Ural Great 81 Strauss Iscar Nahariya 73

10 March 2004

A 3rd quarter surge from Ural Great Perm was enough for them to see of play-off opponents Strauss Iscar Nahariya and book a ticket to the FEL Final Four.

The Israeli side were in control for the majority of the first half, before the home team finally took the lead in the 3rd period.

Indeed Nahariya started the game the stronger side and took an early 11:4 lead. Zakhar Pashutin and Ruslan Avleev answered for Ural Great, but they couldn’t prevent a Nahariya lead at the break, 18:24.

Ural Great chipped away at the advantage and some good defense allowed them to reduce Nahariya’s lead to just 1-point at halftime, 40:41.

The break served to work in favour of Ural Great and they made their run after halftime. Led by the Baltic trio of Ksistof Lavrinovic, Sandis Buskevics and Raimonds Vaikulis, Ural Great pulled back the lead and built a lead of their own.

The run did not kill Nahariya off totally and they got back to within 3 points at 66:69. However, Sharon Shason made a crucial turnover and it was punished with baskets by Lavrinovic and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Nahariya tried a full court press but time ran out and Ural Great were the winners.

Lavrinovic was the MVP of the game and put on a dominant display, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking 7 shots. Avleev added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Nahariya struggled with their shooting throughout the game, connecting on just 40% of their 2-point shots and 22% on 3-pointers. Stevin Smith was the top scorer with 17 points, to which he also added 9 assists and 6 steals.

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