Kyiv started the game with a field goal percentage of 100%. After 5 minutes they were ahead by 6 (11:5). American playmaker Celestand was definitely one of their most important men this evening. He controlled the game and lead his team to a score of 45:36 after 20 minutes. Beside him Andriy Lebedyev was very hot tonight – 14 points at half time for the German-born player.
Although Kyiv has lost any chance to proceed to the 1/8 final play-offs many spectators came to support their team. Almost 4000 spectators saw the game and turned the gym into a hot spot.
After the break the game lost its intensity and Kyiv made a lot of fouls. As a result, the Russians were able to narrow the gap easily. They trailed only by one at the end of the third period.
Now it was the time of Ural Great. They took the lead and never gave it back. Ural won the last quarter 14:26!
The final score was 75:86 for the guests from Russia.
Zashchuk, Head Coach BC Kyiv:
"We really made a lot of mistakes. Especially in organizing the game and we know that we have to work on it very hard".
Sergei Belov, Head Coach Ural Great Perm:
"We won because of our patience, not because of our professionalism".