Lokomotiv Rostov gave themselves a chance of reaching the EuroCup Quarter-Final Round with an 84-64 mauling of Cholet on Tuesday.
The Russian outfit improved to 2-3 with the triumph, and go into their last Group D game with Khimik (3-2) needing to win to have a chance of advancing.
|Claude Marquis led Cholet with 13 points.|
Lokomotiv, playing before their own fans in Rostov, scored the first five points of the game but Cholet reacted and led 20-19 going into the second quarter.
With the French team ahead at 28-27 after 15 minutes were played, Lokomotiv went on an 11-0 run.
Sergey Vorotnikov and Thomas Gardner scored four points apiece in that surge as the home side built a 38-28 lead.
Cholet cut the deficit to 46-42 with seven minutes to go in the third quarter but that is as close as they got.
Rostov pressed the accelerator and never looked back.
Lokomotiv took command of the boards, out-rebounding their opponents 37-19.
French center Claude Marquis and French guard Steed Tchicamboud had 13 points apiece in defeat.
Cholet's hopes of progressing to the next round have vanished as they are now 1-4.
Milan Minic, BC Lokomotiv-Rostov head coach:
we played very well today in offence rebounds. It means that we managed to break the fast breaks of Cholet. I think Cholet is one of the best teams in the French Championship in fast breaks. Moreover BC Cholet scored twice more in the third and forth quarters. I want to say thanks to all players of Lokomotiv and of course thanks a lot to BC Barons who won the game with Khimik. They gave us a chance to make it to the next round.
Sergey Vorotnikov, BC Lokomotiv-Rostov:
This game was very productive for me. I managed to score with three-point shots. All our team played well on defense.