Khimik nipped Dynamo in Kyiv to conquer the SL Favorit Sport Superleague title. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-76. It was a great shooting night for Khimik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Branden Frazier (190-92, college: Fordham) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and the former international forward Vladimir Konev (201-89) who added 13 points during the contest. Khimik's coach Oleg Yushkin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side international guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (215-84) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Dynamo: M.Anisimovas 19+7reb+1ast, O.Lypovyy 18+5reb+6ast, A.Drozdov 9+10reb+4ast, K.Funderburk 9+2reb+2ast, A.Chelovan 8+4reb+1ast, A.Shundel 5+1reb+3ast Khimik: B.Frazier 29+6reb+6ast, V.Konev 13+3reb+3ast, M.Shaw 12+5reb+1ast, V.Petrov 9+5reb+1ast, O.Antypov 5+3reb, S.Popov 5+3reb+3ast
SC Kryvbas rallied past Cherkasy to gain the lead in the consolation final series. It looked good early as Cherkasy took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SC Kryvbas had a 24-8 second period charge getting the lead and Cherkasy was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-85. Strangely Cherkasy outrebounded SC Kryvbas 47-34 including 20 on the offensive glass. Cherkasy was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Russian center Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-86) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Igor Boyarkin (185-95) supported him with 13 points and 8 assists. Four SC Kryvbas players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon, agency: KBA/Omnia Europe) did not help to save the game for Cherkasy. Naturalized Moldovan center Stanislav Zavadsky (213-87) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Cherkasy's coach Maksym Mikhelson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Cherkasy: L.Hall 18+13reb+5ast, S.Zavadsky 16+7reb+1ast, D.Noskov 9+7reb+2ast, O.Kobets 9+4reb+4ast, O.Tishchenko 6+2reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 6+7reb+3ast SC Kryvbas: D.Lipovtsev 27+12reb+2ast, I.Boyarkin 13+4reb+8ast, Y.Vornik 13+4reb, O.Shchepkin 12+3reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 9+5reb+7ast, M.Ivshyn 7+2reb+1ast
Khimik edge Kryvbas to capture Cup title - Feb 27, 2016
Khimik - Kryvbas 71:51
Khimik celebrated the Ukrainian Cup title. They beat Kryvbas in the Final tonight. Vitali Malchevskiy (204-F-87) nailed 23 points to pace the Yuzhny team. Khimik dominated from start to finish in this one. They snatched a 17:14 lead after the opening frame. Khimik went on a strong 25:10 run in the second period to jump to a 42:24 halftime lead. Kryvbas cut the distance in the third term. The Kryvyi Rih team pulled within 17 points at the final intermission. But Khimik quickly picked up the tempo and coasted to the win. Vladimir Konev (201-F-89) provided 12 points, while Matthew Shaw (203-F/C-88, college: UNLV) added 8 points for the winners. Dmytro Gliebov (198-G/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 10 points for Kryvbas. Dmitriy Lypovtsev had 9 points in the loss.
Dnipro captured the Superleague title. They outgunned Bydivelnyk to complete the sweep of the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Dnipro. Budivelnyk managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Dnipro looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for international forward Stanislav Tymofeyenko (202-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. International Olexandr Mishula (192-92) helped adding 15 points and 9 assists. He was named the Finals MVP. Five Dnipro players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Vladyslav Kondratyev (203-90, college: Bryant) with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and international swingman Pavlo Krutous (195-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Top scorers: Dnipro: S.Tymofeyenko 20+8reb+3ast, O.Mishula 15+4reb+9ast, O.Misyats 14+3reb+2ast, P.Revzin 14+6reb+1ast, V.Korenyuk 12+4reb+2ast, M.Zakurdaev 10+1reb+6ast Budivelnyk: V.Kondratyev 20+6reb+2ast, P.Krutous 12+5reb+4ast, S.Gorbenko 11+3reb+5ast, M.Lutsenko 10+1reb, A.Butskyy 9+2reb+9ast, A.Nerush 8+4reb+3ast
Dnipro clinch Superleague Cup title - Feb 14, 2016
Dnipro - Budivelnyk 75:63
Dnipro celebrated the Superleague Cup title. They overcame Budivelnyk in the Final. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) topscored with 21 points and issued 7 assists to pace the hosts. Dnipro held their opponents to just 10 points in the opening frame taking a 5-point lead. The tempo increased in the second period. Dnipro sank 28 points to boost the margin at 16-point mark at the interval. The home side maintained the lead throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 19 points. Budivelnyk cut the deficit in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (202-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) added 12 points for the winners. Andrei Malysh (203-F/C-83, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 10 points for Budivelnyk. Pavlo Krutous (195-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Vladyslav Kondratyev (203-F-90, college: Bryant) had 9 points each in the loss.
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