2017-18QuarterfinalsGame 2
March 09, 2018 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA

Lokomotiv storms past Gran Canaria to semis!

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar is returning to the 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals after blowing out Herbalife Gran Canaria 59-80 to complete a 2-0 sweep of their quarterfinals series. Dmitry Kulagin poured in a career-high 32 points with 4 three-pointers and 12-of-12 free throw shooting for a career-high index rating of 34. Kulagin's previous scoring record came in Game 1 of the series against Gran Canaria with 20 points. Frank Elegar added 11 points and 8 rebounds off the Lokomotiv bench and Trevor Lacey scored 10 points after totaling just 1 in his last two EuroCup games. The victory also extends Lokomotiv's EuroCup winning streak to 18 games, the second-longest in EuroCup history. Gran Canaria exit the competition despite 12 points from Ondrej Balvin while Guy Mekel and Anzejs Pasecniks both scored 11.

Kulagin's three-pointer put the visitors on the board first and Brian Qvale made it 1-5 before Balvin's tip-dunk provided Gran Canaria's first basket after more than 4 minutes. After baskets from Lacey, Eulis Baez hit 4 points at the other end as Gran Canaria went up 12-9. Lokomotiv evened the game and then got a triple from Lacey, only to see Mekel's three-point play knot it 15-15 after 10 minutes. Another Lacey three-ball had the guests ahead 15-20 before a pair of dunks from Balvin and a Xavi Rabaseda three-pointer to cut the deficit to 23-25. Nicolas Brussino would even the game at 25-25 but Qvale and Kulagin combined for 7 points in pushing the advantage to 27-32. Balvin threw down another dunk and Baez converted 4 free throws down the stretch and the score was 35-37 at the break.

Lokomotiv really turned up the defense in the second half while getting enough offensive effort -- especially from Kulagin, whose three- and four-point plays opened up a 35-49 lead. Mekel finally scored Gran Canaria's first points of the second half after more than 6 minutes. Mekel scored again and Pasecniks added 3 points as the gap was 44-53. Kulagin started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and Qvale made it 46-61. Gran Canania's final push came as Pasecniks had two scores and Mekel's steal and layup had the hosts to within 52-61. After a three-point play from Balvin, Gran Canaria was within 55-64. But Lokomotive held the hosts scoreless for 2 minutes and Kulagin had 2 free throws and a three-pointer to extend the lead to 55-74 with just over 2 minutes to play. Gran Canaria would not get closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

Dmitry Kulagin - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (photo Gran Canaria) - EC17
Friday, March 9, 2018
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Referees: PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), PANTHER, ANNE (GER), DIFALLAH, MEHDI (FRA)
Attendance: 5567
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Herbalife Gran Canaria1520915
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar15221924
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar15375680
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 12:57     0/3     1 1     1     2 2 -3
9 MEKEL, GAL 22:43 11 5/8 0/3 1/1   1 1 5 1 1     3 3 11
10 BRUSSINO, NICOLAS 22:14 3 1/1 0/3 1/2   3 3     1 1   3 2 1
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 23:13 2 1/2 0/3     1 1 2         3 2  
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 19:04 12 5/6   2/3 4 2 6 1   4 1   5 6 15
13 BAEZ, EULIS 21:07 8 1/3 0/4 6/9 2 2 4 1   4     3 7 4
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 17:50 11 3/4   5/6 1 2 3 1         5 5 13
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 17:46 3 0/5 1/3           1     1 5   -9
24 KLJAJIC, JOVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 RADICEVIC, NIKOLA 21:07 5 1/4 1/2   1 1 2 2 2       3   4
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 18:53 2 0/2 0/2 2/3   3 3 1 1 1     1 1 1
40 FISCHER, LUCAS 3:06 2 1/1       1 1               3
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 59 18/36 2/23 17/24 8 20 28 13 5 12 2 1 33 28 43
        50% 8.7% 70.8%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS
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
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COLLINS, MARDY 32:31 9 2/5 0/2 5/8   1 1 6 1 4     3 5 7
3 RAGLAND, JOE 17:43 2 0/2 0/3 2/2   2 2 1   2     3 1 -4
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 3:43                              
7 LACEY, TREVOR 16:35 10 2/2 2/2         3 1 1     3 1 11
11 LEVSHIN, DENIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 5:47 2     2/2           2     4 1 -3
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 16:24 3 0/1 1/2     1 1     2     2 5 3
15 ELEGAR, FRANK 18:25 11 3/4   5/6   8 8     1     3 5 18
19 BABB, CHRIS 29:04     0/5 0/1 1 5 6 2   1 1   3 2 1
22 KULAGIN, DMITRY 33:44 32 4/7 4/8 12/12   4 4     1   1 2 9 34
41 QVALE, BRIAN 19:55 9 4/5   1/2   5 5         1 3 2 10
47 NELYUBOV, IVAN 6:09 2 0/1   2/2   1 1           2 1 1
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 15/27 7/22 29/35 2 29 31 12 2 14 1 2 28 32 81
        55.6% 31.8% 82.9%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"The team tried it, but this is not our basketball. We are used to playing a cleaner one, with less contact and pushing….With this difficulty, we did a great effort to compete during a big part of the game. That effort meant that we didn't attack with rhythm. And another problem was our three-point percentage."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
“I’m happy for the win. I think we deserved this. We were better in these two games. We dominated, especially on defense. We stopped them, all of their options and I am happy to go to the semifinals. The key was defense. We played good team defense.”

Players

BAEZ, EULIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"We competed really well in the first half, but in the third quarter we let them escape. We weren't playing with rhythm on offense and then there were moments when we rushed and made mistakes that we normally don't do".