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