After wins over Avtodor, UNICS, and VEF, our team continues rivalry for the third place in the standings of the regular championship. To enter the Top-3 of playoffs, Loko needs Khimki to lose at least one of two away games – either in Astana or in Krasnoyarsk. At the same time, Lokomotiv should win three games in a row, including the Saturday’s game against Kalev.
In the first stage of the championship, Loko dominated Kalev in Estonia – 95:64. Since that time, Kalev had let its leader Demonte Harper go to Zenit and signed the leader of Tsmoki Minsk Vitali Liutych. Now the Estonian team takes the 11th place in the standings of the VTB United League.
Belarusian forward Vitali Liutych took the leading function from the very appearance in the team. He averages 14.4 points in games of the United League. Branko Mirkovic averages 7.2 assists, and he is the top assister of Kalev. Kalev’s top rebounder is Mickell Gladness (6.5). Sten Sokk is the top stealer of the Estonian team – 0.9
As for Lokomotiv, despite the absence of Mardy Collins, no changes are taking place in our statistics. Collins is still the top assister (4.4) and top stealer (1.1) of the team. Kevin Jones averages 13.4 points in games of the VTB United League, and he is the top scorer of Loko.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- We should treat the game seriously, especially considering the fact that we have had no time for a preparation. Kalev is dangerous, but we don’t want to lose points, especially in front of our fans. Loko should play maximally aggressively on both ends of the court to leave the rival no chances for a win.
Ian Vougioukas, Center of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- We gained three wins in previous three games. But we shouldn’t rest of our laurels. The current goal is to take as highest place in the standings as possible. And so we need three more wins in the left games. We will do our best to show nice basketball to our fans and succeed.