Brian Qvale was first to score in Loko’s 2017/2018 season. Our team didn’t try to shoot from downtown but loaded its American center under the rim. Kalev did their best to maintain its leadership in the first half of the quarter due to Mirkovic’s threes. But Krasnodar changed the situation after Babb’s appearance on the court. Chris shot 3Ps accurately and went inside the paint. Loko got a 12-advantage by the end of the first period.
In the second quarter, Mirkovic continued shooting threes and got 14 of 21 Kalev’s points by the mid of the period. As for Loko, our team had no dominated scorer but went on increasing its advantage. There was a 10-point gap between the teams by the second half of the game.
Loko started the third quarter with a burst 10:0 and broke Kalev’s dreams about comeback. The Estonians tried to avoid a 20-point lag but the quarter ended 45:65.
In the fourth quarter Loko’s advantage grew to 30 points due to Trevor Lacey who got 10 points in the last period. As a result of the game, Lokomotiv converted the advantage to a win 88:62.
The top scorer of our team was Brian Qvale. He got 17 points and 4 rebounds. Chris Babb added 16 points to Loko’s success.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- It’s a good win for us. You don’t know what to expect from a game, rivals, and your players at a start of the season. However, today we dominated in rebounds and found easy shots. It was a real team win.