|Willie Kemp brought to an BC Kyiv's hopes of advancing to the Last Sixteen with 17pts and five assists to head Gaz Metan Medias' victory|
Five players scored in double figures as Gaz Metan Medias eased past BC Kyiv 82-69 at home to eliminate Kyiv from Group D in the EuroChallenge.
Willie Kemp paced 3-1 Metan with 17 points while Slavisa Bogavac added 14 points, Rares Mandache had 12, Kyle Shiloh 11 and Georgios Tsiaras chipped in 10 points.
Kyiv remain winless at 0-4 in the group, wasting a 20-point showing from Ruslan Otverchenko while Michael Davis collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat.
Medias jumped out to a 7-0 lead and continually extended their advantage out to nine points, 22-13 in the first quarter, which ended with the hosts up 22-15.
Kyiv trimmed the deficit to 22-19 but the home side went on a 13-4 run for a 35-23 advantage. The hosts' cushion was still 38-25 before Kyiv trimmed the margin to 43-36 at the intermission.
Kyiv had pulled to within 49-40 when Metan used an 11-1 surge to increase the lead to 60-41.
With his team trailing 68-50 after three quarters, Otverchenko scored to cut the gap to 77-66 with two minutes left. But five straight Medias points decided the game for good.
Michael Davis, BC Kyiv player:
"[It was a] tough game, they came out, made the shots and the plays on their home floor. We came out to play hard but they played good enough to win this game. I think Gaz Metan had more energy tonight, compared to us, and their fans helped them in playing faster than us. Also they scored their three-point open shots, and we did not''.
Vitalyi Chernyi, BC Kyiv coach
"I think my team played well, I'm satisfied how the guys motivated themselves. Gaz Metan showed character, they understand each other on the floor. We made too many turnovers so Gaz Metan had an easy mission and I'm very disaspointed of this situation - they scored very easy."
Georgios Tsiaras, Gaz Metan Medias player:
"Before the game the coach told us to be very concentrated and do just what we practiced, nothing more. I think we simply did that and that's why we won the game. We played like a team and stayed focused for forty minutes."
Marcel Tenter, Gaz Metan Medias coach:
"The team played very good tonight, i want to congratulate them for the effort. I think it there was never a question about the winner in the tonight's game. I hope our evolutin in EuroChallenge will be reflected in our national championship if the things will go in a positive direction at the club."