Kyiv Turn Attention To Superliga Following Cup Triumph

30 April 2007

BC Kyiv won the Ukraine Cup to add some silverware to their trophy cabinet but they won't celebrate this season unless they also capture the Superliga title.

Beaten to both titles last year by Azovmash, Kyiv are desperate to  achieve a double.

"I'm glad to win the cup but still we have lot of things to do," said Kyiv coach Tomo Mahoric.

Judging from their performance in the cup final against Azovmash, a game they won 75-65, Kyiv will like their chances in the league play-offs.

Artur Drozdov, the Kyiv captain, made nine of 14 shots from the floor on his way to 21 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

Croatian sharpshooter Damir Rancic was also in scintillating form, making six of six from three-point range and scoring 18 points.

For Mahoric, the cup triumph was his first title in Ukraine.

The Slovenian boss won the ULEB Cup with Lietuvos Rytas in 2005.

In the last month, he has engineered two wins over Azovmash to make Kyiv the team to beat in the post-season.

Looking back at the cup win, however, he gave a realistic assessment of the game.

"This game was close with equal chances for both teams," Mahoric said.

"However, we were quicker and more accurate than Azovmash." 

Azovmash got another outstanding performance from Kenan Bajramovic, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Bajramovic played well in the EuroCup, helping Azovmash beat Virtus Bologna to reach the final where they ultimately lost to Akasvayu Girona.

"I can't say that my players were bad," Azovmash coach Rimas Girskis said.

"But of course, they didn't execute the gameplan entirely.

"First of all, they were bad from the arc, showing a bad percentage and letting our opponents score a lot of three-pointers.

"We need to have a rest right now. Two finals in 10 days - that is really
tough for us."

Azovmash will play the second game of their Superliga play-off quarter final against Krivbas-basket on Monday. They lead the series 1-0.

BC Kyiv are already in the semi-finals and take on Khimik.


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