|20 November 2007|
KK Igokea Partizan have all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the EuroCup Qualifying Round with a convincing 102-80 victory at home over Khimik.
Nikola Vucurovic came off the bench to lead all scorers with 26 points, leading six Partizan players in double figures as the Bosnian team shot 52% for the game.
Aleksandar Subara and Kendrick Johnson both tallied 17 points for the winners, while Lawrence Wright added nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Zoran Sretenovic's Igokea will travel next week to Ukraine knowing they have a huge result to work with.
Wykeen Kelly scored 22 points for Dmitrij Bazelevskij's Khimik side while Sasa Bratic added 18 points.
The Bosnians pulled ahead early 6-1, but Bratic's three-pointer gave the Ukrainians the lead 8-6. Neither team could pull away the rest of the first quarter, which ended with Igokea ahead 14-12.
Johnson knocked down two long-balls as Sretenovic's team opened a 24-18 lead. It was a 30-22 margin after three-balls by Vucurovic and Djordje Djogo. Kelly's three-pointer at the buzzer, however, cut the deficit to 38-33 at the break.
And Nikola Lepojevic trimmed the margin to 38-35 with the first basket of the second half. But Wright, Vucurovic and Djogo all knocked down long balls taking the Bosnians ahead 54-39. The lead grew to 18 points and Partizan led 66-49 going into the fourth.
A Lepojevic three-point play pulled Khimik to within 70-58, but Subara converted a three-point play and then hit a long ball, which was followed by a trey from Vucurovic and the advantage swelled to 21 points - 85-64. And another three-ball by Vucurovic made it 94-71.