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Ukraine: Kyiv Keep Up Pressure On Azovmash

13 March 2005
Alexei Naumov

BC Kyiv are still hot on the heels of champions Azovmash Mariupol in the Ukrainian Superleague. Both sides recorded wins in this weekend’s action and both were taken to the wire by their opponents.

Azovmash only just survived a dramatic encounter with Mykolaiv, recording a 123-125 road victory. Mykolaiv’s Alexander Raevskiy exploded for 42 points and 9 assists, but 34 points apiece frrom Art Long and Lior Lubin guided Azovmash home

Lamarr Greer paced Kyiv with 33 points
Kyiv faced visitors Sumykhimprom and it was only in the last 4 minutes that Kyiv were able to overcome a 10-point deficit and claim victory.

After building a small lead in the third quarter, Kyiv faced a three-point barrage from Sumykhimprom’s Rostislav and Igor Krivych (who are twin brothers). Rostislav nailed three in a row to spark a 9-0 run for his side and following a Kyiv timeout, Igor added two more which gave Sumykhimprom a 68-78 lead with 4 minutes to play.

After another Kyiv timeout, coach Renato Pasquali decided to put 4 guards and 1 center on the court, and it was a strategy that paid off.

Kyiv’s small, but quick line-up caused Sumykhimprom all sorts of problems and they were harried into multiple turnovers. Kyiv’s full court press held their opponents to just 1 point in the last 3-44, and the home side finished 84-79 winners.

Kyiv’s Lamarr Greer finished with game high 33 points and 9 rebounds and Ioannis Giannoulis added 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Sumy’s Oleg Kojenez had 24 points and 7 rebounds, Rostislav Krivych had 20 points and his brother Igor added 18 points and 6 rebounds.

Kyiv are one game behind Azovmash in the Superleague standings. Both sides face FIBA Europe League quarter-final action this week. Kyiv take on Strauss Iscar Nahariya while Azovmash travel to St. Petersburg.

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