“Lokomotiv-Kuban” in a serious match of еру VTB United League championships gained a victory over UNICS from Kazan with a score of 83:77.
The teams started the match very smoothly and for almost the entire first quarter couldn’t keep their hands off each other in score. In “Loko”, according to tradition, all players showed themselves, but most of all Ian Vougioukas, who became a real x-factor for the “red-greens” in the start-up period. He scored 21 points in the match. 25:19 after the first ten minutes.
The second quarter was equal. Shoots of Vougioukas and his partners returned the lead to “Lokomotiv”, but citizens of Kazan still got the role of leader before the big break – 45:43.
In the third ten minutes teams played equally again. After a spurt of Krasnodar 5:0 guests equalized the score – including 3-points shoot made by Coty Clarke. The players of Krasnodar region returned the duty with a 7-point run. Evgeny Pashutin immediately took a timeout, but before the end of the quarter the score remained the same – 63:59 in favor of the players of Sasha Obradovic.
At the start of the last quarter Rochesti and Vougioukas ensured their team a 9-points lead, and then “Loko” “struck” a 10-point handicap. Then UNICS reduced the gap to 7 points. Sasha Obradovic took a timeout, after which opponents continued to increase a gap. 4 minutes before the end of basic time a match advantage “Loko” has decreased to 2 points, but the shoots of Vougioukas and Matt Janning took the pressure off. Final score – 83:77 in favor of “Loko”.