Nestoras Kommatos was signed by Lokomotiv Rostov late in the summer for his talent and experience.
Both qualities came to the fore in their 87-69 triumph over BC Strumica on Tuesday, a success that sealed a place for the Russian team in the EuroCup Qualifying Round.
BC Strumica had a season's worth of thrills in their two-legged victory over Cedevita Zagreb in the EuroCup Elimination Round 1, with Jovica Arsic's men clawing back a four-point deficit in Croatia to win by two points on aggregate.
Lokomotiv Rostov showed on Tuesday night, however, they are a different proposition.
BC Strumica battled but weren't able to knock classy Lokomotiv Rostov off the rails in their EuroCup encounter on Tuesday.
The Russian team, behind 20 points from Kresimir Loncar and 19 from Anthony Goldwire, prevailed 67-57 and now have a huge advantage in the fight for a place in the Qualifying Round with the second leg to be played in Rostov next week.
Wednesday morning was quiet in Strumica. It was the calm after the storm.
Anyone who might have ventured into Strumica in FYR Macedonia the night before would have heard a lot of noise because a classic European basketball battle took place between BC Strumica and Cedevita Zagreb.
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