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19.10.2008 · 00:00

Zadar falls in overtime

The black and whites, in a very intense finish, managed to overcome Zadar, final score 83:80 (16:9, 25:20, 19:21, 10:20, 13:10). The game started with similar plays from both teams but, a little more focus gave the reigning champion the edge at the end of the 1st quarter 16:9. The 2nd quarter brought excellent plays by Tepic and Božic which resulted in significant 10 point lead. After the break they were joined by Velickovic and Lasme which brought Partizan a 18 point lead. From that moment on the visitors came back. Zadar was accurate from the foul line and with a couple of threes they were able to come back completely and even the score. The game went into a thriller finish afterwards, the overtime. Partizan consolidated the team, picked up on the aggressiveness restored their rhythm and with their fans support were able to notch up their 4th consecutive win in the NLB league. “We were very close to replaying the Vršac game but at our expense. There was also 12 point difference at half time. We were, at one time, up by 18 and Zadar practically took the game over. We did not display defensive intensity in order to come out of the crisis, nor did we run, nor controlled the offensive rebound; we did not organize our offense, nor the player up to the task, therefore they took the game over. With our last atoms of strength and character we were able to obtain certain possessions and the same way they came back into the game, we went ahead on three point shooting by Tepic. This game shows a lot of weakness in our formation, which has to be compensated with great aggressiveness, with great wit and with exceptional defense. We showed nothing of the sort, for the best part of the game, at least not when the game was on the line. They could have won this one, of course I’m glad it was not so. This kind of play shows some serious problems which must be solved through practice”, concluded coach Duško Vujoševic. Partizan: Tepic 20, Miloševic 2, Rašic 8, Velickovic 14, Lasme 16, Aleksic 2, Vitkovac, Božic 8, Rakocevic 11, Vesely, Vraneš 2. Zadar: Rancic 2, Peric 2, Stipcevic 16, Dixon 23, Johnson, Gecevski 19, Ružic 4, Garnet, Ivanov 14.