|Julian Wright had an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double for Krasnye Krylia in victory|
Krasnye Krylia took a big step towards the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with a comfortable 84-75 win at home over CSM Oradea.
Anton Ponkrashov and Bracey Wright both scored 19 points while Julian Wright collected 18 points and 13 rebounds for Krasnye Krylia, who improved to 3-2 in Group B.
Aaron Miles added eight points, seven assists and five rebounds. Oradea dropped to 2-3 despite 22 points from Titus Nicoara, 16 from Sean Denison and 15 from Vujadin Subotic.
Denison helped Oradea to a 4-2 lead and the last time the guests led was 6-5. Krasnye Krylia went on a 9-2 run to move ahead 14-8. The margin continued to grow to 25-15. The hosts were ahead 27-17 after one quarter.
Oradea got the game to within 27-23 only to see Samara go on a 14-3 surge for a 41-26 advantage. The cushion then grew to 21 points, 58-37 at intermission.
Oradea tried to get back into the game, cutting the gap to 12 in the third quarter, which ended with Samara up 74-58. Nicoara and Denison got the guests down to 82-74 with two minutes left in the game but Bracey Wright hit again to secure the win.
Krasnye Krylia Head Coach Sergey Bazarevich
"We played excellent basketball at moments. 23 assists and 7 turnovers - these are indicators of great teamwork. But due to weariness in the second half we had some incorrect decisions taken. When fatigue accumulates, you should play smarter. I am glad with this win, which, I hope will get us to the Last 16."
Krasnye Krylia Player Aaron Miles
"We had a big lead today, but then we gave it away, and allowed our opponent to get close. Why this happened? This is basketball, a game of runs, and everybody can make mistakes."
Oradea Head Coach Cristian Achim
"We started the game in an unusual way for us, at a lower level than our regular one. We started playing better only in the second half. I would like to congratulate Krasnye Krylia, which is a great team, for the win. For us it is a first season in the EuroChallenge, so our main goal is to show a good game."
Oradea Player Vujadin Subotic
"We blew the first half. We started playing better after halftime. But against such strong teams, we have to do well for the whole match. This experience will be useful for us in our domestic league, where we will also face good teams. We will watch the video and figure out our mistakes."