The saying goes: "Streaks are made to be broken."
And Dynamo St. Petersburg said goodnight to their 26-game winning streak in Europe on Tuesday as BC Kyiv thrashed the defending champions 90-63 in the Group I opener of the EuroCup.
St. Petersburg won all 20 games in their run to last season's FIBA Europe League crown - renamed as the EuroCup this term.
Fotis Katsikaris' team also breezed through the first round of this year's competition with six straight victories in Group A.
But Dynamo hardly looked dynamic at home on Tuesday as Kyiv came out with revenge on their minds after losing to the Russians in last year's final.
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Ratko Varda headed four Kyiv players in double figures with 19 points and a team-high six rebounds.
Dragan Lukovski added 14 points and six assists while Guilherme Giovannoni poured in 12 and Michael Harris 11.
Kyiv never trailed as they shot a blistering 54% from the field while holding the Russians' big guns to 38%.
The Ukrainian champions also took better care of the ball, committing just seven turnovers to Dynamo's 14.
Damir Miljkovic tried valiantly to keep Dynamo in the contest, scoring a game-high 21 points including five three-pointers.
But the supporting cast was missing.
Leading scorer Kelly McCarty scored just two points while Vladimir Veremeenko ended with eight points after being strapped with three fouls after 12 minutes.
Ognjen Askrabic did tally 11 points but eight of those came in the fourth, when the game was already decided.
Varda scored six points as Kyiv jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the clash.
St. Petersburg answered with six straight points and the game was still tight after 10 minutes with Kyiv up 17-14 on the road.
The Ukrainians used three-pointers by Giovannoni, Artem Butskyy and Leonid Iailo to open a 38-30 lead. Miljkovic hit a three-pointer to close the game to five, 38-33, with 1:34 left in the first half.
Victor Keyru's two free throws with 2:18 remaining in the third were the next points scored by the Russians, who tried twice to snap out of their slump with time-outs.
But the Ukrainians kept them at a distance as the defending champions could only close to within 21 points.