2011-12Last 16Round 6
February 28, 2012 CET: 19:30
Local time: 22:30 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Jeremiah Massey - Lokomotiv Kuban (photo lokobasket.com)Lokomotiv Kuban wrapped up a spot in the Eurocup Quarterfinals and then learned it clinched first place in Group L after Lietuvos Rytas defeated Benetton Basket. Lokomotiv survived Alba Berlin’s late comeback for a 73-70 win, which gave it a 4-2 record in Group L. As a result, Lokomotiv will face fellow Russian side BC Khimki in the Quarterfinals. Lokomotiv dominated early and was up 39-20 midway through the second quarter. Berlin battled back and even took the lead early in the fourth quarter. Ali Traore came alive with 7 quick points to give Lokomotiv a late cushion, which it needed as Berlin never let up until the final buzzer. Jeremiah Massey starred for Lokomotiv with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks. Rod Blakney added 13 points for the winners. Da Shaun Wood paced Berlin with 19 points, Bryce Taylor tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Weaver finished with 13 points in defeat.

Berlin jumped out to a 0-3 lead after a Wood free throw and a Taylor basket on the offensive glass. Lokomotiv tied it with a Maxim Grigoryev three-pointer and moved ahead on Massey’s first basket. After Wood tied the score at 7-7, the hosts reeled off 7 straight points for a 14-7 lead on another Grigoryev three. Massey soon added a three and a basket-plus-foul by Grigory Shukhovtsov made it 20-11. Marko Simonovic split free throws before Shukhovtsov scored to give the hosts a 10-point lead after 10 minutes, 22-12. Massey hit back-to-back threes to open the second quarter as Lokomotiv threatened to put the game away early. Simonovic continued to score for Alba, but Massey remained unstoppable for the home side. A Maxim Sheleketo layup lifted the edge to 39-20. Taylor tried to carry Berlin back and Derrick Allen free throws narrowed the gap to 40-31. And a Weaver triple just before the end of the half closed the deficit to 41-34 at halftime.

Shukhovtsov restored Lokomotiv’s double-digit lead by scoring the first two baskets of the second half. However free throws by Simonovic and Yassin Idbihi were followed by a Taylor three to narrow the gap to 45-40. Massey connected from downtown as the lead grew to 10 again, but Wood and Weaver answered for Berlin. K.C. Rivers’s first basket of the night put the hosts up 52-45, however Alba went on the offensive and Wood carried Berlin within 52-51 at the end of the third quarter. Allen free throws at the start of the fourth quarter gave Alba its first lead since the opening minutes, 52-53. Sergey Bykov put the hosts back on top with free throws and Blakney added a triple soon after. Bykov added more free throws as Lokomotiv kept Alba scoreless for more than three minutes until Idbihi got to the basket. Vlado Ilievski nailed a triple to make it 62-55, but Wood authored 4 points. Traore, who was a nonfactor to this point, came alive with 7 points over the span of one minute as Lokomotiv raced ahead 69-61. Berlin wasn’t done as Taylor, Weaver and Idbihi brought the visitors back within 3. After Massey scored in the final minute, Wood drilled a clutch three-pointer to make it 71-69. Bykov split free throws, so Lokomotiv fouled Wood to ensure he couldn’t tie the game with a three. Wood made the first and missed the second on purpose, but Berlin was unable to get off a game-tying shot and Lokomotiv scored the win and a spot in the quarterfinals.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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Referees: SHULGA, BORIS (UKR), VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR (MNE), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 2000 (Tentative)
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Lokomotiv Kuban
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 12:26 6   2/4     1 1 1   2     1   3
5 RIVERS, KC 13:09 2 1/4 0/1   2 1 3     2     1   -2
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 23:15 4 0/1 1/2 1/4   3 3 4   1       3 8
7 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 39:08 23 4/10 4/7 3/5 4 8 12 6   1 3   2 7 37
8 CHALMERS, LIONEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 19:44 5 0/2 0/2 5/8 1 2 3 2 1 1     4 5 4
11 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 37:28 13 2/3 2/4 3/5   4 4 3 1 1     4 3 14
15 ZABELIN, ARTEM 0:52                   1         -1
21 SHUKHOVTCOV, GRIGORY 9:25 9 4/4   1/3 2 1 3     1     4 2 7
24 TRAORE, ALI 18:45 9 4/7   1/1 1 4 5   1 1 2   5 2 10
25 SHABALKIN, NIKITA 6:41   0/1 0/1     2 2           3   -3
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 19:07 2 1/2 0/3         2 1 1     1 1  
Team                                
Totals 200:00 73 16/34 9/24 14/26 10 26 36 18 4 12 5 0 25 23 77
        47.1% 37.5% 53.8%
Head coach: MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
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
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 STAIGER, LUCCA 8:58     0/2         1   1     2   -4
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 7:35     0/4         1         2   -5
7 NEY, JOEY 2:30           1 1           2   -1
10 FULLE, SEBASTIAN 2:04                         2   -2
15 ALLEN, DERRICK 18:58 5 1/5   3/6 3 4 7     1     2 4 6
22 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 30:21 8 3/5 0/3 2/6   4 4   2 3     2 4 4
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 36:11 19 4/10 2/4 5/8 2 2 4 1 1 1   1 2 5 15
25 WEAVER, KYLE 34:22 13 4/5 1/3 2/2 2 5 7 2 2 3     2 3 19
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 25:17 7 2/7   3/5 5 2 7         3 4 5 5
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 33:44 18 5/11 1/2 5/5 1 10 11   2 1   1 3 4 23
Team                                
Totals 200:00 70 19/43 4/18 20/32 13 28 41 5 7 10 0 5 23 25 60
        44.2% 22.2% 62.5%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON

Head Coaches

MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
Lokomotiv Kuban
"We are really happy to get the first place in group. If anyone said that we could ever get on top of the group, I would call him optimistic. I knew the game was going to be difficult. Even the advantage of 19 points didn’t mean anything, because the dense schedule influences players conditions heavily. Bu today we have a happy ending and we are starting to think over the next games."
HERBERT, GORDON
Alba Berlin
"First of all I would like to congratulate Lokomotiv because they are in the playoffs. And they have deserved it with their play. And I can comment on this game that we were playing good today fighting for each rebound but the rival played better in the ending and become victorious."

Players

SHELEKETO, MAXIM
Lokomotiv Kuban
"The game was difficult even with all our second quarter spurt. I don’t really know what happened to us then. We couldn’t score maybe because we believed that we won already. And that is how the rival could catch us. And we are really happy that we finally won and took first place in the group which is so much important for us."
TAYLOR, BRYCE
Alba Berlin
"It was a difficult game for us in Krasnodar, in the first quarter we couldn’t score and lost 10 points but in next quarters we could reach the opponent. Unfortunately the host team was lucky at the ending. I can’t say that we played bad; we’ve just lost concentration somehow."
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