Odessa Top Table in Ukraine

19 November 2003

MBC Odessa now lead the way in the Ukrainian Superliga after two deserved victories over BC VOZKO Voznesensk.

Following a marathon round of matches, Odessa sit proudly at the top of the standings as the defeated Voznesensk 90-87 and 94-84 in two cracking matches.

Chief coach Valentyn Voronin will now feel totally vindicated by his decision to bring in forward Kostyantyn Galenkin in place of Viktor Savchenko.

Savchenko parted company with Odessa after a contractual dispute but the 32-year-old Galenkin will provide invaluable experience for the rest of the season.

BC Kyiv are Odessa`s closest challengers after recording nine wins and three defeats this term, while Lvivs'ka Politehnika are third with a 7-7 record thus far.

BC Azovmash Mariupol are fourth despite having won 10 games, but they have played fewer matches than either Kyiv or Lvivs`ka.

Mariupol are looking to step up their challenge for the title by signing American forward Tang Hamilton on a one-month contract.

The 25-year-old played nine games for Miami Heat in the 2001-02 season.

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