We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighth ranked Universitet-Yugra (4-5) beat on the road 7th ranked Samara-SGEU (5-5) 69-59 on Friday. They outrebounded Samara-SGEU 50-39 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Samara-SGEU was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Alexander Savenkov (205-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 25 rebounds. Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dmitriy Arteshin (201-89, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-92) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Samara-SGEU. Universitet-Yugra maintains eighth position with 4-5 record. Loser Samara-SGEU keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Universitet-Yugra will face higher ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Samara-SGEU: D.Arteshin 15+9reb, A.Knyazyuk 9+5reb+2ast, A.Varnakov 8+7reb+3ast, M.Kiryanov 8+3reb+2ast, I.Minchenko 6, O.Shchepkin 5+3reb+1ast
Univ.Surgut: N.Lepojevic 24+8reb+1ast, A.Savenkov 16+25reb+1ast, P. Burenko 15+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 7+6reb+3ast, A.Olkhov 2+2reb, A.Pushkin 2+1reb