In a close game Strauss Iscar took the win over MBC Odessa (83-87). A really good team-performance – five players had 10 or more points – was the main reason for the victory.
At the beginning of the game both teams acted pretty nervously and missed most of their shots. The guests from Israel were pressed hard so that in most occasions they were only able to shoot from the outside. But the Ukrainians missed several easy shots and Strauss Iscar could increase their lead.
After the halftime break everything changed. Oleg Yushkin (14 points), Edmund Valeyko and Vadym Pudzyrey (19 points) brought their team back in the game. Also Odessa’s defense finally managed to stop Erez Marckovich (15 points) and MBC took the lead from the Israelis.
But when Odessa looked like the winning team Stevin Smith (12 points), Yosef Dadon and Eric Campbell (19 points) demonstrated why they are so important for Strauss and gave the lead back to their team.
At the end the Israeli team won due to their better shooting percentage and fewer mistakes.
Game MVP: Vadym Pudzyrey
Avi Ashkenzi, Head Coach, Strauss Iscar Nahariya:
“I enjoyed the game. We didn’t know anything about how would MBC ODESSA would play, so we simply played the game our way – and you can see what was the result.”
Smith Stevin, Strauss Iscar Nahariya:
“When a team loses the coach is not to blame. The most important role is the role of players.”
Valyantsin Varonin, Head Coach, MBC Odessa:
“We don’t have players available to defend players such as Smith and Campbell. One of the reasons for our defeat is 23 turnovers. This time they were evident.”
Vadym Pudzyrey, MBC Odessa:
“I don’t think this defeat will crush our obstinacy. We just have to demonstrate our courage and to continue fighting.”