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Tuborg Pilsener S.C. 86 vs. Azovmash 95

02 March 2005

Strong first and final quarter performances from Azovmash Mariupol were enough to earn them victory over Tuborg in their the FIBA Europe League eighth-final play-off series.

Tuborg were on a high after wresting back the home court advantage in a 76-90 road win in Ukraine on Friday. But despite their added motivation, it was Azovmash who dictated the pace of the game.

The visitors' frenetic tempo was too much for the hosts to handle in the opening quarter and Azovmash raced out to a 23-12 advantage.

Tuborg rallied in the second quarter as Teo Cizmic found his shooting touch, but Azovmash maintained an advantage.

Azovmash guard Sandis Valters fouled out midway through the third period, but Lior Lubin and Art Long carried the offensive load and they took a 57-65 lead into the final period.

With their season on the line, Tuborg made one final effort to seize the lead. They came as close as 72-73 at the 35 minute mark, but Viacheslav Ievstratenko's points off the bench saw Azovmash rally, and pull away for the win.

Long finished the game with 25 points and 16 rebounds for Azovmash. Lubin was just as impressive, scoring 22 points and dishing 7 assists.

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