2019-20Regular SeasonRound 9
December 11, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL

Lokomotiv edges Partizan in Pashutin's return

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar captured a hard-fought 83-76 win over visiting Partizan NIS Belgrade on Wednesday night to keep its chances to progress to the Top 16 in its own hands. Lokomotiv improved to 4-5 in Group B and will play a do-or-die game on the road against Tofas Bursa in Round 10. Meanwhile, Partizan dropped to 6-3 and is locked into second place in the group. Lokomotiv was ahead for the majority of the game, and took the lead for good at the end of the third quarter. Partizan remained close until the very end, but Lokomotiv stepped up defensively in the final quarter to pull out an important victory. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led the hosts with 17 points, Will Cummings had 16 points and 4 steals, Dmitry Kulagin netted 15 points and Johnny O'Bryant scored 10 in the winning effort. Stefan Bircevic shined for Partizan with 17 points on 5-for-7 three-point shooting, Nemanja Gordic and Corey Walden scored 12 apiece, and Nikola Jankovic scored 10 for Partizan.

Lokomotiv scored the first 7 points with O'Bryant knocking down a triple. Then Sam Dekker added 6 points, including a three-pointer of his own, to help build a 16-4 cushion. Partizan replied with 3 consecutive triples - 2 from Bircevic and 1 from Gordic, but Cummings answered with back-to-back threes to restore double-digit margin, 26-15. Gordic scored twice late in the first quarter and Walden's three early in the second made it 29-23. Fastbreak layups from Rade Zagorac and Walden got Partizan within 35-30. Late in the second quarter, Mantas Kalnietis and Kulagin hit threes for the hosts, but Marcus Paige knocked one in from downtown for Partizan and Gordic beat the halftime buzzer with a triple to make it 45-40 at the break. Partizan needed just 70 seconds in the third quarter to tie the game; Thomas sank a corner triple to make it 47-47. Thomas hit from the opposite corner to give Partizan a 50-53 edge before Kuzminskas and Cumming restored a slim margin for the hosts. Kuzminskas and Cummings continued to score baskets for Lokomotiv, but Bircevic nailed a pair of triples for the visitors to make it 61-61. Lokomotiv entered the fourth quarter with a 1-point lead and Kulagin's three-pointer that made it 70-66 was the only basket in the opening 3 minutes of the fourth quarter. Cummings had a fastbreak layup to extend the margin to 6 points and after Bircevic hit a triple on one end, Kuzminskas connected in the same manner on the other to make it 79-73. Gordic scored in traffic to give Partizan hope, but Alan Williams answered inside and the hosts prevailed.

Win or go home

The win put Lokomotiv's record at 4-5, setting up a do-or-die game against Tofas Bursa (4-5) in Round 10, with the winner going to the Top 16 and the other team eliminated. Meanwhile, Partizan now knows it will finish in second in Group B.

Loko defense wins it

The two teams were efficient offensively until the final quarter when the hosts stepped up defensively and allowed only 10 points in the last 10 minutes of the game. Lokomotiv forced 21 turnovers in the game, including 7 in the fourth quarter.

Pashutin returns

Evgeny Pashutin, the man who led Lokomotiv to the 2013 EuroCup title, returned to the team's bench with an important victory. Pashutin now has a 48-12 career record in the competition, but more importantly, kept Lokomotiv in the Top 16 hunt.

Partizan block party

When these two teams met in Round 4, Partizan set a club record with 9 blocked shots. Partizan had 7 blocks in this game, making it a total of 16 in two games against Lokomotiv this regular season.

Next up

In their regular-season finales next week, Partizan will host already eliminated Limoges CSP while Lokomotiv plays a do-or-die game on the road against Tofas Bursa.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (photo Lokomotiv) - EC19
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Referees: SHEMMESH, SEFFI; VYKLICKY, ROBERT; N/D
Attendance: 2356 (Tentative)
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DEKKER, SAM 17:20 9 2/4 1/3 2/4 2   2       1 1   2 7
3 CUMMINGS, WILL 25:13 16 6/12 1/2 1/2   2 2 3 4 1   2 2 3 15
6 MOTOVILOV, GRIGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 APIC, DRAGAN 19:58 3 1/2   1/2   2 2           1 3 5
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 30:22 5 1/5 1/3     3 3 9 2 1   1   1 12
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 11:23         1 1 2 1 2       3   2
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 WILLIAMS, ALAN 28:37 8 3/6   2/5 3 6 9 1 3 1   2 3 6 15
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 30:43 17 4/7 2/4 3/4 1 1 2 2 1     1 4 4 15
22 KULAGIN, DMITRY 18:52 15 2/5 3/3 2/2 1 4 5   1 2     1 2 17
23 DOLININ, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
97 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY 17:32 10 2/5 1/2 3/4 1 1 2     3     1 2 5
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 83 21/46 9/17 14/23 10 22 32 16 13 8 1 7 15 23 96
        45.7% 52.9% 60.9%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Partizan NIS Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 WALDEN, TORRIAN 20:32 12 3/6 1/1 3/3   2 2 3 1 3     1 2 13
3 ZAGORAC, RADE 22:10 4 2/4 0/2     3 3 2 1 1     3 3 5
5 PAIGE, MARCUS 23:48 6 0/1 1/5 3/3 1 1 2     1     2 1 1
7 GORDIC, NEMANJA 20:42 12 3/5 2/5 0/1 3 2 5 4   7     1 2 9
11 MILETIC, DUSAN 4:14                   1 1   2   -2
14 BIRCEVIC, STEFAN 22:37 17 1/1 5/7     3 3 1   1 2   1   19
15 REDDING, REGGIE 27:45 4 2/4 0/5   2 2 4 6 2 2     3 1 5
21 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA 17:23 10 3/6 0/1 4/4 2 3 5 1 2   2 1 2 4 17
25 THOMAS, RASHAWN 14:14 7 0/1 2/3 1/2 1 5 6     4 1   4 2 5
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 2:47                         1   -1
32 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS 2:22                         1   -1
42 MOSLEY , WILLIAM 21:26 4 2/3     2 3 5       1   2   7
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 76 16/31 11/29 11/13 12 26 38 17 6 21 7 1 23 15 79
        51.6% 37.9% 84.6%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It was a tough game and guys gave their heart and fought hard until the end. They sacrificed for each other defensively and tried to contest shots. I think we played with heart today; that is the most important thing. The team made a union, got and played together. And thank you to the fans, this atmosphere forced us to play excellent. We made one step to the Top 16, but have an important game on the road where we have to prepare well. We have to give the same energy, same physicality and play smart offensively."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Congratulations to Lokomotiv. The story of the game is very simple. We had a bad first quarter, then we adjusted. We played an extremely solid game, we had an opportunity to win the game, but when you have 21 turnovers on the road against this kind of quality team, you don't have a chance to win. Basketball is a game of mistakes. We made mistakes, Lokomotiv made mistakes, but in the second, third and fourth quarters we played the game we wanted. We controlled them pretty well on defense. We had problems rebounding in the first half, we solved them and allowed only 1 offensive rebound in the second half. But even when you play defense and you turn the ball over 21 times, there is no chance. That is the key of the game."

Players

KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"The positive thing is that we won this game, but I think we still have a lot of potential, which I don't think we showed in this game. We had too many ups and downs. We have to work on that and get ready for the next game. There is no time to celebrate because we need to win one more game."
BIRCEVIC, STEFAN
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"I think we played a solid game, but this a great team, maybe one of the best in this competition. They put a lot of energy in this game. I think this is because they changed the coach and I think that is a normal reaction. We had a chance to win the game, but in the last 2 minutes, we did not have luck and lost it."
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