Without victory but with honor

Without victory but with honor

09.04.2017
  Starting throw-in, the ball goes to "Avtodor", but thanks to a timely security in the defense, the players of "PARMA" stealed the ball and immediately earned themselves fouls. Already in the next defense, Ivan Nelyubov staged a spectacular block-shot, demonstrating a serious attitude. But the players of the Saratov club were also charged to the fight and opened the scoring with a foul shot. Both teams showed high activity in the attack. In one of the attacks "PARMA", after a good ball movement Sasha Zagorac "shook the old days" and scored the ball from above, bringing a storm of emotions to the players of the bench. After such a frisky start, the head coach of Avtodor Vladimir Antsiferov was forced to take a timeout. However, Sergei Chernov, scoring in the aisle, still increased the advantage of "PARMA". Unfortunately, for all the protection of "PARMA", the leader of "Avtodor" Nick Minnerat joined, who successfully attacked from all distances and scored, sometimes, incredible balls. Its leader was supported by the rest of Avtodor's players. On the floor, a basketball "shootout" began, in which our rivals were slightly more successful, demonstrating the mastery percentage of three-point shots. 33:21 after the first quarter.
The second quarter began with a three-point birthday in the "PARMA" Nikolai Zhmako. "Avtodor" stopped playing a restraining pressure in the defense, slightly "untied" the hands of our defenders and offering to play "PARME" in a slow positional attack. But the players of "PARMA" continued to bend their line and play fast and aggressively. Unfortunately, the percentage of shots dropped, what Avtodor took advantage of, escaping to fast breaks after the misses of our players. Despite the fact that the ball stubbornly did not want to fly into the rival's ring, the "Parma" snipers found a safety net in the attack in the face of Alexander Vinnik, who bravely fought on someone else's shield, giving the shots of the second chance. If the "PARMA" ball did not want to fly into the ring, then "Avtodor" home rings much more willingly took the shots of their team. Yes, it did not fly from the distance, but, as you know, if long shots do not fly, you need to score points in the aisles, which was well demonstrated by the overactive Nikolai Zhmako. Summarized the first half of Ivan Ukhov, who incredibly three-pointer under the siren kept intrigue in the match and hope for an interesting second half. 56:42 and the team went to the locker room to talk with the coaches.
The beginning of the second half was the continuation of the end of the previous half: "Avtodor" "poured" from the arc and ran off into fast breaks, "PARMA" also gained points mainly after drawing combinations and in the aisles. Birthday did not slow down. But the difference in the score continued to increase and for 5 minutes before the end of the period passed for twenty points, and Vyacheslav Shushakov was forced to take a timeout. And the team changed, and the situation on the court changed dramatically: "Avtodor" stopped falling from the distance, "PARMA" added speed, and the difference began to "melt". It's worth noting Jordan Callahan, who added speed and scored 6 points in a short game. Successfully dealt with rivals under the ring "big" "PARMA". By the way, Ivan Nelyubov and Alexander Vinnik scored not only after a one-to-one game, but also successfully breaking into and finding free zones. "PARMA" played quite differently and there was a hope for the return of intrigue. Serious intentions for "kambek" was proved by the same Ivan Nelyubov, a powerful dunk who closed the third quarter and reduced the difference to 9 points. 75:66.
10 minutes before the end of the match, 9 points behind. "PARMA" immediately began to reduce this difference. Two half-hooks in the first two attacks of Nelyubov, and already only minus 5. But Yevgeny Kolesnikov "woke up" his team by "three", not allowing the Perm team to get close. Now Sergey Chornov joined the chase. "Avtodor" answered the hits of Kolyushkin and Fraser. The difference in the score hung about ten points. He supported our captain Nikolai Zhmako with several important hits. Added aggression in the protection of "Parma". Pressing and tight guardianship played a role, several attacks of Avtodor were repulsed, but, unfortunately, Kostya Bulanov could not find a shot. Throws were open, and, usually, Constantine realizes such throws with a percentage of 50, but today the ball flew into the ring after throws 52 number of "PARMA" did not want. In the end, our team used the tactic of an intentional foul, however, Avtodor did not smear penalties in its hall.
110: 99 after the final siren. It is worth noting the help of spare "Parma". The bench of the Perm team scored 34 points, against 8 points of the bench "Avtodor".

The final two games of the debut season in VTB United League "PARMA" will play at home. April 13 against the European basketball grandee - CSKA, and 19 against the bronze medalist of the Euroleague last season - "Locomotive-Kuban".

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