The first quarter was pretty tight with 4 out of 7 three pointers from the guests forced Loko to use their close shots which came out to be 9 out of 14 with perfect free throws execution. The quarter ended with a 2 point margin in favour of the hosts.
Jamel McLean scored 6 points in the beginning of the second quarter and helped his team get their first significant breakaway. Alexandr Scherbenev became the first player born in the 21 century to play for Loko in Eurocup. Vlada Jovanovic later at the post-game press conference mentioned him and other club’s younger players by calling them “the future of Loko”.
The second half started competitively with a 14:14 draw by the end of the third quarter. Dmitry Khvostov scored half of his team’s points.
The last period was the finest hour for Dorell Wright. The American star had Arka’s players stumbling with an unbelievable 19 points in only 5 minutes. Vladimir Ivlev scored his first triple in his Krasnodar era and pushed the margin to an absurd level — a gap of 24 points with 96:72 on the scoreboard in the first game with Vlada Jovanovic in charge of Lokomotiv Kuban.
On Sunday, November, 11th, Loko will host the reigning champions of the VTB United league CSKA from Moscow. Tip-off at 17:30.