2019-20Regular SeasonRound 2
October 08, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 STARK ARENA

Partizan bounces back to down Tofas

Partizan NIS Belgrade improved to 2-0 by launching a big comeback over Tofas Bursa, eventually prevailing 93-80 at the end of an exciting showdown in the Serbian capital. Tofas, which drops to 1-1, established several double-digit advantages in the first half, leading by 15-29 early in the second quarter. But Partizan launched an 11-0 run after the break to move ahead, and then leaned on a much-improved defense to surge to victory in the final period. Rade Zagorac excelled for the home team, scoring 26 points on 8-of-12 field goal shooting, also adding 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. There were also big contributions from Novica Velickovic (15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists), Nemanja Gordic (12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) and Torrian Walden (12 points, 7 assists). Devin Williams paced Tofas with 18 points, while DJ White and Tarik Phillip both scored 16 and Matt Lojeski added 12.

A fast start from Phillip – two baskets and one assist in the first three possessions – gave Tofas a 2-7 lead, which White and Lojeski soon extended from long range. White’s mid-range jumper made it a double-digit game, 9-19, and a pair of Williams baskets maintained the lead to 15-27 at the end of the first. Partizan rallied early in the second behind a pair of baskets apiece from Gordic and Velickovic, before White hit another couple of triples to make it 31-42. But Zagorac made a three-point play and a triple inside the final minute of the half, making it 45-49 at the break. Triples from Lojeski and Zagorac opened the third quarter scoring, and further deep strikes from Walden and Ognjen Jaromaz sent Partizan ahead at 54-52, and Jaromaz’s floater completed an 11-0 run. Williams and White responded from mid-range for a 56-56 tie, and baskets were then evenly traded to make it 66-66 at the end of the third. Zagorac scored from long-range and with a layup to edge Partizan ahead, and then added another triple for a 74-70 lead. Walden and White exchanged triples before dunks from Art Parakhouski and Velickovic sent Partizan ahead 83-74. Velickovic dropped home two more close-range scores for a double-digit lead, and Zagorac made a three-point play to seal the deal as the fans began their celebrations.

Near perfection early for Tofas

Tofas raced out to a 10-point first quarter lead thanks to near flawless offense: after six minutes, the Turkish team had scored 19 points on 4-of-4 two-point shooting and 3-of-5 three-pointers, also dishing 7 assists while committing no turnovers.

Partizan improves defense after the break

The first half was a feast of offense, with the teams combining for 94 points as Tofas took a 45-49 advantage into the locker room. But the second half saw Partizan immediately stop the visiting team’s flow by restricting Tofas to just one basket in the opening four minutes. That set the tone for the remainder of the game, with the Turkish team only scoring 17 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth.

Zagorac sparks Partizan’s offense

With the Partizan defense belatedly doing its job at one end, Rade Zagorac took over at the other. His first big contribution came with 6 points in 35 seconds at the end of the first half, before putting his team ahead for good with 8 points in 66 seconds early in the final quarter.

Phillip piles up the numbers

One player who didn’t deserve to lose was all-action Tofas guard Tarik Phillip, who racked up 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in a dynamic performance. Coming a week after he registered 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in his team’s Round 1 victory, he looks set for a stellar season.

Next round

Partizan will take its perfect record on the road to face Rytas Vilnius, while Tofas stays away from home in Round 3 to take on Umana Reyer Venice.

Rade Zagorac - Partizan NIS Belgrade (photo Dragana Stjepanovic - Partizan) - EC19
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; VILIUS, GYTIS
Attendance: 9854 (Tentative)
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Partizan NIS Belgrade15302127
Tofas Bursa27221714
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Partizan NIS Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 WALDEN, TORRIAN 24:29 12 0/2 4/5   1 1 2 7         3 3 18
3 ZAGORAC, RADE 32:28 26 4/5 4/7 6/6 1 4 5 2 2 1     1 6 35
5 PAIGE, MARCUS 11:58   0/1 0/2         1   2         -4
7 GORDIC, NEMANJA 22:35 12 5/6 0/2 2/3   3 3 4   1     3 3 14
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 21:15 6 3/3       4 4       1   1   10
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN 27:18 8 1/2 2/4 0/2   1 1 4   2     2 2 6
11 MILETIC, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 21:51 15 4/6 2/3 1/2 1 6 7 4   2     3 1 18
14 BIRCEVIC, STEFAN 8:28 3 1/2 0/2 1/2   2 2 1 1         1 4
21 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA 6:48 2 1/3     1   1         2 2 1 -2
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 4:57 3   1/3         1         1   1
42 MOSLEY , WILLIAM 17:53 6 3/5   0/2 4 2 6     1     5 2 4
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 93 22/35 13/28 10/17 9 23 32 24 3 10 1 2 21 19 104
        62.9% 46.4% 58.8%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
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
Tofas Bursa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MUSTAFA, MUHAYMIN 9:34   0/1 0/3         3         1 1 -1
3 DURMAZ, BERKAN 13:02 5 1/2 0/1 3/4   3 3   1   2   1 3 10
4 AKSU, BERKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 UGURLU, BERK 26:15 7 2/4 1/2 0/1   3 3 6   1     4 3 10
6 ERMIS, BARIS 22:04 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 6 1 1     2 2 10
7 TUNA, BATIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 WHITE, DJ 27:24 16 2/4 4/7                   3   8
10 SATIR, BORA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 PHILLIP, TARIK 29:46 16 5/11 2/3 0/1 1 5 6 8 1 4     1 5 23
24 LOJESKI, MATT 32:16 14 4/6 2/4         1   3     1 1 8
41 WILLIAMS, DEVIN 32:14 18 7/9   4/7 1 4 5 2   1   1 2 5 21
77 YASAR, MUHSIN 7:25 2 0/2   2/2 1 2 3     1     4 1 -1
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 80 22/40 9/21 9/15 6 22 28 26 3 11 2 1 19 21 93
        55% 42.9% 60%
Head coach: ENE, ORHUN

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade

“I would love to say the game was as tough as I expected but I would be lying…it was tougher. We were on the road for 25 days, this was the first home game and in the first half we choked. We were in between offense and defense on every play. Wrong positioning, wrong spacing, late. And they are a very good offensive team. They killed us and we were late on everything. We could have melted down but we didn’t. We had a strong part in the second quarter, we came back, in the second half we adjusted a few things and then it was a different game.”

“We had a very bad start. We were passive, we choked. But in the second half we played with good energy and we deserved to win. It was the first game for everybody – for us and the fans, and they helped us a lot.”

ENE, ORHUN
Tofas Bursa
“The beginning of the game and the end of the game were totally different stories for us. The most important thing to stay in the game and win is controlling the rhythm and the tempo of the game. In the beginning we were smart on offense, making correct shots, but after a couple of mistakes we saw fastbreak transition points, easy layups in our basket. We talked in the locker room at half-time about how it’s important to control the game here. It’s normal for a team like Partizan, with this atmosphere, to gain the ball and attack quickly, and we have to control our offenses better. We had good periods from the game and we have to learn something from here. This game will give us important things for the future. If you want to win EuroCup games away, you have to play smart. Tomorrow the players can watch the game and understand how we played stupid in the second half.”

Players

ZAGORAC, RADE
Partizan NIS Belgrade
“It was a good game for us, we fought well. In the first half we were a little bit nervous because it was the first game in front of our fans. We were trying to find our game and luckily we were only down by 4 at half-time. In the second half we raised it, especially on defense. We know every point is important, so winning by 13 is a good difference. Every player knows his role, this time I stepped up, but it was also Dorrian, Nemanja, Novica…every game it will be someone different. We got amazing energy from our fans, it was great and thanks to our fans.”
WHITE, DJ
Tofas Bursa
"It was a game of two halves. We came out in the first one and executed the game plan, defensively and offensively. Then in the third quarter, things changed. They turned up the pressure on us, and we didn't respond. It happens, but all we can do is learn from it, move on, and get ready for the next game."
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