After opening the season with a disastrous 0-4 start, Ural Great are showing glimmers of the kind of form that saw them earn a spot in last season's FIBA Europe League Final Four. Although the play-offs remain a distant goal, on the evidence of their home win against Pepinster, ther may just be some hope yet.
Ural Great started out the first quarter with a large lineup consisting of four forwards and point guard Vyacheslav Shushakov. With this lineup and tough interior defense leading to steals, they were able to jump out to a quick 10-0 lead.
After four minutes of play Pepinster posted their first points of the game. They successfully used three-pointers to get back into the match. The offense of Ural Great though was too strong in the first quarter for Pepinster, and the home team took a 25-16 going into the second period.
|Sharon Shason finished with a season-high 28 points for Ural Great |
The start of the second quarter was marred by turnovers and unsuccessful offensive attacks for the visitors. Ural Great continued to pound Pepinster with their offensive possessions and in turn took a 20-point lead.
The visitors resorted to three-pointers in order to cut their deficit and were led by Aleksandar Zecevic and Veselin Petrovic who combined for 25 of Pepinster's 38 first-half points. However the home team still maintained a 53-38 lead at the half.
Coming out perhaps too confident at the start of the third quarter, Ural Great saw their comfortable twenty-point lead unfold into a slight seven-point margin thanks to strong play by Marcus Douthit, Petrovic, and Zecevic.
At this point the home team woke up and started to play tough on the defensive end. The scoring duo of Sharon Shason and Jurica Golemac put Ural Great up 77-63 at the start of the fourth quarter.
In the final period Ural Great shot the lights out and bettered their lead to 86-70. At this point Pepinster started to make careless turnovers and saw any hope of a comeback shattered. Shason and Golemac led the home team to a 103-79 win with 28 and 21 points respectively.