Referees: Grzegorz Ziemblicki (POL), Robert Vyklicky (CZE), Ingus Baumanis (LAT)
Ukraine Cruise To Convincing Win Over Bosnia
Maksym Pustozvonov scored 17 points to lead Ukraine to an 87-69 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The hosts built a big early lead and never surrendered it in a dominating performance.
Ukraine opened the game on an 18-1 run, capped by a three-point play from Kyrylo Fesenko when he was fouled by Nihad Dedovic making a lay-up.
That came midway through the first quarter and the game was already effectively over as a contest as Ukraine refused to allow the visitors back into the game.
The gap was 31-14 at the end of the first period and 52-37 at half-time, and the gap was never less than double figures.
Fesenko added 15 points for Ukraine, while Serhiy Lishchuk had 14 before fouling out and Andriy Agafonov added 13. Dmytro Gliebov also chipped in with 10.
Henry Domercant did his best to keep Bosnia in it with 20 points, while Aleksej Nesovic and Kenan Bajramovic had 11 each.
Quotes Ukraine vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ukraine forward Maxym Pustozvonov: "First of all I want to thank all the fans that showed us great support tonight. They helped us throughout the game and trust me it meant a lot to us. I am happy we won tonight, first of all because we played team basketball."
Ukraine coach Vitaliy Cherniy: "I also want to thank the fans and the city of Dnepropetrovsk for the hospitality. It was not an easy game. We came out to play this game as if it was our last game. We are aware about all the criticism we've been getting and we want to prove we are not working in vain."
Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Kenan Bajramovic: "I have to congratulate Ukraine for their performance and victory. Something keeps happening to us during the first quarter of our road games."
Bosnia and Herzegovina coach Sabit Hadžić: "We were very tired, we arrived here at 3:30am today because there was no another connection and that must have been the reason for such a bad start to the game. After that we tried to catch up but had no energy to turn the game around. Congratulations to the Ukraine team. Our goal was to be one of the first two teams in the group and we had a good preparation for the qualification as well as a good first game against Ukraine. But in the second game against Hungary we lost two of our main players to injuries. After that we lost to Britain during the final minutes at home and had a close game against FYR of Macedonia. So now it's very tough to motivate the players for these remaining games."