Higher League Round 11: Leader Azovmash gets another victory

Leader Azovmash delivered the tenth win on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked SumDU (2-8) 83-75 in Mariupol. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Azovmash forced 19 SumDU turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Maksym Lukyanov (197-94) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Dmitro Berozhkin (206-97, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. point guard Igor Starodub (188-97) produced 27 points for the guests. Azovmash maintains first place with 10-2 record. SumDU lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kremen-2. Azovmash will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SumDU will play on the road against the league's second-placed Krivbas-2 (#2) in Kryvyi Rih and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked KPZO DYUSH (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-38 loss to third ranked Khimik-2 (8-4) in Yuzhny. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Forward Maksym Nikolenko (196-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Anwar Rakhimshaikov contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kirilo Yakovlev (187-87) answered with 10 points for KPZO DYUSH. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik-2 moved-up to second place. Newly promoted KPZO DYUSH still closes the standings with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Ch.Mavpy 2 (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 70-60 loss to third ranked BC-93 Pulsar (7-3) in Rovno on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Oleksandr Zahozhiy who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Yevgen Balaban responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. BC-93 Pulsar have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Newly promoted BC-93 Pulsar maintains third place with 7-3 record having five points less than leader Hoverla, which they share with Zolotoi Vek. Ch.Mavpy 2 at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. BC-93 Pulsar will meet Ternopil-TNEU (#5) on the road in the next round. Ch.Mavpy 2 will have a break next round.
The game in Kremenchuk was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Krivbas-2 (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Kremen-2 (2-8). Krivbas-2 managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83. It was an exceptional evening for Sergey Startsev who led the winners and scored 26 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The victory was the third consecutive win for Krivbas-2. They maintain second place with 8-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Hoverla. Newly promoted Kremen-2 dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Krivbas-2's next round opponent will be SumDU (#6) in Sumy. Kremen-2 will play on the road against Niko-Basket in Mykolaiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 11 Ternopil-TNEU was crushed by Politekhn.Lvov in Lviv 105-81.
The best stats of 11th round was 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Roman Novikov of Politekhn.Lvov.