2012-13Regular SeasonRound 6
November 15, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PIONIR

Partizan celebrates first win in front of its fans

Partizan mt:s Belgrade registered its first win of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 87-72 in front of 6,500 fans at Pionir Arena in the Serbian capital on Thursday. Partizan improved to 1-5 in Group D and recharged its chances of reaching the Top 16. Besiktas dropped to 3-3, but stayed third in Group D. Dragan Milosavljevic paced the winners with 16 points. Vladimir Lucic and Dejan Musli each added 14 and Leo Westermann and Drew Gordon had 13 apiece for Partizan. Westermann also dished 8 assists and Grodon grabbed 9 rebounds. Curtis Jerrells led Besiktas with 20 points. Damir Markota added 16 for the guests. Musli and Lucic shined early to give Partizan a 21-11 margin late in the first quarter. Jerrells tried to change things, but David Bertans allowed Partizan to keep a 51-43 margin at halftime. Jerrells and Markota brought Besiktas as close as 62-60, but Milosavljevic, Gordon and Musli shined in crunch time and pushed Partizan to an 81-72 margin that sealed the outcome.

First quarter: Musli, Westermann give Partizan an early lead

Musli got Partizan going with a power layup, which Jerrells erased with a driving basket. Patrick Christopher soon added a turnaround jumper to give Besiktas its first lead, 2-4. Westermann buried a three-pointer and fed Musli for an uncontested dunk as Partizan regained the lead, 7-4. Gordon got the crowd involved with a four-chance layup, which Gasper Vidmar erased with a jump hook. Vladimir Lucic fired in a long two-pointer and another close basket by Musli boosted the hosts' lead to 13-6. Markota stepped up with a fast break layup. Westermann matched with a close basket off an acrobatic loose ball dive by Gordon. Milosavljevic made free throws to make it a double-digit game, 18-8. Muratcan Guler went 1-of-2 from the foul line and Jerrells scored in penetration to keep Besiktas within 21-11. Danilo Andjusic shined with a driving layup, but Markota scored down low and Jerrells added a triple for a 23-16 Besiktas deficit. A free throw by Gordon and a corner triple by Markota got the guests even closer, 24-19, after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Lucic, Bertans shine in physical battle

Vladimir Dasic shined with a backdoor layup early in the second quarter, as Partizan tried to slow down the game tempo. Westermann banked in a running shot in penetration, Dasic split free throws and Musli gave Partizan a 27-22 lead. Musli kept pacing the hosts with a tip-in, but Guler banked in a five-meter jumper. Andjusic hit foul shots and Lucic scored again, but Dasic nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to keep Besiktas within 33-27. Lucic shined with a floating layup, which Vidmar matched with a two-handed dunk. Lucic fired one in from downtown, but Guler provided a highlight with a three-point play in transition. Gordon split free throws and Musli added another tip-in for a 41-32 Partizan lead. Vidmar and Cehver Ozer stepped up for Besiktas, but Gordon scored down low to keep the hosts far ahead, 43-36. Nikola Milutinov and Lucic stepped up for the hosts, but Jerrells singlehandedly kept Besiktas within 47-40. Jerrells struck from downtown only to see Bertans follow free throws with a tip-in for a 50-43 Partizan lead at halftime.

Third quarter: Partizan keeps slim lead through Lucic

Gordon hit a five-meter jumper immediately after the break, but Vidmar beat the shot clock with a jump hook and Guler added a put-back basket to bring Besiktas within 6. Gordon added a put-back layup, which Markota matched with a quick basket. Milosavljevic brought the crowd to its feet with a three-pointer, but Christopher picked up a loose ball and put it in. Lucic hit a baseline jumper. Markota kept Besiktas within 60-53. Jerrells took over with a fast break layup and added a driving basket off a timeout to make it a 3-point game. Lucic provided a highlight with an off-balance jumper, however Markota bettered it three-pointer from the corner. Gordon split free throws and a dunk by Milutinov gave Partizan some fresh air, 75-70. Christopher fired in one from downtown. Bertans and Milutinovic combined for 3-of-4 foul shots and after Dasic scored down low, a wild buzzer-beating layup by Milosavljevic fixed the score at 70-65 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Pionir celebrates!

Milosavljevic stayed on fire with a mid-range jumper early in the fourth quarter and Westermann added a driving layup to boost Partizan's lead to 74-65. Markota scored down low, but Besiktas struggled to get Jerrells involved. Gordon shined with a layup in transition, but Serhat Cetin answered with a seven-meter bomb to keep the guests within 76-70. Jerrells hit technical free throws, but Musli erased them with an off-balance tip-in for a 78-72 Partizan lead with just under six minutes left. Musli split free throws and Westermann soon gave the hosts an 81-72 edge. Milosavljevic scored in the low post, as Partizan opted to slow down the game tempo and run the game clock down. Partizan forced a 24-second turnover and a reverse layup by Westermann sealed the outcome, 84-73, allowing a sea of black and white fans to start celebrating at Pionir Arena. Besiktas kept fighting, but Partizan was well on its way to its first Euroleague win in 2012.

Leo Westermann - Partizan mts Belgrade - EB12
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR)
Attendance: 6500 (Tentative)
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Partizan mt:s Belgrade24271917
Besiktas JK Istanbul1924227
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Partizan mt:s Belgrade24517087
Besiktas JK Istanbul19436572
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 14:11 7 2/3   3/4   1 1   1       3 2 6
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 35:03 13 4/6 1/1 2/2   1 1 8 1     1 3 3 20
10 GORDIC, NEMANJA 2:48           2 2   1 1     1   1
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 34:19 14 5/7 1/3 1/2 2 3 5 1 2 1     3 5 18
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 30:31 16 5/8 1/3 3/3 2 2 4 1 1 2     3 1 13
14 GAGIC, DJORDJE 9:49   0/1       3 3           3   -1
15 MUSLI, DEJAN 16:00 14 6/10   2/4 5 3 8 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 15
22 CAKAREVIC, MARKO 1:45   0/1     1   1                
31 DJEKIC, BRANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GORDON, DREW 21:11 13 5/12   3/6 5 4 9 2 1     1 3 5 16
33 ANDUSIC, DANILO 9:46 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   1 1 1   2       1 4
44 BERTANS, DAVIS 24:37 6 0/2 0/2 6/7   4 4 1           5 11
Team           2   2     2          
Totals 200:00 87 28/51 3/10 22/30 17 24 41 16 8 11 1 4 22 25 103
        54.9% 30% 73.3%
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
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GULER, MURATCAN 24:58 8 3/4 0/1 2/3 1 1 2     2     2 2 5
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 5:31                         1 1  
11 ACIK, TUTKU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 25:51 7 3/9   1/8 4 6 10 3 2   1   3 8 15
14 FALKER, RANDAL 7:32         1 1 2     2 1   5 2 -2
15 CETIN, SERHAT 16:28 3   1/2         3   2     2   1
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 28:40 16 5/9 2/3   3 3 6 1 1 1     2 1 17
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 31:16 7 2/5 1/3   1   1 2   1 1   4 1 2
24 DASIC, VLADIMIR 11:14 8 2/4 1/1 1/2 1 1 2 1   3     4 1 2
25 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 OZER, CEVHER 14:01 3   1/1             1     3   -1
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 34:29 20 5/11 2/5 4/5   1 1 1 2 1 1 1   4 17
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 72 20/42 8/16 8/18 11 15 26 11 5 14 4 1 26 20 57
        47.6% 50% 44.4%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
"I am very satisfied after our first Turkish Airlines Euroleague win. We deserved it even before and it is very important we finished our job tonight succesfully. Our team is too young and it needs lot of patience. But we are growing together with our great fans who are pushing us."
KUNTER, ERMAN
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"Partizan outrebounded us. They had so many rebounds and we finished the game with 5 minutes to go. My team simply disapeared from the court in minute 35. If somebody shooting free throws at 44 percent like we did it is impossible to win in a competition like the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Partizan players are fighting and they leave their heart on the floor. This is the the only way to win."

Players

WESTERMANN, LEO
Partizan mt:s Belgrade
"Hard game. We were better than in the first 5 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games so far. We learned a lot from our mistakes and we are growing from game to game. No matter, we are the youngest team in the competition and we finished the game with Besiktas concentrated and patient. Our group is still open and we are fighting for the Top 16. Each game we open with the idea to win in our minds and we are not going to change that."
MARKOTA, DAMIR
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"Partizan plays tougher than we do. They play psychical game and we failed in the final minutes. But we are still in a good position because we have to play two home games the next two weeks. Partizan deserved the win tonight."