In their first FIBA Europe League game of 2005, BC Kyiv will be hoping for a second victory over Hapoel Galil Elyon. Kyiv recorded a 101-87 victory over Galil Elyon in the first meeting between the two sides in Ukraine.
It looks as though Kyiv won’t be able to rely on a full strength team for the road trip. Team captain Edmunds Valeiko and youngster Olexiy Pecherov are suffering from a stomach virus, while center Ioannis Giannoulis is questionable for the game with a sore ankle.
To fill in the gaps and bring in some experience BC Kyiv have signed former Croatian National team’s captain Veljko Mrsic (33 years old, 202 cm, 100 kg). This all-around player is expected to give Kyiv some much need help off the bench. The Ukrainian vice-champion had an opening on their roster after Victor Herasymchuk, who had been acquired from Pulsar Rivne last summer, was moved to Kharkiv Politechnik.
In an interview with BC Kyiv’s official web site, head coach Renato Pasquali remarked on the difference in playing at home and away, commenting that on the road it will be difficult to score over 100 points and to shoot as well as in the first game (53% from the floor).
Therefore, BC Kyiv will need to improve their defense and try to limit Galil Elyon’s fast-break game, which was a factor in Kyiv.
Pasquali also singled out Moshe MIzrahi, Lior Eliyahu and Christian Dalmau as Galil Elyon’s most dangerous players.