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20.02.2009 · 00:00

Partizan thunders through to the Cup final !

BC Partizan players made a step through to the Radivoj Korać Cup title defense sweeping Hemofarm 83:67 (16:25, 23:11, 21:7, 23:24) in the semi - final of the competition. Novica Veličković was the 'Black and White' team leader scoring 20 points with the help of Milenko Tepić with 13 and Petar Božić and Žarko Rakočević, 11 points each. The 'pharmacists' were led by inspired duo Milivoje Božović 21 points and Miljan Pavković with 17 points. Vršac team had the 25:16 lead after the first quarter and that was all of them in tonight's game, because Partizan showed the class today. The guys in 'black and white' outscored the opponent in the third quarter allowing just 7 points in their basket and they solved the winner mystery early on. BC Partizan players displayed a great defensive show in this game except in the first quarter when Hemofarm made a 12:0 series. However, Vujošević tactical moves and fabulous defensive plays from the black and white team proved the quality of the Serbian triple trophy winner and 'the pharmacists' lead started to melt down. Minutes later, Partizan leads after the first half thanks to Milenko Tepić's bulls-eye 3point shot with the sound. BC Partizan shifts the gear up and the score grows 53:40 after just a few minutes in the 3rd quarter and Lasme slams the hoop for the 60:43 and a relaxed continuer in the 4th quarter. Tripković opens the last period of the game with a fabulous three and the black and whites lead by 20 points. Our guys just knew what to do to finish the game in style against Hemofarm 83:67. “This was a very difficult match for us as we started badly early in the game but we managed to take control and win. We already think of our next rivals in the final and we can't wait to prepare for them." , said the most efficient Partizan player in this match, Novica Veličković. "Hemofarm has a lot of qualities. They played two tight matches against Pamesa and Red Star in ULEB Cup. We did not have answers to their energetic starter and we started panicking. However, Tepić's 3pointer with the sound was psychological breaker as those points helped us win. It is very hard to calculate with time in Cup matches as they are all eliminatory and those very 3 points injected a lot of positive energy into our locker room and we showed the full control of the match further on., said Duško Vujošević, BC Partizan head coach.The Radivoj Korać Cup final is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at 18:00 CET in 'Hala Čair’ in Niš. BC Partizan: Tepić 13, Milošević 2, Rašić 2, Tripković 9, Veličković 20, Lasme 3, Aleksić 3, Vitkovac, Božić 11, Rakočević 11, Vesely 8, Vraneš 2. BC Hemofarm Stada: Pavković 17, Despotović, Joksimović 3, Božović 21, Marković 12, Savović 4, Krstović 6, Mačvan, Petrović, Borisov 1, Marjanović, Bader 4.