Milan native Andrea Trinchieri has been working outside his home country for the last seven seasons. Naturally, he wants to look good when he comes home to Italy and he certainly accomplished that on Wednesday. His Partizan NIS Belgrade team looked at its best at both ends of the floor in dissecting Dolomiti Energia Trento 58-83 to start the Top 16 with a 2-0 record.
Partizan led from start to finish with a game that checked all the boxes; all the players were involved, the team shot well, played aggressive defense and dominated the glass.
"If there is a team win, this is a team win," Trinchieri said in the post-game press conference. "We played team defense and we shared the ball on offense. The stats look like you prepared this with a computer. Everybody scored, two players with 11 points, four with 9. We shared the ball and we played, I believe, a very solid solid game on the road."
To elaborate, all 12 Partizan players scored. Ten of them dished at least 1 assist. Eleven of them played more than 10 minutes with the lone exception being newcomer James McAdoo, who racked up a performance index rating of 9 in 7:26 minutes – all in the fourth quarter.
The visitors outrebounded Trento 32-44. They held Trento to the club's all-time low in scoring. Partizan took control by shooting 8 for 14 from downtown in the first half. In that same timeframe, Trento was 1 for 9. It was as if the Partizan players were doing exactly what their coach asked of them. Perhaps because, in essence, they were!
"What I asked my team is that they show up with personality because in every road game you need to show up with personality," Trinchieri explained. "And they listened to me. It's a very big win for us. We're 2-0 and we're rolling."
Partizan is now one of only two teams with a 2-0 record thus far in the Top 16. It goes on the road to Istanbul to face Darussafaka for its next game, but two of its last three Top 16 games will be at home. The other will be in Trinchieri's original home, Italy, at Segafredo Virtus Bologna in Round 5. If his team can continue to play with Trinchieri personality in those games, it will be a very exciting season for the boys from Belgrade.