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."