Trento beats Partizan, controls destiny
Dolomiti Energia Trento took a big step toward reaching the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals with an outstanding defensive showing in a 69-54 home victory over Partizan NIS Belgrade. JaCorey Williams tallied a team-high 16 points for Trento while Gary Browne had 13 points and Victor Sanders 10. Trento has won its last two games to move to 3-2 in the group. Partizan is still alive for the quarterfinals despite the loss with a 2-3 record. Rashawn Thomas tallied 17 points in the loss while Nikola Jankovic added 7 points and 10 rebounds.
Kelvin Martin started the game with a big dunk and Ognjen Jaramaz scored at the other end to put Partizan on the board. The guests took their first lead on a Thomas three-pointer, 4-5. Nemanja Dangubic drained a long ball and Josh Perkins and Dangubic hit back-to-back triples for a 12-18 lead. Toto Forray hit from deep, but Trento was down 15-19 after 10 minutes. Trento was able to execute on offense in the second quarter with Luke Maye scoring 4 points in an 8-0 run to move ahead 23-19. Partizan needed more than 5 minutes to finally score on a Thomas jumper. That got Partizan going a bit with Uros Trifunovic hitting a three-pointer and Jankovic giving the guests the lead 27-28. Williams scored at the other end and Trento led 29-28 at the break.
Marcus Paige’s triple opened the second half for Partizan but Browne answered from long range to start a 10-0 run over nearly 5 minutes, including a Martin triple to go up 39-31. Sanders added a three-pointer and Browne hit another triple as the margin grew to double digits 45-35. Jeremy Morgan added 4 points as the hosts closed the quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 54-36 after 30 minutes. Jaramaz stopped the Trento run to start the fourth with a three-pointer and Thomas and Paige added baskets in a 0-7 surge to pull within 54-43. Williams finally scored for Trento after more than 4 minutes. Browne followed with a layup and three-pointer and the hosts found themselves up 61-43 with less than 5 minutes to play. Thomas scored 5 straight points for Partizan, but the deficit was still 15 (63-48). Trento delivered a knockout spurt for good with 6 straight points.
Group still open
Nothing has been decided in Group F as Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar downed Boulogne Metropolitans 92. If Lokomotiv and Partizan win in the final round of action, all four teams would be even at 3-3 in the group. Partizan was still able to retain the tiebreaker advantage over Trento.
Gary Browne ran things optimally for Trento, collecting 13 points including hitting 3 of 6 three-pointers to go along with 7 assists and 3 steals.
Defense was the name of the game and Trento held Partizan to just 38.9% shooting on two-pointers and 29.2% on threes. Trento committed only 1 turnover fewer than Partizan - 14-13 - but the home side turned those miscues into 21 points compared to 5 for Partizan.
Trento will finish off the Top 16 with a big game at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar on Wednesday, March 10. Partizan will return home and host Boulogne Metropolitans 92 the same evening.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021