Tsmoki-Minsk: Maksim Salash (20 + 6 rebounds + 5 assists), Branko Mirkovic (20 + 5 assists), Dominez Burnett (13 + 5 rebounds), Vitali Liutych (12 + 8 rebounds).
Enisey: Davion Berry (26), Tomislav Zubcic (15 + 7 rebounds), Dustin Hogue (14 + 5 rebounds), Denis Zakharov (10 + 5 rebounds).
Long range shots by Garlon Green and Tomislav Zubcic, few aggressive drives by Sergei Mitusov helped Enisey take the lead in the beginning. However, they didn’t manage to keep it. Slow tight basketball didn’t let any team make a run. Although Krasnoyarsk won the first quarter their lead was only 6 points – 21:15.
Second quarter started with Vitali Liutych’s three. His effort was supported by Burnett and Lowery. The hosts made a 11:0 run and completely changed the game. Krasnoyarsk answered with nice periods by Berry and Hogue but it didn’t stop hot Minsk players. The first half ended with Burnett buzzer-beater, that increased Tsmoki lead up to 8 points – 43:35.
The hosts were hot even in the beginning of the third. Mirkovic, Gavrilovic, Burnett and Salash’s makes increased the lead to a more comfortable – 52:37. The Siberians tried to get back into the game but Tsmoki were keeping the double digit lead for a long time.
However, the hosts didn’t manage to save the lead and take the first W of the season. Aggressive defense, Minsk foul trouble and “on-fire” Berry were key factors that led to a Krasnoyarsk’s come back. Clutch started when the game was tied – 75:75. Siberians’ experience and skills made a difference. Zubcic’s made free throws gave Enisey the lead back and then Denis Zakharov started to fire. Drive to the basket and made charity stripe shots increased the lead to 6 points – 81:75. The hosts had one more minute to save themselves but couldn’t benefit from their chances.
Tsmoki-Minsk’s head coach Rostislav Vergun:
– We physically couldn’t fight for all 40 minutes tonight. We thought that our rivals wouldn’t fight too early and paid for it. We lost concentration, allowed some easy points and stopped doing what led us to a success.
Enisey’s head coach Drazen Anzulovic:
– It is an important win for us. It isn’t good that game was so tough. We played well in the first and final quarters, and failed others. I want my team to control the game for all 40 minutes.