The game in Tbilisi was also quite interesting. Second ranked Kutaisi (7-2) played at the court of 8th ranked MIA (1-7). Kutaisi managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Saturday. Kutaisi forced 25 MIA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kutaisi made 7 blocks. Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashaev (188-83) chipped in 12 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. The best for the losing side was American power forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and Belarusian center Vladzimir Krysevich (209-91) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion MIA stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Kutaisi will meet Energy Invest (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 19+8reb+1ast, Z.Pashaev 12+2reb+8ast, T.Britton 10+6reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 8+9reb, T.Babunashvili 7+1reb+3ast, B.Bekauri 7+7reb+2ast
MIA Academy: V.Krysevich 19+10reb+2ast, M.Lewis-Briggs 18+15reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 10+2reb, E.Murray 8+9reb+6ast, N.Darbaidze 6+1reb, I.Lezhava 6+1reb+1ast