Monday was an action-packed day in Santander, as 26 teams took the floor!
Biggest win: UD – 52 points (101-49 vs BC Sukhum)
Top scorer: Mait Kabin (Kalush) – 29
Most rebounds: Igors Lukis (Garkalne) – 20
Most assists: Khalit Vagapov (Interwood) – 10
The Margutsa – Interwood matchup was a nail-biting affair, as the two clubs, who started off with opposite records battled until the end. Russian side Interwood managed to go out on top by a very slim margin, 68-66, and evened up the records with a win and a loss for each team. Vasilii Kulakov was the key to victory for the visitors, as he dropped 24 points and 10 rebounds against the Santander side.
Veteranos Torrelavega added another victory to their books, as they destroyed Basketclub 94-59 to move their record to 2-0. Gerardo Sisniega was the lead scorer for the winning side, as he contributed 24 points to the victory.
Ukrainian side UD recorded the biggest winning margin of the day, as they thrashed BC Sukhum 101-49, dominating all aspects of the game. Led by 22 points from Oleksii Poltoratskyi and 18 from Volodymir Gurtovyy, the Ukrainians got ahead early and never looked back.
A Russian derby between Mercury-Kazan and Great & Co ended up in a victory for the Kazan side, as they reached for a 64-57 win. Sergey Shvydkyy was the notable player in the game, as he tallied team-high 18 points. Viacheslav Korolev had an unusual night on the court, scoring no points, yet pulling down 15 rebounds for the losing side.
Kalush received their first win in thunderous fashion, as they held their own against Old Guns Germany, winning 77-48. The Ukrainians were helped by a tremendous performance from Mait Kabin, who dropped 29 points and was the day‘s highest scorer.
Two games were played in this age group and it helped both winning sides to improve to a 2-0 record. Garkalne defeated Aladushkin Group 72-60 after a blow-out win against Atskalunas the day before. Led by a phenomenal performance from Igors Lukis, the Latvians slowly built their lead up from scratch. The 57-year-old Center was dominant all-around, scoring 27 points and tearing down 20 boards.
Russian Project, who barely escaped KFU Gorod Kazan on Sunday, had a much easier task at hand with Perlas. They played strong and finished in the driver‘s seat with a 64-45 lead. Igor Krylov recorded a big double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
It was an unusually low-scoring affair in our oldest age group, as CSKA Veterans won by 24 points despite just scoring 50 themselves. The game against Kazan ended 50-26 in favor of the Moscow side, as they tallied their first win. Victor Petrakov had game-highs in both scoring and rebounding, as he tallied a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds.
In the other game of the night, Babailar defeated Vilniaus Statybos Senjorai 60-38 behind Aleksandr Trubach and his 18-point, 13-rebound performance. This marks the second win for them, while the Vilnius side dropped to 0-2.
Four teams stepped on the floor in the W40/45 division, as BC Svaja defeated go4champ in a close affair, 43-38. The Lithuanian side was led by Tetiana Kozbar, who recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Spanish side AMIDE Basketball Friends managed to stay ahead against Seduvos Malunos and finished on top, 49-43, in their first game of the championship. Yolanda Rodriguez came close to a double-double herself, as she dropped 11 points and 9 rebounds. Silvia Merodio added another 11 points.
Two more games were played in the other ladies’ age group, as Kamane defeated Koshki 62-52, led by Daina Kliaugiene’s 16 points off the bench. Three more players had double-digit scoring for Kamane. Oliga Macovichina was trigger-happy and ended up with 27 points.
Finally, Maximum, International easily got past Zeltenes Latvia and reached a 45-point margin at the very last minutes. They won 77-32 inspired by Tatjana Susnica Relic’s 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Elena Turetckaia added another 21 points to the tally.