In a match-up of 2 leaders in Group D, it was Dynamo Moscow who asserted their authority in the group, defeating Strauss Iscar Nahariya 60:72, in Israel.
The game was in fact never close and after going on a 12:2 lead to open the game, Dynamo's victory never looked in doubt.
The Russians showed their versatility at both ends of the floor. They hit five consecutive 3-pointers in the 1st quarter to hold their lead. Later in the game, they clamped down on defense and held Nahariya to just 5 points in the 3rd quarter.
Dynamo's 11-point halftime lead ballooned to 24 at the end of the 3rd quarter, by which time Nahariya's chances of winning were over.
The home team outscored Dynamo 28:16 in the 4th to make the score respectable, but Moscow were never troubled as they held on for victory.
Dynamo guard Julius Jefferson was named MVP of the game for his versatile peformance. He scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Bosnian national team player Haris Mujezinovic top scored for Dynamo with 19 points.
Erez Markovich led Nahariya in scoring with 15 points.
Avi Ashkenzi, Head Coach, Strauss Iscar Nahariya:
"The game was a tough one and our defensive work was weak. We will have to work on
it and pull ourselves together.”
Erez Marckovich, Strauss Iscar Naharjya:
"We didn't play well and lost too many balls. The score proves it. We have to work on these things and improve ourselves for the next game".