Referees: Branislav Mrdak (SRB), Nikola Lepetic (MNE), Tomislav Kovacic (SLO)
Lokomotiv Steamroll Sumykhimprom
Lokomotiv Rostov buried 17 three-pointers to thrash BC Sumykhimprom 99-72 in their Group C encounter on Tuesday in the EuroChallenge Regular Season opener for both sides.
Rostov went on a 15-0 run over a span of more than five minutes in the first quarter to lead 21-9 and they never looked back as Fred House scored 30 points.
House was a phenomenal six of seven (85.7%) from three-point range for Rostov in the game.
Seven other players for the home side made at least one shot from behind the arc.
One of them was Szymon Szewczyk. He was two of four from long range and finished with 17 points in just 14 minutes.
Rostov's biggest lead in the first half came less than a minute into the second quarter when Russia international Nikita Morgunov drilled a three for a 34-15 stranglehold on proceedings.
The advantage ballooned to 71-44 with 2:43 to go in the third quarter after Szewczyk made a jumper.
Linas Lekavicius finished with 17 points in defeat for Ukrainian outfit BC Sumykhimprom.
Rostov out-rebounded the visitors 43-32.
Quotes Lokomotiv Rostov vs. BC Sumykhimprom
Head coach of BC Lokomotiv Daniel Jusup:
"Today I can tell that I'm really satisfied with our game. The last two games we played without Collins who was our main playmaker at the beginning of the season. Now I can give more playing time to our young players, they must adopt to become our main players. It's quite difficult but today they did their job well."
BC Lokomotiv player, Valentin Kubrakov:
"We won our first game in EuroChallenge Cup. It's always very important how we begin. The schedule will be quite difficult from now on but I think we'll reach our target."
Head coach of BC Sumikhimprom Rimantas Endrijaitis:
"We took our Russian visas only on Monday and left to Rostov by bus. The team didn't have enough rest. I think it's the main reason why we lost."