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21.11.2018 · 20:30

Experienced guests took the points to Spain

In the eighth round of the 7DAYS EuroCup, the black and whites lost in a home game from the Spanish Valencia, with the score 61:69 (18:22, 18:12, 12:18, 13:17).

​Thanks to a series in the final quarter, the experienced team of Valencia defeated the black and whites in Belgrade, with the score 61:69. At the beginning of the game, the guests quickly came to a 9-point advantage, which was their biggest advantage of the game, but Partizan NIS' players found a way to respond and reduce that to -4 before the end of the first quarter. 

The second quarter brought the first advantage of the black and whites, which, after Stefan Janković's free throws, went to the 15-minute break with the score 36:34.

In the third quarter, Valencia took the lead again, but Partizan responded in the fourth quarter, when tho score was 57:52 for the black and whites. However, the experienced guest team found a way to reply and keep the advantage until the end of the game.

During the press conference after the game, Partizan NIS' coach, Andrea Trinchieri, congratulated Valnecia for the win and added:

​"They did the right thing in the right moment. We played with energy, we had some good moments, but definitely, at the end, their experience was the clue. Our offense was the problem. We missed a lot of open shots, and then we lost a little bit of confidence in defense. They scored 11 "threes", and I believe that most of them were after offensive rebounds, when it's very hard to match up"​, Trinchieri pointed out. 

About the rest of the EuroCup, the black and whites' coach said:

​"My players know what it means to play in this jersey, this is a special environment. We have two more games in the EuroCup, and we have to do our best in order to win those games"​, said the black and whites' coach.

Partizan NIS

Paige 9, Sy, Marinković 15, Gegić 2, Pecarski, Gavrilović, Zagorac 6, Janković 6, Landale 14, Gagić 9, Nikolić

Valensija

Garcia, Abalde 9, Labeyrie 2, Van Rossom 20, Thomas 11, Tobey, Dubljević 12, Vives 3, Martinez, San Emeterio 6, Thomas 6, Doornekamp

(Photo: Dragana Stjepanović)