|Kyle Landry's 13 points, 10 rebound double-double helped Triumph Lyubertsy to a solid opening win|
Triumph Lyubertsy overcame a slow start to open their EuroChallenge Group D campaign with a comfortable 90-74 victory over Kormend.
The visitors started the game on fire offensively and had built a 27-14 lead with 1:37 to go in the first quarter, but Triumph soon found a way to slow them down and once they had, they steadily moved in front and pulled away.
Courdon Higgins scored 20 points to lead them to victory while Milovan Rakovic added 19 with eight rebounds and Jeremy Chappell scored 18.
But it was all Kormend in the early going as Csaba Ferencz hit a three-pointer and Jeremy Fears followed it with two free throws that made it 11-4, while another long-ball from Ferencz had them 20-8 up midway through the period.
Free throws from Fears gave them a 13-point lead but Triumph finished the first period on a 5-0 run and demonstrated they had truly turned the corner with a 13-2 burst early in the second which put them 32-30 up on Rakovic's lay-up.
Kormend briefly nosed in front once more with three-pointers from Bela Sonyak and Ferencz, but after Chappell ended the first half with a jumper that put Triumph up 45-44, the lead was theirs for good.
They made certain of that by scoring the first eight points of the second half and the continuing to ease away, enjoying their biggest lead when Higgins' three made it 77-57 early in the final quarter.
Kyle Landry also reached double figures for Triumph with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Ferencz and Devon Moore finished with 18 points each for Kormend while Fears added 17.
BC Triumph Head Coach Vasily Karasev
"In the 2nd quarter we started playing good defense, working hard in defense, and that was the key moment. We've got the result. Now it's the problem for us - we don't play good defense from the very beginning, but we'll learn from it and we'll improve our game. "
BC Triumph forward Kyle Landry
"We had a very bad start today , but we worked hard and we made it. I'm still working on progress, my hand still hurts, I played with the pain, and I had to help my team today. I hope to play better and better with every game - that's the plan."
BC Kormend Head Coach Tamas Hencsey
"First of all I want to say congratulations to Triumph. We started the game well, on offense and on defense, but in the second and especially in the third quarter our offense was bad and our defense was weak. And there is a huge difference between the rebounds, and it's also very important. think that Triumph is the strongest team in our group."
BC Kormend guard Jeremy Fears
"We started pretty well, we were leading, the first quarter was really very good, but then Triumph made a come-back. The opponents played well, inside, we exprected such a game. But I think that we can play better."