UNICS Kazan made the first step towards the semi-finals of the EuroCup, after dominating Lokomotiv Kuban at home (86-66).
After a close game in the first half (41-38), the hosts took control and outscored their opponents 45-28 in the last 20 minutes to cruise to an easy victory.
Errick McCollum led the winners with a game-high 32 points, with Pierria Henry adding 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
On the other hand, Dmitry Kulagin had a team-high 17 points for the losing squad.
Game 2 will be played on Friday at Krasnodar.