2018-19Regular SeasonRound 3
October 17, 2018 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PABELLON FUENTE DE SAN LUIS

Valencia stats perfect by downing Partizan

Valencia Basket improved to 3-0 in Group C with a hard-fought 79-71 win over visiting Partizan NIS Belgrade on Wednesday night. The visiting team, which dropped to a 1-2 record, kept its chances for an upset win until the final minute, but Valencia prevailed. Will Thomas led the way in victory with 17 points, and Mike Tobey added 15. Louis Labeyrie was also in double figures for the hosts with 12 points, while Marcus Paige had 14 and Aleksej Nikolic 12 points for Partizan which played without Bandja Sy and Rade Zagorac.

Partizan had a better start, and 7 points from Paige opened up a 15-21 lead late in the first quarter. Valencia scored the last 5 points of the opening quarter, but Nikolic and Aleksandar Aranitovic fueled another Partizan run to open a 24-31 margin as the game approached the midway point of the second quarter. However, Tobey sparked things before Matt Thomas hit a triple that helped tie the game at 36-36. The hosts scored the final 7 points of the half and took a 43-40 lead into the break. In the third quarter Will Thomas scored from long range to fuel a 12-0 run during which Aaron Doornekamp also hit from three-point range, helping open up a 57-44 lead. Partizan was struggling offensively, but Paige beat the third-quarter buzzer to make it 64-54, then hit a three-pointer early in the fourth. Nikolic added a pair of runners, helping the visitors get within 70-64 with just under 4 minutes left on the clock. However, Partizan never managed to come closer than that, and a short jumper from Will Thomas with 67 seconds to go sealed the deal.

Game-Changing Moment

Midway through the second quarter with Valencia down 27-31, big man Tobey made a great block on one end, then 16 seconds later on the ensuing possession slammed home an alley-oop dunk on the other. Just minutes before, Partizan was up by 7 points, but this sequence was not only a 4-point turnaround, it also completely changed the momentum of the game. Valencia finished the quarter with a 7-0 run, then pulled away with a 12-0 spurt early in the third, never relinquishing its lead again.

Pivotal Performers

Valencia’s big men trio of Bojan Dubljevic, Will Thomas and Tobey combined for 39 points, shooting two-pointers 14-of-22, and pulled down 12 rebounds, all on defense. Those are all big numbers in a game where Valencia held its opponents to only 71 points. Moreover, no player in Partizan’s frontcourt scored more than 8 points.

Finding Balance

Valencia had 11 players get minutes in this game. No player was given more minutes than Will Thomas (21:44), and nobody fewer than Fernando San Emeterio (14:21). All 11 players scored at least 2 points and grabbed at least 1 rebound, while 8 of them dished at least 1 assist.

Next Game

In Round 4 on Tuesday, Partizan (1-2) will host LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (2-1) which is coming off consecutive double-digit victories, while a day later Valencia (3-0) will try to keep its perfect record intact when it travels to face Zenit St. Petersburg (2-1).

Valencia Basket celebrates (photo Valencia) - EC18
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MOGULKOC, EMIN; MANTYLA, PETRI; PAPAPETROU, PETROS
Attendance: 7021
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Partizan NIS Belgrade21191417
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Partizan NIS Belgrade21405471
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 GARCIA, SERGI 14:17 2   0/1 2/4 1 1 2 2   2     2 3 2
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 17:37 6 3/4     1 1 2 2 1 1         9
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS 18:49 12 2/4 2/2 2/3 1 2 3 1           2 15
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 16:45 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 5           2 12
10 THOMAS, WILL 21:44 17 4/5 2/3 3/4   2 2     1   1 2 4 16
13 TOBEY, MIKE 20:46 15 7/10 0/2 1/1   5 5 3 1 1 1   3 1 17
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 18:41 7 3/7 0/1 1/1   5 5   2 2     2 3 8
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 17:47 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 2 1 1     2   4
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 14:21 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   1 1 2 1 1   1 2 2 4
21 THOMAS, MATT 21:02 3   1/3     1 1   1 1     1 1 2
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON 18:11 5 1/1 1/2   1 2 3 3 2 2     3   7
50 GALARZA, JON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 24/36 7/18 10/15 4 24 28 20 9 12 1 2 17 18 96
        66.7% 38.9% 66.7%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME
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
Partizan NIS Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 PAIGE, MARCUS 32:12 14 3/8 2/5 2/2   1 1 3   2     2 1 7
7 ARANITOVIC, ALEKSANDAR 21:09 10 4/5 0/2 2/2 1   1 2     1   1 2 12
9 MARINKOVIC, VANJA 32:07 8 3/9 0/5 2/2   2 2 3   2   1   2 1
11 GEGIC, AMAR 12:59 2 1/2       3 3   1       1   4
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 16:34 5 1/2 1/4     3 3 1   1     1   3
15 PECARSKI, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GAVRILOVIC, STRAHINJA 15:31 8 4/5   0/1 2 2 4   2 1     2 2 11
34 LANDALE, JOCK 33:10 4 2/5     2 5 7 2     1   4 1 8
41 GAGIC, DJORDJE 14:24 8 3/4   2/4 3 5 8   1 1     3 6 16
77 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 21:54 12 4/4 0/2 4/4   1 1 4 1 4     4 3 11
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 25/44 3/18 12/15 10 24 34 15 5 11 2 1 18 17 77
        56.8% 16.7% 80%
Head coach: CANAK, NENAD

Head Coaches

PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"We played against a team with a lot of young players with great talent. For us it was very difficult because their best skill is ther ability to penetrate, and we had problems to control the situation. But we needed to change the rhythm of the game, especially on offense, and we played faster. Game went to a difficult situation, but we found Will Thomas again. He is a very important player for us, he is an inspiration."
CANAK, NENAD
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Congratulations Valencia for victory. First half we played smart on offense, we played longer offense, but we played very soft in defense. Valencia scored a lot of points under the baskets, while we did not make enough fouls, we did not use bonus. We played stronger on defense in the second half, but for 3 or 4 minutes in the third quarter we played without responsibility on offense, and Valencia is a very strong opponent and punished us. This game we missed two very important players, Bandja Sy and Rade Zagorac in position 3. My team gave everything, but it was not enough to win here."

Players

TOBEY, MIKE
Valencia Basket
"I thought it was a good win for us. First half our defense was not as tight as we wanted it to be. But we picked it up in the second half. It is always important to get a win in the EuroCup."
THOMAS, WILL
Valencia Basket
"I feel the team and the coaching staff have a lot of confidence in me. I just want to come out and help the team win. We need to continue to work hard and play hard, and continue to win games."
LANDALE, JOCK
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"It was a game we could have easily won. We should have won it. But we made some mistakes here and there, our defense in the first lack was a bit lacking. At the end of the day we have to take things the way they are and improve for the future games."