points and 8 rebounds and Kenan Sipahi scored 11.

Stimac dominated early with 8 points as Besiktas jumped out to an 8-19 lead. Udoh and Vesely helped Fenerbahce close to within 18-22 after 10 minutes. The lead grew to 8 early in the second quarter, but Dixon and Bogdanovic hit threes in an 11-0 Fenerbahce run that saw the hosts take a 31-28 edge. Fenerbahce continued its charge and Sloukas made it 42-33 at the break. Another Bogdanovic three gave Fenerbahce its first double-digit lead, however Clark scored 6 points in a 0-8 Besiktas charge to bring the visitors back. Stimac tied it from the line, but Bogdanovic's third triple left Fenerbahce up 52-49 after three quarter. Besiktas tied the score twice more in the first two minutes of the fourth only to see the hosts respond. In the closing minutes, Stimac gave Besiktas a shot, but a three by Dixon and free throws by Bogdanovic helped Fenerbahce wrap up the win.