2020-21Top 16Round 2
January 20, 2021 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BLM GROUP ARENA

Maye leads Trento past Lokomotiv

After an outstanding back-and-forth battle, Dolomiti Energia Trento grabbed its first win in the Top 16 by downing Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 96-84 at home on Wednesday. Lokomotiv trailed 48-20 late in the first half, but managed to get within 75-73 with 7 minutes left. Trento improved its defense when it mattered most and an outstanding Luke Maye allowed the hosts to hold off Lokomotiv's comeback and get a big win. Trento is now 1-1 in Group F while Lokomotiv dropped to 0-2. Maye led the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds. JaCorey Williams added 17 points, Jeremy Morgan scored 14, Gary Browne 12 and Victor Sanders had 10 for Trento. Jordan Crawford paced Lokomotiv with 20 points, Will Cummings added 13, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 12, Mantas Kalnietis 11 and Kevin Hervey 10.


Toto Forray got Trento going with a floater, Williams added a jump hook and Browne hit back-to-back jumpers for an 8-2 lead. Kalnietis and Reggie Lynch stepped up for Lokomotiv, but Maye followed a layup with a jumper and Andrea Mezzanotte struck from downtown to make it a double-digit game, 17-7. Maye and Cummings traded triples, and Maximilian Ladurner dunked for a 22-10 Trento lead. Maye scored again and Browne joined the three-point shootout to boost the hosts' lead to 27-12 after 10 minutes. Browne buried a mid-range shot early in the fourth quarter and Sanders struck from downtown to make it 33-12. Stanislav Ilnitskiy and Grigory Motovilov tried to change things for the visitors, but Williams and Morgan kept Trento way ahead, 41-17. Williams remained on fire and Maye downed a triple that seemed to break the game open, 48-20. Crawford and Hervey fueled a 0-7 Lokomotiv run, but Forray and Sanders restored a 56-30 Trento lead. Crawford and Hervey kept pushing the guests, bringing their team a bit closer, 59-39. Morgan beat the halftime buzzer with a jumper that fixed the score at 61-39.

Crawford scored after the break and Kalnietis hit a three-pointer, giving Lokomotiv hope at 61-44. Kalnietis scored again and Cummings added a three-point play that made it 63-49. Crawford bettered Williams's dunk with a triple and got help from Cummings and Kalnietis to bring the visitors within 67-57. Williams and Browne stepped up for the hosts, and Maye gave Trento a 74-59 advantage. Crawford and Cummings each had a three-point play and Hervey added a layup and a dunk in a 0-12 run that brought Lokomotiv within striking distance, 74-71, after 30 minutes. Morgan nailed a triple that gave Trento fresh air, 78-73, early in the fourth quarter. Lynch scored in penetration, but Sanders and Forray kept the hosts ahead, 81-75. Ilnitskiy buried a three-pointer, however, he didn't find much help. Meanwhile, Morgan and Ladurner gave their team an 85-79 lead with over 3 minutes to go. Maye sank a critical three-pointer and added a driving layup that sealed the outcome, 90-81, as Lokomotiv never recovered.

Pivotal performer

Luke Maye had his best game of the season and scored 9 of his career-high 25 points in crunch time to make the difference in the game. He hit 5 of 8 two-point shots, 3 of 9 three-pointers and 6 of 6 free throws. Maye also reached personal-best numbers in rebounds (15) and PIR (34).

Game-changing moment

Lokomotiv got within 83-79 with 4 minutes left, but Trento found a go-to guy in Maye. He buried a three-pointer, added a driving layup, downed a couple of free throws and finished his exhibition with a backdoor slam. All that boosted Trento's lead to 94-83 in the next-to-last minute, enough to seal the outcome.

Stellar stat

Trento hit 9 of 10 two-point shots in the first quarter and went on to bury 5 three-pointers without a miss in the second. That helped Trento score 61 first-half points, a new club record for any half, with outstanding percentages (82.3% 2FG, 52.9% 3FG). It is the second-best scoring mark before halftime in the EuroCup this season; Lokomotiv had 71 points against Telenet Giants Antwerp on November 4, 2020.

Did you know?

Trento also set a club record for most defensive rebounds - 34. Its previous record were 32 defensive boards against Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana earlier this season, on October 20, 2020.

Next game

Both teams return to 7DAYS EuroCup action next week. Trento visits still-undefeated Boulogne Metropolitans 92 on Tuesday, January 26. The next day, Lokomotiv hosts Partizan NIS Belgrade.

Luke Maye - Dolomiti Energia Trento (photo Trento) - EC20
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: CORTES, CARLOS; BAUMANIS, INGUS; HADZIC, DENIS
Attendance: 0
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Dolomiti Energia Trento27341322
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar12273213
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Dolomiti Energia Trento27617496
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar12397184
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MARTIN, KELVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 JOVANOVIC, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE 14:45 2 1/2     1 3 4     1 1   3 1 3
8 CONTI, LUCA 2:40                              
9 BROWNE, GARY 16:03 12 3/7 2/4     1 1 3   1     4 1 6
10 FORRAY, TOTO 29:41 9 3/4 1/2     3 3 1   2     3 1 7
11 SANDERS, VICTOR 31:45 10 0/2 2/4 4/6   2 2 2   1 1 1 4 3 6
14 MEZZANOTTE, ANDREA 5:07 3   1/1           1       2   2
20 MORGAN, JEREMY 34:45 14 1/1 3/7 3/4   3 3 5 1 1     4 3 16
22 WILLIAMS, JACOREY 24:21 17 5/8   7/8 3 6 9 2 1 3   1 4 5 22
23 LADURNER, MAXIMILIAN 9:57 4 1/1   2/2   3 3 1         1 1 8
32 MAYE, LUKE 30:56 25 5/8 3/9 6/6 3 12 15 1   2     2 6 34
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 96 19/33 12/27 22/26 9 34 43 15 3 12 2 2 27 21 106
        57.6% 44.4% 84.6%
Head coach: BRIENZA, NICOLA
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
3 CUMMINGS, WILL 28:36 13 4/11 1/4 2/2 1 1 2 4 2 4     3 5 9
5 HERVEY, KEVIN 34:41 10 2/4 2/8   2 3 5 2 2 1 1   4   7
6 MOTOVILOV, GRIGORY 7:15 4 0/2 1/1 1/2               1 1 1  
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 26:50 11 1/2 2/3 3/4   2 2 4 1         3 18
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 19:37 7 1/2 1/2 2/4   3 3           4 4 6
18 KALINOV, VALERII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 21:25 12 2/4 0/3 8/11 2 4 6   1   1 1 1 7 17
22 LYNCH, REGGIE 19:41 5 2/2   1/3 3 4 7   1       4 2 9
23 DOLININ, SERGEI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 MARTIUK, ANDREI 3:59 2 1/2   0/1 2   2     1     1 1 1
27 CRAWFORD, JORDAN 32:11 20 6/12 2/6 2/5 1 4 5 3   2     3 4 14
35 EMCHENKO, VLADISLAV 5:45   0/1                         -1
Team           4   4     1         3
Totals 200:00 84 19/42 9/27 19/32 15 21 36 13 7 9 2 2 21 27 83
        45.2% 33.3% 59.4%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

BRIENZA, NICOLA
Dolomiti Energia Trento

"Today, of course, we scored more than in the Partizan game, but I am very happy because we kept fighting. We kept fighting against Partizan and we never scored. Today we fought and it is the way. Honestly, we needed this win, of course, for the EuroCup and for our heads. So now we have to keep playing this way and try to do our best in the EuroCup and in our league."

"We are very happy for the win. We are very happy because we played good basketball and fought in every minute. They came back in the third quarter, but in the tough moments, we stayed together and kept fighting. In the end, we had a very good fourth quarter and got the win. This is the right way, we need to keep fighting to try to reach the next round by finishing in one of the first two positions."

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It's been a tough game, we started very soft in defense and we let Trento control the rhythm and the pace of the game and we made life too easy for them. In the third quarter, we played a more solid and physical game, we didn't rush our offensive possessions. At the start of the fourth quarter, we got really close to overcoming the deficit as we were down by 2 and 4, but in the final few minutes, Trento played strong and physical and we made some mistakes on defense while missing important shots."

Players

MAYE, LUKE
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"It is a team win. We played together. We tried to give it away in the third quarter, but we battled, we fought and finished with the win, which is huge. I just tried to make some shots. I missed a lot of shots in the third quarter. Credit to my teammates for getting me in the right spot. I made a couple of shots and we made some good stops on defense."