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Ukraine: Kyiv March On

14 November 2004
Alexei Naumov

It’s not always easy to get ready to play against an underdog right after a superb victory against one of the top European teams. This statement has proven to be correct in a game between BC Kyiv and Politechnika from Lvov.

BC Kiev started the game with a highly unusual lineup: Valeiko, Lebedev, Gerasimchuk, Pecherov and Loncar. Coach Pasquali said prior to the game that he was going to give his young players a chance to deal with serious responsibility right from the start, since most of the time they play when their team has a comfortable lead.

BC Politechnika enjoyed a lead most of the first quarter and the home team managed to even up the score only after their stars Chikalkin, Greer and Giannulis got on the court. Nobody had any doubts as for the outcome of the game – the only question was the point margin at the final buzzer. 100:52 was the final score – the Lvov team scored only 4 points in the final quarter.

BC Kyiv coach Renato Pasquali after the game said: "I am glad that our players did not relax as the lead was growing. This game was a good opportunity for us to let young players see more action.

"We also worked on zone defense and zone press since we might use them against our next FIBA Europe League opponent CEZ Nimburk."

BC Kyiv President Alexander Volkov said: "Our upcoming game against CEZ Nimburk will be tough. You should not underestimate a team, which last year confidently beat MBC Odessa twice and did not proceed past the group stage only due to unfortunate circumstances. Moreover, they are the winners of their national league and last week they defeated FIBA Europe League’s defending champion UNICS Kazan."

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