Fenerbahce extends team captain Mahmutoglu

Days after punching its fifth consecutive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four ticket, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul moved to keep the core of its roster intact for the future by extending team captain Melih Mahmutoglu's contract for three more years, the club announced on Tuesday. The sharpshooting Mahmutoglu (1.91 meters, 29 years old) is in his sixth season with Fenerbahce. During that time he played in 126 EuroLeague games, averaging 4.0 points and knocking down a 41.5% of his three-point attempts. A die-hard Fenerbahce fan his entire life, Mahmutoglu grew up with Anadolu Efes Istanbul and started his professional career with one of its satellite teams, Pertevniyal. He later played for Darussafaka, spent time with Galatasaray, Antalya and Erdemir, before joining Fenerbahce in the summer of 2013. As a team captain, he made history when lifting the EuroLeague trophy in 2017, becoming the first player ever for a Turkish team to do so. He also has helped Fenerbahce win four Turkish League and two Turkish Cup titles.