CSK VVS Samara booked a place in their first European Final with an emphatic second half performance against Pizza Express Apollon in the 2nd leg of their EuroCup Challenge semi-final.
Trailing by 2 points at the half, meant that the Russian side were actually down by 4 on aggregate, but a tough defensive performance and an increased offensive output led to them outscoring their opponents by a total 28 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters holding Apollon to just 7 and 8 points respectively.
34 points from up-and-coming star Nikita Shabalkin (pictured) were not enough for CSK-VVS Samara to defeat Pizza Express Apollon Limassol in game one of their EuroCup Challenge semi-final.
Instead it was home side Limassol who sneaked a 77-75 victory inside the final minute and will take a two-point lead into the second game in Samara on 8th March.
CSK-VVS Samara earned a berth in the semi-finals following a 81-69 win over Mlekarna Kunin to win the best-of-two 165-133.
Nikita Shabalkin (pictured) led the way with 28 points to pace the victors.
Pizzaexpress Apollon Limassol
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Tel: + 357 (25) 57 87 00
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Georgiou Thyrotou 1, 3012 Limassol, CYP
Tel: +357 (25) 73 75 55
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