Lokomotiv started the game with a 6-point burst, but two 3-pointers by Compazzo and Antelo evened the situation. Spaniards breathed easily and shot four 3-pointers at a run! In Loko, only Rochestie managed to score from downtown – 16:19.
Loko won the second period 11:9, but still Murcia was the leader after the first half – 27:29.
In the third quarter, Janning tied the score in the first offense. Khvostov made nice shots as well; and by the mid of the period, Loko had a 6-point advantage due to Jones’s efforts. In the end of the quarter, Andrey Zubkov, the captain of the team, pleased Basket Hall with his first points in the game – he scored 3.
Ahead of the fourth quarter, an advantage of Loko was 14 points. Denis Zakharov made a fantastic dunk. But UCAM Murcia didn’t want to give up. 2:30 minutes before the end of the game, our advantage reduced to 5 points. Compazzo’s 3-pointers helped Murcia so much.
However, the guests failed to turn them into something dangerous. Baburin, Ivlev, and Zubkov set the final score in the game – 70:60.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- We played too fast in the first half, but I’m very proud of my players, who managed to find a way to play different in the second. Our defense made the difference, especially in the third quarter. It was a surprise for us when they scored 6 three pointers in the beginning, but we managed to overcome it, too.
Oscar Quintana, Head Coach of UCAM Murcia:
- We played a good first quarter, but in the next two quarters, we lost energy, balance, defense and rebounds. We had a bad shot selection, with no patience looking for mismatches. We took a lot of bad shots at the end of possessions. With 5:50 left, we managed to play better defense and be ourselves, more intense and active, trying to run. We tried to return to the game, but had no error margin and the best team tonight, Lokomotiv, won. Lokomotiv is the favorite in our group, as it is playing much better since Sasa [Obradovic] joined the team. All other three teams know each other very well and every game will be very important.