Besiktas end Partizan's streak to continue unbeaten march
ISTANBUL (Basketball Champions League) -In a battle between previously undefeated teams Besiktas Sompo Japan stifled Partizan Belgrade 77-62 to maintain unblemished their perfect record on all fronts this season. The ambitious Turkish side join AEK at the top of Group E standings on a 2-0 record.
"It was an amazing atmosphere, these are definitely the best fans I have seen in all my time in Europe." - Kyle Weems
"I am very happy for the win because although we made a few mistakes our agressiveness was very good and we overcame them," said Besiktas forward Kyle Weems. "I have to give credit to our coaches because they prepared the game very well. It was an amazing atmosphere in the gym tonight, these are definitely the best fans I have seen in all my time in Europe."
Besiktas used a 17-5 burst bridging the first two quarters to claim a 28-16 lead shortly after the start of the second period and never looked back, although Partizan managed to reduce to single-digits in the third frame.
The Turkish team's bone-crushing defence was ultimately the big difference between the two sides as Besiktas forced their visitors to commit 22 turnovers and scored 21 points off them.
"We lost from a very good team, probably the best team in our group. We all know what kind of home court they have and although we were prepared for it basketball-wise, we made some inexplicable mistakes and they punished them heavily," said Partizan head coach Aleksandar Dzikic.
Michael Roll paced the winners with 16 points on 5-of-9 from the floor and added four assists while Michael Thompson had 14 points and Vladimir Stimac finished with a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds.