Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar will look to remain undefeated in Round 5 when it visits Partizan NIS Belgrade in Group C. This will be the first time that the teams meet in official competition. The hosts just have a single win (1-3) and will look to add another as soon as possible, while Loko (4-0) is in a privileged position to start thinking about securing a Top 16 berth.
Coming into the game, Partizan averages almost 3 points more per game than the visitors, but it also has the worst defense in the league allowing 96.5 points per game, while Loko is tied for third-best defense with 72.7.
Nigel Williams-Goss (18.5 ppg. and 6.3 apg.) leads the pack of youngsters at Partizan with the help of Patrick Miller (17.3 ppg.) and Vanja Marinkovic (11.8 ppg.).
The visitors have a leader in Joe Ragland (17.5 ppg. and 5.3 apg.), helped by Chris Babb (14.7 ppg.) and Frank Elegar (11.7 ppg. and 7.7 rpg.).<
Partizan has a tough cookie to crack in this game, but it will count on the support of a true sixth man, Aleksandar Nikolic Hall and its fans, and the best two-point shooting percentage in the league (62.3%), so anything can happen.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- Partizan is a combination of experienced players with several young prospects. That mix can be dangerous, especially when they play at home with their fans. They are very unpredictable, but that's part of the problem of having to assemble a new team form scratch each season. With time they are playing better and better and are haveing some surprising wins and losses because they are not consistent yet. We hope to come here with the level we showed in our last two games.
Brian Qvale, Center of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- It will be a tough game in front of a good crowd. I think it's very important that we get off to a good start. We need to start with good defense and be aggressive on offense.