2018-19Regular SeasonRound 8
November 21, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL
Israel: SPORT1 HD
Lithuania: TV6
Israel: SPORT 1
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
Spain: TELEDEPORTE (Delayed)
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2

Records

2-5 Regular Season 5-2
2-5 Overall 5-2

Referees

Crew Chief
VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Umpire 1
DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Umpire 2
OVINOV, SEMEN

The Take

Valencia Basket (5-2) travels to Belgrade, Serbia to play Partizan (2-5) knowing that a Zenit home win against Trento would led the Spanish team advance to the Top 16. Partizan's options to stay in the Top 16 race depend on a win over Valencia. Last week, the hosts lost to Zenit on the road by just 4 points, despite Vanja Marinkovic's 11 points. Valencia was back on the winning track against Turk Telekom with Mike Tobey leading five players in double digits with his 15 points.

Earlier this season

In their only other prior matchup ever in the EuroCup, Valencia won at home by 79-71. Will Thomas had 17 points for Valencia and Tobey also had 15 for his team. Partizan was led by Marcus Paige's 14 points. It was a close game in the first half and only in three Valencia managed to build a solid cushion until the final buzzer. Partizan was punished by a 3 of 18 form the arc, and despite grabbing more rebounds and having less turnovers than Valencia, the hosts ended up taking the win.

Marquee matchup

Jock Landale and Louis Labeyrie are putting together solid performances in the paint for their teams this season. Landale averages 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds and Labeyrie also has 10.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for Valencia. When they met in the previous game, Landale was limited to a punishing 4 points for Partizan while Labeyrie had 12. This time around, it's Landale's turf and Partizan will be fighting for survival. Much of the action in the game will go through the paints on both ends, and these two players will be at the top of the list of protagonists.

Keys to victory: Partizan

Partizan has the third weakest offense in the competition (75.7 ppg.) and it plays against a perennial contender for the EuroCup title. However, playing in Belgrade is always an asset for Partizan and the fact that the hosts play for their lives against Valencia, could make all the difference. A good shooting selection would make the team go a long way, especially considering that the last time it met Valencia it was only four baskets behind on the final buzzer.

Keys to victory: Valencia

Valencia knows it does not depend on itself this week to advance. That lack of pressure could help the Spanish team to add a new win that would make it easier next week to advance. The guests have the fourth best defense in the league (75.1 ppg.) and has got back an iconic player like Rafa Martinez back at full throttle after his injury. In the last weeks the team has faltered a bit after a strong start, but if Valencia sticks to the plan, it will have the upper hand in the game in Belgrade.

Monday, November 19, 2018
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Partizan NIS Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 PAIGE, MARCUS G 1.85 25
3 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS F 2.00 17
5 SY, BANDJA F 2.04 28
7 ARANITOVIC, ALEKSANDAR G 1.96 20
9 MARINKOVIC, VANJA G 1.98 21
11 GEGIC, AMAR F 2.10 20
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA F 2.05 32
15 PECARSKI, MARKO C 2.08 18
17 GAVRILOVIC, STRAHINJA F 2.04 25
21 BROWN, ANTHONY G 1.98 26
25 ZAGORAC, RADE F 2.06 23
33 JANKOVIC, STEFAN F 2.11 25
34 LANDALE, JOCK C 2.11 23
41 GAGIC, DJORDJE C 2.10 27
77 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ G 1.91 23
Valencia Basket
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GARCIA, SERGI G 1.89 21
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO F 2.02 22
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS F 2.09 26
8 DIOT, ANTOINE G 1.93 29
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM G 1.88 32
10 THOMAS, WILL F 2.03 32
13 TOBEY, MIKE C 2.13 24
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN C 2.05 27
16 VIVES, GUILLEM G 1.92 25
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA G 1.90 36
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO F 1.99 34
21 THOMAS, MATT G 1.96 24
30 SASTRE, JOAN F 2.01 26
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON F 2.01 32
50 GALARZA, JON F 1.95 21
51 SOLER, JAVIER F 1.99 18

Player Stats

Marinkovic, V. / 14.1 Paige, M. / 12.6 Landale, J. / 10.7
Thomas, W. / 12.7 Thomas, M. / 10.9 Labeyrie, L. / 10.7
Landale, J. / 7.1 Zagorac, R. / 4.5
Labeyrie, L. / 5.3
Zagorac, R. / 1.8
Jankovic, S. / 1.5 Landale, J. / 0.7 Sy, B. / 0.7
Labeyrie, L. / 0.8
2PT
Landale, J. / 61.4 % Gagic, D. / 53.1 % Paige, M. / 47.8 %
Thomas, W. / 73.0 % Tobey, M. / 71.1 % Labeyrie, L. / 69.7 %
3PT
Nikolic, A. / 40.0 % Paige, M. / 37.5 % Marinkovic, V. / 33.3 %
Van Rossom, S. / 57.9 % Thomas, M. / 48.1 % Dubljevic, B. / 47.4 %
FT
Marinkovic, V. / 75.0 %
PIR
Landale, J. / 15.0 Zagorac, R. / 14.3 Nikolic, A. / 10.3
Labeyrie, L. / 16.0 Thomas, W. / 15.4 Van Rossom, S. / 15.1

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
75.7 Points 83.6
36.1 Rebounds 30.4
10.6 O. Rebounds 7.7
25.6 D. Rebounds 22.7
17.3 Assists 22.1
4.3 Steals 6.9
3.0 Blocks 1.1
53.1 % 2PT 59.9 %
33.1 % 3PT 42.5 %
73.0 % FT 79.4 %
78.7 PIR 100.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.3 Points 75.1
32.7 Rebounds 29.4
9.3 O. Rebounds 9.7
23.4 D. Rebounds 19.7
17.6 Assists 17.0
7.6 Steals 6.3
3.0 Blocks 2.7
54.7 % 2PT 52.4 %
32.2 % 3PT 38.4 %
69.1 % FT 73.5 %
90.4 PIR 80.6

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"An important, dificult and interesting game against a tough opponent is ahead us. Despite the fact that this is only the second time we play against each other, Valencia and Partizan have a history together as many players left their mark in both clubs. Tomasevic, Milojevic, Perovic, Avdalovic, Lucic...so, this game is a special game for both sides."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"We have to play in a legendary arena against a tough team with all our abilities. They have good balance between youth and experience, and they can penetrate to the basket pretty well."

Players

ZAGORAC, RADE
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Valencia is maybe the best team in our group. In our first game, we were pretty close, and played a close game. They are coming after though defeat in ACB league and we should expect reaction from their side, especially because all teams are highly motivated to play in the atmosphere we have in Belgrade. We had enough time to rest and prepare. We will go for the win."
GARCIA, SERGI
Valencia Basket
"This game against Partizan is important for us. Our team lived difficult situations that we have to face in a professional way. We have talent and I am sure we can win the game. It will be difficult because they are a strong rival, and they have a lot to lose also."

Partizan NIS Belgrade vs. Valencia Basket

· In their only other previous meeting, Valencia won at home, 79-71, thanks to 17 points by Will Thomas.

Friday, November 16, 2018
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Partizan NIS Belgrade

Streaks
Marcus Paige has hit at least one three in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Paige has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Vanja Marinkovic has dished at least 3 assists in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Jock Landale has pulled at least 5 rebounds in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Rankings
Partizan NIS Belgrade Jock Landale is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  7.1 per game.
Partizan NIS Belgrade Jock Landale is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  5.4 per game.
Partizan NIS Belgrade Rade Zagorac is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.7 per game.
Partizan NIS Belgrade Rade Zagorac is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  400.0% .
Partizan NIS Belgrade Stefan Jankovic is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.5 per game.
Partizan NIS Belgrade Vanja Marinkovic is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  75.0% .
Records/Milestones
Matched record, Partizan recorded its highest team blocks in EuroCup play this century, 4, against Zenit on November 14, 2018.
Marcus Paige posted his career high in minutes with 32 for Partizan against Valencia on October 17, 2018.
Bandja Sy posted his career high in Steals with 3 for SLUC Nancy against Valencia on November 18, 2015.
Aleksandar Aranitovic posted his career high in Index rating with 12 for Partizan against Valencia on October 17, 2018.
Aleksandar Aranitovic posted his career high in Points with 10 for Partizan against Valencia on October 17, 2018.
Strahinja Gavrilovic posted his career high in Index rating with 11 for Partizan against Valencia on October 17, 2018.
Aleksej Nikolic posted his career high in Points with 12 for Partizan against Valencia on October 17, 2018.
Aleksej Nikolic posted his career high in Assists with 4 for Partizan against Valencia on October 17, 2018.

Valencia Basket

Roster
Antoine Diot are out with injuries and did not play last week.
Rafa Martinez returned to action last week after an injury.
Streaks
Louis Labeyrie has racked a PIR of at least 14 in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Sam Van Rossom has dished at least 4 asissts in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Mike Tobey has hit his last 11 2-point shots in the EuroCup.
Matt Thomas has hit at least one three in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Rankings
Valencia Antoine Diot ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 276 assists total for his career.
Valencia Antoine Diot ranks 15th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 99 steals total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1289 points total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 451 field goals made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1450 index rating points total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 199 offensive rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 552 rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks sixth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 344 2-pointers made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks third on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 280 free throws made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks third on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 353 defensive rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Guillem Vives ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 235.3% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 11th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1108 index rating points total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 13th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 265 assists total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 14th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 87.7% free throws % total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 216 3-pointers made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 237 free throws made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 375 field goals made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1203 points total for his career.
Valencia Sam Van Rossom ranks 14th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 260 assists total for his career.
Valencia Basket Louis Labeyrie is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  69.7% .
Valencia Basket Louis Labeyrie is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  65.0% .
Valencia Basket Louis Labeyrie is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  65.3% .
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  60.3% .
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with  4.5 per game.
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  64.4% .
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  71.0% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  6.1 per game.
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  57.8% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  537.5% .
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  64.4% .
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  72.9% .
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  64.1% .
Records/Milestones
New record, Valencia recorded its highest team assists in EuroCup play this century, 31, against Turk telekom on November 14, 2018.
Alberto Abalde posted his career high in Index rating with 9 for Valencia against Partizan on October 17, 2018.
Will Thomas posted his career high in Points with 17 for Valencia against Partizan on October 17, 2018.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 1
Partizan NIS Belgrade Valencia Basket
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Partizan NIS Belgrade
Home record vs. Valencia Basket: 0-0
Away record vs. Valencia Basket: 0-1
Valencia Basket
Home record vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade: 1-0
Away record vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 17 October 2018 Regular Season Valencia Basket 79 - 71 Partizan NIS Belgrade