Fenerbahce sweeps Besiktas to defend Turkish crown

Fenerbahce Istanbul erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and defeat Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul 94-98, complete a 4-0 series sweep and clinch its second straight Turkish League championship. Jan Vesely led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Bogdan Bogdanovic tallied 13 points and 9 assists. Bobby Dixon added 14 points and Ekpe Udoh had 12 points and 5 blocks for the champs. Kenan Sipahi scored 22 and dished 5 assists and D.J. Strawberry added 20 for Besiktas. Michael Roll added 15 points and 6 assists and Vladimir Stimac posted 13 points and 9 rebounds.

A Vesely alley-oop slam made it 13-18, which would match the largest lead of the first quarter, which ended with the visitors ahead 19-24. Stimac scored 4 points in a 7-0 second quarter run that put the Besiktas up 38-31. Bogdanovic helped Fenerbahce close the gap, but a pair of Sertac Sanli baskets in the final minute of the first half left the hosts with a 47-42 halftime advantage. Stimac pushed the lead to 8 midway through the third quarter, but Fenerbahce rallied back to within 2. A three by Sipahi made it 64-59 entering the fourth quarter. Strawberry scored 5 points in a 14-4 run to take a 79-65 advantage. Fenerbahce rallied once more and after a long three by Dixon, Bogdanovic knotted the score at 84-84 with 6 seconds left. Fenerbahce got the ball back again, but missed twice in the final seconds. In overtime, Vesely, Kalinic and Dixon each scored in a 0-6 spurt for an 88-94 lead. Roll got Besiktas within 2, however Bogdnovic and Vesely sealed the win.