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Ukraine: Colson and Chikalkin Fire Kiev Into Title Series

05 May 2004

BC Kiev will play Azovmash in the Ukrainian Superliga final after both sides completed 3-1 series wins in their respective semi-finals on Tuesday evening.

Kiev booked their place in the final with a hard-fought 95-93 victory over MBC Odessa in Game 4 of their semi-final.

The defeat was tough on Odessa, who led by 10 points at half-time but paid for a dismal third quarter where they missed a host of baskets.

Odessa managed to restore their 10-point advantage at the start of the fourth quarter thanks to the scoring contributions from Oleksiy Karvanen and Oleh Kozoriz.

But Kiev refused to lie down and with Sean Colson and former Ural-Great star Sergei Chikalkin, the Russian international, in awesome form, the capital club fought back brilliantly to snatch the win.

Colson has been arguably Kiev's key player during the semi-final series but he saved one of his best performances for when it really mattered, the American guard scoring 35 points in Tuesday's triumph.

He was well-supported by Chikalkin, who contributed 29 points to the win.

It was a different story for Odessa who shared the points around and saw six players score in double-figures, Oleh Tkach leading the way with 17 points for the losers.

Azovmash had a much easier task in securing a 3-1 semi-final win over Khimik, winning the decisive fourth match 96-71.

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