Ukraine Rout Sweden For Division A Spot

16 August 2013

U16 MEN

7. Vitaliy Zotov (Ukraine), 11. Ivan Tkachenko (Ukraine)
Vitaliy Zotov and Ivan Tkachenko helped make sure Ukraine will return to Division A next year

Ukraine took out their frustrations on poor Sweden as the hosts reached triple figures to avoid the relegation round at the U16 European Championship Men.

After missing out on the quarter-finals by the narrowest of margins against France, Ukraine ensured there would be no question of their continuing Division A status with a rout.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk poured in 28 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out four assists, and led four Ukraine players scoring in double figures.

Ivan Tkachenko added 20 while Kyrylo Marchenko had 15 and Anton Musiyenko 10 with seven rebounds.

Ukraine already led 55-37 at half-time, but had no interest in easing off and outscored Sweden 27-6 in a punishing third period, throwing in a few party tricks as Tkachenko dunked while Mykhailiuk warmed up from three-point range and then threw down Musiyenko's alley-oop pass.

Ten points in the final two minutes brought them the century, with Mykhailiuk hitting two threes before Sergiy Pavlov's jump-shot made it 98-58 with 32 seconds left.

Fittingly, it was left to Mykhailiuk to score the final two points as he capitalised on Henrik Sjolin's turnover to score a driving lay-up.

Craig Lecesne had 16 points for Sweden while Jakob Bodin added 10 points.


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