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Zalgiris Kaunas remain win-less in the pre-season phase before the upcoming Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season.

The Lithuanian champions 69-76 (18-20, 16-20, 11-19, 24-17) lost to Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the Gloria Cup opener in Turkey. It was the third loss in a row for Zalgiris.

It was the second win for Loko against Zalgiris. Last week the Russian club won 88-87 in Kaunas.

Today Lokomotiv took control in the third quarter. Darius Thompson knocked down a 3-pointer and made a dunk, Sergey Dolinin added a lay-up, while Lokomotiv made an 11-2 run and built a 13-points lead (55-42).

Zalgiris managed to cut the deficit to 7 points (58-65) in the middle of the fourth quarter, but that didn’t cause a lot of problems for Lokomotiv, which finished the game in a comfortable fashion.

For the winners, Jonathan Motley scored 21 points (8/10 2PT, 5/6 FT), and added 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 34 EFF.

Darius Thompson added 18 points (3/6 2PT, 3/5 3PT, 3/3 FT), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, and 17 EFF.

Zalgiris’ leader was Joffrey Lauvergne, who finished with 17 points (6/12 2PT, 5/6 FT), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 turnover, and 17 EFF.

In their upcoming Gloria Cup tournament game, Zalgiris will face Tofas Bursa, whilst Lokomotiv will play against Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Johnathan Mosley 21 (8/10 2PT, 12 REB, 34 EFF), Darius Thompson 18 (3/6 2PT, 3/5 3PT), Zakhar Vedishchev 10, Errick McCollum 9, Stanton Kidd 7, Sergey Dolinin 6.

Zalgiris: Joffrey Lauvergne 17 (6/12 2PT, 17 EFF), Emmanuel Mudiay 11 (4/8 2PT), Tyler Cavanaugh 9, Janis Strelnieks 7, Edgaras Ulanovas 7, Arturas Milaknis 6, Niels Giffey 4, Paulius Jankunas 3, Marek Blazevic 2, Josh Nebo 2, Lukas Lekavicius 1.

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