Five points apart, Partizan won the Belgrade derby

Five points apart, Partizan won the Belgrade derby

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Yam Medar and Zack Lidday (Partizan Belgrade's Twitter)

Yam Medar and Zack Lidday (Partizan Belgrade’s Twitter)

The 21st round of the Euroleague closed tonight (Friday) with the big derby of the city of Belgrade between Red Star and Partizan. After the previous game between the teams in the factory ended with Nemanja Nedovic’s three-pointer and Yam Medar’s foul on the buzzer, this time Zeliko Obradovic’s team took revenge on the bitter rival with a 78:79 victory, which brought them closer to the battle zone for entry into the playoffs. In addition, Baskonia beat Andolo in a thrilling game and Bayern Munich beat Virtus Bologna.

Red Star Belgrade (11:10) – Partizan Belgrade (11:10) 79:78

After starting the season badly and improving towards the first round, something bad is happening to the Red Star. Tonight, in their home field and the legendary ‘Pioneer’, Duško Ivanovic’s team lost for the third time in the last four games and this time to their bitter rival, who had a small advantage for almost the entire length of the match. The Israeli representative of the winner, Yam Medar, played a little less than five minutes and scored five points. Zach Liddy led with 20 points, while on the other side the MVP of the month of December, Luca Valdosa, scored 26 and together with 23 points of Nedovic it was not enough for the victory.

Baskonia (9:12) – Andolo Eps (11:10) 111:114

A big game in Vitoria that ends with a great comeback and the first win for the local team in the second round. The European champion is unable to stabilize, but is still one win away from the place that leads to the playoffs. The advantage went from all sides and finally settled on a Turkish advantage, which also reached double digits, but a great Spanish comeback ended with the only points of Daulton Homes, who scored the three-pointer that established a 98:98 tie and sent the game to overtime. Matthew Costeillo took responsibility and together with Darius Thompson they kept the victory at home and prevented further deterioration in their situation. The two were also outstanding in the game, with the forward/center scoring 33 points and the center adding 19 points and 16 assists. Shane Larin led the loser with 21 points, Vasilija Micic and Rodrigue Beauvois scored 19 points.

Bayern Munich (12:9) – Virtus Bologna (12:9) 84:91

The Bavarians managed to continue their good period with a fourth win in the last five games. The German advantage was not in doubt throughout most of the stages of the game, when the Italians were mainly busy chasing and lost the momentum in the third quarter, where they fell behind by two digits. Despite attempts at a comeback, both teams finished the season with the same balance and are still far from the playoff area. Augustin Robitt led the Bavarians with 18 points, Milos Theodosic and Isia Cordinier with 14 each on the other side.


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