Lokomotiv Kuban vs. PARMA. Russian Cup. Preview

On December 29th, Lokomotiv Kuban holds its last game in 2017. Our team plays against PARMA in Basket Hall within the quarterfinal of the Russian Cup. In the first game, Loko defeated the Perm team with a 5-point advantage. To get to the Final Four, our team needs to hold on PARMA’s rush. And Perm will be satisfied only with a win.

The Take

In Perm, Loko and PARMA didn’t show great scoring results but made a lot of mistakes. Last week, the Perm team didn’t play in official games preparing for the game in Krasnodar where it has to win 5 points back. 

Lokomotiv received an interesting schedule at the end of the year. Russian players flew from Bilbao to Perm and then to Krasnodar to win the 10th game in EuroCup. It was quite impressive. 

Pavel Antipov and Dmitry Kulagin were the main heroes of the win in Perm. Dima got 15 points, 7 assists, 8 fouls on him. Antipov added 8 points and 11 rebounds. 

In the game against Partizan on Wednesday, both spent more than 20 minutes on the court. Kulagin made 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists (22 PIR). Antipov got 21 points, 3 steals, 19 PIR. 

After the game in Perm, Nikolajs Mazurs said that Ukhov got tired after 37 minutes on the court and failed to compensate it with an experience. The second scorer of the game had to play almost 40 minutes to get 12 points. At the same time, Ivan made 4 assists and 2 steals. Nikolai Zhmako spent 2 seconds less than Ukhov on the court and got 13 points and 8 rebounds. 

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