2018-19Regular SeasonRound 9
December 12, 2018 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL

Lokomotiv holds off Cedevita's late charge

In a clash of Top 16-bound teams, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar registered its fourth consecutive win by holding off visiting Cedevita Zagreb 80-76 in a hard-fought game on Wednesday night. Lokomotiv improved to 8-1 and remained in sole possession of first place in Group B, while Cedevita saw its three-game winning streak snapped. The visitors dropped to 5-4 and will go into the Top 16 from third place. Mateusz Ponitka paced the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Jacob Pullen netted 21 points and Justin Cobbs had 20 for Cedevita.

The teams set up the defensive intensity from the start, with baskets far and between. Cobbs had a runner and a jumper that helped Cedevita to a 7-8 lead, but Lokomotiv finished the quarter with an 8-0 run and took control behind baskets from Ponitka and Dmitry Kulagin. A triple from Dmitry Khvostov opened a 22-12 lead early in the second quarter. Pullen scored from long range and close range for Cedevita, but Dorell Wright hit 3 consecutive triples to keep Lokomotiv at 31-19 before a three-point play from Vitaly Fridzon helped the hosts take a 38-27 advantage into halftime. Pullen nailed back-to-back three-pointers in the early going of the third quarter, but Lokomotiv found its offensive rhythm and fastbreak baskets from McLean and Ponitka opened a 50-37 margin. Cook and Cobbs helped the visitors get within 7 late in the third quarter and the score was 59-50 through 30 minutes. Ponitka and Trevor Lacey combined to score 8 points early in the fourth to reopen a 13-point advantage, but threes from Jakov Mustapic and Pullen got Cedevita within 68-62. The visitors continued their charge and a pair of jumpers from Cobbs got them within 73-71 before a fastbreak layup by Cook cut it to 74-73 going into the final minute. But Lokomotiv pulled down couple big offensive boards and McLean and Ponitka made a pair of free throws each as Lokomotiv prevailed.

Loko digs deep on defense

Cedevita entered this contest with a three-game winning streak during which it averaged 98 points per game. But Lokomotiv showcased its defense to deny Cedevita from carrying over any of that offensive momentum. The hosts held Cedevita in the first half to 1-for-11 three-point shooting and only 3 assists while forcing 5 turnovers and holding the visitors to 27 points.

Three-point tale of two halves

In that first half, Lokomotiv built a lead it never relinquished also thanks to making 5 triples on 6 attempts. Dorell Wright was 3 for 3 from long range before halftime. Cedevita made 5 of its 10 three-point attempts in the second half, which helped it rally back.

Movers and shakers

Lokomotiv’s Jamel McLean and Dorell Wright each had 11 points and 4 rebounds with McLean also dishing 4 assists. JaJuan Johnson collected 10 points plus 8 rebounds in the victory. Elgin Cook scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and also finished with 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Milestones

Lokomotiv celebrated playing its 100th game in the competition with a brief pre-game ceremony. At the tip-off, Lokomotiv’s point guard Dmitry Khvostov became only the sixth player with 80 starts in competition history, and with his 123rd appearance, Khvostov moved into third place all-time.

Next game

In the final regular season round next week, Lokomotiv will travel to face ALBA Berlin for a game in which the winner will claim first place in Group B. Cedevita will wrap up its regular season by hosting Tofas Bursa.

Jamel McLean - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (photo Lokomotiv) - EC18
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: FOUFIS, IOANNIS; KOWALSKI, MARCIN; VAN DEN BROECK, NICK
Attendance: 1853 (Tentative)
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar17212121
Cedevita Zagreb8192326
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar17385980
Cedevita Zagreb8275076
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL 25:42 11 3/4   5/6 2 2 4 4 1 2     4 4 16
3 WRIGHT, DORELL 19:44 11 1/2 3/5     4 4 1 1 1 2     2 17
5 LACEY, TREVOR 19:27 7 1/3 1/1 2/2   4 4 1 1 1     1 1 10
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 23:49 9 1/5 2/2 1/1 2 2 4 3 2 1   1 3 1 10
9 PLATONOV, ILYA 1:37                              
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 9:37 4 1/1   2/2             1   1 1 5
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 19:50 3 0/4 1/1   1 1 2 3   2     5   -3
20 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 27:19 17 4/5 1/2 6/8 5 3 8 1 1 2   1 2 6 24
21 POPOV, KIRILL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 KULAGIN, DMITRY 27:58 8 2/10 0/2 4/4 1 2 3 4   1   1 2 4 5
24 GERASIMOV, TIMOFEI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 24:57 10 4/11 0/1 2/3 3 5 8 3   1 1   1 4 15
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 80 17/45 8/14 22/26 16 25 41 20 6 12 4 3 19 23 102
        37.8% 57.1% 84.6%
Head coach: JOVANOVIC, VLADA
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 29:40 21 2/5 4/10 5/7   2 2 2     1   3 6 18
1 COBBS, JUSTIN 31:09 20 9/12 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 2 1 3     3 3 17
2 KRUSLIN, FILIP 27:30 3   1/3   1 3 4   1 2     3   1
6 KATIC, TONI 4:21   0/1                     1   -2
7 BAJO, DARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 17:00 7 2/4   3/4 1 4 5 2 1 1   1 1 5 14
13 STIPANOVIC, ANDRIJA 27:24 6 3/7   0/2 3 4 7 2   2 2 1 4 3 7
19 BOSNJAK, DOMAGOJ 12:32     0/1     1 1 2   1     1    
23 COOK, ELGIN 34:43 14 7/11 0/4   2 4 6 2 1 1   1 5 1 9
29 MUSTAPIC, JAKOV 15:41 5 1/3 1/1     2 2         1 2 1 3
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 76 24/43 6/21 10/15 10 22 32 12 4 10 3 4 23 19 70
        55.8% 28.6% 66.7%
Head coach: RIMAC, SLAVEN

Head Coaches

JOVANOVIC, VLADA
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"I want to congratulate Cedevita and my players. I can be satisfied with the first half, that is what we want. The players showed character on defense, they played very good. But because of the short rotations, injuries we had, we could not finish our defense. We would played good defense for 20 or 22 seconds and then we would allow points. In the second half they made a lot of contested threes. Apart from that, Khvostov fouled out, Lacey is [not fully fit], but players gave everything they had."
RIMAC, SLAVEN
Cedevita Zagreb
"I am not unsatisfied with the game. After the first half, when we struggled, especially on offense, in the second half it was better. We executed mismatches little bit better, we scored a couple of three-point shots and got some momentum. In the end, the game was decided with one ball. Maybe if Pullen scored those 3 free throws, at that moment we had momentum, and with that missed free throw, Lokomotiv got the momentum back. But I am not unhappy, and I want to congratulate Lokomotiv. Maybe Lokomotiv is not in its best moment, but for me they are one of the main favorites to win the EuroCup."

Players

PONITKA, MATEUSZ
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We started the game pretty good, the first half was okay. Then, the third and fourth quarters it is kind of our problem. We have to keep consistency on defense and offense and then I believe we can win some good games. Cedevita came here without some players, but the others stepped up and they played very good basketball for 40 minutes. They were patient, they had a chance to catch us in the fourth quarter. But basically, I am happy we got this win, but this is not the style we would like to present in upcoming games."
PULLEN, JACOB
Cedevita Zagreb
"We should have won. It is not good enough to just be equal. We have a good team, we had a good chance to win. I missed some easy shots at the end of the game, and I take full responsibility for us losing. But I think we are in the right direction as a team, we are going the right way."