French side Le Havre's trip to Mariupol proved to be difficult in more ways than one. Arriving at 3:30 in the morning before the game due to bad weather conditions, their misery was compounded with a 70:61 loss to Azovmash.
The long journey seemed to have taken its toll on the Frenchmen in the opening minutes, and Azovmash jumped out to a 7:2 lead. Le Havre rallied and took a 13:14 lead of their own in the 7th minute, but the Ukrainians finished the first quarter 22:16 ahead.
It was in the 3rd quarter that Azovmash began to stretch away from their opponents, and after 30 minutes they had a double digit lead, 59:48.
To their credit, Le Havre did not simply give up and fought back in the final period. However, Mariupol forward Dmytro Korablov came off the bench to hit all 4 of his field goal attempts and keep the game firmly in control of the home team.
Jermaine Guice was the only Le Havre player to hit double figures in scoring. He had 21 points on 8/16 shooting from the field.
Viacheslav Ievstratenko and Tephen Hamilton both scored 16 points for Azovmash, who move into 3rd place in Group A, level on points with Le Havre and Telindus Oostende.
MVP: Viacheslav Ievstratenko, Azovmash Mariupol (16 points)
Girard Eric, Head Coach, STB Le Havre:
“The game was very difficult. We are not satisfied with the result. Now our thoughts are about a way back and forthcoming game in the national championship.”
Sebastien Ville, STB Le Havre:
“To my pity I have been not enough time on the court to help my teammates. Today was not our day.”
Andrey Podkovyrov, Head Coach, Azovmash Mariuopol:
“I`ve adjusted my players to give everything on the court. Unfortunately not everyone has done that, so we would have had a more convincing victory. We had 15 points of advantage, but could not increase it.”
Viacheslav Ievstratenko, Azovmash:
“In our actions there was no mutual understanding tonight. Our two new American players hav not had the time to get used to the new conditions and new teammates yet. I think, that in a month we`ll be able beat any opponent.”