After the starting face-off, the ball immediately fell into the hands of the players of "Tsmoki-Minsk", who immediately allowed a loss. In response, "PARMA" committed two misses in the attack. Both teams offered restraining pressure in the defense, because of which the performance was extremely low at the start of the match. But then the captain of "PARMA" Sergey Chernov, who brought our team forward with two "crazy" three-pointers, joined. By the way, after five minutes of playing time, Sergei Chernov scored more points than the entire team from Minsk. If "PARMA" staked on long shots, the players of "Tsmoki-Minsk" opposite, attacked mostly from under the ring and earned fouls. Almost half of the points of the first quarter of "Tsmoki-Minsk" scored from the penalty line. But the game of the team from Perm looked more interesting and effective: thanks to the good movement of the ball in the attack, the players of "PARMA" found free players on the arc, which either implemented a three-pointer, or "on the counter" went into the passage. And only two losses in the end of the period allowed to allow an opponent to go to the distance of an exact "three". 19-16 after the first ten minutes of the match in Minsk.
Ivan Ukhov opened the second period with a throw from the shield. Despite the "home" rings, "Tsmoki-Minsk" persistently could not get into the ring "PARMA", which aggressively played defense and well insured each other. Three and a half minutes of the second quarter of "PARMA" did not allow to score an opponent, but in the attack continued to attack effectively from the distance. A huge merit in this Sergei Chernov, who caught courage, Konstantin Bulanov and Jordan Callahan. Sometimes it seemed that the pressure on the entire court a little discouraged the players of the Minsk team, who could not think up anything sensible in the attack. 41-24 after the first five minutes of the second quarter and the head coach of "Tsmoki-Minsk" was forced to take a time-out. But conversations with the coach did not bring much fruit, and Konstantin Bulanov "three" increased the gap in the account. The mood of the Perm team players was demonstrated by Ivan Nelyubov, who, not sparing himself, rushed in the fight for the ball on the parquet like a lion. 57 percent of the implementation of three-point shots from behind the arc and 18 points of Sergei Chernov allowed "PARME" to go on a big break with an advantage of 19 points. 49:30.
After talking with the coach in the locker room, "Tsmoki-Minsk" went to the parquet with a different attitude, and the three-pointer in the first attack only confirmed serious intentions to play back. And although the following two attacks, "PARMA" brought the gap in the score to 20 points, but then the effectiveness of both teams significantly decreased. The percentage of shots from behind the arc dropped significantly, and with it the difference in the score gradually melted. A large number of rebounds in the attack and points of the second chance allowed to reduce the backlog of "Tsmoki-Minsk" to ten points before the final game segment. 59:49 after the third period.
The score in the final quarter was opened after his own miss Sasha Zagorac. These points were the only ones for both teams for another three and a half minutes. "PARMA" stopped attacking with a master percentage after half, but pressing and security in the defense did not allow "Tsmoki-Minsk" to get closer. Emotional charge of "PARMA" was given by Ivan Ukhov, who in a quick detachment scored an incredible dunk through the player. "Tsmoki-Minsk" made a lot of technical losses, and five minutes before the end of the match, the advantage of "PARMA" remained two-digit. Now the players from Minsk started attacking from a distance, and the team of Vyacheslav Shushakov played "for sure", scoring, mainly from under the ring, or with free throws. It should be noted that the players "PARMA" did not flinch and realized 80% of free throws in the final period. Prior to the first victory, "PARMA" was less and less time, and the difference of ten points was maintained. Yes, Justin Gray "snapped", hitting "three" through his hands from nine meters, but the players of "PARMA" with honor answered him already in the next attack and deservedly won the first victory in the VTB United League. The score of the meeting is 71:62 in favor of "PARMA"! In our team is worth mentioning 23 points of Sergei Chernov and the first double-double in the VTB United League Ivan Ukhov (10 points + 10 rebounds).
The next match "PARMA" will be held again on the road. April 9, the team from Perm will try to take revenge in Saratov for a home defeat against "Autodor".