PARMA Perm defeated Avtodor Saratov on the road, 87-82 (20-21, 22-22, 18-25, 27-14).
Avtodor: Coty Clarke (19 + 8 reb), Shaquielle McKissic (14), Justin Robinson (12 + 10 ast)
PARMA: Codi Miller-McIntyre (19 + 10 ast), Ivan Ukhov (17), Frank Gaines (15 + 5 reb), Tre’ McLean (14 + 6 ast)
Tre’ McLean knocked down the go-ahead 3 with 39 seconds on the clock as PARMA rallied for a big road win in Saratov. The visitors ended the game on a 13-2 run to silence the home fans and pick up their 4th win of the season.
PIaying in front of a sold-out crowd, the home team jumped out to an early 11-4 edge and led 21-20 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Justin Robinson keyed the home team with five points and three assists early.
PARMA’s Ivan Ukhov got hot in the 2nd quarter, knocking down three 3-pointers to keep the visitors in the game as Avtodor took a slim 43-42 advantage into the break.
Though PARMA scored the first four points of the 3rd quarter, the home team responded with an 18-6 run to open up its biggest lead of the game, 61-52.
Up 68-60 to enter the 4th quarter, Avtodor was in position to secure its 6th win of the season and move within a half game of 5th place.
But the visitors had other plans. Ukhov, who finished with 17 points, knocked down his 5th 3 of the game to open the 4th quarter, adding a layup at the 8:16 mark to cut the deficit to three, 71-68.
Robinson restored a six-point lead with 5:05 remaining, finishing a layup to make it 80-74. Somehow, the home team would only score two more points in the contest.
PARMA slowly chipped away, forcing a pair of turnovers and eventually tying the game on two Andrejs Grazulis free throws at the 1:37 mark.
After the visitors went ahead, 82-80, courtesy of a Frank Gaines layup, Coty Clarke finished ended Avtodor’s drought with a bucket in the lane to knot the score at 82-apiece.
That’s when Tre’ McLean delivered the game-winner, knocking down an open look from beyond the arc to give PARMA a three-point lead.
On the next possession, Robinson missed a 3 that could have tied the game, and McLean sealed the victory with a pair of free throws.
PARMA improves to 4-7, moving into a tie for 7th place with Tsmoki-Minsk. Avtodor drops to 5-5.
56 – Avtodor and PARMA combined for 56 3-point attempts, but made only 14 (25%). PARMA won the duel, converting 10 of 32, compared to 4 of 24 shooting from Avtodor.
Avtodor head coach Evgeny Pashutin:
– As we expected, this was a very tough game. PARMA looks good right now and has some excellent American guards in Miller-McIntyre, Gaines and McLean on the roster. We prepared carefully for each of them and went over their style of play in detail before the game. We weren’t up to the task on defense, especially in the final period, which decided the outcome. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stop Miller-McIntyre and McLean, who had too many easy baskets in the final minutes. We gave up a lot of baskets in the corners because of our rotation. In the 3rd quarter, we went back to playing aggressively and led by nine points. But we were outscored 27-14 in the final quarter, which is not acceptable! Without taking anything away from our opponent, I would say we lost the game ourselves today. We missed too many shots and committed too many silly turnovers, which turned into fast break points. In the end, we lost on the final shot after a poor performance.
PARMA head coach Nikolajs Mazurs:
– First of all, I want to congratulate my team on the win. It wasn’t easy. We had a big break and hadn’t played with our full roster since the road game vs. Nizhny Novgorod. That’s what I would attribute the somewhat sloppy start to the game. We committed too many mistakes and made bad decisions. I think our team energy on defense in the final minutes brought us a win down the stretch. In the second half, we were able to improve on the glass. We were very solid in the final quarter, especially on defense. We’re very happy about the win! We’ll keep moving forward and prepare for our next game.
Avtodor: January 20 home vs. Astana
PARMA: January 21 home vs. Zenit