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Ukraine: Pasquali Picks Fault With Players

26 October 2005

BC Kyiv coach Renato Pasquali was unhappy with his players despite their emphatic 99-72 victory over BC Barons Riga in the EuroCup.

Michael Harris poured in 17 points for Kyiv, while Ratko Varda was dominant on the boards pulling down eight. 

The Ukrainian side raced to a 28-14 first quarter lead which they later extended to 56-35 at half-time. 

"We started the game quite well," said Pasquali.

"We managed to get a 30-point lead but then found it difficult to retain our concentration and
started making mistakes.

"Despite this I'm happy about the win," he added.

However, Kyiv now face three difficult away trips, with their first against Bonn Telecom and Pasquali knows they will have to get something from these games.

"Despite their (Telecom) loss to Lokomotiv Rostov they have enough good players to make life hard for us.

"We've made a successful start to the campaign but we now have three games in a row.

"It is important that we win at least one." 

Riga's player coach Ainars Bagatskis tried to extract the positives from his side's defeat in their debut EuroCup game. 

"I'm not satisfied with how we played in the first half but I liked the way we reacted after that, and managed to compete in the final two quarters."

Bagatskis also praised the performance of Michailo Anisimov who top scored for the losers with 17 points, but acknowledges he will have to bolster his squad if they are to compete in Europe.

"I couldn't have asked of any more from him. He played quite well."

"I just wished we could have some better players but we planned our transfer policy without taking into account participation at EuroCup. That's why we should make some signings."

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