Kyiv Join Turks On Top

24.01.2006

Dusan Kecman hit a three-pointer and LaMarr Greer buried two free throws in the final nine seconds as BC Kyiv knocked off Fenerbahce on the road 88-85 in overtime to pull level with their opponents atop Group I of the EuroCup.

The Ukrainians and the Turks are each 3-2 and top the group with the defending champions Dynamo St Petersburg and CEZ Nymburk just a game back at 2-3.

Guilherme Giovannoni (BC Kyiv)
Guilherme Giovannoni had a season high 20 points for Kyiv
Guilherme Giovannoni led Kyiv in scoring with 19 points while Goran Nikolic and Greer each added 17. Andrii Lebediev had 11 and Kecman 10.

Kresimir Loncar chipped in with 10 rebounds.

Cory Violette and Damir Mrsic each scored 20 for Fenerbahce while Erdal Bibo had 19 and Jarod Stevenson contributed 16. Kaspars Kambala was held to just eight points and six rebounds.

Violette and Bibo started hot for the Turks, combining for four three-pointers and 18 points as Fenerbahce opened a 28-20 lead after one period.

Kyiv answered with a 10-2 run to start the second and even the game at 30-30. And neither team could pull away. The teams went into the locker-room with the Ukrainians up 41-40. The game also remained close in the third, which ended 59-56 for the guests.

Michael Harris scored two quick baskets and Lebediev hit a jumper as Kyiv opened a 65-56 lead with eight minutes left. But Mrsic and Bibo combined for 12 points as Fenerbahce went on a 14-3 run to claim the lead 70-68.

After Giovannoni buried a three-pointer to make it 71-70 for Kyiv, Kambala hit two free throws with 35 seconds left to make it 74-71. But Stevenson fouled Giovannoni shooting from beyond the arc, and the Italian buried all three free throws with 24 seconds left to even things.

Kecman failed to win the game in regulation, missing a layup at the buzzer.

Loncar's layup with 2:41 remaining opened an 81-76 lead for Kyiv. And the Turks were still down three when Mrsic drained a three-pointer with 34 seconds left to even things at 83-83.

Kecman answered with his trey with nine second remaining, and after Mrsic hit two free throws with seconds left, Greer put down his pair with six seconds to go.

Hakan Demirel failed to pull the Turks closer, missing two from the line with three seconds left. And Kambala missed a tap-in at the buzzer.


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