Kuban Advance With Victory At Dynamo

14.12.2010

EuroChallenge

11. Michael Wilkinson (Lokomotiv Kuban)
Michael Wilkinson had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win

Lokomotiv Kuban won for the fourth time in the EuroChallenge and sealed a place in the Last 16 with a 78-67 triumph at Enterprise BC Dynamo.

Losers in double-overtime in their opening game at Antwerp and then narrow one-point winners over Dynamo, Lokomotiv Kuban now look as if they could be one of the best teams in the competition.

Mike Wilkinson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Lokomotiv (4-1).

The hero of the first game when he sank a perfect nine of nine shots at the charity stripe, including two free-throws in the waning seconds, Wilkinson this time made just three of six but it didn't cost his side.

Tuesday's contest was knotted at 11-11 when Wilkinson passed to Alexey Surovtsev and he buried a jump shot inside the arc.

Alando Tucker and Wilkinson then each split a pair of free-throws for a four-point Lokomotiv lead.

Alexey Zhukanenko's three-ball reduced the arrears to 20-18 early in the second quarter but Lokomotiv kept their noses in front as Wilkinson replied with a jumper and then Maxim Grigoryev struck with a three-ball.

Dynamo (1-4) stayed within striking distance until midway through the last quarter when four straight points extended the Lokomotiv lead to 68-55.

Kestutis Kemzura's men claimed the win that assured their progression and eliminated Dynamo from contention for a place in the next round.

Nikita Shabalkin had 21 points, Evgeny Voronov 19 and Zhukanenko 17 in defeat.


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