Samara Fall But Advance


CSK-VVS Samara didn't win on Tuesday against KK Zagreb but they did more than enough to book a place in the EuroChallenge.

KK Zagreb prevailed 76-69 in Croatia, but Samara won the Qualifying Round 2 tie by 13 points on aggregate.

The visitors from Russia, 80-60 winners in the opening leg, pressed home the overall advantage by outscoring their opponents 26-18 in the first quarter.

They were on top at 20-18 when Marque Perry, who had a game-high 27 points, drilled a three to spark an 8-0 run to close the opening period.

They were still in front 43-38 at half-time of Tuesday's game - a 25-point lead on aggregate - and were able to cruise the rest of the way.

Great Britain international Andrew Sullivan weighed in with 12 and 11 rebounds for Samara, a team coached by former Russia international Valeriy Tikhonenko.

Center Ante Tomic, Zagreb's best known player, did not play for Zagreb who were led by Jakov Vladovic's 23 points and Krunoslav Simon's 22.

Samara, who turned the ball over 24 times, out-rebounded Zagreb 35-28.


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