Eurocup. BC Khimki vs. Lokomotiv Kuban'20 march 2012

In the first two-game Eurocup quarterfinals matches BC Khimki managed to protect its home court advantage defeated PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban — 81-72 (18-21, 22-21, 19-18, 22-12). In a week in Krasnodar it will be a crucial game for the entrance to Eurocup Finals. And the next meeting BC Khimki will play also in the home court with Triumph Lyubertsy on Friday, March 23.

Best scorers: Kelati (20 + 3 steals), Fridzon (17), Zhukanenko (13), Monya (10 + 7 rebounds + 3 steals).

Bozidar Maljkovic, PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban head coach:

— We played well during the first 35 minutes and as for the last five, we made a lot of turnovers. We had a hard period of 10 days that we spent in Moscow and faced two of the best Russian teams – CSKA and Khimki. Now we return home and, in my mind, it will be very difficult in Krasnodar for the return game with Khimki.

Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:

— As we expected, the game turned to be very tough. We didn’t succeed in the first quarter, but we came together and won. On the one hand, a 9-point advantage is a good result, but nobody knows whether it will be enough for an overall positive result.