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11.12.2018 · 20:55

Important win in Villeurbanne

In the penultimate round of the group phase of the 7DAYS EuroCup, Partizan NIS' players beat the team of ASVEL in Villeurbanne, with the score 75:78 (12:17, 20:20, 25:19, 18:22).

The first half lasted for almost an hour. The rhythm was slow, due to a large number of fouls and substitutions. Partizan managed to defend the game under the French team's basket with a tall team, and control the rebound after the home team's misses. With 4 rebounds and 2 assists, Novica Veličković used his minutes well. Paige and Landale scored in offense, so after the tied initial 5 minutes, Partizan came to an advantage, that was, for a short time, 9 points. The players of Partizan lost a few balls, but the home team scored only 12 free throws from 20 attempts, so until the end of the first half, they managed to reduce the deficit to -5.

As soon as the second half began, Mantas Kalnietis had a run of 5 points and 2 assists, but ASVEL didn't make a significant advantage, because Paige responded with his own 5 points. Zagorac and Marinković started scoring, while Marinković didn't miss a single 3-pointer until the end of the game. After the following 5 minutes already, Zagorac And Janković had 4 fouls each, but at the end of the third quarter, ASVEL only had a lead of one point. A few minutes before the end of the game, Jock Landale scored 6 points in a row, and Partizan came to +7. It seemed that the black and whites finished the job in Villeurbanne, but in a matter of seconds, Paige and Marinković passed two balls directly to the opponents, enabling the 4 easy points. Then, Landale missed an easy shot, and Zagorac made his fifth foul while fighting for the ball, enabling Bilan to put the French team only a point behind with two scored free throws. The moments of low concentration didn't cost Partizan the victory, because Marinković scored 2 free throws, and ASVEL missed a 3-pointer for a tie.

After the game, the black and whites' coach, Andrea Trinchieri said:

"We won the game, we lost it, we won it again. The last minute was unbelievable, but I believe that it's more important what we did, than what we didn't do. We had great desire to win. It's extremely tough for us to play against ASVEL. I want to think the fans from France and Switzerland who came here to support us."

ASVEL:
Madelon 5, Kaba 4, Slaughter 7, Kalnietis 10, Galu, Noua 2, Sow, Bilan 17, Livio 6, Nelson 7, Lighty 10, Kahudi 7 
 
Partizan:
Paige 15, Sy, Marinković 11, Gegić 4, Veličković 2, Pecarski, Gavrilović, Zagorac 6, Janković, Landale 15, Gagić 10, Nikolić 15

(Foto: LDLC ASVEL)