Work Still To Be Done For Ukraine

11 August 2003

Ukraine coach Gennadi Zaschyk knows he has a lot of work to do for the European Championships after his side’s performance in the Nahariya Tournament in Israel over the weekend.

Ukraine, who finished third in Group A in qualifying, claimed a victory against Poland on Saturday but against the only other side taking part in Eurobasket 2003 next month in Sweden, Israel, lost 70-61.

The best aspect of the visitors’ performance on Sunday was the significant playing time for nine of the national team members.

Also, a player that Zaschyk is looking to contribute, Andrei Lebedev, did offer some outside shooting. He made three of seven shots from three-point land.

Lebedev, who averaged 10.6 points a game during qualifying, led the Ukraine with 11 points.

Concerns about ballhandling are obvious with the team turning the ball over 21 times.

"We have good forwards - (Leonid) Yailo, (Mykola) Khryapa, (Oleksandr) Lokhmanchuk - but the central line is much worse, and the back line is very poor," Zaschyk said.

"But we are trying to find the solution."

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