Ukraine Too Strong For Russia

17 August 2013


6. Anton Musiyenko (Ukraine)
Stepped up for Ukraine with an efficient 16 points and 6 rebounds: Anton Musiyenko

Ukraine will play for ninth place at the U16 European Championship Men after overpowering Russia in the classification round.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had 20 points to lead four Ukrainian players in double figures as the hosts dominated the game.

They took the lead for good late in the first quarter and pulled away slowly but steadily as Mykhailiuk compiled another highlight reel of dunks and Kyrylo Marchenko kept the three-pointers raining in en route to 17 points of his own.

After Russia used an early 9-0 run to put Ukraine in a hole, the hosts responded with 13 straight.

Mykhailiuk gave Ukraine a lead they would never lose with a three-point play two minutes from the end of the first quarter, and they led 21-16 when the buzzer sounded.

Mykhailiuk then nailed a three-pointer with the last play of the first half to make it 36-27.

With the home crowd cheering them on Ukraine continued to edge clear, leading 63-49 thanks to back-to-back baskets from Igor Starodub at the start of the fourth quarter and 72-56 on Mykhailiuk's jump-shot with 5:47 to go.

Anton Musiyenko had 16 points and Vitaliy Zotov reached 10 for Ukraine.

Ilya Karpenkov led Russia with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Timofey Yakushin and Aleksandr Sapianov had 11 points each.



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