Ukrainian team MBC Odessa had to overcome Russian visitors EURAS Ekaterinburg by 16 points if they were to earn a spot in the Conference Final Four. It was a task that proved beyond them, and although they won the game, the 8-point margin was not enough to further their 2005 FIBA Europe Cup hopes.
Odessa produced a strong opening quarter, outscoring EURAS 26-15 and seemed on the way to complete their task. But, led by veterans Roy Hairston and Dubravko Zemljic, EURAS worked their way back into the game and trailed by just 4 points at halftime, 43-39.
In the first 2.5 minutes, the EURAS players didn't score one basket. It was Sergey Pakhomov who was the first to score - 2:4. Tartu had a much better start and their captain Tarmo Kikerpill scored 9 points. The first quarter ended 22-24.
EURAS beat BC Dnipro alreadz in the first quarter leading 26-8 two minutes before the first break. Dinpro though managed to cut the game to under 20 in the final seconds of the quarter. Danylo Kozlov hit a three with the buzzer sounding.