Sumykhimprom Fail To Derail Lokomotiv

16 December 2008

Lokomotiv Rostov tasted victory for the third time in four Group C games of the EuroChallenge on Tuesday with an 89-84 success at BC Sumykhimprom.

The Russia national team's 'White Tiger', Nikita Morgunov, drilled a shot from behind the arc with 4:04 to play in the third quarter to put Lokomomtiv Rostov in front at 57-55 and they led for the remainder of the contest.

Lokomotiv actually trailed 55-50 with 6:00 to play in the period after Vadym Matyukevych's two free throws for Sumykhimprom (1-3).

The visitors answered with 13 consecutive points, including Morgunov's go-ahead three-ball.

A pair of Matyukevych baskets finished off a 7-0 spurt to pull the Ukrainian team to within 66-64 with 8:26 to go in the game.

Fred House knocked down a three-pointer to start an 8-0 run for Lokomotiv, though, as they pulled away for good.

One reason Sumykhimprom kept the game close was their excellent 23 of 26 (88.4%) effort from the free throw line, with Lokomotiv just 14 of 21 (66.6%).

The Ukrainian team also out-rebounded Rostov 35-31.

Lokomotiv, however, made nine of 25 shots from long range compared to just five of 17 for Sumykhimprom.

House was five of 10 from the arc and finished with a game-high 26 points.

Brian Greene had with 20 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.



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