VTB United league 2017/2018
Astana
Astana
VTB United league, Regular season
10.12.2017, 15:00 Su
Arena: Velotrek «Saryarka» (Astana)
vs.
Game number: RS-50
Lokomotiv Kuban
Krasnodar

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1946 Team colors: green, red
Country: Russia Arena: Basket Hall
City: Krasnodar Website: lokobasket.com

Description

«Lokomotiv Kuban» -  is a Russian professional men's basketball team from Krasnodar.

The history of the “Lokomotiv” started back in 1946 in Mineralnye Vody. There were not many enthusiasts who would play basketball during the first after-war years — not more than 150 people. Experienced and patient mentors, railways workers Grigoriy Abugov and Nikolay Kharchenko, trained teenagers. Grigoriy Abugov became a famous coach later, who mentored a number of high-class professionals. Some of them still work as coaches in basketball.

“Lokomotiv” played in the first league of the National Championship for a number of years, when finally in 1994 it found itself among the elite of the national basketball. In 1999 “Lokomotiv” received the right to represent Russia in European tournaments and won the Cup of the International Railways Union.

The season 2002/2003 became the last for the team from Mineralnye Vody. “Lokomotiv” hardly reached play-off, taking the 8th place out of 10, where it lost to the champion CSKA in all three games. It became obvious, that the changes had to be made. The decision was made to move the club to Rostov region, a more developed and economically growing area.

The basketball club “Lokomotiv — Rostov” was established in 2003 in Rostov-on-Don. The project was organised by Andrey Vedischev, a world-renowned master of sports, bronze medallist of the European Championship and the Russian National Championship.

For the next six years the club was based in the city on Don. During these years the “railways” team was one of the strongest in Russia, it regularly advanced to play-offs of the national championship and European cups. During these years “Lokomotiv” achieved the 5th place in the Russian National Championship (2006/07 season) and the final of the FIBA Cup (2004/05 season).

In the summer of 2009 it was decided to move the club from Rostov-on-Don to Krasnodar. The main reason for this move was that arenas in Rostov did not meet the requirements of the Russian National Championship and the European club’s tournaments.

Relocation of the club changed a team’s name to “Lokomotiv-Kuban”. The first season of “Lokomotiv” in Kuban started under the leadership of Slovenian specialist Sasho Filipovski. The season started successfully. The team from Krasnodar almost won CSKA in away game, and then won three times in a raw, which helped them to settle on the second place of the tournament league table.

Unfortunately, soon the team got caught up with the series of failures. After these events the team lost its confidence and was giving up its positions in the Russian National Championship, where by the end of the 2009 “Lokomotiv” got down to the middle of the league table.

The management of the club took immediate actions to improve the situation: Sasho Filipovski was replaced with the head coach of Lithuania  Kestutis Kemzura.

After loosing all the chances to stay in Eurochallenge, the club concentrated on the National Championship. Kestutis Kemzura improved the team-game skills and put every player on his own position on the court. The new coach helped to reveal many talented players: Gerald Green — became the best scorer in the second half of the season, Grigoriy Shukhovtsov  was invited to the Russian national team at the end of the tournament.

The season 2011/2012 was very intense and productive for “Lokomotiv-Kuban”. Well-known coach Bozidar Maljkovic formed the strong team. It was successful and not only performed well in major international tournaments like the European Cup and VTB United League, but also won bronze medals of the Russian Championship.

Last season “Lokomotiv” got the right to take part in European Cup, the second most important European championship,when  itmanaged to get to the final of the Challenge Cup.

The next season, the team from Krasnodar looked confident despite the fact that it was a fresher in the European Cup. Passing the group selection with the second result in the group, 4 wins in 6 matches, “Lokomotiv” went through to the last 16, where it had to meet with Lithuanian “Lietuvos Rytas”, Italian “Benneton” and German “Alba”. In quarterfinals “Lokomotiv” played with “Khimki”, which won by the end of the day.

Besides its debut in the elite European tournament, Eurocup, the club from Krasnodar also played in the VTB United League for the first time. “Lokomotiv” demonstrated top-level basketball in the regular season, and ranking 4th at the end.

The team enjoyed only positive changes since it moved to Krasnodar. A coach that does not require any introduction — Evgeny Pashutin, headed the team in the following season. The aims and objectives of the team became more sophisticated and ambitious, which were top places in the Russian National Championship and the VTB United League, as well as in Euroleague.

Achievements:
  • EuroCup winner — 2012/2013
  • Finalist of FIBA Cup-2004/2005
  • Finalist of EuroChallenge -2010/2011
  • Bronze medalist of Russian Championship — 2012, 2015
  • VTB United League Finalist — 2012/2013
  • Finalist of Cup of Russia — 2014