The Joventut de Badalona gave a coup of authority in the Eurocup by winning easily (100-77) at Lokomotiv Kuban, second classified, with a sensational Vladimir Brodziansky, author of 31 points in his best game as a green and black.
The triumph leaves Penya as group leader tied with Partizan Belgrade at the end of the first round and the difference in points with the Russians could end up being decisive in order to finish this phase between the first two.
The green and black dismounted the Russian team in an excellent second half in which they only received 31 points and in which Brodziansky threw the team on his back when Ante Tomic was sent off for two techniques early in the second half.
La Penya entered the game poorly, with little success in the outside shot and without intimidation under the hoops, which allowed Lokomotiv to take the lead (2-9, min.7) with Motley and Thompson standing out in the touchdown.
The triples by Paul and Bassas brought Penya closer on the scoreboard (18-20, min. 8) but their problems stopping the Russian counterattacks led them to finish the first quarter five down (22-27).
Three 3-pointers by Bassas at the start of the second period turned the score around (37-29, min. 14). McCollum was the trigger that Lokomotiv found in the face of Motley’s problems when Tomic was on the track.
The American shooting guard sought the fouls to go to the free throw line where he made 11 of 13 shots in the first half. Point by point, the Russians cut the gap and Thompson put them back up in the spotlight (43-44, min. 19).
La Penya reacted in the final minutes with a triple by Pau Ribas, who went into the break with 12 points, and Brodziansky to finish the first half four up (50-46).
Ante Tomic’s expulsion at the start of the third quarter disrupted Joventut’s plans and allowed Lokomotiv to tie the match (53-53, min. 23) after a triple by Ilnitskiy.
Brodziansky assumed full responsibility in attack and Between Ventura and Ribas they annulled McCollum and completely disarmed the Russian team with a great defense that only received 12 points in the whole quarter. La Penya broke the game and concluded a third period to frame 22 points up (80-58).
Penya did not neglect the last quarter, thinking about the basket average with the Russians and he went up to 28 points ahead (94-66, min. 34) with Pep Busquets following in the scoring trail of Brodziansky.