BC Valmiera Rujiena started very well and, much to the surprise of Arsenal Tula and the home fans, controlled the game during much of the first half.
Their uptempo play and quick defence helped them to a 14-point lead in the second quarter.
Following the end of the Conference Play-Offs which finished last week, FIBA Europe is pleased to announce the host cities for the Final Four in all four FIBA Europe Cup Men Conferences.
After the confident win of Khimik in the first play-off game their fans didn’t expect to see Arsenal in Odessa in 8 days again – but poor play of the Ukrainians in Tula made the decisive game today necessary.
The first minutes of the match resembled the first one at the Sport Palace of Odessa, but it was like a mirror image: this time the home team was first to score and the guests scored 9 in a row. And not Anatoli Mischkin but Zvezdan Mitrovic, Head Coach of the Ukrainians, was forced to take a time-out.
Khimik Yuzhny leads after the first play-off game against Arsenal.
Arsenal was first to score but three minutes later the scoreboard already showed 10:4 – a great start for Khimik. After the time out taken by the Russian coach Anatoli Mischkin the situation didn’t change – more successful attacks by the hosts caused a 10-point lead after first ten minutes.
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