Joe Ragland Leads Lokomotive on Winning Streak

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American -Liberian Joe Ragland (in red jersey) who obtained his Liberian citizenship in 2012 in in action for Lokomotive Kuban in the EuroCup (photo credit: Lokomotive Kuban)

Liberia-born Joe Ragland of the United States on Wednesday led Lokomotive Kuban to their fifth unbeaten match in Group C of the ongoing EuroCup Basketball competition after defeating Partizan NIS Belgrade 93-83.

Ragland led the Lokomotive by scoring 23 points and 5 assists after they won their fifth unbeaten match in the European basketball tournament. Before the match against Partizan, Lokomotive defeated Retabet Bilbao Basket 102-86 where Ragland scored 12 points and 4 assists.

Wednesday’s match was the 27-year-old fifth’s appearance for Lokomotive in the EuroCup since joining the basketball club in July and his 21st appearance in the European tournament.

The 23 points scored by Ragland on Wednesday means he has so far scored 93 points, 26 assists, and 6 steals for Lokomotive out of  five games in the EuroCup.

Prior to his move to Locomotive Kuban, Ragland played 16 games in the EuroCup for Italian side FoxTown Cantu and recorded 235 points, 83 assists and 15 steals.

Lokomotiv Kuban is seated top of Group C after securing five wins out of five games. They will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run on November 15 when they take on Limoges CSP.

The Russian club last won the EuroCup in 2013 after defeating Uxúe Bilbao of Spain 75-64.

In the domestic league in Russia, Ragland also led the team in their second home match by scoring a game point of 16 and 3 assist after Lokomotive won Nizhny Novgorod 94-64. He has so far scored 46 points out of 4 games in the VTB United League.

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