|Vyacheslav Bobrov had a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double for BC Kyiv|
BC Kyiv have finally come up with their first win in the EuroChallenge, albeit in a dead rubber, beating the previously undefeated Triumph Lyubertsy 54-52.
It was the only game in Week 6 with nothing riding on it - Triumph had already qualified for the next round and BC Kyiv, on account of carrying an 0-4 record, had no chance of advancing.
The game began sluggishly with BC Kyiv carrying a slender two-point 12-10 lead at the end of the opening frame.
The scoring improved for Triumph in the second quarter on account of the visitors knocking back over 50% of their shots from the field, giving them a seven-point, 32-25 buffer at the change of ends.
However, their lead began to diminish in the third stanza and when Lee Humphrey struck from downtown late in the piece, it was game on with Triumph holding a skinny three-point 40-37 lead.
Despite tying on two occasions, it was not until Humphrey struck again from beyond the arc with 1:02 remaining that Kyiv were in front. A game of cat and mouse then ensued - Mikhail Kulagin answering back with a three of his own at the other end before Humphrey struck again.
With the lead at one, Ruslan Otverchenko then sealed the game with one-from-two at the charity stripe.
Humphrey and Otverchenko had 16 points apiece whilst Vyacheslav Bobrov chipped in with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Milovan Rakovic and Courdon Higgins each had 11 points for the visiting side.
BC Kyiv Head Coach Vitaliy Cherniy
"We did not have any easy games in the EuroChallenge this season. I am very happy that my players managed this game and if it worked today that means that we are going in the right direction."
BC Kyiv Player Maksym Sandul
"We really need this victory to get self-confidence for our future games."
Triumph Assistant Coach Alexey Vasiliev
"This game probably was not important regarding the standings, neither for us nor for Kyiv. In order to keep first position we need to beat the Romanian team [Gaz Metan Medias]. Today we gave our young players the possibility to show themselves, to prove that they deserve to be Triumph players. They also need some extra playing time and they got it in this game. So we got some experience today and gave our leaders the chance to rest for future games."
Triumph Player Artem Kuzyakin
"Congratulations to our opponents. We tried to play all our players tonight, though we did not play well today. Kyiv was lucky, especially at the end of the game."