Loko started the road game against CSKA from Babb’s two-pointer. Antonov responded with the same shot. Khvostov and Antipov’s threes created an advantage for Krasnodar and made Itoudis take timeout. CSKA shot four free throws but failed to attempt successfully any of them. Kurbanov and Higgins’ threes let CSKA catch up Loko. Kulagin scored two, but Vorontsevich shot two free throws. In the last possession of the quarter, Mardy Collins missed three, the hosts tried to make a fast run, but Kulagin blocked De Colo – 19:18.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Dima Kulagin shot and-one. Pavel Antipov got three free throws and shot them all – 18:25 in favor of Loko. CSKA managed to score first points only after three minutes of the period. Higgins made and-one. Collins scored finally. Broekhoff and De Colo shot three each. At the end of the quarter, Evgeny Baburin appeared on the court and thus, all our listed players got their playing minutes. Collins scored 4 and Vitaly Fridzon made three-point buzzer – 41:37 – Loko’s the leader after the first half.
The teams started effectively the third period – 5:4 in favor of CSKA after two minutes of the quarter. Clyburn added a free throw. Broekhoff returned a 5-point advantage to Loko. Elegar dunked – 58:51 and Itoudis took a timeout. After that, Clyburn attempted several shots successfully. Kulagin tried to respond him. 62:57 in favor of Loko ahead of the final quarter.
In the fourth period, Loko got a double-digit advantage for the first time in the game (67:57) due to Babb’s shot. In the mid of the quarter, Khvostov shot from downtown and improved Loko’s lead. Three minutes to the end of the game, the score was 72:80 in favor of Lokomotiv. Kulagin shot two free throws – 77:87. Broekhoff shot three and Loko had a 13-point lead. Lokomotiv Kuban became the first team which beat CSKA this season in the VTB United League – 90:79.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- Congrats to the whole team. A big win against big opponent. We kept fighting till the end from the first minute with big character in each possession. We found a way to win a game and very happy. Kulagin is always motivated. I think he didn’t have a good chance until now. Now he has a good chance and he is using it in the best possible way. At first in the national team, now here with us and we are happy having him.