Ukraine End Losing Streak With OT Win

20 July 2013
Igor Boyarkin (Ukraine)
Igor Boyarkin picked up 15 points for Ukraine

Ukraine overcame an undermanned Turkish side to claim a compensatory 89-88 overtime win at the U18 European Championship in Liepaja on Saturday.

Yevgen Sakhniuk buried the game winning jump shot with two seconds remaining in overtime as Ukraine claimed its first win of the tournament.

Sakhniuk scored eight points in the extra period, saving Ukraine after point guard Kartal Özmizrak only converted one of two free throws with 18 seconds remaining to put Turkey back in front.

With a spot in the Second Round already wrapped up, Turkish coach Taner Günay opted to rest star Kenan Sipahi, suffering from a sore knee and a tight Achilles, and were forced to rely on the offensive contributions of Dogukan Sanli and Egemen Güven until halftime.

Berk Ugurlu (12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists) and Okben Ulubay (22 points, six rebounds, seven assists) provided support for Sanli and Güven, who finished with 20 and 16 points respectively.

Sakhniuk finished with 21 and received support from point guard Igor Boyarkin who finished with 15 points whilst Oleksandr Antypov completed a productive evening with 13 points and six rebounds.



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