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25.02.2009 · 00:00

Dirty Dozen Magnificent in Malaga!

BC Partizan players took away one more glorious Euroleague away victory. This time in Malaga against mighty Unicaja in Euroleague Top 16, Group G, Week 4. The result of the game says it all 74:78 (17:18, 22:17, 19:16, 7:14, ot 9:13). The match was a real tie from the start as both teams played fantastically organised defense. Partizan suggested a possible win early on when 'The Black and White' guys scored three consecutive threes and two slam dunks to get 9:15 lead. However, Unicaja makes result even by long distance shots 17:18. Spain team had a good answer to Partizan defense and the result was tie through the second quarter. But, Malaga team scores back-to-back triples and set the half time score 39:35. A tree-point starter of the 3rd quarter from the hosts was enough for Partizan players to wake up for another 8:0 series and a new scoring lead 42:43. This time Unicaja answers too, and score 10 points in a row to lead the match again 56:45. Partizan diminishes the difference by Lasme's clutch shot with the buzzer 58:51. Lasme provided a highlight with a layup-plus-foul early in the fourth quarter to set it even and 'the black and white guys' found the way to get their chance for coast-to coast attack for the win but they made a turnover and match went to overtime. Archibald hit a free throw early in the over time but Tripkovic buried another corner three-pointer to give Partizan a 66-68 edge. Partizan excelled now with a 2-3 zone defense while Rasic also struck from downtown to break the game open, 66-71. Cook missed from downtown while Tepic joined the three-point shootout to break the game open, 66-74, after a 0-9 run. Unicaja needed a miracle comeback and Haislip tried to ignite it with free throws. Jimenez added a three-pointer but Gomis missed a critical fast break layup. Even with that, free throws by Cabezas gave Unicaja some hope, 72-76. Lasme committed a turnover while a jumper by Ndong got Unicaja even closer, 74-76. Rasic missed from downtown but an offensive rebound by Vesely forced Unicaja to foul on Vesely. He missed his second attempt but Vesely grabbed yet another offensive rebound and sealed the outcome with a free throw, 74-78, with 4 seconds to go, allowing the entire Partizan bench to celebrate a historical road win! “ I am very happy for this victory because we made it against a great team and a great club such Unicaja is. They have marvellous players, conditions, management and the fabulous coach. We set the game as one of the most important and realised to have a bit more alternatives than they have. Firstly, our alternatives make our win even bigger as they lost all their alternatives and secondly we probably had a lot more space for recovery than they had as we won the National Cup and got wings while their wings were broken after losing it in the final. The tactical parts of the game were not as crucial for the win as the fact that we had psychological advantage ahaed of the match. Congratulations to my team for beating such a great opponent away in a such a tough and important match becuse this is a feature of only GREAT teams consisting of GREAT players. Of course, we won't stop now! We have already started thinking of future games and our next duties. We dedicate this Victory to all our Fans and the country of Serbia.”, said, the head coach of 'the black and whites', Duško Vujošević after the match in Malaga. C.B. Unicaja Malaga - BC Partizan 74:78 (17:18, 22:17, 19:16, 7:14, ot 9:13)Unicaja: Cook 7, Gomis 6, Rodriguez, Welsch 6, Cabezas 13, Ndong 14, Faverani 2, Jimenez 7, Archibal 12, Kelati 4, Haislip 3.Partizan: Tepić 5, Milošević 3, Rašić 8, Tripković 17, Veličković 17, Lasme 20, Aleksić, Vitkovac, Božić, Rakočević 5, Vesely 3, Vraneš.