Date: February 17, 2013 The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Partizan's (13-8) road loss to second ranked Zvezda (15-6) in Beograd 76-84 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 47-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zvezda made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Partizan was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Zvezda players scored in double figures. Latvian Davis Bertans (203-92) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and French guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points and 6 assists in the effort for Partizan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zvezda. They maintain second place with 15-6 record behind leader Igokea. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third position with eight games lost. Zvezda will face Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Partizan will play at home against Un.Olimpija (#7) in Ljubljana. Top scorers: Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 20+5reb+6ast, R.Katic 20+5reb+2ast, B.Savovic 15+8reb+1ast, B.Subotic 12+5reb+1ast, P.Samardziski 6+1reb+2ast, D.Nelson 6+3reb+3ast Partizan: D.Bertans 23+5reb+1ast, B.Bogdanovic 13+3reb, L.Westermann 10+2reb+6ast, D.Milosavljevic 8+3reb+1ast, J.Lauvergne 6+6reb+1ast, V.Lucic 4+3reb+1ast
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