Four three-pointers in a row stroke our team’s rim in the first quarter. Loko responded with shots under the rim by Ian Vougioukas and Kevin Jones. Ryan Broekhoff managed to score 7 points in the first period. Blums’ three throws and Antrops’ 3P made Sasa Obradovic take a timeout. After that, Loko made a burst 9:5, but still the result of the period was 27:23 in favor of the hosts.
In the second quarter, VEF continued accurately throwing threes, and by the mid of the period, Riga’s advantage was 10 points. Loko took a timeout and made a burst 7:2, due to Taylor Rochestie and Kevin Jones. The gap reduced to 5 points, and then VEF had to take a timeout. 44:40 in favor of VEF – the result of the first half.
The second half started with a 10-point burst of Lokomotiv, which was interrupted by Blums’ three-pointer after 3.5 minutes of the period. Janis Blums shot another three and tied the score. Obradovic took a timeout, and Lokomotiv won the next five-minute part of the quarter. Dmitry Khvostov’s distant shot increased our advantage to 9 points. Rochestie ended the quarter with 58:69 in favor of Loko.
Riga tried to reduce the gap in the fourth period, but Loko prevented them from that. 69:80 – Lokomotiv Kuban won the away game in Riga.
Loko's top scorers of the game were Taylor Rochestie and Ryan Broekhoff who got 18 points each. Ryan also took 8 rebounds. Ian Vougioukas gained 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- Today the rival has prepared a few surprises for us: I mean some combinations and the zone defense which stopped us at the very beginning. Then we stared to play more aggressively and coped with the zone defense. Congratulations to the team with a hard win. We continue fighting for the third place in the standings.