2018-19Top 16Round 3
January 15, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Monaco captures Group E's first road win

AS Monaco captured the first road win in Group E of the Top 16 by holding off Partizan NIS Belgrade 68-72 on Tuesday evening at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in the Serbian capital. Monaco led by as many as 21 before a late Partizan rally, but held on thanks to some clutch shots from Derek Needham to improve to 2-1. Partizan slipped to 1-2. Jarrod Jones paced the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Lacombe netted 12 points, Eric Buckner posted 11 points on near-perfect shooting, 7 boards and 2 blocks and Needham finished with 10 points and 6 assists. Aleksej Nikolic led Partizan with 16 points and 5 assists, Jock Landale tallied 14 points and 7 rebounds and Nikola Jankovic scored 12 in defeat.

Partizan started slowly as it missed its first 6 shots, but only trailed by 4 before riding Nikola Jankovic back into the game. Threes by Jarrod Jones and Lacombe helped Monaco jump ahead 8-12. Sergii Gladyr came off the bench and upped the Monaco advantage to 10-19 with a three-pointer before Marcus Paige revived the hosts with a triple. Gerald Robinson's scoop shot on the first-quarter buzzer made it 13-21 after 10 minutes. The visitors were held scoreless for the first three minutes of the second quarter, but soon big men Buckner and Elmedin Kikanovic pieced together a 0-7 run for the game's first double-digit margin, 17-28. Despite the best efforts of Nikola Jankovic, the lead grew to 14 on a three-point play from Lacombe. Jarod Jones's three on the halftime buzzer made it 26-40 at the break. Both teams came out cold for the second half with just one basket going down on each side over the first five minutes. After Jarrod Jones nailed his third three of the night to make it 28-45, Partizan called timeout. Little changed and Gladyr made it a 20-point game with a three-pointer. The lead reached 21 before Nikolic led some Partizan resistance to trim the gap to 38-54 at the end of the third quarter. Bandja Sy added a three to start the fourth and soon Landale hit another to draw Partizan within 46-56 with 7 minutes to play. Nikolic added a floater-and-one as Partizan rallied closer and Sy nailed a triple to make it 64-69 with 2 minutes remaining. Partizan missed twice before turning the ball over on its next possession and Needham responded with a clutch three for the visitors, who were able to hold on.

Key performer

Eric Buckner was a difference maker in many ways at both ends of the floor for Monaco. The center, who started the season with French-League rival LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, did not miss a shot with his points all coming from the pick-and-roll, alley-oops or put-back dunks. He also rejected a pair of shots and intimidated potential Partizan scorers on several others.

Monaco's defensive excelence

Monaco did not allow Partizan more than 13 points in any of the first three quarters in building a lead Partizan could not overcome. The hosts were held to 4-for-22 three-point shooting (18.2%) and were outrebounded 26-35 in the first 30 minutes. Partizan heated up from the outside and collected 8 offensive rebounds in the fourth to mount a comeback, but Monaco's big lead proved to be too much.

Did you notice?

Monaco scored buzzer-beaters that were reviewed by the umpires after both the first and second quarters. The former was a scoop shot by Gerald Robinson and the latter a three-pointer by Jarrod Jones. Those 5 points scored on the buzzer proved to be the difference in Monaco's 4-point win.

Next games

These teams meet again in Round 4 with Monaco hosting the game on Tuesday, January 22.

Derek Needham - AS Monaco (photo Partizan) - EC18
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; VYKLICKY, ROBERT; BALAK, AMIT
Attendance: 6500 (Tentative)
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Partizan NIS Belgrade13131230
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AS Monaco21405472
Partizan NIS Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA 23:06 12 6/8   0/5 4 1 5   1 1   1 3 5 11
2 PAIGE, MARCUS 24:16 8 1/5 2/4     4 4 2 1     1 1 2 9
5 SY, BANDJA 27:02 6   2/5   4 2 6 1 3   1       14
9 MARINKOVIC, VANJA 23:46   0/2 0/4     4 4 2   2   1 2 1 -4
11 GEGIC, AMAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 2:55                         1   -1
25 ZAGORAC, RADE 14:55 7 2/5 1/1   1 3 4   2 6     2 2 4
32 RENFROE, ALEX 19:59   0/3 0/6     1 1 2 1 1 1   1 2 -4
33 JANKOVIC, STEFAN 16:55 5 1/2 1/3   2 2 4 2         1   7
34 LANDALE, JOCK 23:45 14 4/5 2/5   3 4 7 2 1 1     1 1 19
41 GAGIC, DJORDJE 1:23   0/2                   1     -3
77 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 21:58 16 2/4 3/6 3/3   2 2 5 1 2     2 3 18
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 68 16/36 11/34 3/8 15 25 40 16 10 13 2 4 14 16 73
        44.4% 32.4% 37.5%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
AS Monaco
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 JONES, LAZERIC 5:59   0/1           1   2         -2
3 BARRY, REMI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 NEEDHAM, DEREK 34:01 10 2/4 2/5     2 2 6   3     3 1 8
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 23:16 12 3/6 1/4 3/3   3 3 1 1 3 1   4 4 9
8 GLADYR, SERGII 22:45 6   2/5     4 4 2 1 1     4 2 7
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 23:28 9 4/11   1/2 2 2 4 2   1 1 1 1 2 7
20 LOUBAKI, LUC 1:15           1 1     1     1   -1
21 JONES, JARROD 34:18 16 2/3 4/7   2 9 11 1 3     1 1   25
22 ROBINSON, GERALD 32:44 8 4/9 0/2     2 2   1 4     2 3 1
23 BUCKNER, ERIC 22:14 11 4/4   3/4 3 4 7 2 1   2     2 24
50 JOSEPH, GEORGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 72 19/38 9/23 7/9 9 30 39 15 7 16 4 2 16 14 82
        50% 39.1% 77.8%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Congrats to Monaco. They played an extremely solid game. The truth is that they put us on a school bus and drove us around for 40 minutes. They played smart; we didn't play smart. We had a great, great comeback and just a couple of details didn't give us the chance to play to win the game. So this is the main thing, I believe."
FILIPOVSKI, SASO
AS Monaco
"We played today very good three quarters. And of course in the last quarter, we lost energy, concentration and defense and we allowed 30 points. Partizan is very young, very talented team. I think they have a great coach; I respect him a lot. And definitely with his work, everybody will improve a lot."

Players

LANDALE, JOCK
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"I think we did a good job tonight in the fourth quarter and we found a line that worked for us. But the first three quarters of the game, we let them dictate the way we played, and we weren’t getting the shots we wanted, and we weren't hitting the open ones we got. Aside from that, we just have to do a better job in finding things that work for us against any defense and then rolling with it. I think that we're in a good position and we kind of figured out what we wanted to do in the fourth tonight to get them next time. To come back from 21 down at one point and bring it back to 4 makes it a lot easier for us to get to their place and beat them by 5. So, when we come up against them next, we’ll be ready."
RENFROE, ALEX
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Congratulations to them. I think they started the game well. We let them establish their rhythm at the beginning of the game and that made the difference. Our guys did a great job fighting back."
JONES, JARROD
AS Monaco
"It was an important game for us to come out here on the road. We lost our first one at ALBA and we knew coming into this game, in order to compete in the Top 16, we needed to get a victory on the road. We knew it would be a fight all night long, so we needed to come out here and play 40 minutes. We knew that they would have a lot of fans, the stadium was packed tonight. We knew if we let them get out on us early, they would have a lot of energy from their fans. So we wanted to come out from the beginning, be aggressive, play smart basketball and not let them get out on any fast breaks."