Delaney leads Lokomotiv to valuable road win in Malaga
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar grabbed its second road win of the Top by downing Unicaja Malaga 64-82 on Thursday. Lokomotiv improved to 4-2, while Unicaja fell to 2-4 after dropping its third consecutive game. Malcolm Delaney led the winners with 21 points and 7 assists. Anthony Randolph added 18 points, while Dontaye Draper and Chris Singleton each had 11 for Lokomotiv. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led Unicaja with 16 points and Edwin Jackson added 11. Dani Diez and Jackson stepped up to give Unicaja a 30-23 lead midway through the second quarter, but Lokomotiv found its regular go-to guy in Delaney, who singlehandedly put the guess ahead, 32-34, at halftime. Delaney took over after the beak and got plenty of help from Singleton and Ryan Broekhoff to make it 47-60, at the end of the third quarter. Nothing changed from that moment, as Lokomotiv kept full control of the game until the final buzzer.
First quarter: A back-and-forth battle to start things
DeMarcus Nelson got Unicaja going with a layup off an inbounds steal, which Mindaugas Kuzminskas followed with a fast break layup for a 4-0 lead. Ryan Broekhoff struck from downtown and Malcolm Delaney added his own three-pointer to give Lokomotiv its first lead, 4-6. After Broekhoff scored in penetration, Kuzminskas shined with a jump hook. A reverse dunk by Anthony Randolph boosted the guests' lead to 6-10. Nelson buried a triple and a jumper by Jamar Smith restored a Unicaja lead, 11-10. Kuzminskas kept pushing the hosts with a three-pointer and a jump hook, as Lokomotiv struggled to find the way to the basket. Lokomotiv was held scoreless for more than three minutes until Delaney downed a stop-and-pop triple. Victor Claver also struck from beyond the arc to tie the game at 16-16 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Delaney steps up for the visitors
Claver took over with a big dunk off the baseline early in the quarter. Jack Cooley split free throws and a corner triple by Alberto Diaz put Unicaja back in charge, 20-18. Chris Singleton and Edwin Jackson traded three-pointers and a big basket in traffic by Dani Diez gave Unicaja a 25-21 edge. Evgeny Voronov found space for an uncontested layup, but Diez scored again and Jackson nailed his second triple to make it a 7-point game. Unicaja was all over the place on defense, not allowing Lokomotiv to organize its offense. Andrei Zubkov rescued the visitors with a layup-plus-foul, as Unicaja tried a more versatile lineup with Kuzminskas, Carlos Suarez and Fran Vazquez together on court. Delaney and Kuzminskas exchanged free throws, but Delaney downed back-to-back three-pointers to put Lokomotiv back ahead, 32-34, at halftime.
Third quarter: Lokomotiv uses three-pointers to take off
Both teams struggled to score after the break until Randolph stepped up with a dunk. Delaney took over with a wild step-back triple, but Kuzminskas matched that with a layup-plus-foul. Delaney hit a technical free throw and a jump hook by Randolph boosted the guests' lead to 35-42. Thomas made free throws, but a three-pointer by Singleton kept Lokomotiv way ahead, 38-45. Thomas kept pushing Unicaja with a bomb from downtown, but Dontaye Draper and Broekhoff each hit one from beyond the arc, which prompted Unicaja to call timeout at 41-51. Kuzminskas hit foul shots, but Delaney did better with his sixth triple. Jackson tried to change things with a stop-and-pop jumper, as Unicaja switched to a 2-3 zone defense. The hosts kept struggling to score, however, and Draper finished a patient Lokomotiv offense with a corner triple. Cooley scored down low and a three-pointer by Singleton fixed the score at 47-60 after 30 minutes.
Fourth quarter: Visitors wrap it up early, cruise to big win
Draper scored off a midcourt steal early in the quarter. Jackson answered from downtown and Diez added a corner triple to give Unicaja hope at 53-62. Delaney found Randolph for another slam and Draper hit another triple, this time from the left corner, to break the game open. Unicaja called timeout, but Lokomotiv kept excelling on defense and a three-pointer by Claver sealed he outcome at 53-70 midway through the quarter. Randolph followed a mid-range jumper with a layup before Unicaja called timeout down 21. Cooley and Nemanja Nedovic made free throws, but by the time Singleton hit another jumper, everything was said and done.
Thursday, February 4, 2016