2006-07Top 16Round 3
March 01, 2007 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PIONIR
Predrag Drobnjak - Partizan Strong defense and good shooting allowed Partizan to take its first Top 16 win on Thursday, by dumping DKV Joventut at Pionir Arena in Belgrade, Serbia, 85-70. The inside play of Partizan, together with 27-of-43 two-point shooting, allowed the Serbian champs to roll to a 1-2 record in Group E, joining Joventut and Olympiacos at 1-2 at the midway point. Predrag Drobnjak led the winners with 16 points, Vonteego Cummings added 15, and Uros Tripkovic and Kosta Perovic nailed 13 each for Partizan. Drobnjak and Perovic each had 10 rebounds. For Joventut, Elmer Bennett and Rudy Fernandez had 16 points apiece and Charles Gaines added 12. Fernandez and Gaines also had 4 steals apiece.

Perovic opened the scoring for Partizan as the hosts' defense held Joventut scoreless. Both defenses worked hard until Fernandez hit a three-pointer after 3-and-a-half minutes to make it 4-3 for Partizan. However Cummings did the same and Dusan Kecman finished a fastbreak after a steal for a 9-3 advantage. Joventut's first timeout didn't work right away as Milenko Tepic's three-point play made it an 8-0 burst for the hosts. Free throws by Bennett kept Joventut alive, but Partizan owned the tempo and the lead, 16-6. Robert Archibald and Drobnjak traded dunks, but when Gaines scored his own three-point play, the score was 18-11. A basket by Ricky Rubio followed by Ferran Laviña's three allowed Joventut to pull within 20-16, forcing a Partizan timeout. Free throws by Drobnjak ended to the first quarter with his team ahead 23-17.

Rudy Fernandez - DKV JoventutLaviña opened fire first in the second quarter, but Novica Velickovic matched him to maintain Partizan's edge. Joventut's big men had problems on offense and Luka Bogdanovic hit two more free throws for the hosts. Archibald found the way to the basket with a turnaround layup, but Nikola Pekovic matched him to the fans' delight. The lead reached the double digits when Perovic and Tripkovic scored to make it 33-21. Bennett blasted back-to-back threes to get Joventut going again and a basket by Laviña made it 38-30. Tripkovic was became the protagonist for Partizan on offense and Drobnjak added a reverse dunk to restore a 42-33 lead for the hosts at halftime.

Kecman kept Partizan going at the start of the second half, but the inside connection of Gaines and Dmitri Flis started to work on both ends and Rubio managed to add a free throw. However Drobnjak was still on fire to keep Partizan at a safe distance, 47-38. Fernandez stepped up with 5 consecutive points of his own – including a triple – to trim it to 47-43, and Marcelinho Huertas added a move to make it a 2-point game for a 0-7 run in one minute. Tepic broke the spell with a layup, but Huertas appeared again to match him. Now both teams ran looking for fast, easy baskets and the hosts found them with 5 points from Drobnjak for a 54-47 lead. Partizan also pressed on defense as Joventut looked lost on the court. The run reached 9-0 when Rudy fed Andy Betts underneath for 58-49. An unsportsmanlike foul on Rubio was not used by Partizan to pull away and Rudy soon fed Gaines for a dunk to seal the third period 61-53.

Milenko Tepic - PartizanAfter a scoreless minute, Rudy drained a bomb from downtown to cut the gap to 61-56, but Cummings copied him soon to restore things. A Gaines steal and dunk put Joventut a little closer and then Bennett fed him for a one-handed jam that made it 64-61. Perovic fought hard for an offensive rebound and bucket on the third chance, but Archibald fed Gaines for his third straight dunk. The hosts were now finding easy options in offense as two straight baskets by Perovic made it 72-63 midway through the final period. Drobnjak was called a technical foul and Bennett sank both free throws, but after that, Partizan played to control the ball and let the clock tick away with a 73-65 lead and two minutes to go. Tripkovic's triple poured more salt on the wounds for Joventut, but Rudy grabbed his own offensive rebound for another three that made it 80-70. A technical foul on Gaines allowed Partizan to finally break the game open and cruise to the final 85-70 thanks to Bogdanovic's free throws.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Aca Ostojic, Belgrade
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS; FACCHINI, FABIO; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB
Attendance: 6978
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Partizan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 19:15 8 3/3   2/3   1 1 1 4 3     2 4 12
5 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 14:00 8 0/1 0/2 8/8   4 4 2 1 1     1 5 15
7 KECMAN, DUSAN 28:15 6 3/3 0/1   1 1 2 3 2 3 1   1 1 10
8 BAKIC, BORIS 3:00                 1       1 1 1
10 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 21:15 13 3/3 1/4 4/5 1   1 1 1 2     4 3 9
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 6:15 2 1/1                     2    
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 29:45 13 6/9   1/3 3 7 10 1         2 5 22
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 10:15 4 2/3     2   2     1     3   1
18 DROBNJAK, PREDRAG 31:30 16 6/13 0/5 4/5 3 7 10 3 3 1 2 1 5 6 20
20 BOZIC, PETAR 3:00                         1   -1
25 CUMMINGS, VONTEEGO 33:30 15 3/7 2/3 3/4   3 3   1 4     1 1 9
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 85 27/43 3/15 22/28 10 23 33 11 16 15 3 1 23 26 101
        62.8% 20% 78.6%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
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
DKV Joventut
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 6:15 6 3/6 0/1     1 1   1 1         3
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 26:30 16 0/2 4/9 4/4 2 3 5 2 4 2   1 3 7 21
6 BENNETT, ELMER 23:45 16 2/3 2/6 6/6 1 3 4 2 1 2     1 3 18
9 VAZQUEZ, PACO 10:45     0/2             3     2   -7
10 ARCHIBALD, ROBERT 13:45 5 2/4   1/2   3 3 2   1     5 2 3
12 DUENAS, ROBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SULLIVAN, ANDREW 7:30   0/1                     1   -2
18 LAVINA, FERRAN 21:45 7 2/4 1/2     1 1 1   1     2 1 4
20 FLIS, DIMITRI 13:45 2 1/1 0/1     3 3       1 1 4    
32 RUBIO, RICKY 26:45 4 1/2 0/2 2/4 1   1 1 2       1 3 5
41 GAINES, CHARLES 31:00 12 5/7   2/3   2 2 1 4 3   1 5 2 9
51 BETTS, ANDY 18:15 2 1/1       1 1     1     4 1 -1
Team                   3 1         2
Totals 200:00 70 17/31 7/23 15/19 4 17 21 9 15 15 1 3 28 19 55
        54.8% 30.4% 78.9%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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Head Coaches

VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"I am very satisfied with our play. We faced Joventut twice in Euroleague this season and they won both games. The victory in Belgrade this evening meant a lot to them and that was the reason Joventut played under pressure. In the first half we played extremely well with a lot of fastbreaks. In the second we had some empty minutes but Joventut had them, too. Beating by 15 points one of the best teams in Spain is a big thing to us. The game was truly spectacular showing that basketball in Belgrade remains an adrenaline performance."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
DKV Joventut
"In the last several weeks we've had lot of ups and downs, bad and good games. Tonight we were not at our level. We missed to stop Kosta Perovic and Predrag Drobnjak who outrebounded our centers."

Players

PEROVIC, KOSTA
Partizan
"Some recent games in the Euroleague we started bad and we were running to be back into the game but tonight things were different. We opened the game extremely well and we were keeping that starting credit until the end. The key was our concentration and big heart. If we beat Olympiacos in Athens we could have chances to play in quaterfinals."
LAVINA, FERRAN
DKV Joventut
"We knew Partizan is playing strong at home. They were too strong for us tonight. It was big pressure in the gym. We tried different types of defense but nothing worked."
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