Ukraine met stiff resistance but finally put away the visiting Czech Republic in a do-or-die showdown in the EuroBasket Relegation Round on Thursday.
The Ukrainians prevailed 82-70 to finish 4-2 and secure their Division A status.
Ukraine claimed a heart-stopping 75-72 win in overtime at Estonia in the EuroBasket Relegation Round on Monday after another dominating performance from their 23-year-old center Oleksiy Pecherov.
The Minnesota Timberwolves center poured in 29 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the victory.
Oleksiy Pecherov turned in his best performance in a Ukraine shirt and in the process carried the national team to victory over Hungary on Friday.
With just one victory in their previous three EuroBasket Relegation Round games, Ukraine got 28 points from Pecherov in a 77-69 victory to leave both sides with 2-2 records.
The Czech Republic won for the second consecutive game in the EuroBasket Relegation Round with a 71-64 home triumph over Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Petr Benda came up big with 20 points and six rebounds as the Czechs improved to 2-1 and dropped Ukraine to 1-2.
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