Lokomotiv, Spartak Win But KRKA Fall

20 April 2011

Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv Kuban)
Jeremiah Massey had 20 points against BC Triumph to help bring Lokomotiv Kuban back to the top of the Russian PBL

Lokomotiv Kuban and Spartak Saint-Petersburg both won on Tuesday but KRKA Novo Mesto saw their bid to win the Adriatic League come to an end with a defeat.

All three teams will play at the EuroChallenge Final Four next week, along with hosts BC Oostende.

In Russia's PBL, Kestutis Kemzura's Lokomotiv trailed at BC Triumph 40-38 at half-time but hit back for a 90-75 victory.

FYR of Macedonia international Jeremiah Massey had 20 points and Mike Wilkinson 14 for the winners, with Lionel Chalmers and Alando Tucker contributing 11 apiece.

Valdemaras Chomicius, the Lithuanian great who is at the helm of Triumph and was on Kemzura's Lithuania national team staff at last year's FIBA World Championship, said: "We had a good, confident start, played well in the first half of the game.

"But in the third quarter, Lokomotiv made a few baskets in a row and seized the initiative."


Spartak Beat Dynamo Moscow

Spartak hit back from their disappointing performance against Khimki and won 80-70.

But just like Lokomotiv, it took a while for Zvi Sherf's team to get going.

The hosts trailed 19-14 at the end of the first quarter after a pair of free-throws by former Russia international Dmitry Domani.

12. Patrick Beverley (Spartak)
American guard Patrick Beverley led all scorers in Spartak's win over Dynamo with 26 points and turned around Zvi Sherf's mood in the process

Spartak then went on a 12-2 run at the beginning of the second quarter to take control.

Henry Domercant added two three-pointers in the run.

Nikola Dragovic hit a pair of free-throws and Patrick Beverley followed with a basket to trigger the spurt.

When it was over, Beverley had 26 points and Bosnia and Herzegovina international Domercant 20.

"It's great that we won," Spartak coach Zvi Sherf said.

"But we cannot be completely happy about it.

"In the first quarter, we couldn't keep pace and a lot didn't work for us.

"But we were able to win thanks to our psychological strength and passion.

"I'm especially pleased with how Patrick Beverley played today."

Young Russia international Dmitriy Khvostov, meanwhile, left the game with a suspected broken nose for Dynamo.

Khvostov played for David Blatt' Russia at the FIBA World Championship last year and has a chance to make his team for EuroBasket 2011.

The victory for Lokomotiv has put the Krasnodar outfit back on top of the Russian standings at 15-7 and Spartak climbed into second place at 14-8.

Spartak and Lokomotiv will meet each other when the EuroChallenge Final Four gets underway on April 29.


KRKA's Adriatic League Dream Ends

The team that takes on BC Oostende in the second Semi-Final, KRKA Novo Mesto, played in the Adriatic League Final Four on Tuesday and lost to Slovenia giants Union Olimpija.

Slovenia international Saso Ozbolt hit five of his seven shots from long range and finished with 19 points for the Ljubljana team.

Zoran Dragic scored 13 points for KRKA.


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