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Ukraine: Kyiv Stay Second

27 November 2005

BC Kyiv held onto second place in the table after defeating Superleague newcomers Cherkasski Mavpy 104-92 in an open contest.

A high free throw percentage and a badly organised Kiev defence allowed the visitors to open up a 32-28 lead in the first quarter, but by the start of the fourth the scores were tied at 80-80.

Ratko Varda (BC Kyiv)
Ratko Varda
Kyiv's improvement in defence in the final quarter put the brakes on Cherkassi's attack, restricting them to just 12 points.

Kyiv's Ratko Varda top-scored with 23 points and eight rebounds, Dragan Lukovski netted 18 points, while Andrei Lebedev added 12 points off the bench and Michael Harris chipped in with 11 points.

Cherkassi's Viacheslav Yevstratenko and Nenad Pistelev scored 19 apiece and Ivan Gilevich added 17.

Elsewhere, Kyiv's main rivals Azovmash Mariupol beat SK Mariupol 103-67 to retain their top spot. Ukraine international Oleksandr Raevskiy scored a game-high 23 points, while SK Mariupol's Kiril Fesenko scored 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The other weekend's results are as follows:

Khimik Yuzhniy 100-51 Politechnika Lviv
Pulsar Rivne 77-81 MBC Mykolaiv
BC Politechnik 64-68 MBC Odessa

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