2006-07Regular SeasonRound 3
November 08, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU OLÍMPIC DE BADALONA
Rudy Fernandez - DKV Joventut After a painful loss in the opening game, DKV Joventut finally gave its loyal fans a home win as it defeated Partizan Belgrade 82-51 on Wednesday night in Badalona, Spain. Partizan stood equal for the first minutes of the first quarter, but Lubos Barton and Rudy Fernandez led the hosts as they pulled away and never looked back. Joventut climbs to 2-1 in Group B behind only undefeated Panathinaikos. Partizan dropped to 1-2. Steals and turnovers were key factors in the game as the hosts had a strong ratio of 13-7, while Partizan had 3 steals compared to 18 turnovers. Barton led all scorers with 18 points, while Fernandez and Andy Betts finished with 16 apiece and Charles Gaines with 8 points and 9 rebounds for Joventut. For Partizan, Predrag Drobnjak led the way with 14 points and 7 boards while Kosta Perovic had 12 points and 9 rebounds.

Ferran Laviña started the scoring for Joventut, but Perovic soon quited the stands with a slam. Both teams play slow and static basketball, with Barton getting the hosts going with 4 straight points. Partizan's offensive rebounding allowed the team more opportunities as Drobnjak's three-point play was backed by Uros Tripkovic's jumper to get Partizan ahead 6-8. Joventut tried to run and it paid off with a Barton's triple and then Fernandez free throws to make it 13-8. Fernandez quickly added an alley-oop as Partizan struggled to score. Five straight Joventut points, including a Paco Vazquez three, capped a 14-0 run and gave the hosts a comfortable 20-8 lead. Drobnjak finally broke the spell with a layup, as both teams turned to big men to for points. Gaines popped in two free throws to make it 23-12 for Joventut after 10 minutes.

Predrag Drobnjak - PartizanThe second quarter started slow, as the defenses dominated for four minutes and the teams added 2 points a piece. Drobnjak and Fernandez soon scored for their respective teams to get things going and then Tripkovic added a jumper, while Joventut's attempts to pick up the pace didn't fare well. The hosts went to full-court pressure on defense and Partizan struggled to move the ball and score, but Joventut could not pull away until Barton appeared again with a bomb from downtown to give Badalona a 32-18 lead. Dusan Kecman copied him from the corner and Nikola Pekovic found the net from the lane to make it 35-23. Each side added another basket before a scoreless final minute sent the teams to the locker rooms with the hosts leading 37-25.

Tripkovic got Partizan back within 9 with three free throws to start the third period, but Betts hit a turnaround jumper to get Joventut going. A couple of fast baskets for Joventut culminated by Elmer Bennett's steal and Betts's layup launched the hosts to a 45-28 lead. Partizan only added points from the charity stripe, and on defense it allowed Joventut space, which it took advantage of. An unsportsmanlike foul on Vonteego Cummings gave the hosts chances for more easy points. Drobnjak didn't throw in the towel and his score made it 51-32. Luka Bogdanovic's triple cooled things down again, but Vazquez replied in the same way and then he stole the ball and went coast-to-coast to keep his team in control 59-42 after 30 minutes.

A three-point play by Gaines opened the fourth with Joventut up by 20. Partizan's offensive woes continued, with its only consistent source of points being free throws, while the hosts ran on offense and controlled the defensive rebounds to grow the lead to 67-44 on a Barton triple and a Fernandez jumper. Perovic scored his 12th point with a turnaround jumper, but Betts added 4 straight points in the lane and then blocked Drobnjak's shot to finally break the game open as Sullivan scored for a 73-48 advantage that saw Joventut cruise to its second win of the season, 82-51.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), MASTRAFTSIS, CHRISTOS (GRE), LOPES, LUIS (POR)
Attendance: 4085
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 11:30 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   2 2 4 3       3 2 7
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 27:45 16 7/8 0/5 2/2   3 3   2         3 18
6 BENNETT, ELMER 28:30 2 1/5 0/2     3 3 6 1 1   1 1 2 5
9 VAZQUEZ, PACO 24:15 8 1/3 2/3     2 2   3       2   8
11 BARTON, LUBOS 25:00 18 3/5 3/6 3/3   2 2 1 2 1 1   4 4 18
15 SULLIVAN, ANDREW 12:30 8 2/4 1/1 1/2   1 1     1     1 2 6
18 LAVIÑA, FERRAN 22:45 4 1/4   2/2 1 4 5 1 1 3     3 3 5
20 FLIS, DIMITRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 RUBIO, RICKY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 GAINES, CHARLES 17:45 8 2/6   4/5 3 6 9           1 3 14
51 BETTS, ANDY 30:00 16 7/10   2/2 2 2 4   1 1 2   3 3 19
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 82 24/47 6/18 16/18 7 27 34 12 14 7 3 1 18 22 104
        51.1% 33.3% 88.9%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 24:30   0/2 0/2     2 2 3   2     1 4 2
5 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 19:45 3 0/3 1/1     4 4 1   2     1   2
7 KECMAN, DUSAN 19:00 3 0/2 1/1   2 1 3     4   1 3 1 -3
10 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 1:15                              
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 24:45 7 2/8 0/4 3/3   2 2 1   3     5 1 -7
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 2:15       0/4 1   1           1 2 -2
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 29:30 12 4/7   4/4 5 4 9 1 1 3 1 1 2 4 19
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 13:30 5 2/3   1/4   2 2 1         4 2 2
15 DJURKOVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 DROBNJAK, PREDRAG 31:30 14 6/10 0/3 2/3 3 4 7 1 2 1   1 1 3 16
20 BOZIC, PETAR 2:15         1 1 2     1     1    
25 CUMMINGS, VONTEEGO 31:45 7 2/5 1/5     1 1 2   5     3 1 -4
Team             4 4   1 1         4
Totals 200:00 51 16/40 3/16 10/18 12 25 37 10 4 22 1 3 22 18 29
        40% 18.8% 55.6%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
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Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
DKV Joventut
“It’s a better thing winning a game by 20 points and not by 15 if possible. The point difference could be a key at the end of this first part of the competition. This is the reason why we played with a lot of intensity tonight. I’m really satisfied with this game. Andy Betts is playing at a high level. We need him to play like this because we lack a natural change for him due to Archibald’s injury. Making the Top 16 won't be easy, but I don’t want to speak too much about it right now . The most important thing is playing at our full strength every night”.
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"Let me say first of all that DKV Joventut has beaten us by 31 points because they deserved it. We did everything we didn't need to do in front of a team like Joventut. We knew in advance how they play and we have prepared the game well, but we didn’t manage to play the way we should have been playing. I can’t be satisfied with anything, especially with our 22 turnovers. We took too many fast shots in front of a team that loves to play that way. Joventut has a good option to make the Top 16."

Players

VAZQUEZ, PACO
DKV Joventut
"We recovered today the kind of play, with a lot of intensity, that we lacked in some of our last games. Definitely, tonight we played the way we must play. Our defense and our fastbreaks have been the key of a win easier than expected. Perhaps Partizan didn’t know our game so well. We surprised them. I know that in Belgrade it could be very different. We must be focused one game after another, but if we play the way we did today we'll make the Top 16."
PEROVIC, KOSTA
Partizan
“31 points... We played very bad and Joventut did it really well. 22 turnovers are definitely too much, because we couldn’t reach the level of basketball we needed. We couldn’t play with it. Joventut is a very good team, but after beating Maccabi last week we had our hopes of making something else here. Our goal remains the same: making the Top 16. I think there is a good possibility if we play the way we did against Maccabi, not tonight.”
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