It is a decisive game. Lokomotiv has a chance to reach the 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals for the third time in five appearances in the competition, while Gran Canaria needs a win to stay alive in their best-of-three series.
Gran Canaria won 33 of its last 40 EuroCup games over the last four seasons, but Lokomotiv grabbed a 71-86 win at Gran Canaria Arena last season. Lokomotiv will trust its defense, which has led the team to 17 consecutive wins in a row, the second-longest streak in EuroCup history.
Gran Canaria’s 39.3% two-point shooting percentage was a season low for the Spanish powerhouse. Without injured shooter Marcus Eriksson, D.J. Seeley and Xavi Rabaseda combined for 19 points in Game 1, but might have to do more in front of their fans.
In Game 1, Lokomotiv got its first lead with 90 seconds left after bringing out its best defensive for the final 3 minutes. With Ryan Broekhoff sidelined, Dmitry Kulagin (20 points) and Mardy Collins (13) stepped up to lead Lokomotiv to a come-from-behind win.
Gran Canaria will need to go back to moving the ball the way it did all season – it ranks third in assists (19.7 apg.) but dished just 13 in Krasnodar. Friday’s hosts will also need to get their big men involved, as Ondrej Balvin and Anzejs Pasecniks have a size advantage against Brian Qvale and Frank Elegar.