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Ural Great 87 vs. SAOS JDA Dijon 74

02.02.2005

Ural Great's 31-point loss to Dijon in their first encounter in France made for an interesting second match-up. Dijon Coach Nicolas Faure admitted before the game that was worried his team would play only to protect the 31-point difference, while Ural Great coach Valdemaras Chomicius was without the injured Sharon Shason.

Vyacheslav Shushakov
Ural Great's problems did not affect them too much in the first quarter and they raced out of the blocks to a 27-15 lead, mainly thanks to 13 first quarter points from Sam Hoskins.

Spurred on by the points difference, Dijon fought back to level the scores, before Ural Great once again built a double digit lead.

But it soon became clear that Faure's worries were unfounded and his side were in Perm to win. Six consecutive points from Boniface Ndong, combined with a Pascal David three-pointer saw Dijon take the lead 60-61. It was only two three-pointers by Egor Vyaltsev and Vyacheslav Shushakov which saw Ural Great retain the lead by the end of the third quarter.

The home side opened the final period with a 10-point run which settled the contest in their favour. They were, however, unable to build the requisite lead which would give them the advantage in any tie-break situation and finished 87-74 winners.

Hoskin finished with 21 points for Ural Great while Shushakov added 17.

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