Serbia Top Ukraine

21.08.2008

Serbia finished their Group E games in the Qualifying Round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men with an 80-57 triumph against Ukraine.

After finishing with a 2-3 record and in the fourth place Serbia will play the 5-8 games.

Ukraine, who didn't win a single game in this stage and finished with a 0-5 record will play the 9-12 games.

Aleksander Radenkovic led Serbia with 20 points, Djordje Drenovac added 13 with ten rebounds while Luka Igrutinovic added ten.

Vyacheslav Motorchuk topped Ukraine with 17 points, Dmytro Marchenko added 12 and V'Yacheslav Bobrov finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Serbia used a second quarter run to take over the game. They dominated the boards 45-22 on the way to their first win in this round.

Ukraine still held a one point lead after one quarter, 18-17 after Oleksandr Mishula hit three in a row from the line.

Serbia used a 10-0 run in the second quarter behind points by Radenkovic and Igrutinovic to be seperated from Ukraine by eight at the break, 38-30.

Looking for a solution, Ukraine started to bomb from behind the arc but couldn't connect on the way to a 14.3% effort.

Radenkovic continued to pound through the Ukrainian defense to set the difference of 15 with 13 minutes on the clock, as Serbia got used to be on top.

Bobrov tried to make a change for his team, but Drenovac stepped up with close and far range points, to set the difference on 20 and seal the deal.

Ukraine will play Israel in the 9-12 classification games while Serbia will have to wait for the final results from Group F to find out who they face in two days.


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