It will be a big night for the fans of basketball in Novo mesto, as Partizan NIS will be the guests of Krka again, after a season of break, which Krka have spent in the ABA League 2.
Miha Skedelj (Photo: Krka/Drago Perko/kosarka.si)
ABA League Round 4, Saturday, 20.10.2018:
Where? Leon Štukelj Hall, Novo mesto
Story of the game: The opening game of the Saturday ABA League night will be the big one for every basketball fan in Novo mesto, as Krka will try to show their muscles against Partizan NIS and keep their Leon Štukelj Sports Hall undefeated in this season.
Partizan NIS have started the season in the ABA League furiously, with two consecutive victories, but have lost in the third round on the road in Bar. On the other side, Krka have lost on the road against last season’s finalists Budućnost VOLI and Crvena zvezda mts, but have beaten Mornar, another Playoffs team from last season, at home court. Shall they do so against Partizan NIS as well, they would have tied themselves with the black and white in the standings.
And what do the history stats tell us? In eight regional league games in Novo mesto between the two sides so far, Partizan NIS have celebrated victories seven times. Can tradition end this time?
Match-up in focus: Perhaps the most interesting match-up to watch this time around will be the one between the two excellent point guards. Both Paolo Marinelli and Marcus Paige are currently the leaders in assists on both sides, with nearly 5 assists per game averaging each. Who will explode on Saturday in this clash?
Head to head in regional league: In total 3:13; In Novo mesto 1:7.