Lokomotiv led after 10 minutes and boosted its margin to after three quarters. Fridzon got Lokomotiv going with a three-pointer, but Akpinar and Miller each buried a jumper for a Ulm lead.
History[ edit ] The history of the Lokomotiv starts back in in Mineralnye Vody. There were few volunteers to play basketball during the first after-war years — not more than people. Teenagers were trained by experienced and patient mentors — railways workers Grigory Abugov and Nikolai Kharchenko.
Grigory Abugov later became a famous coach, who raised a number of high-class professionals. Some of them are still in basketball as coaches. Lokomotiv played in the first league championship for a number of years, until in it finally got into the elite of the national basketball.
The season —03 became the final for the team from Mineralnye Vody. Lokomotiv hardly reached the play-off, taking the 8th place out of 10, where it lost to the champion CSKA Moscow in all three matches. It became obvious to many that changes needed to be made.
The decision was hence made to move the club to a more developed and economically growing area — Rostov region. The basketball club Lokomotiv Rostov was established in in Rostov-on-Don. The project was organised by Andrey Vedischev, the world-class master of sports, bronze medallist of the European Championship and the Russian National Championship.
During the next six years, the club played in the city of Don.
During these years the team was one of the strongest in Russia: regularly entering the play-off's of the national championship and in the European cups.
In the summer of , the president of the Russian Railways , Vladimir Yakunin, made the decision to move the club from Rostov-on-Don to Krasnodar. The main reason for that was that the arenas in Rostov were not satisfying the requirements of the Russian National Championship and the club's European tournaments.
First year in Krasnodar — [ edit ] After relocating to Krasnodar, Lokomotiv changed its name to Lokomotiv Kuban. Lokomotiv had a great start to the season, a winning streak which included an away win against CSKA and settled on the second place in standings for the first half of the season.
However, the second half of the season was not that successful, as losses became far more often and by the end of , Lokomotiv plummeted in the standings. Gerald Green , who joined the team in December, quickly became the team leader, and center Grigory Shukhovtsov got an invitation to the Russian national basketball team at the end of the season.
In the Russian League, despite elimination in the quarterfinals at the hands of Dynamo Moscow , Lokomotiv Kuban finished in a respectable 5th place. The success in the tournament lead to Lokomotiv, along with champion Krka, qualifying to the EuroCup , the second tier competition in Europe.
Lokomotiv demonstrated top-level basketball in the regular season, and dominated the playoffs - before a loss in the semifinals to UNICS Kazan prevented the team from reaching the finals.
In the 3rd place game, Lokomotiv lost to BC Lietuvos rytas During the season, the team also signed Richard Hendrix to strengthen the roster. The team had an aim to reach the top competition in Europe, the EuroLeague.
In order to do so, Lokomotiv had to win the EuroCup. Lokomotiv struggled in the regular season, but wins over Galatasaray and BC Donetsk helped Lokomotiv finished in first place in their group. Reaching the Top16, Lokomotiv dominated - the addition of Hendrix and amazing play by Brown lead to Lokomtiv easily finishing 1st in the group, and getting home court advantage for the EuroCup playoffs.
Lokomotiv dominated and won the game In the VTB United League , now the top domestic competition, Lokomotiv struggled in the regular season, before a great performance in the playoffs - reaching the finals, facing CSKA Moscow in the final series. Lokomotiv lost , though not before taking a great fight against the champion.
Debuting in the EuroLeague , Lokomotiv had a great regular season, finishing with a record and a trip to the Top Fighting for a final spot in the EuroLeague playoffs, Lokomotiv lost to Galatasaray , thus being eliminated from contention and finished the Top16 with a record.
Coach Pashutin left after the season.
Lokomotiv was the favorite to win the edition of the EuroCup and return to the EuroLeague. In the EuroCup, Lokomotiv entered the playoffs with a 16 consecutive wins, and easily defeated Brose Bamberg in the first round of the playoffs.
After winning the first game , Lokomotiv had won a competition record 19 consecutive games. In the rematch, however, Lokomotiv suffered a total fiasco, losing and shockingly being eliminated from the competition.
Lokomotiv got their revenge on UNICS, sweeping them in the quarterfinals, but suffered more heartbreak as they could not defeat Khimki in the semifinals, losing the series The high hopes for the season ended with a total fiasco for the team.
Lokomotiv retained much of the roster, and also signed Chris Singleton , who quickly became one of the team leaders. They also received a wild card for the —16 Euroleague.
Finishing second in the Top16, Lokomotiv qualified to the playoffs. Lokomotiv lost However, Lokomotiv recovered and beat Laboral Kutxa in the 3rd place game, finishing an amazing campaign in the EuroLeague. However, in the VTB League, Lokomotiv finished only 5th in the regular season, and lost to Khimki in the quarterfinals, losing a chance to compete in the Euroleague.
Lokomotiv initially struggled in the EuroCup, barely entering the Top16 phase. However, the play improved and Lokomotiv easily finished in 1st place in the Top16, getting home court advantage for the playoffs.
Facing Unicaja Malaga , Lokomotiv were again favorites - however, Unicaja shocked everyone and won the first game in Krasnodar, , stealing home-court advantage from Lokomotiv. In the second game, this time in Malaga, Unicaja dominated from the start and won , winning the series and eliminating Lokomotiv from the competition.
Despite being heavy underdogs, Lokomotiv took the fight against the defending champions - while losing the series , Lokomotiv fought close in each game. Lokomotiv quickly became one of the top teams of the EuroCup, finishing the regular season with record. Lokomotiv continued to dominate in the Top16, ending with a record and a combined record heading into the playoffs.
Broekhoff, Kulagin and Ragland were the team leaders. Entering the quarterfinals, Lokomotiv didn't stop - they easily beat Herbalife Gran Canaria in the quarterfinals, and Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in the semifinals, breaking their own streak by winning 20 consecutive games in the EuroCup.
In the rematch, the shocked Lokomotiv lost , losing the EuroCup finals In the VTB League, the format was changed to a final four, with the winners of the quarterfinals qualifying.
Lokomotiv faced EuroLeague playoff participant Khimki in the quarterfinals. Lokomotiv, despite home court advantage, lost the first two games, before losing the deciding one in Moscow - losing the series and ending the season with disappointment.
Arenas[ edit ] Lokomotiv-Kuban played its home games at the 3,seat Olympus Arena , prior to moving to the newer and larger 7,seat Basket-Hall Krasnodar. Honours and achievement[ edit ].