PARMA Russia defeated VEF Latvia at home, 87-69 (24-11, 25-22, 19-17, 19-19).
PARMA: Frank Gaines (17), Tre’ McLean (17), Codi Miller-McIntyre (13 + 9 reb + 11 ast)
VEF: Kristaps Janicenoks (11), Arnas Labuckas (10)
Since joining the VTB United League last season, PARMA had never recorded a win in the Molot Arena. Both of the team’s previous wins came on the road and the home fans were hungry for a victory with 1-5 VEF coming to town.
In the end, it wasn’t even close. PARMA held VEF to 11 points in the opening period, seizing a 13-point lead. The advantage grew to 16 by halftime, 49-33, and the home team would cruise to victory in the second half.
PARMA improves to 2-6, while visiting Riga drops to 1-6.
— VTB United League (@VTBUL) December 3, 2017
Codi Miller-McIntyre. The American guard was everywhere on the court, missing out on a triple-double by one rebound. He also only played 28 minutes, demonstrating impressive efficiency.
+18 – This was Perm’s biggest margin of victory.
PARMA head coach Nikolajs Mazurs:
– I’ll be very short. I want to congratulate and thank all the fans, as well as the entire team and staff on our first home win in the VTB League. I think this won’t be the last victory at the Molot. I want to give the guys credit: They gave excellent effort and focus and demonstrated their best qualities.
VEF head coach Janis Gailitis:
– We played poorly, then very poorly. The end was disgusting. Some of the players don’t deserve to compete in the VTB League with their approach to the game. Congratulations to PARMA on a deserved win.
PARMA: December 9 away vs. Enisey
VEF: December 17 away vs. Kalev