San Antonio Spurs’ DeJuan Blair and Krasnye Krylya Samara won the VTB qualification round and remained unbeaten in the tournament. The Redwings who beat their previous three opponents by an average margin of 18.3 points, had a tough time in dispatching Enisey.
Enisey opened the game strong, and took a 29-15 advantage after the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Enisey increased their lead to 38-22, but that’s when Krasnye Krylya made a furious rally.
The Redwings went on a 23-0 run and scored 32 points in the period to take a 47-40 lead at halftime.
Krasnye Krylya protected their lead in the second half, won the third quarter 23-22 and headed into the fourth with an 8-point advantage.
Enisey tried to make a comeback winning the final quarter 21-16, but it wasn’t enough as the Redwings held on for an 86-83 victory.
Brion Rush led Krasnye Krylya with 18 points.
Playing his fourth game in five days, Blair who averaged 22.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in his three games struggled in this one.
The Spurs’ burly big man managed just four points, two rebounds, one assists and had three turnovers in 14:22 minutes of action in the win.
Andrey Komarovskiy and Jasmin Hucic delivered 15 points each in the losing effort for Enisey.