They may have lost on the night, but despite a 74-80 defeat at the hands of Khimik Yuzhny, Ural Great Perm lifted the EuroCup Challenge trophy in front of 7,000 home fans on Thursday.
Having won the first encounter in the two-leg final 80-67, Ural Great could afford to lose the second game by as many as 12 points and still win the competition.
Ural Great Perm coach Sharon Drucker has warned his side not to underestimate Khimik when the two meet again in the second-leg of the EuroCup Challenge final on Thursday.
Khimik will travel to Russia aiming to overturn the 80-67 defeat they suffered last week in Ukraine.
Khimik Yuzhny coach Zvezdan Mitrovic admitted his players had not deserved to win the EuroCup Challenge final first leg against Ural Great.
The Russians will start with the second leg with a firm grip on the tie after an 80-67 win on Thursday.
Ural Great defeated Khimik 80-67 in the first game of the EuroCup Challenge finals played in Ukraine thanks to an 11-1 run over the final seven minutes of the game.
After Khimik cut Ural Great’s lead to three at 69-66 with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Vadim Panin scored on a dunk, Vasily Karasev connected on a three-pointer and Jurica Golemac hit a jumper and a pair of free-throws over the next three and a half minutes to allow Ural Great to open up a 78-66 lead with 3:35 remaining.
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