|06 April 2011|
|Spartak big man Pero Antic came up with 27 points in the Saint-Petersburg outfit's first win against BC Triumph this season|
BC Oostende and Spartak Saint-Petersburg are in good form right now and that bodes well ahead of their appearances at the EuroChallenge Final Four later this month in Belgium.
Spartak, beaten in their previous Russian PBL meetings this season by BC Triumph, prevailed 91-80 in the latest clash and can now look ahead to a tough game against CSKA Moscow.
Oostende, meanwhile, travelled to Charleroi and upset the Belgian league leaders, 64-58.
Spartak coach Zvi Sherf got 27 points from F.Y.R. of Macedonia international Pero Antic in their victory.
"The most important thing is that we won, especially for the first time this season against Triumph," Sherf said.
"Today's game was very difficult, but we finally managed to achieve success."
Spartak trailed 22-17 at the end of the first quarter but took a 47-43 lead to the break.
They extended that to 71-60 with 10 minutes remaining and held on.
"The key to success lay in the ups and downs playing defense," Sherf said.
"Initially we were asleep but then reached the level needed ..."
Sherf expects his players' intensity level to go up in the next game.
"Now we're ready to play against CSKA Moscow," he said.
That contest will be on Saturday in St Petersburg.
Spartak are in fifth place at 12-7 while CSKA are second behind Lokomotiv Kuban (both 13-6).
Oostende, meanwhile, trailed entering the last quarter at Charleroi but outscored their opponents 19-11 in the fourth frame.
They ended up getting 15 points from Caleb Green with both Dusan Katnic and Matt Lojeski weighing in with 11.
Trevor Huffman also provided a spark with 10 points.
Oostende are fifth in the league standings.