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It's another big test for Group D leader Barça Regal on Thursday evening (8.45 pm, Esport3) when they take on Partizan Belgrade in the fourth round of the Euroleague. Coach Xavi Pascual and his players are still unbeaten after three games and confirmed their great start to the competition with a victory over one of the continent’s most freely scoring teams, Besiktas Istanbul.

In contrast, the Serbian team coached by Dusko Vujosevic has conceded three defeats - though against three sides in good form, Besiktas, CSKA Moscow and Lietuvos Rytas -and is joint bottom of the group together with Brose Baskets from Germany.

The brain of Westermann and the wrist of Lucic

Partizan, one of the legendary names in European basketball, has a solid nucleus of Serbian players and is a typical Balkan team, made up of dangerous and uninhibited young players. Partizan has averaged 65.66 points in the opening three games. The main threat comes from 23-year-old Serbian forward Vladimir Lucic, who at 202 centimetres is capable of scoring from close to the basket as well as from well outside the three-point line.

The other danger man is French guard Leo Westermann, who stands at nearly 2 metres and is blessed with a superb basketball brain. Westermann is the orchestra leader, the man who links the outside game with an ability to feed the ball through to the two versatile centers, Djordje Gagic and Dejan Musli.


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