2019-20Regular SeasonRound 8
November 20, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 STARK ARENA

Partizan punches its way to Top 16

Partizan NIS Belgrade sealed its safe passage into the Top 16 with an 86-81 victory over Rytas Vilnius on Wednesday in the Serbian capital. Partizan snapped a two-game losing streak to improve its record to 6-2 atop Group B. Rytas slipped to 3-5. After a first quarter that featured six lead changes, Partizan grabbed a 46-40 halftime advantage and pulled away after that to lead by as many as 18 points in the second half. Rade Zagorac scored 17, Rashawn Thomas hit 16 and Ognjen Jazamaz ended with 14 for the winning side. Eimantas Bendzius scored 15 points for the visitors and Pako Cruz added 10.

Partizan took its first lead with a three from Zagorac, who would score 12 points in total in the first quarter. He hit another one straight after to put the home side up 10-8, but Rytas responded and retook the lead. The visitors remained in front for most of the quarter and led by as much as 13-19 after a Bendzius bucket, but Partizan battled back and went up 23-21 on a William Mosley dunk to give the home side the lead after 10 minutes. Partizan extended that lead early in the second as it continued a 14-0 run. Rytas responded with a Marek Blazevic three-point play and midway through the second quarter it was 30-29. Mosley kept Partizan in front with 4 points in a row. Rytas stayed close, but Partizan finished strong again and led 46-40 at the break following a Gordic three. Rytas cut the deficit to the minimum to start the third quarter, but Jaramaz and Thomas made it 51-46. Marcus Paige extended it 60-53 midway through the third. Partizan took a double-digit lead at 66-55 thanks to a Gordic score as the hosts slowly started to take control of the game. The third quarter ended 68-57. Zagorac hit a three to land a further blow to Rytas's chances and it was 71-57 early in the fourth. The two sides exchanged shots and it was 77-63 midway through the final quarter. Rytas got it back to 79-72 as Partizan fond itself in some foul trouble. Martynas Echodas made it 79-73 from the line and it looked like there was life in Rytas's challenge yet. Jaramaz hit a three and settled nerves to make it 84-73 with just under 2 minutes remaining, but Bendzius replied immediately with a triple to make it 84-76. Sirvydis scored another three, but Mosley responded and Partizan held on.

Pivotal performer

The player of the game was Ognjen Jaramaz. His stat line doesn’t immediately jump out but his 5 points in crunch time in the fourth ultimately won the game for Partizan. He finished with 14 points and 4 assists and showed off very sharp passing, footwork and dribbling throughout.

Did you notice?

William Mosley had a career-high 4 blocks with all of them coming in the opening half. He rejected Rytas time and time again and he added 8 points with 3 rebounds.

Next game

Rytas will try to improve its Top 16 chances when it meets Tofas Bursa in its next game on Tuesday, December 10. Partizan plays Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar the following evening.

Rade Zagorac - Partizan NIS Belgrade (photo Partizan - Dragana Stjepanovic) - EC19
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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Referees: DIFALLAH, MEHDI; KOWALSKI, MARCIN; REITER, MORITZ
Attendance: 7940
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Rytas Vilnius21191724
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Rytas Vilnius21405781
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 20:25 3   1/3     4 4 3 1 1     3 2 7
3 ZAGORAC, RADE 20:11 17 4/4 3/6     1 1 3 1 3     1   15
5 PAIGE, MARCUS 22:42 9 2/2 1/2 2/2   2 2 2   2     3 4 11
7 GORDIC, NEMANJA 22:18 7 1/6 1/4 2/4   1 1 4 1 2   1 1 2 1
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN 25:12 14 2/3 2/5 4/6   3 3 4   1     3 7 18
11 MILETIC, DUSAN 4:38         1 1 2 1   1     2 1 1
14 BIRCEVIC, STEFAN 13:05 1 0/1 0/3 1/2   2 2     1 1   4 2 -4
21 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA 15:39 6 3/5       2 2 1 3 1   2 2   5
25 THOMAS, RASHAWN 25:31 16 5/7   6/11 2 3 5 1 1 2 1   4 9 20
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 2:30           1 1           1    
32 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS 7:11 3   1/3     2 2 1             4
42 MOSLEY , WILLIAM 20:38 10 3/5   4/6 2 1 3   1 1 4 1 1 3 14
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 86 20/33 9/26 19/31 8 26 34 20 8 16 6 4 25 30 97
        60.6% 34.6% 61.3%
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
Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SIRVYDIS, DEIVIDAS 21:22 11 1/2 3/9     3 3 2 1 2     4   4
2 BICKAUSKIS, DOVIS 13:04 3 0/2 1/2     2 2 3 1     1 2   3
5 GIEDRAITIS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 KAIRYS, EVALDAS 12:50 8 4/5   0/1 1 2 3     1 1 1 4 3 7
7 HOLLOWAY, TERRELL 26:56 7 1/6 1/1 2/2   2 2 7 1 5     2 4 9
9 CRUZ, PAKO 22:03 10 3/4 0/2 4/4 1 3 4 3 1 4   1 2 3 11
14 ECHODAS, MARTYNAS 15:14 7 3/4   1/2 1 3 4 1 1 2 1   3 2 9
18 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 12:42 6 2/2 0/1 2/3       1   1     2 2 4
22 BENDZIUS, EIMANTAS 21:09 15 2/4 1/3 8/8   3 3 1 1 1   1 5 4 13
23 BLAZEVIC, MAREK 11:56 7 3/3   1/1   1 1 1   2     1 1 7
41 BAIRSTOW, CAMERON 18:42 7 3/8 0/1 1/2 2 3 5 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 7
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 24:02   0/1     1 3 4       1 1 2 2 3
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 81 22/41 6/19 19/23 8 26 34 20 7 19 4 6 30 25 80
        53.7% 31.6% 82.6%
Head coach: ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Exactly like you saw it. Some good things and some things that in this moment I don’t have an explanation. It’s something we have to take care of and we have to play more mature. We played hard and built a solid advantage and didn’t finish the job. Then, you have to score free throws and it’s something we need to get better at and soon."

Players

THOMAS, RASHAWN
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"It definitely wasn’t easy, this is a good team and they play hard. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy victory coming in. We could have played a little better, executed a little better, they had us a little rattled, but we’re just happy we got the W and punched our ticket. We’re more physical than them. We knew we had to stay physical and slow them down in transition. Because they run and shoot very well so we had to slow them down and then we knew we could crash the boards, control the rebounds for the game and we’d be good."
SIRVYDIS, DEIVIDAS
Rytas Vilnius
"It was a tough game. As always, we lost concentration at the end of the game. We made 19 turnovers. I think that was the main reason we lost. At least our team was fighting until the end, so it means something."
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