Nizhny Novgorod Snaps VEF’s Streak, Perry Drops 31

Nizhny Novgorod Snaps VEF’s Streak, Perry Drops 31

Nizhny Novgorod Russia defeated VEF Latvia at home, 93-83 (24-15, 29-13, 20-31, 20-24).

Top Scorers
Nizhny Novgorod: Kendrick Perry (31 + 8 ast), Vladimir Dragicevic (21 + 8 reb), Anton Astapkovich (13)

VEF: Mareks Mejeris (17 + 5 reb), Jabril Durham (14 + 5 reb), Glenn Cosey (12), Andrejs Grazulis (12)

Nizhny took care of business against the League’s hottest teams, smoking visiting VEF 53-28 in the first half, then held on for a wild victory in the second half. 

The Russians led by as much as 27 at the start of the 3rd quarter and maintained a 71-46 advantage with 3:22 to play in the period.

VEF, which had won five in a row entering Wednesday, showed its competitive spirit over the next five minutes, reeling off a ridiculous 23-3 run. Jabril Durham capped the turnaround with a triple, bringing Riga to within five, 74-69, with 8:45 to go in the game.

At risk of allowing the biggest comeback in League history, Nizhny turned to star Kendrick Perry, who finished with a game-high 31. The American guard scored eight of his team’s next 10 points, rebuilding the advantage to 10, 84-74, and ensuring the Russians would come away with a win. 

VEF got as close as four, 87-83, with less than a minute remaining, but Nizhny iced the game at the free-throw line, while Chris Czerapowicz came up with a big block on Durham. 

The 93-83 win is Nizhny’s 11th of the season and pulls Zoran Lukic’s men within one game of 6th-place Zenit. VEF falls to 8-14. The Latvians could still make the postseason, but have very little margin for error with only four games left on the schedule. 

25 – Nizhny’s lead at halftime, which was ultimately cut to four. VEF competed to the end and made it exciting, but was unable to extend its winning streak. 

Nizhny’s Electric Start


20/03/2019 Nizhny Novgorod-VEF 93:83