The Red Star basketball players were defeated tonight in Istanbul in the match of the first round of the Euroleague by the Fenerbahce team with 57:61 (15:18, 11:10, 11:17, 20:16).
Nikola Ivanovic had the best performance in the Serbian team with 16 points and six assists, and Nate Walters and Nikola Kalinic scored nine points each. Walters recorded four assists and three rebounds, while Kalinic added nine rebounds.
In the Fenerbahce team, led from the bench by Serbian coach Aleksandar Djordjevic, the most efficient was Dejson Pierre with 13 points and four rebounds, while Jan Veseli and Devin Booker (nine rebounds) scored eight points each.
The home team opened the match very well, with a series of 14: 0, and by the end of that part of the game, Zvezda caught the connection and reached the result of 15:18.
The continuation of the match brought uncertainty about the result, and the Turkish team went to the halftime with an advantage of two points.
During the greater part of the third quarter, the team of Fenerbahce was in the lead, which made a significant advantage in the end, and went to the break with an eight.point difference.
The star managed to reduce the score in the fourth part of the game, but in the end, the home team played better and managed to reach the first victory.
In the next round of the Euroleague, Zvezda will play against Maccabi in Tel Aviv, while Fenerbahce will play against Panathinaikos.