Baskonia hopes to resurface against Obradovic

Baskonia wants to resurface against Obradovic

MADRID, 12 Jan. (.) –

Cazoo Baskonia will try to return to the path of victory in the Regular Phase of the Euroleague 2022-2023 on their visit this Friday (8:30 p.m.) to Serbian Partizan Belgrade, an always strong rival in the heat of their fans.

Joan Peñarroya’s team has seen its great moment of play and results in the top continental competition slowed down after two straight defeats at home in Germany against teams from the lower half such as ALBA (85-84) and Bayern (92-79). , and now he wants to rebuild himself with his twelfth victory, especially after a discreet game last Tuesday at the Audi Dome.

The team from Vitoria was not at a good level, neither in defense, where they suffered due to the great foreign success of their rival, nor in attack in Munich, and they did not even find help in point guard Markus Howard, who was left somewhat alone and did not have a great support from their peers.

Thus, improving collective functioning and aiming from three pointers will be key to succeeding in the noisy Stark Arena where a Partizán awaits that has already put up a ‘battle’ at the Fernando Buesa Arena, where Baskonia needed an extension and 33 points from Howard to get rid of Zeljko Obradovic’s men 103-96.

In addition, although the 1992 European champion has just lost this Tuesday also in Tel Aviv against Maccabi (90-81), their dynamics were equally positive with four consecutive victories, three at home against powerful rivals such as Efes and Monaco, in addition to the Bayern, and an address on a difficult pitch like Fenerbahce’s.

In fact, of his eight wins, six have been at the spectacular venue in the capital, a sign of his greater solidity in front of his fans, who always push hard and give a plus to a team that needs to defend well.

Despite this premise by Obradovic, the duel is expected to be attractive offensively after what was seen in the first round and also between Markus Howard and Kevin Punter, who already fought a personal one in Vitoria and who could repeat since the Partizán point guard is their best scorer, although it is the French center Matthias Lessort who is shining the most, which has led him to be the second most valued player in the competition, where he is the best rebounder.



PARTIZÁN: Madar, Nunnally, Papapetrou, Leday and Smailaigic –possible starting five–; Exum, Punter, Lessort, Andjusic, Trifunovic, Avramovic and Vukcevic.

CAZOO BASKONIA: Thompson, Marinkovic, Giedraitis, Hommes and Enoch –possible starting five–; Howard, Kotsar, Henry, Costello, Kurucs, Sedekerskis, Díez and Raieste.

–REFEREES: Mogulkoc, Paternico and Pitsilkas.

–PAVILION: Stark Arena.

–TIME: 20.30/DAZN.

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