Lokomotiv thrashes Monaco on the road
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar grabbed its third consecutive win in Group C of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season by downing AS Monaco 72-88 on the road on Wednesday. Lokomotiv improved to 4-1 in Group C and ranks second at the halfway mark of this stage, while Monaco is third at 3-2. Kevin Hervey led the winners with 17 points. Will Cummings and Jordan Crawford each added 15, Alan Williams had 13 and 13 rebounds, while Andrei Martiuk and Mindaugas Kuzminskas each scored 11 points for the visitors. Marcos Knight led Monaco with 17 points, while Mathias Lessort and Dee Bost each added 16 for the hosts.
Martiuk got Lokomotiv going with a couple of three-pointers and Kuzminskas added a layup for a 3-8 lead. Martiuk kept pacing the guests with a dunk that Williams followed with a layup to give Lokomotiv a 6-12 lead. Crawford took over with a reverse layup and Cummings scored in penetration but Jaleel O'Brien and Knight kept Monaco within 11-16. Knight added a couple of jumpers but Hervey and Cummings kept the guests in charge, 15-20, after 10 minutes. Damien Inglis and Stanislav Ilnitskiy exchanged baskets early in the second quarter before Crawford boosted the guests' lead to 17-25. Bost stepped up with a coast-to-coast layup that Hervey matched with a quick basket. Lessort ignited the crowd with a three-point play but Mantas Kalnietis answered with a driving layup and Hervey added a triple that made it a double-digit difference, 22-32. Bost struck twice from downtown, getting help from Lessort to give Monaco hope at 32-38. Bost scored again but Cummings singlehandedly restored a 34-44 Lokomotiv lead at halftime. Crawford downed a jumper soon after the break and Kuzminskas added consecutive dunks with to boost the guests' margin to 34-50. Hervey bettered Darral Willis's layup with a corner triple and a wild jumper off the dribble that made it a 36-55. Bost, from deep, ignited a 11-2 run in which Lessort had a layup and a put-back slam to give the hosts hope at 47-57. Reggie Lynch buried a jumper that Knight bettered with a three-point play, but Williams and Crawford restored a 53-63 Lokomotiv lead after 30 minutes. Crawford and Kuzminskas nailed three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to keep the guests comfortable at 56-69. Williams scored twice around the basket and Cummings added a fastbreak layup that sealed the outcome, 58-75, as Monaco never recovered.
Williams recorded his third consecutive double-double and was once again a decisive factor in Lokomotiv's win. He finished the game with 13 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 fouls drawn for a PIR of 19.
A 2-12 run that bridged the halves gave Lokomotiv full control of the game for good. Cummings had 5 of the points before halftime, then Crawford sank a jumper and Kuzminskas dunked twice to break the game open, 34-50. Monaco got closer, but never within striking distance.
Lokomotiv outrebounded Monaco by 33-48 in this game, pulling down 16 offensive boards. The guests also shot the ball much better inside the arc, hitting 27 of 42 two-point shots (62.8%) and limiting Monaco to 24 of 46 (52.2%).
Did you know?
Lokomotiv scored the most points ever in a road game against Monaco. The previous record belonged to Germani Brescia in an 80-86 win on November 7, 2018. It was the biggest win by any team in Monaco in European competitions. ALBA Berlin had the previous record with a 14-point win, 61-75, in EuroCup Top 16 action on January 29, 2019.
Both teams returning to 7DAYS EuroCup action next week on Wednesday, November 4. Monaco hosts MoraBanc Andorra in a battle of principalities and Lokomotiv visits Telenet Giants Antwerp. It will be Lokomotiv's first visit to Belgium since lifting the EuroCup trophy there in 2013.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020