Slovenia jumped to a 1-1 record after their close loss to Poland on opening day.
Ukraine suffered a 20 point defeat for the 2nd day in a row, after losing to host team Lithuania yesterday by the same margin.
|12. Marko Pajic looks after the ball here but usually had the better of his opponents in the game.|
Tomorrow they will try to avoid the relegation games in their most important game of the tournament.
Marko Pajic topped Slovenia's list in both points - 14 and rebounds - 12, Matej Rojc added 12 and Jan Span finished with 11 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
Olexiy Len led Ukraine with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Klym Artamonov scored 13.
The final score hides the happening of the first half when the sides fought neck-to-neck for the lead.
After an 8-0 start by Slovenia, it were Artamonov and Len who took over right from the start for their team and set a 13-14 lead for their side after 7 minutes.
The lead changed hands time after time as Len on one side and Span on the other kept their team active on the way to a 36-33 half time lead in favor of Slovenia.
After 27 minutes the difference was still only 4 in favor of Slovenia, 48-44, but that was as close as Ukraine got.
An 11-2 run led by Rojc and Pajic set a different tone for the game, and Ukraine was out of answers, as the run extended to 20-7, enough to set a 17 point gap to decide the game and give Slovenia a big bost of confidence before the key game tomorrow.
Slovenia will take on the hosts tomorrow in hope to snatch the first spot in the group, while Ukraine has a battle against Poland.