In Group B of the FIBA Europe League this evening Ural Great, seeking a much-needed win, played host to second-placed Besiktas JK. The home team looking for their third consecutive win and a spot in the playoffs, came out focused and motivated.
Ural Great opened up the game with strong defensive play which allowed them to jump out to a quick lead. The visitors attempted to get themselves on the board by taking long-distance shots, however they trailed 29-19 at the end of the first quarter.
Besiktas JK opened up the second period with a 6-0 run which resulted in Ural's Valdemaras Chomicius calling a timeout. This proved to be of no help as Khalid El-Amin continued to lead the visitors rally, scoring 12 points in the first 14 minutes of action.
After losing their ten-point lead, Coach Chomicius substituted in Alexander Dedushkin who provided a spark off the bench with a quick two points. After a couple of defensive stops which were successfully converted into fast break lay-ups, Ural Great saw themselves ahead 44-37 at the half.
At the start of the second half of play, the visitors came out effective on both the offensive and defensive ends. Andrew Ellis tallied the first points of the quarter and with tough play in the paint, Ural Great was forced into taking unprepared shots.
Ural Great regained their momentum as Sergey Przheorskiy drained a three and scored a fast break lay-up. With that, they took a 62-52 lead into the fourth quarter.
Play continued similarly in the fourth quarter as Ural Great came out slow and had their ten-point lead cut down to four. At this point Chomicius signalled once again for a timeout and with yet another three-pointer by Przheorskiy, their lead was back to seven with just over a minute to play.
Besiktas JK had one last scoring attempt but fell short and with that Ural Great went on to win 80-74, and kept their hopes alive for a playoff berth.