The impact of Dynamo St Petersburg on the FIBA Europe League has been lauded by the Russian city's governor, Valentina Matvienko.
Dynamo, a team that was only formed last summer, went unbeaten in the competition, ultimately prevailing in the Final Four in Istanbul over Russian rivals BC Khimki and Ukrainian giants BC Kyiv.
It was always in the bag for FIBA Europe League champions Dynamo St Petersburg.
At least that's what coach David Blatt believed before his team walked onto the court to play at the Final Four in Istanbul.
BC Kyiv did not capture the FIBA Europe League title their fans had dreamt of but coach Renato Pasquali is anything but downbeat.
The Italian, whose team led 28-18 early in the second quarter on Thursday night before watching Dynamo St Petersburg fight back to claim an 85-74 win in Istanbul, said: "We built a good team this year.