The 2016 NBA champion as part of Cleveland, the 2012 Olympics bronze medalist center Timofey Mozgov made his debut as part of the Superleague first division team Runa (Moscow). The capital club defeated the reservists of the Krasnodar Lokomotiv-Kuban with a score of 83:66, Mozgov scored 15 points.
Recall that Mozgov, after returning from the NBA in 2019, signed a contract with Khimki, but due to injury he played little. After the Khimki team lost the status of the United League team, Timofey remained unemployed for some time, but in December he joined the ranks of the capital “Runa”, which is having the best season in its short history. At the time of Mozgov’s arrival, “Runa”, led by head coach Oleg Bartunov, took first place in Superleague 1 (the tournament is held under the auspices of the Russian Basketball Federation).
Runa missed the first round of the Super League in 2022 according to the calendar, since there are an odd number of participants in the division (15), and on January 13, Muscovites met the TsOP-Lokomotiv-Kuban team on their site in the Dynamo sports palace on Lavochkin Street ” (Krasnodar region). Mozgov entered the game from the bench in the fourth minute of the game, scored his first points from free throws and gradually played out.
As a result, Timofey became the top scorer of the match. This is what made up his 15 points (in 18 and a half minutes of net time): shots from the field – 6 out of 9, free throws – 3 out of 4. Mozgov made 8 rebounds, and this is also the best indicator in the match. According to the coefficient of utility, and it is calculated by the RBF according to a special formula, the titled center is the best in his team.
Note that point guard Andrei Sopin, who defended the colors of the Russian national team at the 2019 World Cup in China, stands for Runa.
On New Year’s Eve, another very famous person in basketball became a full-fledged character in Superleague 1 – the former mentor of the national squad, CSKA, Kazan UNICS and Lokomotiv-Kuban Yevgeny Pashutin. In December, by mutual agreement of the parties, he parted with Loko and very quickly decided on a new place of work, heading the Yekaterinburg Uralmash. While the team under the leadership of Pashutin in the new year played two home matches and won both – 97:63 with Irkut (Irkutsk) and 96:83 with Dynamo (Vladivostok).
In the Super League 1 championship the leaders are: Runa (Moscow) – 14 wins – 1 defeat, Uralmash (Yekaterinburg) – 13-3, Temp-SUMZ-UGMK (Revda) – 13-3, BC Samara – 9-6, “University-Ugra” (Surgut) – 10-6. According to the results of a two-round tournament of 15 teams, the eight strongest participants will advance to the playoffs.