For the second consecutive game, Lokomotiv held UNICS below 40% from the field, largely neutralizing Keith Langford and Anton Ponkrashov. The result? A momentum-shifting win on the road that puts Krasnodar in the driver’s seat, 2-1, in the best-of-five series.
Taylor Rochestie led Krasnodar’s offense once again, scoring 21 points on 7-13 shooting. Matt Janning added 18, going 4-5 from downtown.
Up five points entering the 4th quarter, Lokomotiv limited the home team to 15 points on 4-14 shooting down the stretch to secure the win.
Game 4 is scheduled for Friday in Kazan. Loko can advance to play CSKA in the semifinals with a win, while UNICS hopes to force Game 5 in Krasnodar.
36-14 – Lokomotiv outscored UNICS by 22 points in the paint. Kazan needs to solve Krasnodar’s interior defense to stay alive in the series.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
– I think we deserved to win because we preserved the atmosphere and attitude that we got from Game 2 in Krasnodar. I liked how the guys played on offense and that they stopped the opposition. Of course, we would like to end the series here in Kazan. We’ll see how it goes for us.