«Lokomotiv-Kuban» with a tough road victory in Lithuania

Pashutin team won the game against Lietkabelis in Panevezys 84-85 and remains perfect in Group A.

Hosts got the lead from the very beginning. For first two quarters they were trying to set a run, but «Lokomotiv-Kuban» always was coming back. Krasnodar team did not let the opponent to have more than a 4-point lead. Visitors were trailed 45-42 at the break.

Hosts had an advantage up to the middle of the third quarter. The score was 52-46 when «Lokomotiv-Kuban» finally started to get positive effect on the offense. Guests managed a 0-12 run over nearly 4 minutes for a 52-58 advantage. The score was 64-68 after 30 minutes.

Both teams kept enough energy and emotion to make the last quarter more intense and nervous than all the previous ones. Lietkabelis shooters kept making threes to shorten the score gap. At a 77-82 guests lead Kalaitkazis hit 4 free throws and tied the game 82-82 with 2 minutes left. But it was Stanislav Ilnitskiy who set the final score. Krasnodar captain hit a big three-pointer «Lokomotiv-Kuban» won this battle 85:82.

Need to mention that it was a big game for Darius Thompson who picked up 12 points and 11 assists for the team. Also, it was was a return of Alan Williams. He missed the game since last November when he suffered a serious knee injury.

And it was a great night for Errick McCollum. He reached a major milestone. He moved on the third place on the EuroCup’s all-time scoring list, leaving behind him Rafa Martinez. McCollum finished the night with 1,258 points. The only two players left ahead of him are Jamar Smith (1,396 points) and Bojan Dubljevic (1,445).

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