12.01.2021 · 09:02
Partizan NIS welcomes Trento at the start of the Top 16 phase of the Eurocup
Partizan NIS welcomes Trento at the start of the Top 16 phase of the Eurocup! In the first game of the newly formed Group F, the black and whites will play against the Italian team on Wednesday, January 13 at 8:30 p.m. The match is playing in the "Ranko Zeravica" Sports Hall without the presence of the audience. In the first phase of the competition, Trento competed in Group D, together with Gran Canaria, Cedevita Olimpia and Nanterre, where they won a place in the Top 16. The Black and Whites, along with Burg, Unics and Jouventut, advanced to the next phase of Group A.
Before the start of the Top 16 phase, the coach of Partizan NIS, Sasa Filipovski, stated:
"If we are made of the right material, we will react. I expect a reaction in defense, I expect a reaction in attack. There is nothing to hide, the game against Borac is not good. Do we have an excuse? We have no excuse! But we cannot live in the past. We met, watched the game, detail by detail, worked on the foundations of the game on which we fell in defense and attack. Wanted or not, we have to turn a new leaf and focus because we are playing with Trento. They are a team that plays fast, has experienced players, mobile players in positions 4 and 5, great shooters ... They are an awkward team, but we are preparing for them to the maximum and I expect that we will play at a high level with great fighting spirit for 40 minutes and show what we do in the hall ", said Filipovski.
The captain of the black and whites, Novica Velickovic, says before the start of the Top 16 phase:
"We are starting a new phase that is being played practically from scratch. At this moment, given all the circumstances, it may suit us better because only what is coming counts for the most part. We have an unpleasant opponent in front of us, a team that is playing this season very well and who will do everything to take a break in the first round. We must not allow them to do that. But, in order to win, we must play much better than in Cacak, combatively and smartly in both directions," said Velickovic. .
(Photo: Dragana Stjepanović)