Tsmoki rewrites VTB United League record
Belarusian representatives of the VTB United League continue to surprise. After an away win over Riga VEF (which launched the season for the ‘dragons’) Minskers became co-authors of one of most dramatic and thrilling matches of the last four seasons.
By Dmitry Baranovsky
Donald Kairys’ team lost to Krasny Oktyabr from Volgograd in a match hosted at the Minsk-Arena. Although the term ‘lost’ is relative and both sides deserved an award. Conceding 14 points, and then a further 7 points, before the final whistle, the hosts somehow managed to restore the balance and take the game to overtime. However, during this period, the Volgograd players, playing their debut season in the VTB United League, had a lucky break. The guests managed to win because of two completely unexplainable errors of Tsmoki’s Branko Mirkovic who, until those moments, had played the whole match at the highest level.
Nevertheless, the match in Minsk became the highest scoring in the history of the VTB United League, with the two teams earning 225 points between them. The previous achievement, 216 points, had also belonged to Tsmoki, setting this record in the match against the Lithuanian team, Neptūnas. Because of this, the visit of the Lithuanians to Minsk promised to be interesting. The ‘Dragons’ failed to rewrite another record, but hardly anyone will be upset about this. This season, the Minsk team is playing completely different basketball, and we are enjoying it a lot.
This was also confirmed by a recent match against Neptūnas from Klaipėda. The much changed team from Lithuania kept the spectators at the Minsk-Arena in suspense from the first moment of play until the final buzzer, but at the end they did not manage to break the defence of the Tsmoki players, who have already gained their second victory of the season. The Minsk players’ next home match will be against Moscow CSKA and, by all indications this meeting will be a serious examination of the professionalism of Donald Kairys players.