Metropolitans shut down Partizan
Boulogne Metropolitans 92 wrestled away sole possession of first place in Group F of the Top 16 with an impressive defensive showing in a 79-62 home victory over Partizan NIS Belgrade. David Michineau led the way with 16 points and 4 assists for Metropolitans, which improved to 2-0. Miralem Halilovic scored a career-high 15 points while Maxime Roos had a career night with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Partizan suffered its first loss of the Top 16 to fall to 1-1 despite Codi Miller-McIntyre and Rade Zagorac both tallying 14 points and William Mosley hitting for 13.
Vitalis Chikoko opened the scoring for the hosts with Miller-McIntyre hitting from deep for Partizan’s first - and only - lead 2-3. Michineau knocked down a triple at the other end and Metropolitans started with superb defense, putting together a 14-4 run including 4 points each from Halilovic and Anthony Brown for a 19-8 lead. Zagorac managed a three-pointer for the visitor, but they trailed 22-11 after 10 minutes. Halilovic started the second quarter before Marcus Paige made a triple for Partizan. But Metropolitans continued to pour it on with a Roos dunk and Bastian Pinault three-pointer for a 29-16 cushion. Partizan started to score more consistently through Miller-McIntyre and Rashawn Thomas and pulled within 35-30. Paul Stoll hit a triple for Metropolitans for a 38-30 lead at the break.
After Roos reestablished a 10-point lead to begin the second half. Partizan scored the next 4 points and it was 42-36 when the Partizan offense stalled again; Roos scored 5 points in a 9-0 surge to open a 53-36 advantage. Lahaou Konate’s free throws extended the cushion to 59-41 and it was 61-46 after 30 minutes. Archie Goodwin scored 4 quick points early in the fourth quarter and Roos pushed the margin to 69-46. Zagorac finally got Partizan on the board after more than 4 minutes. Konate and Michineau drained back-to-back three-pointers for a 77-53 lead to decide the game for good.
Career night for Roos
Maxime Roos had a night to remember as he collected 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 5 blocks for an index rating of 22. He set new personal EuroCup records in every category besides tying his steals mark after previous bests of 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 13 PIR.
Stoll’s strong debut
Paul Stoll had a strong debut for Metropolitans with 5 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists for an index rating of 12 in 15 minutes of action. The 35-year-old Stoll was brought in to help fill the injury loss to Brandon Brown.
Metropolitans tied a team record with 8 blocks while holding Partizan to just 39.5% on two-pointers and 23.8% on three-pointers.
Metropolitans will remain at home for its next EuroCup game; it hosts Dolomiti Energia Trento on Tuesday, January 26. Partizan will have another road game and travels to Russia to play Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar the next day.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021