Playoffs Game 5: Lokomotiv makes history!
In the final Turkish Airlines Euroleague game before the Final Four, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar had the last big run in a game that saw multiple big ones from both sides to defeat FC Barcelona Lassa square in Game 5 and reach the Final four for the first time. Lokomotiv will travel to Berlin to join CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce Istanbul and Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz, each of whom swept their series last week.
Playoff D: Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 3-2 FC Barcelona Lassa
Chris Singleton saved his best for a big moment and come through when it matters as Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar knocked out FC Barcelona Lassa 81-67 to claim a spot at the 2016 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Berlin. Singleton posted his first Euroleague double-double to lift Lokomotiv to a 3-2 win in the best-of-five playoffs series. Not only that, the big man did much off his damage late; he scored the go-ahead basket on the second of back-to-back three-pointers early in the fourth quarter and strung together 11 unanswered points before assisting on a Matt Janning triple that capped a 14-0 run from which Barcelona never recovered. The Lokomotiv defense held the visitors to just 5 fourth-quarter points in pulling away for the historic win. The momentum had been in Barcelona’s favor after it erased an 11-point halftime deficit and led by 5 early in the fourth, but struggled the rest of the way. Malcolm Delaney tallied 17 points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting plus 6 assists as the team made 13 of 25 triples (52%). And Singleton posted 16 points and 12 rebounds. Stratos Perperoglou paced the Barcelona attack with 13 points and Juan Carlos Navarro added 12.