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Ukraine: Kyiv Maintain Winning Ways

06 February 2006
By Alexei Naumov

EuroCup side BC Kyiv kept up the pressure on Superleague leaders Azovmash Mariupol at the weekend, cruising to an easy win against Politechnika Lviv.

Lviv, who have won just two of their 18 Superleague games this season, proved to be no match for the reigning Ukrainian champions and were soundly beaten 95-63.

Although Lviv opened the game with six straight points from fast-break dunks, Kyiv rallied quickly and closed the quarter 24-14 on the way to a 32-point rout.

Kyiv head coach Renato Pasquali used the game to give his reserves some valuable playing time, notably Serb & Montenegrin guard Dragan Lukovski. Lukovski has struggled with form and injuries all season, but produced probably his best outing of the season as he tallied 8 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

"Statistics don’t mean anything," said Pasquali of Lukovski's near triple double.

"He [Dragan] is trying to get in shape. He knows he is not playing very well. Right now we are trying to help him so that later he could help the team."

Kyiv’s Kreso Loncar had a game high 14 points. Leonid Iailo added 12, Dusan Kecman and Michael Harris had 11 apiece and Guilherme Giovannoni contributed 10.

Third string forwards Oleg Saltovets and Shahar Gordon scored 10 and 8 points respectively for Kyiv.

Ratko Varda and Andrei Lebedev missed the game due to elbow and ankle injuries respectively.

According to coach Pasquali, Varda had surgery last Wednesday. It should take him around 10 days to get back to action.

In other action, Superleague leaders Azovmash defeated outsiders Rovno 101:57. Their new acquisition Panaiotis Liadelis had a game high 19 points.

Dnipro's Dennis Ivanov produced a 38-point outburst against the Cherkassy Monkeys to lead his side to a 95-88 road win over the Cherkassy Monkeys.

Sumykhimprom had a close 92-90 win over Mykolaiv. Sumy’s trio of the Kryvych twins and Alexander Shaposhnikov combined for 72 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists and 9 steals.

Superleague newcomers SC Mariupol cruised to an 87-68 win over Politechnik Kharkiv behind 36 points from Yevhen Podorvanniy.

Last year’s third-placed finishers Khimik Yuzhniy defeated Kryvbassbasket Lux 91-64 and stayed in 3rd spot in the table, trailing Azovmash and BC Kyiv.

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