Ural Great lost the game, but won the Cup - Mar. 24, 2006
quarter UG showed better play with team’s actions than the guests.
According to statistics home team made 9 assists and Khimik only 2.
Lyday excellent showed his individual play with 7 points and 3 rebounds
at first quarter.
Khimik had to use double-team deffence against him. But without success
Without good play of
(208-F/C-82) (8 points at the first quarter) visitors nearly let UG to
go far forward. Khimik hardly got each point. Mostly by individual
actions – penetration under the basket.
At the second quarter it was a solo of UG center Derrick
was playing very effective.
He scored 13 points at the second quarter by the shots from the center
distance. During 14 minute UG had +10 advantage (35-25) Totally +23 at
two games. Two 3point shots of
Beo Basket) let
the visitors go close to UG (41-34) But using fast breaks UG brought
initiative again by playing 3 guards.
XL Croatian BC)
was playing at defence against
close not giving him a chance for a shot. The only way for him was to
use a penetration under the basket where
block him also.
Immediately after the big break UG made a final punch by making 3
minutes with 9-2. 6 points from 9 made
After that Perm within 5 minutes were not able to score a point. 65-50.
was a person who move the score from dead point. He made 2 points (22
points on 28 minute). At the end of 3rs quarter UG was leading 71-55
(+39 for both games) The problem of Khimik was at very low realization
of 2point shots – 52% (12/23) AGAINST 75% (25/33) UG.
Ukrainian players continued to fight for each ball. At the beginning of
4h quarter they successfully made a break 11-1 (72-66 on 35th minute)
after 3point shot of Agafonov. Drucker had to use time out and urgently
on a court. American center immediate push Khimik to make a fault and
got 2 bonus free throats.
Nevertheless during the 37 minute Doichin made a score 74-73 and let the
visitors come close to UG. Before 1.30 minute until the end of the game
Doichin let Khimik to go forward by making (74-76)
Finally the advantage which UG got at Yuzhny was enough for the them to
get FIBA Challenge Cup.
Great is one step closer to the Title! - Mar. 17, 2006 Ural
Great Perm claimed victory in the first game of the EuroCup
Challenge finals, against
The game was closer than it looks.
Ural Great started the game strong and led 20-12 with one minute
remaining in the first quarter of play.
Khimik responded by going on a 16-4 run and led 28-24 with 5:38 to go in
the first half.
In the fourth quarter, with only 7 minutes to go, the score was 69-66,
predicting no one as a victor. Vadim Panin changed that with a scored
dunk, Vasily Karasev got a three-pointer and Jurica
Jurica Golemac hit a jumper and a pair of free-throws over the
next three and a half minutes , getting Ural Great with a 78-66 lead,
closer to the victory, while Khimik scored just one point over the final
seven minutes of the game and missed on all six of their field goal
Ural Great had balanced scoring, led by
Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency:
XL Croatian BC) and
Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency:
Priority Sports, college:
Duquesne), who each tallied 16.
Dubravko Zemljic (201-F/G-76) led the way for Khimik with 15. Ural
Great Perm now only needs a victory or loss of 12 points or less to
win the two-game series and claim the EuroCup Challenge title.
Drucker will remain focus on the task at hand. "You can never celebrate
until it is over," Sharon Drucker said.
The second game will take place on 23 March in Perm, Russia.
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