Lokomotiv-Kuban defeated Tsmoki-Minsk on the road, 87-63 (24-13, 17-25, 20-10, 26-15)
Tsmoki-Minsk: Dru Joyce (17+9 ast), Aliaksandr Semeniuk (11), Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (10)
Lokomotiv-Kuban: Matt Janning (18), Mardy Collins (16+9 reb), Andrei Zubkov (15), Kevin Jones (11+10 reb)
Leading by a point, 41-40, early in the 3rd quarter, Lokomotiv gradually extended its advantage. Andrei Zubkov scored seven of his 15 points in the period, helping turn a six-point lead into 13.
The home team never got closer than 11 in the 4th quarter, dropping to 2-4, while Loko improves to 3-2.
15-24 – Krasnodar couldn’t miss from the perimeter, pouring in 15 3-pointers, highlighted by Mardy Collins (3-3) and Matt Janning (4-6).
Lokomotiv-Kuban interim coach Vlada Jovanovic:
– This was a very tough game for us. Our head coach was fired a few days ago and we absolutely had to beat Tsmoki-Minsk. I’m really happy that my players understood the situation and had the right reaction. The team pulled down 50 rebounds, which shows that they were giving everything they had.
Tsmoki-Minsk head coach Igor Grishchuk:
– I want to apologize to the fans. We played well in the first half, but then we collapsed. I take responsibility for this loss. That’s how the game went. Lokomotiv is a strong team. If they score 56 in three quarters… The rebounding stats were 50-28. Let me repeat, this loss is on me.
Tsmoki-Minsk: November 20 at Parma
Lokomotiv-Kuban: November 20 at Avtodor