2004-05Regular SeasonRound 14
February 10, 2005 CET: 20:40
Local time: 20:40 PIONIR
With a display of defense rarely seen by a visiting team in Belgrade, Efes Pilsen handcuffed the youngsters from Partizan PMB for a whole half on Thursday to win their Group A finale 49-74. Efes was actually losing at halftime, but turned on a defensive effort that held Partizan to just 17 points in the final 20 minutes to win going away. The victory lifted Efes to a 12-2 record, good enough for a first-place tie with Climamio, who took the group title on tiebreakers. Efes was the competition's best second-place team, however, so will be treated the same as the group winners in the upcoming Top 16 draw. Partizan finished 2-12 and in last place. Willie Solomon scored 21 points for Efes, Henry Domercant added 19 and Goran Nikolic 11. The best Partizan scorers were Uros Tripkovic with 22 and Kosta Perovic with 12 points.

Domercant and Tripkovic traded baskets in the early going, until Efes made a 0-7 run for 5-12 lead. Partizan answered in the same way, however, and with 2 minutes left in the first quarter, Tripkovic took over. He stepped back and drilled 2 shots from behind the arc to boost the hosts to a 21-15 lead after 10 minutes.

Efes didn't take too long in the second quarter to get back in the game. Over 4 minutes, it posted a 2-11 run that included triples by Solomon and Alper Yilmaz to take a 23-26 lead. Partizan switched to zone, tied with Tripkovic's next triple and went ahead again when Perovic scored inside. but Efes took back a 28-32 lead thanks to Ender Arslan and Niksa Prkacin. Tripkovic and Luka Bogdanovic finished the half with triples, however, as Partizan led again 34-32 at the break.

Partizan's leading scorer lately, Blake Stepp, seriously injured his knee at the begining of the second half. Meanwhile, Domercant and Solomon hammered in 2 triples each to fill up an 0-14 run that changed the game entirely. Efes led now 34-46 and its defense was firmly established. Only Perovic got a basket for Partizan as the Efes run stretched to 2-24 over 8 minutes. Efes finally won third period 6-28 and led 40-60 after 30 minutes.

It was clear by the start of the final quarter what the name of the winner was, but far from relaxing, Efes continued to shine shine defensively and reject all Partizan attempts to cut the lead. Solomon's next 2 triples left no doubt as the score kept soaring to a final of 49-74 for two teams going in different directions when the buzzer sounded.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Aca Ostojic, Belgrade
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Referees: TSANIDIS, STAVROS (GRE), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE), BUBALO, TIHOMIR (SRB)
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Partizan181399
Efes Pilsen15172814
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Partizan18314049
Efes Pilsen15326074
Partizan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 36:15 22 2/7 5/13 3/4   1 1 1 2 3     2 6 13
5 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 32:30 5 1/5 1/5     4 4 1 1 1   1 3 3 1
6 BOZIC, PETAR 26:00   0/3             5 1 1   4 2  
7 PEROVIC, KOSTA 34:15 12 5/8   2/2 1 4 5 2 3 2     3 3 17
11 MARKOVIC, MILOS 3:00                              
12 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 5:45   0/1       2 2     1   1 1   -2
15 ERDEN, SEMIH 19:30 3 0/5   3/4 3 3 6   3 6 1   4 2 -1
16 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 13:00 4 2/3       2 2           5    
22 BAKIC, BORIS 16:15 3 0/1 1/1     2 2     3     2 2 1
24 STEPP, BLAKE ROY 13:30   0/1 0/2         3       1     -1
Team                                
Totals 200:00 49 10/34 7/21 8/10 4 18 22 7 14 17 2 3 24 18 28
        29.4% 33.3% 80%
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
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ARSLAN, ENDER 12:15 5 0/1 1/4 2/2   2 2   2 1     1 1 4
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 26:45 21 3/5 5/6     3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 4 27
6 ERMIS, BARIS 13:00 4 2/3   0/1       1 1       2 1 3
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 19:30 3 0/3   3/4 1 1 2 2 4 1     2 2 6
12 NIKOLIC, GORAN 25:00 11 3/10   5/6 2 4 6 1 2     1 1 4 14
14 PEKER, KAYA 15:00 2 1/4     3 5 8     2 2     2 9
15 PASTAL, VALENTIN 9:15 1   0/2 1/2         1 2     2 1 -4
17 KECMAN, DUSAN 22:30 2   0/3 2/2 1 3 4 1   2     2 3 3
23 KUQO, ERMAL 20:30 3 1/4   1/2 1 2 3 3 2       3 2 6
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 22:00 19 2/4 5/5     1 1 2 3 2     3 4 22
55 YILMAZ, ALPER 14:15 3   1/4     1 1           1    
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 12/34 12/24 14/19 8 22 30 13 18 13 3 2 18 24 90
        35.3% 50% 73.7%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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