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23.03.2019 · 21:55

Defeat after overtime at the beginning of the playoffs

In the first ABA League semi-finals game, after two and a half hours of play, the black and whites lost from Crvena zvezda MTS, with the score 106:101 (21:11, 15:24, 24:28, 25:22, 21:16).

After great fight, and two and a half hours of play, Partizan NIS' players lost at the beginning of the ABA League semi-final series. After an exciting finish and overtime, the black and whites lost from Crvena zvezda MTS, with the score 106:101.

Already in the first quarter, home team made a double-digit advantage after a tight beginning, but until the end of the second quarter, Parizan NIS came to -1. In the third quarter, Partizan made a big turnaround, and even had a double-digit advantage around the middle of this quarter. Still, after a short interruption because of a fizzy drink being thrown into the court, home team came to -3.

The fourth quarter brought a turnaround for Zvezda, and another more tangible advantage for them, but the black and whites didn't give in, so Renfore brought a tie 3 seconds before the end of the game, and secured overtime. In the 37th minute, the black and whites remained without the captain, Novica Veličković, who limped out of the court after an injury he suffered during a duel.

The beginning of overtime brought point for point game, but the home team were more resourceful in the finish, when they gained the deciding 5-point advantage.

New duel is scheduled for next Saturday, and Partizan NIS will host. The team that reaches two wins first will secure a spot in the big final of the regional championship.

At the press conference after the game, the black and whites' coach, Andrea Trinchieri, said:

"It was a game like we expected, more or less. We had a bad start, and Zvezda were good in defense, but we came back. We had an excellent third quarter, we were in the lead, and we lost the game in defense. We were lousy one on one, and that cost us the game we played hard and tough, but when you make mistakes like that against players this experienced, you can't score in the series", said Trinchieri.

Crvena zvezda MTS 

Ragland 6, Čović 16, Perperoglou 4, Davidovac 18, Lazić, Faye 2, Baron 23, Dobrić 8, Simanić, Rivers 12, Zirbes 6, Ojo 6

Partizan NIS

N. Janković 8, Paige 3, Sy 9, Marinković 20, Jaramaz 1, Veličković 11, Zagorac 10, Renfroe 14, S. Janković 4, Landale 17, Gagić, Nikolić 4

(Photo: Dragana Stjepanović, video: KK Crvena zvezda MTS)