Superleague Round 12

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Dnipro (9-1) in Kyiv on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Budivelnyk (8-3) 69-64. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Dnipro. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. 24 personal fouls committed by Dnipro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Maksym Lutsenko (188-93) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Vladyslav Kondratyev (203-90, college: Bryant) contributed with 9 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. International forward Stanislav Tymofeyenko (202-89, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Dnipro. Dnipro's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Budivelnyk have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Dnipro at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Budivelnyk are looking forward to face BK Kremen (#4) in Kremenchuk in the next round. Dnipro will play against Khortytsia and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for BK Kremen (6-5) which played in Frankivsk against one of their biggest challengers Hoverla (5-6). Fifth ranked BK Kremen won 82-78. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ernesto Tkachuk (189-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and Yaroslav Skrypets who added 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. BK Kremen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Hoverla at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. BK Kremen will play against league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hoverla will play at home against Halychyna (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Halychyna (7-4) against eighth ranked BC Odessa (2-10) on Sunday night. Host Halychyna was defeated by BC Odessa in a tough game in Lviv 78-83. The winners were led by Vadim Matyukevych who scored that evening 26 points and 8 rebounds. Even 17 points and 9 assists by Illya Shemosiuk did not help to save the game for Halychyna. BC Odessa moved-up to seventh place. Halychyna lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with four games lost. BC Odessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halychyna will play against Hoverla in Frankivsk and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Halychyna (7-4) against fifth ranked BK Kremen (6-5) on Friday night. Host Halychyna was defeated by BK Kremen in a tough game in Lviv 87-92. The best player for the winners was Maxim Balashov who scored 22 points and 5 assists. BK Kremen's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. They have a solid three-game winning streak. BK Kremen moved-up to fourth place. Halychyna lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with four games lost. BK Kremen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv and it may be the game of the week. Halychyna will play on the road against Hoverla in Frankivsk and hope to win that game.
The game between fourth ranked Hoverla (5-6) and 8th ranked BC Odessa (2-10) in Frankivsk on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Hoverla outscored guests from Odessa 86-64. It was a good game for Jayon James who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Hoverla's coach Oleksandr Lokhmanchuk felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Hoverla went down to sixth position due to points difference. Loser BC Odessa dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Hoverla will face higher ranked Halychyna (#3) in Lviv in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 12 Khortytsia was beaten by Kharkiv on the road 104-96.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Rostyslav Kryvych of Kharkiv.

Hoverla - BK Kremen 78-82

Another exciting game for BK Kremen (6-5) which played in Frankivsk against one of their biggest challengers Hoverla (5-6). Fifth ranked BK Kremen won 82-78. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 21-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hoverla was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ernesto Tkachuk (189-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Yaroslav Skrypets (195-91) who added 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and American-Jamaican guard Dante Williams (191-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 23 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Kremen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Hoverla at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. BK Kremen will play against league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hoverla will play at home against Halychyna (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Kremen: M.Balashov 16+2reb+1ast, E.Tkachuk 15+7reb+8ast, Y.Lokhmanchuk 13+6reb+2ast, Y.Skrypets 12+9reb, B.Iasynenko 9+2reb, K.Luhovtsov 7+8reb
Hoverla: J.James 25+7reb+10ast, D.Williams 23+3reb+2ast, V.Ljuljdjuraj 13+11reb+2ast, A.Kalashnikov 10+4reb+4ast, S.Yurchenko 6+6reb+4ast, Y.Kadygrob 1+3reb+3ast

Halychyna - BC Odessa 78-83

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Halychyna (7-4) against eighth ranked BC Odessa (2-10) on Sunday night. Host Halychyna was defeated by BC Odessa in a tough game in Lviv 78-83. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Odessa made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by center Vadim Matyukevych (209-80) who scored that evening 26 points and 8 rebounds and forward Oleksandr Koroviakov (200-81) supported him with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Four BC Odessa players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 9 assists by point guard Illya Shemosiuk (188-85) did not help to save the game for Halychyna. American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. BC Odessa moved-up to seventh place. Halychyna lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with four games lost. BC Odessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halychyna will play against Hoverla in Frankivsk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: V.Matyukevych 26+8reb+2ast, Y.Annenkov 20+3reb+5ast, M.Galenko 13+6ast, O.Koroviakov 12+13reb+5ast, D.Politov 5+2reb+1ast, G.Kuznetsov 3+3reb+1ast
Halychyna: I.Shemosiuk 17+2reb+9ast, L.Hall 14+7reb+4ast, M.Nasennik 13+4reb+2ast, V.Orlenko 9+12reb+1ast, S.Kazlou 8+4reb, M.Tiutiunyk 7+1reb+2ast

Kharkiv - Khortytsia 104-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Kharkiv's (5-5) home victory over bottom-ranked Khortytsia (1-9) 104-96 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kharkiv dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Khortytsia's 36 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Khortytsia 38-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. Kharkiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for the former international swingman Rostyslav Kryvych (197-78) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Forward Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-95) contributed with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Kharkiv's coach Boris Sagaj used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Stanislav Sokur (205-82) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (202-82, college: Binghamton) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Khortytsia. Four Kharkiv and five Khortytsia players scored in double figures. Kharkiv moved-up to fifth place. Khortytsia lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Kharkiv will have a break next round. Khortytsia will play on the road against the league's leader Dnipro (#1) in Dnepropetrovsk and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kharkiv: R.Kryvych 35+6reb+4ast, V.Berezhnyy 24+8reb+5ast, I.Kryvych 17+4reb+2ast, N.Johanson 10+5reb, R.Olchovskiy 8+8reb+3ast, I.Jurkevicius 4
Khortytsia: S.Sokur 20+9reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 18+1reb+1ast, A.Kozanchuk 15+1reb+4ast, A.Shashkov 14+3reb, A.Adediran 10+6reb+5ast, D.Balaban 7+1reb

Budivelnyk - Dnipro 69-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Dnipro (9-1) in Kyiv on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Budivelnyk (8-3) 69-64. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Dnipro. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. 24 personal fouls committed by Dnipro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Maksym Lutsenko (188-93) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Vladyslav Kondratyev (203-90, college: Bryant) contributed with 9 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. International forward Stanislav Tymofeyenko (202-89, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and international center Sergiy Zagreba (214-94) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Dnipro. Dnipro's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Budivelnyk have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Dnipro at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Budivelnyk are looking forward to face BK Kremen (#4) in Kremenchuk in the next round. Dnipro will play against Khortytsia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: P.Krutous 20+1reb+2ast, M.Lutsenko 18+8reb+1ast, S.Gorbenko 10+5reb+1ast, V.Kondratyev 9+13reb+2ast, A.Malysh 7+4reb+5ast, A.Butskyy 4+5reb+5ast
Dnipro: S.Tymofeyenko 15+11reb+3ast, P.Revzin 14+3reb+1ast, S.Zagreba 11+11reb+1ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 7+1reb+6ast, A.Myronenko 6+1reb, O.Misyats 6+2reb+2ast

Hoverla - BC Odessa 86-64

The game between fourth ranked Hoverla (5-6) and 8th ranked BC Odessa (2-10) in Frankivsk on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Hoverla outscored guests from Odessa 86-64. Hoverla looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hoverla made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Victor Ljuljdjuraj (203, college: Albertus Magnus) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Hoverla's coach Oleksandr Lokhmanchuk felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Belarusian Gennadi Kuznetsov (204-75) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and center Vadim Matyukevych (209-80) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BC Odessa. Despite that victory Hoverla went down to sixth position due to points difference. Loser BC Odessa dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Hoverla will face higher ranked Halychyna (#3) in Lviv in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: J.James 21+3reb+8ast, V.Ljuljdjuraj 15+10reb+3ast, Y.Kadygrob 10+2reb+1ast, S.Yurchenko 8+3reb, D.Williams 7+4reb+11ast, A.Ivanyna 6+3reb+1ast
BC Odessa: G.Kuznetsov 14+10reb+1ast, O.Braslavskiy 12+2reb+1ast, V.Matyukevych 12+7reb+2ast, O.Koroviakov 9+5reb+5ast, Y.Annenkov 7+6reb+4ast, M.Galenko 5+4ast

Halychyna - BK Kremen 87-92

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Halychyna (7-4) against fifth ranked BK Kremen (6-5) on Friday night. Host Halychyna was defeated by BK Kremen in a tough game in Lviv 87-92. Halychyna was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. BK Kremen made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Halychyna turnovers. Strangely Halychyna outrebounded BK Kremen 43-31 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Halychyna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Maxim Balashov (190-80, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. Swingman Yuriy Lokhmanchuk (197-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). BK Kremen's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists and Belarusian center Viachaslau Skidan (205-85) added 16 points respectively. Five BK Kremen and four Halychyna players scored in double figures. They have a solid three-game winning streak. BK Kremen moved-up to fourth place. Halychyna lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with four games lost. BK Kremen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv and it may be the game of the week. Halychyna will play on the road against Hoverla in Frankivsk and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BK Kremen: M.Balashov 22+2reb+5ast, Y.Lokhmanchuk 21+4reb+1ast, K.Luhovtsov 15+4reb, E.Tkachuk 14+2reb+8ast, R.Novikov 14+7reb, A.Ovcharenko 3+3reb+2ast
Halychyna: V.Skidan 16+4reb+2ast, L.Hall 15+12reb+9ast, V.Gurtovyy 12+7reb+2ast, I.Shemosiuk 11+5reb+2ast, M.Nasennik 9+2reb+2ast, M.Tiutiunyk 8+7reb+1ast