|Aaron Miles had 14 points for Krasnye Krylia, who are one step away from reaching the Quarter-Finals of the Russian Cup |
Krasnye Krylia have a firm grip on their Russian Cup Eight-Final tie with Sparta&K Vidnoje after pulling away in the fourth quarter for an 89-65 first-leg triumph.
Nikita Balashov led a balanced Red Wings attack with 20 points and he also corralled nine rebounds.
Serguei Bazarevitch's side put one foot in the next round of the competition with a dominating display in the last frame when they outscored their hosts, 31-13.
"We had talked a lot about the need of taking responsibility and wanted to use 10 to 12 players in the game," Bazarevitch said.
"However, we allowed the hosts to stay in the game for a long time and as a consequence had to use a very limited rotation.
"All that changed only in the fourth quarter, when we finally started to pick up our defensive play and this brought us to the desired result."
The return leg will be played 23 October.
Krasnye Krylia are in the EuroChallenge and will open their campaign at home to Keravnos on 7 November.
Shuler Lost For Season
SLUC Nancy's worst fears have been realized with high-scoring shooting guard Jamal Shuler having been lost for the season to a knee injury.
Shuler, 26, only played six minutes on Monday night in the team's French league opener against Le Mans before getting hurt and after the defeat, coach Jean-Luc Monschau expressed the opinion that his American star's injury was very serious.
Medical examinations have shown that he tore his cruciate cross ligament and will be out of action for between six to eight months.
Shuler has received numerous messages of support on his Twitter account, @jama1shu1er.
He tweeted: "I'm humbled and blessed to receive the love and support from ppl I look up 2 and ppl I know personally even ppl I don't know...God is great."
Nancy will now go into the EuroChallenge season without a player who averaged 13.9 points per game last season.
Jean-Luc Monschau's men will open their European account at Apollon on 6 November.
They will host fellow Frenchmen Gravelines-Dunkerque the following week and then face BC Minsk-2006 in Belarus.
|Södertälje's Tobias Borg had 13 points in the loss against Solna (photo: Ted Lindholm)|
Södertalje Fly High, Then Fall
Södertalje gained a small measure of revenge against Norrköping, the side that won their Swedish league finals showdown last season, by edging them in the opening round of the new campaign.
In the battle of EuroChallenge sides, Södertalje prevailed, 70-67.
Pat Burke's side had no answer for Toni Bizaca, who erupted for 30 points in the victory for Södertalje.
Bizaca drilled four of his eight shots from long range and was 10 of 17 from the floor overall.
Their celebrations were short lived, though, because Solna beat pre-season favorites Södertalje in the second round, 75-70.
The result did not go down well with the captain of the losing side, Adnan Chuk.
"We have to come back down to earth and not float in the clouds and believe that we are so good, just because we have been handed the favorites tag," he said.
"It's not enough to behave like prima donnas and only work for six to seven minutes at a time.
"Our game is based on us being warriors from the first to the last minute.
"The league has become just too good to be able to believe that you can bring home some easy victories."
Bizaca had 22 points in defeat.