McCollum rallies Lokomotiv past Trento
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final 5 minutes to beat Dolomiti Energia Trento 97-95 at home in Group B on Wednesday. Lokomotiv improved to 5-1 in Group A while Trento dropped to 1-5. Johnathan Motley led the winners with 33 points and 11 rebounds, Errick McCollum added 29 points and 13 assists, Darius Thompson scored 12 and Stanislav Ilnitskiy got 10 for Lokomotiv. Wesley Saunders and Desonta Bradford paced Trento with 18 points apiece, Diego Flaccadori added 17, Andrea Mezzanotte 16 and Jordan Caroline 13. Trento's led 66-74 after 30 minutes and 70-83 early in the fourth quarter before an outstanding McCollum rallied Lokomotiv to a 95-93 edge with 40 seconds remaining and Thompson sealed the deal with a critical steal.
Motley got Lokomotiv going with back-to-back layups and a dunk. Mezzanotte downed a six-meter jumper and Caroline scored down low to make it 6-4. Motley scored in transition and followed Thompson's driving layup with a dunk. Ilnitskiy soon struck from downtown for a 15-6 Lokomotiv advantage. After Flaccadori downed a jumper, Ladurner hit a jump hook and Saunders matched Motley's slam with a driving layup to bring Trento within 17-12. Caroline hit a triple and Saunders followed a jumper with a three-point play to give Trento its first lead, 19-20. Saunders hit a baseline jumper and Mezzanotte drilled a three-pointer to put the visitors ahead 23-25 after 10 minutes.
Caroline and Toto Forray each scored around the basket, which prompted Lokomotiv to call timeout at 23-29. Thompson ignited the crowd with a wild dunk-and-foul, but Caroline and Ladurner kept Trento comfortably ahead, 27-33. Ladurner matched Motley's layup with a dunk and Conti scored in penetration to make it 29-37. Motley stayed on fire with a dunk-and-foul and an alley-oop slam, but Conti scored in the paint and Flaccadori's three-point play boosted Trento's margin to double digits, 34-44. Ilnitskiy and McCollum each buried a triple before Motley added a layup. Mezzanotte struck from beyond the arc, but McCollum drew the hosts within 44-48 at halftime.
Saunders hit a jumper right after the break and got help from Mezzanotte and Bradford to establish a 44-54 Trento lead. Motley stepped up with a put-back dunk and Stanton Kidd bettered Bradford's floater with a triple. Motley banked in a close shot, but Flaccadori kept Trento in control, 51-58. Thompson dunked off a steal and scored in penetration. Flaccadori followed a jumper with a driving layup and Caroline added a fast break basket and a tip-in for a 55-67 Trento lead. Bradford kept pacing the visitors, however, McCollum buried a couple of three-pointers and added free throws to give Lokomotiv hope at 66-72. Saunders's layup fixed the score at 66-74 after 30 minutes.
McCollum buried a baseline jumper early in the fourth quarter and Kidd added a backdoor slam but Bradford struck three times from beyond the arc to boost Trento's margin to 70-83. Mezzanotte joined the three-point shootout, too. McCollum singlehandedly brought Lokomotiv within 76-86. After Saunders buried a jumper, Motley and McCollum got the hosts even closer, 81-88, with less than 4 minutes left. Kidd buried a triple and Motley added a jumper. Mezzanotte gave Trento fresh air at 86-91. McCollum struck from downtown and Ilnitskiy split free throws, Flaccadori scored in penetration for a 90-93 Trento edge. Ilnitskiy hit a three-pointer and McCollum buried a jumper that completed Lokomotiv's comeback, 95-93, with 40 seconds left. Thompson collected a critical seal and sealed the outcome from the foul line.
McCollum gets rare double-double
Errick McCollum had a brilliant second half in Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar's Round 6 game against Dolomiti Energia Trento. McCollum was held scoreless in the opening 18 minutes, but finished the game with 29 points - just 3 away from his career-high. McCollum, a EuroCup champion and the competition's MVP with Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in 2016, added a career-high 13 assists, leading Lokomotiv to a come-from-behind 97-95 victory. It was McCollum's second double-double in his 78-game EuroCup career; he previously had 21 points and 13 rebounds with Galatasaray against Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir on February 24, 2016.
Motley dominates again
Johnathan Motley once again proved to be unstoppable in Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar's victory against Dolomiti Energia Trento. Motley finished the game with 33 points, matching the 2021-22 7DAYS EuroCup season-high which previously belonged only to Justin Cobbs of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. He added 11 rebounds for a double-double and a PIR of 36. Motley already had 24 points on 10-of-14 two-point shooting at halftime for a PIR of 25. Motley ended up making 13 two-pointers, which was 1 shy of Lokomotiv's club record; Derrick Brown made 14 two-point shots against Cajasol Sevilla on January 23, 2013.
Trento improves numbers in Krasnodar
Dolomiti Energia Trento arrived at Basket Hall to face Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in Round 6 of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season with the worst offensive numbers in the competition. Trento was last in points scored (70.2 ppg.) and two-point (45.8%), three-point (27.7%) and free throw (58.6%) shooting percentage. It all changed in Krasnodar, as Trento put together a great offensive performance which allowed the team to keep its chances alive until the final seconds. Trento made 27 of 52 two-pointers (51.9%), 8 of 19 three-pointers (42.1%) and 17 of 19 free throws (89.5%).
Wednesday, December 8, 2021