Tsmoki Minsk (@9.5) vs Lokomotiv Kuban (@1.04)

Our Prediction:

Lokomotiv Kuban will win

Tsmoki Minsk – Lokomotiv Kuban Match Prediction | 06-10-2019 07:45

In the summer of 2009, the president of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, made the decision to move the club from Rostov-on-Don to Krasnodar. The best achievement of the Lokomotiv during these years was the 5th place in the Russian National Championship (200607 season) and the finals of the FIBA Europe Cup (200405 season). During the next six years, the club played in the city of Don. The main reason for that was that the arenas in Rostov were not satisfying the requirements of the Russian National Championship and the club's European tournaments. During these years the team was one of the strongest in Russia: regularly entering the play-off's of the national championship and in the European cups.

Team leader Derrick Brown was the MVP of November in the EuroLeague. In the Top16, Lokomotiv fought in a tough group, with CSKA Moscow, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Real Madrid. Debuting in the EuroLeague, Lokomotiv had a great regular season, finishing with a 6-4 record and a trip to the Top16. Needing just one win to eliminate CSKA, Lokomotiv, however, suffered a fiasco - CSKA won the next two games in Krasnodar 76:73 and 79:78, before finishing the series by crushing Lokomotiv 84:65 in the deciding game in Moscow, winning the series 3:2 and eliminating Lokomotiv from the VTB League. Team leader Nick Calathes left the team for the NBA, and Lokomotiv signed Krunoslav Simon to replace him. Fighting for a final spot in the EuroLeague playoffs, Lokomotiv lost to Galatasaray, thus being eliminated from contention and finished the Top16 with a 7-7 record. In the VTB League, Lokomotiv faced CSKA Moscow in a rematch of the finals, this time in the quarterfinals - Lokomotiv shocked CSKA with two away wins, 87:83 and 81:66, in Moscow. Coach Pashutin left after the season.

In the Russian League, despite elimination in the quarterfinals at the hands of Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Kuban finished in a respectable 5th place. After relocating to Krasnodar, Lokomotiv changed its name to Lokomotiv Kuban. Gerald Green, who joined the team in December, quickly became the team leader, and center Grigory Shukhovtsov got an invitation to the Russian national basketball team at the end of the season. Lokomotiv Kuban also played in the EuroChallenge, but lost all six games in the regular season, and soon, Filipovski was replaced by the Lithuanian national basketball team head coach Kstutis Kemzra. Lokomotiv had a great start to the season, a winning streak which included an away win against CSKA and settled on the second place in standings for the first half of the season. Sao Filipovski was named the head coach. However, the second half of the season was not that successful, as losses became far more often and by the end of 2009, Lokomotiv plummeted in the standings. Under Kemzra, the team started showing more stable play, and thus the results started improving.


It became obvious to many that changes needed to be made. The season 200203 became the final for the team from Mineralnye Vody. Lokomotiv hardly reached the play-off, taking the 8th place out of 10, where it lost to the champion CSKA Moscow in all three matches. The decision was hence made to move the club to a more developed and economically growing area Rostov region.

Lokomotiv initially struggled in the EuroCup, barely entering the Top16 phase. Facing Unicaja Malaga, Lokomotiv were again favorites - however, Unicaja shocked everyone and won the first game in Krasnodar, 73:57, stealing home-court advantage from Lokomotiv. However, the play improved and Lokomotiv easily finished in 1st place in the Top16, getting home court advantage for the playoffs. On 14 November 2016, Lokomotiv signed new head coach Saa Obradovi, who replaced the departed Bartzokas.[6] Team leaders Delaney, Randolph and Singleton departed. Despite being heavy underdogs, Lokomotiv took the fight against the defending champions - while losing the series 0:3, Lokomotiv fought close in each game. In the 201617 VTB United League, Lokomotiv finished 4th in the regular season, getting home court advantage over UNICS Kazan, who took Lokomotiv's place in the 2016-2017 EuroLeague. They easily defeated VTB rival BC Zenit Saint Petersburg 2:0 in the quarterfinals. Coach Obradovi built a team based on teamwork, signing players like Taylor Rochestie, Matt Janning, Kevin Jones, Mardy Collins and Ian Vougioukas. Lokomotiv eliminated UNICS 3:1, and faced CSKA in the semifinals. In the second game, this time in Malaga, Unicaja dominated from the start and won 74:63, winning the series 2:0 and eliminating Lokomotiv from the competition.

Lokomotiv quickly became one of the top teams of the EuroCup, finishing the regular season with 10-0 record. Broekhoff, Kulagin and Ragland were the team leaders. Coach Obradovi remained with the team for the 2017-2018 season. However, Darafaka had other plans - they shocked Lokomotiv by snapping their winning streak in the first match in Krasnodar, with Lokomotiv losing an overtime thriller 78:81. In the rematch, the shocked Lokomotiv lost 59:67, losing the EuroCup finals 0:2. Entering the quarterfinals, Lokomotiv didn't stop - they easily beat Herbalife Gran Canaria 2:0 in the quarterfinals, and Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 2:0 in the semifinals, breaking their own 2014-2015 streak by winning 20 consecutive games in the EuroCup. In the finals, Lokomotiv faced Darafaka - Lokomotiv were the heavy favorites to win the tournament and enter the EuroLeague. In the VTB League, the format was changed to a final four, with the winners of the quarterfinals qualifying. Lokomotiv continued to dominate in the Top16, ending with a 6-0 record and a combined 16-0 record heading into the playoffs. Lokomotiv, despite home court advantage, lost the first two games, before losing the deciding one in Moscow - losing the series 0:3 and ending the season with disappointment. Lokomotiv won the Russian Basketball Cup with Kulagin being named the MVP. Ryan Broekhoff and Mardy Collins remained with the team, while Lokomotiv also signed Frank Elegar, Joe Ragland and Dmitry Kulagin. Lokomotiv faced EuroLeague playoff participant Khimki in the quarterfinals.

Building an almost entirely new team, Lokomotiv signed players like Nick Calathes, Mantas Kalnietis, Aleks Mari, Derrick Brown, Alexey Savrasenko, Simas Jasaitis, Valery Likhodey. The team had an aim to reach the top competition in Europe, the EuroLeague. Lokomotiv struggled in the regular season, but wins over Galatasaray and BC Donetsk helped Lokomotiv finished in first place in their group. In order to do so, Lokomotiv had to win the EuroCup. Lokomotiv dominated and won the game 75:64. Evgeny Pashutin took the position of the Loko's head coach for season, after huge success with UNICS Kazan. Calathes was named EuroCup MVP, while Hendrix won the Finals MVP award. During the season, the team also signed Richard Hendrix to strengthen the roster. Reaching the Top16, Lokomotiv dominated - the addition of Hendrix and amazing play by Brown lead to Lokomtiv easily finishing 1st in the group, and getting home court advantage for the EuroCup playoffs. In the playoffs, Lokomotiv beat KK Budunost in the quarterfinals, and Valencia Basket in the semifinals, with dominating away games. In the finals, held in Charleroi, Lokomotiv faced Bilbao Basket, last year's EuroLeague playoff participant.

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Under the direction of coach Kstutis Kemzra, Lokomotiv had a great season - in the PBL League, Lokomotiv finished 4th, after a loss in the semifinals to champions CSKA Moscow and a loss in the bronze medal series to EuroCup champions UNICS Kazan. Lead by Jeremiah Massey, Mike Wilkinson and Lionel Chalmers, Lokomotiv had a great season in the FIBA EuroChallenge, going all the way to the finals - despite being favorites to win, Lokomotiv lost to KK Krka 77:83 in the finals. The success in the tournament lead to Lokomotiv, along with champion Krka, qualifying to the EuroCup, the second tier competition in Europe.

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Some of them are still in basketball as coaches. Grigory Abugov later became a famous coach, who raised a number of high-class professionals. There were few volunteers to play basketball during the first after-war years not more than 150 people. Teenagers were trained by experienced and patient mentors railways workers Grigory Abugov and Nikolai Kharchenko. The history of the Lokomotiv starts back in 1946 in Mineralnye Vody.

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