Ural Great's difficult start to the season continued tonight at home against Nahariya. Perm lost their FEL opener to German club Braunschweig and fared no better at home against Israeli outfit Nahariya.
The 2 sides met in last season's play-offs and it was Ural Great's home strength which was them took the series 2-1. This time around the home court advantage appeared to be a non-factor as Nahariya emerged with an away victory.
|Ural Great's Evgeniy Kurilov had 17 points|
Nahariya's intentions were clear from the opening tip and thanks to 12 first quarter points from Yosef Dadon, they took a 20-26 lead after 10 minutes.
Backed by 6,500 fans, Perm were always going to make Nahariya work for any advantage and they worked their way back into the game. The third quarter proved to be the decisive period and in the first five minutes, Nahariya outscored their opponents 18-5.
Ural Great had one fightback left in them and clawed their way back to a 60-61 scoreline. But an injury to Slovenian forward Jurica Golemac and several key turnovers ended their chances.
Nahariya's victory was due in no small part to forward Dadon. He played a literally perfect game, scoring 22 points on 100% shooting from the floor (9/9 including 3/3 three-pointers). He was ably assisted by Barak Peleg who chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds.