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Ukraine: BC Kiev Move Into Last Four

22 April 2004

BC Kiev stormed into the semi-finals of the Superliga play-offs after beating BC Dnipro 82-59 in the second match of their quarter-final tie.

Dnipro started well and held a two-point lead at the end of the first period - but it was all downhill after that.

Kiev fought back to go into the half-time interval 40-35 up before storming away in the final period, when they outscored Dnipro 35-15.

Kiev's Edmundas Valeiko led all scorers with 18 points while he received good support from team-mates Sergei Chikalkin (17 points) and Olexander Lokhmanchuk (15 points).

BC Azovmash and MBC Odessa also reached the last four after both sides completed 2-0 quarter-final wins over Sumykhimprom and BC Budivelnyk Kiev respectively.

BC Azovmash edged out Sumykhimprom 85-74 in their second game despite a brilliant 27-point haul from Rostyslav Kryvych for the losers.

Odessa had decent contributions from a number of their stars as they produced a brilliant final period to beat Budivelnyk Odessa, who had Yaroslav Zubritsky top-score with 18 points and saw four other players score in double-figures, trailed by eight heading into the last quarter but managed to win the period 29-16 and clinch the match.

The fourth quarter-final will go to a deciding third match to be played on Saturday after MBC Mykolaiv humbled BC Khimik 90-69 to level up the tie at 1-1.

Olexander Rayevsky scored 28 points for the victors while his team-mate Yevhen Podorvanyi contributed 23 in a similarly impressive performance.

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