Ukraine: Mavpy, Khimik Fall In Superliga

03 December 2007

Ukraine clubs Khimik and Cherkaski Mavpy experienced the thrill of victory in the EuroCup last week.

But that was followed by the agony of defeat for both in the Superliga.

In Europe, Mavpy overcame a 16-point, first-leg deficit to beat Apoel Nicosia.

Goran Cakic (Khimik)
Goran Cakic had 17 points and five rebounds for Khimik, but it was not enough.
They will now face Ural-Great Perm, Dexia and Banvit in Group B.

"I think we have good company," Jarutis said.

"But we must try to qualify. To do that, we need to win all home and one away game.

"Our coach Andriy Podkovyrov said that we should just concentrate on our game but not that of our rivals. When we play our basketball, we win."

Khimik also had a sensational comeback, losing the first game 102-80 at KK Igokea Partizan only to back and post a 99-69 triumph at home for an eight-point triumph on aggregate.

The Superliga was a different story.

Khimik got 17 points and five rebounds from Goran Cakic, but poor defense led to the side being demolished at Sumykhimprom, 105-75.

Meanwhile, Cherkaski Mavpy got 21 points from Jarutis but that wasn't enough to beat Azovmash, who won 94-86.

The Mariupol side took control at the start and gave the rivals few chances to come back.

But they did manage to move in front, albeit briefly.

Fadi El-Khatib, the Lebanon international, buried a free throw to give Mavpy an 81-80 lead, yet they did not hold on.

Azovmash took over for their ninth victory, with center John Edwards scoring 19 points in defeat.

Great Britain international Robert Archibald notched 20 points and eight rebounds for Azovmash.

"We tried to please our fans but we failed," Jarutis said.

"We still have some problems in our game but I think we'll solve them soon."

Also in Ukraine, Kyiv gained another win over Dnipro, 80-72.

BC Kyiv and Azovmash are both 9-0 in Superliga.

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