2019-20Top 16Round 3
January 21, 2020 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Darussafaka hands Partizan first loss

There is one fewer undefeated team in the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 after Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul outlasted visiting Partizan NIS Belgrade 65-63 on Tuesday in Group E. Both teams are now 2-1 with shares of first place in the Group. Berk Demir hit 3 of 6 three-point shots to lead the winners with 13 points. Jarrod Jones added 12 and Gary Browne 11, including key ones down the stretch, to go with his 9 assists. Partizan got 13 points each from three players – Rade Zagorac, Marcus Paige and James McAdoo – but no one else rose above 7. Each team enjoyed six-point leads in the first half, which Partizan finished ahead by 30-32. The visitors scored the first 4 points after halftime, but Darussafaka soon went on a 10-0 run to take control of the scoreboard, though barely, to the finish.

Defenses dominated until Demir hit a corner triple and came back soon with a swan-dive slam for an 8-2 Darussafaka start. Partizan stayed stuck there before Nikola Jankovic's put-back, and soon the visitors drew within 10-7. Browne and Sinan Guler joined the hosts' scoring as they led 15-12 after 10 minutes. After Dogus Ozdemiroglu's three-pointer for Darussafaka early in the second quarter, McAdoo's second dunk got Partizan within 18-17. He then drew a charge that set up a go-ahead second-chance triple by Zagorac. Ognjen Jaramaz and Ozdemiroglu traded steals and breakaway layups before Jaramaz hit from long range to make it 20-25. Nemanja Gordic, from deep, supplied Partizan's biggest lead yet, 23-29. Jones and Demir both matched him to tie, but Gordic had the last laugh on a second-chance triple to make it 30-32 for Partizan at the half. McAdoo's transition layup and free throws shot Partizan ahead 30-36 after the break. Demir's dunk and third triple cut led to Bonzie Colson scoring off a steal for a new Darussafaka lead, 39-38. Browne beat the shot-clock buzzer and added a baseline jumper as Darussafaka completed a 10-0 run to a 44-38 advantage. A dunk by Jones was answered by put-backs from Jaramaz and William Mosely as Darussafaka hung onto a 48-43 lead after 30 minutes. Guler gave Darussafaka the largest lead yet, 54-45, with a pair of baskets early in the final quarter. Free throws and a triple by Paige revived Partizan at 54-50. Kartal Ozmizrak answered from deep for Darussafaka and McAdoo's dunk was matched by Johnathan Hamilton from the baseline at 59-52. A huge block by Rashawn Thomas freed Paige for another triple, the Zagorac followed with his own and a shorter jumper, but Ozmizrak's bomb in between kept Darussafaka up 63-60. McAdoo finished a broken play with free throws at 63-62 with 1 minute left, but Browne answered with a pull-up jumper. After a Partizan free throw and Browne's miss, Zagarac attempted a game-winning fastbreak triple that fell short, letting Darussafaka keep the win in Istanbul.

Pivotal performer

During a game in which easy baskets were in short supply, Gary Brown had a hand in many, mainly as a passer, with 9 assists, one fewer than Partizan's whole team. He had 2 of his 4 field goals in a 10-0 takeover run in the third quarter, and when Partizan drew within 63-62 in the final minute, he had the answer with the game's final basket, a pull-up jumper with 40 seconds left. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Game-changing moment

James McAdoo's 5 points matched Partizan's high lead at 30-36 right after the half. He missed 2 free throws to get it higher, however, and soon Demir and Browne led Darussafaka on a 14-2 run to seize control of the scoreboard, at 44-38, and never give it up the rest of the way.

Stellar stat

Partizan's 63 points were its low of the season and third-lowest total in 49 EuroCup games to date. Darussafaka's defense accomplished that by holding the guests to 41.9% two-point and 25.0% three-point shooting while forcing 13 turnovers, 9 of which were steals by the hosts.

Did you notice?

Johnathan Hamilton of Darussafaka came into the game as the runaway offensive rebounding leader, with 4.4 per game, but was held to 1 by Partizan, for whom big man Nikola Jankovic had 4 of his own, all before halftime, in just 14 minutes total. Partizan had 13 rebounds to just 7 by the hosts, but could not make them count.

Next game

These teams turn around and play each other again on Wednesday of Round 4 next week in Belgrade. The winner will retain a piece of first place in Group E with just two left to play in the Top 16.

Berk Demir - Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (photo Darussafaka) - EC19
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; KOWALSKI, MARCIN; CLIVAZ, SEBASTIEN
Attendance: 3781
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Partizan NIS Belgrade12201120
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Partizan NIS Belgrade12324363
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 11:29 7 0/2 2/5 1/2                   2 3
6 AGVA, MAHIR 7:54   0/3     2 1 3     1   1 1 1 -2
8 BROWNE , GARY 32:33 11 4/9 0/4 3/4   4 4 9 3 1   2 1 2 15
11 DEMIR, BERK 22:31 13 2/2 3/6     3 3   2       4   11
12 HAMILTON, JOHNATHAN 22:14 3 1/2   1/4 1 5 6 1 1 1     3 6 9
14 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 23:47 6 1/1 1/4 1/2 2   2   1 2     2 3 4
20 LAMB, DORON 21:10 4 1/5 0/3 2/2 1   1 2 1     1 3 2 -1
21 JONES, JARROD 27:20 12 2/2 1/4 5/7   4 4   1 2 2   3 3 12
22 SAV, TROY SELIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 18:38 6 2/4 0/3 2/2   3 3 3   3   2 2 2 2
50 COLSON, BONZIE 12:24 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 1 3 4     2 1   1 1 2
Team           6 5 11     2         9
Totals 200:00 65 14/33 7/30 16/25 13 28 41 15 9 14 3 6 20 22 64
        42.4% 23.3% 64%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK
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 WALDEN, TORRIAN 16:56   0/1 0/4     3 3 1   1     1 1 -2
3 ZAGORAC, RADE 25:19 13 3/3 2/5 1/2   5 5 1 1 3     2 3 14
5 PAIGE, MARCUS 25:12 13 1/3 2/5 5/5 2 2 4 2         3 4 15
7 GORDIC, NEMANJA 23:45 6 0/5 2/4     5 5 4   3   2     3
8 MCADOO, JAMES 19:40 13 4/5   5/8 1 1 2   2   2   4 5 16
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN 24:40 7 2/4 1/5   1 2 3     2     1 1 2
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 BIRCEVIC, STEFAN 9:02 1   0/3 1/2           1     1 1 -4
21 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA 13:58 2 1/4     4 3 7 1 1 1   1 3 1 4
25 THOMAS, RASHAWN 27:37 4 0/3 0/2 4/6 3 3 6 1   1 2   4 4 5
32 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS 2:07   0/1                         -1
42 MOSLEY , WILLIAM 11:44 4 2/2     2 1 3   2 1 2   3   7
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 63 13/31 7/28 16/23 14 27 41 10 6 15 6 3 22 20 60
        41.9% 25% 69.6%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

ERNAK, SELCUK
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"First, I want to thank all the players because they stuck with the game plan, especially on defense. In the first half, we had a lot of turnovers that led to scores. This is how our opponent got the lead. In the second half, we didn't make so many turnovers – only four, if I am not mistaken – and even if we couldn't score, we knew the value of the possession very well. And if you check the assist-to-turnover ratio of both teams, we could execute what we planned. In the European basketball community last week, people didn't take us as contenders for the cup, but I think it's obvious: we're there, we want to qualify from the group, and we want to walk until the end of this cup."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Very physical, very tough game. Millions of contacts. Basically, we have the same number of rebounds, all of the same stats: two points, three points and free throws. What cost us the game was a couple of big shots, one of [Gary] Browne and one of [Kartal Ozmizrak]. Big shots, in a game where every possession counted, cost us the game. We fought, we came back, we didn't have a great day on offense. But congratulations to Dacka."

Players

DEMIR, BERK
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"I'm trying to do my best, whatever my team needs. We beat a very strong team, and we're going to play them again next week. So we'll go there and fight again. We want to qualify in the top eight and we are going to work to deserve this qualification."