Dynamo Moscow Region scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back on Tuesday, capturing a convincing 90-68 victory over winless BCM Gravelines Dunkerque in Group H of the EuroCup.
Six Dynamo players scored in double figures, and Igor Zamansky added a team-high nine rebounds as the Russians were never threatened in front of their home fans. Tanel Tein was the only player not to score for the hosts.
|Samuel Hoskin |
Gravelines suffered their fourth straight loss and will play the final two games for pride.
After taking part in two overtime games already in the EuroCup, Dynamo came out with their guns blazing. Samuel Hoskin scored eight points as they opened the contest on a 16-2 run.
Paulauskas' squad extended the lead to 27-8 with a minute remaining in the first quarter before ending the period with the score 28-12.
The Russians scored the first four points of the second period to push the lead to 32-12.
Gravelines were able to score two straight baskets, cutting the margin to 16, but Moscow Region pulled away, going into the break with a 47-26 advantage.
Tyson Wheeler drained a three-pointer out of the locker room, and the French side trimmed the deficit back down to 17 at 49-32 with eight minutes left.
But Dynamo answered with a 21-4 run, with Zamansky and Stevin Smith each scoring seven in the spurt - to go ahead 70-36 with 3:44 left in the third.
The French team was able to close the gap to 75-41 after three. But in the fourth, Gravelines were unable to mount a comeback despite Paulauskas clearing his bench.
Hoskin, Valeriy Dayneko, Audrius Giedraitis and Smith all tallied 12 points while Zamansky scored 11 and Dusan Bocevski 10 points as Moscow Region shot 68% from inside the three-point arc.
They also out-rebounded Gravelines 42-31.
Saulius Kuzminskas led the French with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Wheeler scored 12.
Loic Akono added 11 points and Dainius Adomaitis 10 points for Gravelines, who shot just 33% from the field.