Cherkaski Mavpy had a bittersweet taste of victory on Tuesday when they won for the third time in six EuroCup Qualifying Round games by beating Banvit 87-81 but failed to progress to the next stage of the competition.
Mavpy jumped out to a 26-18 first-quarter lead and stormed to victory. However, they finished third in Group B behind Ural Great and Dexia Mons-Hainaut.
It took four games but Banvit finally broke into the Group B win column in the EuroCup on Tuesday with a 71-70 home win over leaders Ural Great.
Christopher Hill had 17 points and five rebounds for Banvit while Alexander Bashminov had a game-high 21 points and seven boards in defeat.
Dexia Mons-Hainaut led for virtually the entire game but had to survive a nervous final quarter to beat winless Banvit for their third triumph in EuroCup Qualifying Round Group B.
Narrowly beaten at Ural Great last week, Chris Finch's team put the disappointment behind them and overcame the Turkish outfit 85-81 despite turning the ball over 26 times.
Cherkaski Mavpy opened up a big half-time lead but then had to hold on for dear life to upset Banvit 90-88 in the EuroCup on Monday.
After a very turbulent start to 2008 - Cherkaski parted with Lebanon international Fadi El-Khatib and also replaced coach Andriy Podkovyrov with his assistant, Volodymyr Kholopov - Mavpy needed a win after two straight defeats to start Group B.
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