PARMA Russia defeated Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus at home, 92-83 (30-22, 25-23, 21-17, 16-21).
PARMA: Konstantin Bulanov (19 + 5 reb), Ty Larson (19 + 11 ast), Rashard Kelly (15), Kodi Justice (10 + 6 ast)
Tsmoki-Minsk: Stefan Moody (16 + 6 reb + 9 ast), Mikita Meshcharakou (14 + 5 reb), Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (10), Devon Saddler (10)
PARMA snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating visiting Tsmoki-Minsk behind 19 points apiece from Tyler Larson and Konstantin Bulanov. The home team took a 10-point lead into halftime and never looked back, grabbing their second win of the season.
Larson was exceptional, dishing out 11 dimes to go with his 19 points in 36+ minutes on the court.
As a team, PARMA enjoyed outstanding ball movement, finishing with 30 assists, while shooting 50% from the field (35-70).
Despite jumping out to a 9-4 lead in the opening minutes, Tsmoki-Minsk played catch-up most of the game.
Larson put PARMA in front for good midway through the 1st quarter, scoring 11 straight for the home team. Nikolajs Mazurs’ men dominated the rest of the way, leading by as much as 18 in the 3rd quarter.
With Tsmoki hanging around late in the 4th quarter–Devon Saddler knocked down a free throw to cut the lead to seven, 86-79–Kodi Justice and Bulanov responded with back-to-back buckets to make it 90-79.
PARMA improves to 2-3 with wins over VEF and Tsmoki-Minsk.
The Dragons fall to 0-5 and remain the only team in the League without a win.
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Tsmoki-Minsk Aliaksandr Krutsikau: “Congratulations to the home team. They deserved to win. We played very poor defense in the first half and let our opponent take a lot of open shots from the perimeter. PARMA had success from outside, did a good job moving the ball and controlled the rhythm. We had almost no chance today.”
PARMA head coach Nikolajs Mazurs: “Congratulations to the team and the fans on the win. We played consistently for the entire game today, except for a short stretch in the 4th quarter, when we couldn’t solve the zone. But, nonetheless, we played with a lot of confidence. The guys made each other better, which the stats demonstrate. We had more than 30 assists. I think that is PARMA’s best assists total in the two years I’ve been here.”