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19.12.2018 · 22:50

The black and whites defeated Turk Telekom and secured a spot in the EuroCup Top 16 phase

In the 10th round of group C, Partizan NIS defeated the Turkish team, with the score 87:72 (25:21, 18:11, 23:22, 21:18). In the Top 16 phase, the black and whites will play in group E, against Monaco, ALBA, and Rytas Vilnius.

Partizan move on! In the last round of the 7DAYS EuroCup in group C, the black and whites defeated Turk Telekom before the packed stands in Aleksandar Nikolić Hall, with the score 87:72, and secured a spot in the Top 16 phaseof the competition. In the new-formed group E, Partizan NIS will play against Moaco, ALBA, and Rytas Vilnius.

At the very beginning of the game, the Steamroller moved forcefully, Nikolić and Janković score three 3-pointers, but the guests turned the score around, step by step, after several minutes. Still, the last minute of the first quarter was a preview of what was to come. Partizan settled the first quarter to their advantage, with the score 25:21, and by halftime their advantage was double-digit. 

In the second part of the game, the guests managed to reduce their deficit several times, but the black and whites had a prepared response to everything tonight, and in the and that brought +15 for the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 phase!

At the press conference after the game, Partizan NIS' coach, Andrea Trinchieri, said:

"I believe that we performed as a team in offense and defense. We still make mistakes sometimes, but we reduced the number of mistakes in the last period, and this allowed us to play two very, very solid games in a row, in Lion, and here. I believe that we deserved to move on to Top 16. We didn't do anything special, we are just getting better, and it was very, very nice to give this to our Pionir. After many years to go back to Top 16 - it's not EuroLeague, but it's still an important cup. You have Christmas later, but it was a nice night for the New Year", said Trinchieri.

After questions from the reporters, the black and whites' coach continued:

"I am very happy for my players. It's not easy with me. They accepted the challenge. Sometimes I hit on the head, sometimes on the tail, but I am very happy for the spectators and our team. Because, for the first time after 2013, we're moving on. This institution deserves that. It's a drama for me to play on Saturday against Cedevita - I've played so many games like that, and I know what will happen, the hardest game for our team so far. The hardest, you can't imagine, I told them, if one crazy Italian shows up at practice tomorrow... I will beat all of them up. Tonight we have to beat Cedevita, and not on Saturday. I'm not afraid of anything, I'm not a doctor, I don't save lives, but this is a huge challenge for our team. It couldn't be bigger. It would be easier against CSKA or Fenerbahce", concluded Trinchieri.

Another game in Aleksandar Nikolić Hall is ahead of Partizan NIS' players. On Saturday, December 22, Cedevita from Zagreb are coming to Belgrade, to play against the black and whites in the 12th round of the ABA League. 

Partizan NIS

Paige10, Sy 7, Marinković 5, Gegić 3, Veličković 4, Pecarski, Gavrilović, Zagorac 18, Janković 12, Landale 6, Gagić 13, Nikolić 9

Turk Telekom

Landesberg 10, Redding 5, Peker, Akin, Sonsirma, Arslan 4, Polat, Turen 4, Yildirim 3, Gebriel 16, Campbell 9, Štimac 21

(Photo: Dragana Stjepanović, video: 7DAYS EuroCup; Partizan NIS)