2018-19Regular SeasonRound 5
October 31, 2018 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL

Sikma, Peno lead ALBA past Lokomotiv

ALBA Berlin sent a message that echoed all around the 7DAYS EuroCup by downing previously undefeated Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 75-83 on the road on Wednesday. The outcome left both teams with 4-1 records in Group B. Luke Sikma paced the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Johannes Thiemann added 12, Niels Giffey had 11 and Stefan Peno dished 10 assists for ALBA, which was without starting point guard and EuroCup assists leader Peyton Siva. Isaiah Whitehead led Lokomotiv with 16 points, Dorell Wright had 15, Moustapha Fall 14 and Mateusz Ponitka 10.

Clint Chapman and Kenneth Ogbe shined early and a huge alley-oop dunk by Sikma gave ALBA a 6-13 lead. Sikma capped a 0-11 run with a triple that made it a double-digit game, 6-17. Wright and Trevor Lacey brought Lokomotiv a bit closer, 17-25, after 10 minutes. Giffey stepped up for ALBA, restoring a 21-33 margin early in the second quarter. Fall tried to change things for the hosts with a couple of dunks but Ogbe, Martin Hermannsson and an inspired Tim Schneider kept ALBA comfortably ahead, 39-49, at halftime. Ponitka led an 8-0 run, which Dmitriy Khvostov capped with a floater for a 47-51 Lokomotiv deficit soon after the break. Sikma and Rokas Giedraitis helped ALBA bounce back, extending the guests' margin to 58-67 after 30 minutes. Fall kept pacing Lokomotiv, but a three-pointer by Sikma caused the hosts to stop the game at 61-71 with six minutes left. Lokomotiv never gave up, but it was too little, too late for the hosts, as ALBA cruised to a brilliant road win.

Pivotal performer

Sikma stepped up in Siva's absence, leading his team with 18 points - missing just one shot, collecting 9 rebounds - 5 of them on the offensive end, dishing 4 assists, and drawing 5 fouls for a PIR of 31.

Game-changing moment

ALBA made it clear from the very beginning; it was able to share the ball and be competitive without its starting point guard - 7 assists and no turnovers in the opening seven minutes for a 10-20 lead, a first push that allowed the guests to stay ahead for good.

Stellar stat

Peno doubled his career-high in assists with 10 against Lokomotiv. He was the 13th player in competition history to reach at least 10 assists with no turnovers - Khvostov and Omar Cook each did so twice. The record for most assists and no turnovers belongs to Nick Calathes, who had 14 with Lokomotiv against Trefl Sopot on December 12, 2012.

Did you notice?

Lokomotiv had won its last 14 regular season games. ALBA also snapped Loko's nine-game winning streak at home in regular season action. Its last road loss had been against Valencia Basket, 64-73, on November 9, 2016.

Next game:

Both teams return to EuroCup action on Wednesday, November 7 - ALBA visits Tofas Bursa and Lokomotiv hosts Arka Gydnia.

Luke Sikma - ALBA Berlin (photo Lokomotiv) - EC18
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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Referees: FOUFIS, IOANNIS; PETEK, SASO; RACYS, SAULIUS
Attendance: 3487
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar17221917
ALBA Berlin25241816
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar17395875
ALBA Berlin25496783
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 21:06 7 1/1 0/1 5/6 2 2 4 1 2 1     3 4 12
3 WRIGHT, DORELL 21:00 15   5/9     1 1 2   1 1   2 1 13
5 LACEY, TREVOR 15:07 4 2/2       4 4 2         2   8
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 16:25     0/1     1 1 3   2     2   -1
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 17:25 3 1/5 0/3 1/2 1   1 2   1     2 2 -3
15 WHITEHEAD, ISAIAH 18:56 16 4/7 2/4 2/2   3 3 3   5   2 4 2 8
20 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 30:10 10 3/5 0/1 4/6   5 5 3     2 1 1 6 19
22 KULAGIN, DMITRY 25:13 1 0/1 0/3 1/2       6 2 2 2   3 4 5
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 15:44 5 2/8 0/1 1/2 2   2   1     1 2 1 -2
93 FALL, MOUSTAPHA 18:54 14 7/7   0/1 4 2 6       1   4 1 17
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 75 20/36 7/23 14/21 10 20 30 22 5 14 6 4 25 21 77
        55.6% 30.4% 66.7%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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 GIFFEY, NIELS 21:35 11 4/6 1/1     2 2     1 2   4   8
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 10:46 6   2/2     1 1             1 8
13 CHAPMAN, CLINT 16:56 4 2/4 0/1     1 1 2 1 1 1   5 2 2
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 23:19 7 3/7   1/2   3 3 5 2 2   3 4 2 5
22 WAGNER, FRANZ 4:26 2 1/2 0/1                   1   -1
25 OGBE, KENNETH 19:36 7 2/3 1/2     3 3   1 1     1 1 8
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 27:06 8 1/5 1/5 3/4 2 3 5   1     1 2 3 5
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES 23:04 12 1/6   10/14 2 2 4 1 1     2 1 8 14
33 CLIFFORD, DENNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
43 SIKMA, LUKE 29:14 18 5/6 2/2 2/2 5 4 9 4 1 5 1   1 5 31
44 PENO, STEFAN 23:58 8 3/5 0/1 2/2   2 2 10 2 1     2 3 19
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 83 22/44 7/15 18/24 11 25 36 22 9 12 4 6 21 25 104
        50% 46.7% 75%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Congratulations to ALBA. They really deserved to win the game today. They were better in each part of the basketball game. All the hustle stuff, all the loose balls were theirs; we were not ready to play. From the first minute we lacked communication, physicality, decision making. Hesitation and hesitation. When we tried to make one decision, it was always not the best one. It's a good warning for us. We have a certain reputation, but for each game you have to fight and show that you are on a certain level. You can be good or you can be very good, but you can't be bad. It's a good massage for us and then we have to come back to the hard work and get better."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"We played a very good game, despite our problems, which are absent players. We set a very good spirit. We had some mistakes, logically, but good spirit, good offense, good defense. I'm very happy with the team. This is an important victory to be qualified for the next round. We can't fly with our imagination because Lokomotiv didn't play its best game and we must remember that they are a strong team."

Players

SIKMA, LUKE
ALBA Berlin
"I am really happy for us. With Peyton [Siva] out, who is a big part of our team, the guys all stepped up. It was going to be a group effort today and we won in a really tough place against a really good team. We have stuff to work out at the end of the game, when it is a little tight. We will work on that in practice, but I am really happy."
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