Budivelnik holds off Partizan for historic first win
Budivelnik Kiev became the first Ukrainian team to win a game in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by downing Partizan NIS Belgrade 74-69 at home. Both teams are now tied in Group A, each with a 1-2 record. Darjus Lavrinovic paced the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. DaJuan Summers added 15 points, while Ricky Minard had 10 for Budivelnik. Tarence Kinsey led Partizan with 16 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Dragan Milosavljevic each scored 15 while Joffrey Lauvergne pulled down 13 rebounds for the guests. Partizan did not lead throughout the first quarter, but a buzzer-beating jumper by Kinsey tied the game, 17-17, after 10 minutes. A layup by Djordje Gagic gave the guests their first lead, 32-33. Micah Downs, Lavrinovic and a huge dunk by Summers gave Budivelnik a 44-42 edge at halftime. Kinsey and Milosavljevic allowed Partizan to get a 52-53 lead at the end of the third quarter. Three-pointers by Summers, Stelnieks and Lavrinovic gave Budivelnik the lead for good, 64-57. Partizan kept fighting, but Budivelnik cruised to a historical win.
First quarter: Kinsey shines, Partizan follows
Both teams struggled to score early until Summers buried a turnaround jumper. Kinsey banked in a one-handed floater, which Micah Downs bettered with a bomb from downtown for a 5-2 Budivelnik lead. Artur Drozdov dunked it off a steal, as Partizan struggled to score despite using long, patient possessions. Lavrinovic stepped up with a backdoor layup for an early 7-point lead. Dejan Musli got the visitors going with a close basket. Kinsey’s steal led to an unsportsmanlike foul. He made the free throws and a layup by Djordje Gagic brought Partizan within 9-8. Michail Anisimov came off the bench, drew a foul and free throws. Summers scored off an inbounds steal for a 13-8 Budivelnik lead. Bogdanovic struck from downtown, Blake Ahearn nailed an off-balance shot and Kinsey kept Partizan within 15-13. Bogdanovic nailed a six-meter jumper, which Minard erased with a fast break basket. A buzzer-beating jumper by Kinsey tied the game again, 17-17, after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Great scoring battle
Lavrinovic nailed a jumper and matched Milosavljevic's driving layup with a close basket. Bogdanovic sank a jumper that tied it again, 21-21. Minard nailed a three and Milosavljevic beat the hosts' matchup zone defense with a layup. Minard and Milosavljevic traded baskets and a put-back layup by Lavrinovic gave Budivelnik a 28-25 edge. Bogdanovic buried his second triple. Downs made foul shots and a jumper by Kinsey tied it at 30-30. Janis Strelnieks and Djoko Salic made foul shots before Gagic gave Partizan its first lead, 32-33. Downs stepped up with a layup in transition. Salic scored around the basket and Kinsey boosted the guests' lead to 34-37. Lavrinovic took over with a three-point play and a corner triple by Ahearn put the hosts back ahead, 40-37. Leo Westermann joined the three-point shootout. Summers sank free throws before a tip-in by Salic tied it at 42-42. A huge, two-handed slam by Summers fixed the halftime score at 44-42.
Third quarter: Partizan improves defense, takes lead
Minard beat the shot clock buzzer with a three-pointer to give Budivelnik a 47-42 lead. Partizan was held scoreless for more than three minutes until Kinsey stepped up with a mid-range jumper. Lavrinovic rescued Budivelnik with a three-pointer off the glass, as the hosts kept excelling on defense. Lauvergne made free throws that a red-hot Lavrinovic erased with a baseline jumper for a 52-46 Budivelnik lead. Westermann made free throws off a timeout and Gagic brought Partizan a bit closer. Budivelnik had started to miss open shots, but defense kept the hosts ahead. Milosavljevic, however, nailed a catch-and-shoot jumper to make it 52-51. Budivelnik could not find the way to the basket and a six-meter shot by Milosavljevic completed the guests' comeback, 52-53, at the end of the quarter.
Fourth quarter: Home team hangs on
Lavrinovic split free throws early in the fourth quarter and a driving layup by Milosavljevic put Partizan back ahead, 53-55. Drozdov stepped up with a fast break layup, forcing Partizan to call timeout at 55-55. Summers took over with a three-pointer, as Budivelnik forced its opponents to take off-balance shots. Strelnieks also struck from downtown to boost the hosts' lead to 61-55. Gagic made free throws, which Lavrinovic bettered with a three-pointer, good for a 64-57 Budivelnik lead with under six minutes left. Kinsey scored again and a three-point play by Milosavljevic kept Partizan within 64-62. Ahearn made free throws and a close basket by Lavrinovic gave Budivelnik fresh air, 68-62, with over two minutes to go. Free throws by Summers soon made it an 8-point game. Musli hit a jump hook and Bogdanovic gave the guests hope at 70-66. Ahearn made free throws, which Bogdanovic bettered with a triple. Partizan fouled Summers, who did not miss from the foul line for a 74-69 score with 49.2 seconds left. Bogdanovic missed from downtown and a steal by Strelnieks allowed the Budivelnik fans to celebrate a big win.
Thursday, October 31, 2013