BC Kyiv embarked upon their Superliga play-off campaign in impressive fashion with a 97-76 home win over Dnipro.
But not everything went smoothly for Renato Pasquali's side with recent big-name signings Sergei Chikalkin and Sean Colson both substituted following lacklustre performances.
The Kiev club this week clinched the signature of American point guard Colson, hot on the heels of the previous week's sensational capture of Ural-Great guard Chikalkin.
Coach Pasquali explained his thinking behind Colson's signing, clarifying that American guard John Celestand and his compatriot Steven Goodrich, a forward, are soon to depart.
"The contracts with these players (Celestand and Goodrich) expired at the end of the (regular) season," said the Italian coach. "They are not contracted to play in the play-offs."
As well as the capture of Chikalkin, Pasquali earlier this month received a boost with the return from injury of former Nancy and Azovmash player Oleksandre Lokhmanchuk.
But Colson's future at the club could be on the line as officials made clear he will only be offered a deal provided he makes a favourable impression.
The visitors suffered a second-quarter blow after Yuriy Zozulya was forced off after sustaining a leg injury following a collision with Edmundas Valeiko.
Lohkmanchuk top-scored for the hosts with 20 points. Oleksandre Okunsky (13 points), Redzhinald Giri (12) and Valeiko (9) also did well for the hosts.
Regular season leaders Azovmash also enjoyed a comfortable home opener with a 90-79 win over visiting Sumykhimprom.
Junior Hurrington led the way for the home side with 18 points, with good performances coming from Volodymyr Gurtovyi (16 points) and Arnas Kazlauskas (16).
Rostislav Krivich (20 points) starred for Sumykhimprom, with Oleksandre Shaposhnikov (10) and Artyom Butskij (10) also successful.
New signing Garth Joseph helped MBC Odessa to a comprehensive 108-79 home victory over Budivelnyk with the visitors struggling in the absence of their own playmaker Volodymyr Golubev to neutralise the former Chicago Bulls player.
Joseph led all scorers with 22 points. His team-mates Gennadiy Kuznetsov (17 points), Gennadiy Kuznetsov (17), Oleg Tkach (13) and Yaroslav Zubritsky (12) were also instrumental.
In the fourth and final game, BC Khimik celebrated a 92-72 home win over MBC Mykolaiv.Khimik took control of proceedings in the opening minute. Responding to Oleksandre Rayevsky's early three-pointer, the home side fought back with a couple of precise three-point shots, building a solid 15-point first-quarter lead.
Sergiy Lischuk claimed an impressive 27-point haul for BC Khimik, Vladan Zivkovic grabbing 15 points and Olexiy Poltoratsky a further 11 points. For Mykolaiv, Oleksandre Rayevsky (25 points), Yevhen Podorvanyi (25) and Oleksandre Chausov (13) were among the scorers.