Whenever Partizan NIS Belgrade was in trouble in its 7DAYS EuroCup showdown with Rytas Vilnius, Nemanja Gordic was there to deliver as the Serbian side’s super-sub. Gordic came off Coach Andrea Trinchieri’s bench and flirted with a triple-double before finishing with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in a 61-66 road victory over Rytas to improve to 3-0 in Group B.
The 31-year-old Gordic has been an excellent reserve in his first season back in the black and white of Partizan since the 2012-13 campaign. He started the season averaging 9.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the first two games while hitting 8-of-15 shots from the floor.
He was very much a floor general against Rytas. He was brought on late in the first quarter with the team trailing 16-9. He assisted on Partizan’s next three baskets and scored himself in cutting it to a 1-point game at the end of the quarter. He added another score and assist to knot the game 21-21 early in the next frame.
Late in the third quarter, Rytas had just put together an 11-0 run to erase Partizan’s 9-point advantage and go ahead. Gordic, however, scored the final 4 points of the quarter to put the visitors back ahead.
Gordic showed up big in the final minutes as well, first knocking down a jumper after a pair of Partizan offensive rebounds to make it 56-60. And after Rytas trimmed it to 59-60, Gordic delivered the dagger three-pointer with 27 seconds remaining.
Partizan has high hopes this season with Trinchieri at the helm, and having a player like Gordic on board with three seasons of experience in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague over the last five years will be invaluable - as he showed in the win over Rytas.