2019-20Top 16Round 4
January 29, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Defense lifts Partizan to another home win

Partizan NIS Belgrade grabbed another home win by beating Darussafaka Tefken Istanbul 69-57 at a sold-out Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on Wednesday night. The hosts improved to 3-1 to remain atop Group E of the 7Days EuroCup alongside Segafredo Virtus Bologna, while the visitors dropped to 2-2 to stay third. Partizan used strong starts in the second and the fourth quarters to take the lead first and make it a 20-point game later to seal the outcome. Ognen Jaramaz led the winners with 15 points, followed by Novica Velickovic and Nemanja Gordic with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jonathan Hamilton posted 17 points and 9 boards and Bonzie Colson contributed 10 points on the losing side.

Velickovic and Hamilton were the only ones able to score for their respective teams in the early going. A turnaround jumper and a triple by the former and two inside buckets and a powerful dunk by the latter set a 5-6 lead for the visitors midway through the first quarter. Sinan Guler and Gary Browne took over with back-to-back threes to extend it to 9-14, but Partizan found a weapon in Uros Trifunovic to reduce the margin to 16-17 after 10 minutes. Two powerful dunks by William Mosley sparked a fire for Partizan as the hosts outscored Darusafaka 14-0 behind 7 points from Nemanja Gordic in 5 minutes to turn the game upside down and make it 30-17. Hamilton ended the drought with a basket on the offensive glass, but the unbelievable defensive effort by the hosts held Darussafaka scoreless for another 3 minutes to maintain a safe lead, 35-25, at halftime.

Jaramaz came up big after the break with 5 straight points to extend the margin to 40-25. Even though Hamilton tried to hold his team up, he found no help from any of his teammates, which allowed Partizan to keep a double-digit margin, 43-29. The visitors didn’t surrender, though, and used the same weapon than its opponents did, defense, to stay alive. Free throws by Hamilton and Kartal Ozmizrak made it 43-36, and a three-pointer by Bonzie Colson trimmed the margin even more. The game then turned into a free-throw exchange that closed the third period with Partizan in front, 49-43. Gordic came to the rescue from behind the arc and Rade Zagorac followed him with a fastbreak three-point play to bring a double-digit lead back to Partizan at 55-43 and it looked like the beginning of the end for the visitors. With Darussafaka unable to score for the first 6 minutes of the last quarter, Jaramaz dropped another bomb and added 3 more points from the line, right before Velickovic capped a 14-0 run that made it a 20-point game, 63-43, and removed all doubts about the name of the winner.

Crucial runs

After trailing 16-17 at the end of the first quarter, Partizan used a 14-0 run at the beginning of the second to take charge. And later, when Darussafaka bounced back and came within 49-43 entering the last period, another 14-0 run finished the game.

D-E-F-E-N-S-E

Partizan displayed an incredible defensive effort for the entire game, but it was even more remarkable during those runs. It held Darussafaka scoreless for the first 5:22 minutes in the second quarter and for the first 6:18 in the last.

Partizan takes the tie breaker

Even though Darussafaka reacted in the last minutes of the game, Partizan found no trouble to keep a safe margin and take the tiebreaker, as it only lost by 2 points in the previous round in Istanbul.

What's next?

In Round 5 next week, both teams will travel to Italy. Partizan NIS Belgrade will face Segafredo Virtus Bologna at the Paladozza on Tuesday, February 4. Darussafaka Tefken Istanbul will play against Dolomiti Energia Trento at the BLM Group Arena the same day.

Novica Velickovic - Partizan NIS Belgrade (photo Dragana Stjepanovic) - EC19
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: SHEMMESH, SEFFI; PANTHER, ANNE; GELLER, RENAUD
Attendance: 7813
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Partizan NIS Belgrade16191420
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul1781814
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Partizan NIS Belgrade16354969
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul17254357
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 23:22 9 1/1 0/3 7/8   1 1 1 1 1     3 5 9
3 ZAGORAC, RADE 25:30 5 2/7 0/5 1/1 3 3 6   3 1   3 4 1 -3
5 PAIGE, MARCUS 17:44 2 1/1 0/2     1 1 2 1 1     2 1 2
7 GORDIC, NEMANJA 18:51 10 2/5 2/4   1 2 3 2 1 3     2 3 9
8 MCADOO, JAMES 9:10                 2 1 1   1   1
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN 22:45 15 2/5 2/3 5/8   4 4 2 1 1     2 6 18
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 17:40 11 2/6 1/2 4/4 3 2 5 1 1 2       2 13
14 BIRCEVIC, STEFAN 16:57 3   1/5   1 2 3 1 1 1     2 1 2
21 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA 9:55 2 1/1   0/1   1 1     1     3 2  
25 THOMAS, RASHAWN 5:23 3   1/2             1     1    
32 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS 11:48 5 1/1 0/1 3/4 1 2 3 1   1     2 3 7
42 MOSLEY , WILLIAM 20:55 4 2/2 0/1 0/2 1 7 8 1     1   2 1 10
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 69 14/29 7/28 20/28 12 27 39 11 11 14 2 3 24 25 72
        48.3% 25% 71.4%
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
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 16:46 4 1/2 0/2 2/2 2   2 2 1 2     5 2 1
6 AGVA, MAHIR 2:06                         1   -1
8 BROWNE , GARY 26:28 8 1/7 1/3 3/6   2 2 2   5   2 3 5 -4
11 DEMIR, BERK 10:40   0/1 0/1   1 2 3 1   1     2   -1
12 HAMILTON, JOHNATHAN 35:22 17 7/10   3/4 5 4 9   1 4 1   3 5 22
14 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 4:37 2 0/2   2/2         1         1 2
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 10:12 7 0/1 1/3 4/6 1 2 3           1 7 11
20 LAMB, DORON 10:21   0/1 0/2         1   4     4 1 -9
21 JONES, JARROD 21:28 6 0/3 2/4   1 2 3     1     3    
22 SAV, TROY SELIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 27:29 3 0/1 1/3     4 4 7 1 1     1   10
50 COLSON, BONZIE 34:31 10 2/8 2/2   2 3 5   1   2   3 3 12
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 57 11/36 7/20 14/20 13 24 37 13 5 18 3 2 26 24 49
        30.6% 35% 70%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"There is a word that can explain everything, and that word is chemistry. We had great chemistry with the fans and the atmosphere was amazing. We played relentless for 40 minutes. We made dozens of mistakes, but we had always high intensity and high energy and that’s the reason why we won the game. We are a team that if we want to achieve something, we need to play defense. We played defense for 40 minutes we made mistakes, but when you play team defense, it is easier for us."
ERNAK, SELCUK
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"First of all, I want to say it was a beautiful crowd here as we always see when we come to Partizan games. It’s a beautiful atmosphere and also this crowd in the press conference is something special. We have played all over Europe and we don’t have it anywhere else and that shows a great basketball culture here and I appreciate it. About the game, and as I said before it, Partizan is completely different at home. We know they are scoring 85 at their home court and we managed to keep them in 69 points tonight, also 20 of them from free throws. I think that defensively we did what we were asking from our team, but offensively we were too nervous and too tight. We had almost 20 turnovers and if your decision-makers, your ball-handlers, turn the ball over, that punishes you so much in European competitions. Therefore we could just score 57 points. So congrats for Partizan and good luck for them and for us in the remaining games."

Players

JARAMAZ, OGNJEN
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Defense was the key. We played good defense the whole game, especially in the fourth quarter. I think the 3 minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter were the most important and then we built a lead of 10-15 points until the end of game. Like always, it's great to play in Aleksandar Nikolic Hall. It was an amazing atmosphere as always."
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