SUPERLEAGUE - Ukraine

Ukrainian League finals, Game 3: May 25, 2009
Azovmash Mariupol Champ Ukraine 2008-09 (photo:ukrbasket.net) BC Azovmash Mariupol is the Ukrainian League champion! Azovmash won its fourth consecutive Ukrainian League title - sixth overall - by downing BC Donetsk 78-90 in Game 3 of the best-of-five finals, enough to sweep the series. Dijon Thompson led the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Serhiy Lishchuk added 17, Marius Prekevicius and Rolandas Jarutis each had 11 while Hasan Rizvic got 10 for Azovmash. Chris Owens led Donetsk with 37 points and 13 rebounds. Demetrius Alexander added 17 points for the hosts, that already trailed 2-12 early. Andres Rodriguez tried to change things for the hosts but an unstoppable Rizvic and a triple by Richard Guinn made it a 15-point game, 12-27, at the end of the first quarter. Azovmash kept playing with high intensity in defense. A three-pointer by Goran Cakic highlighted a 0-11 run that broke the game open, 18-45, late in the second quarter. A free throw by Simonas Serapinas fixed the halftime score at 27-50. Alexander stepped up with back-to-back baskets immediately after the break. He found some help from Owens to give Donetsk some hope, 51-62, late in the third quarter. Lishchuk and Thompson took over to keep Azovmash out of troubles throughout the fourth quarter, enough for the guests to win another Ukrainian League title! MORE

Finals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 Azovmash (1) 113 81 90 x x
0 BC Donetsk (3) 68 64 78 x x
Ukranian League Champion 2008-09: Azovmash Mariupol

Semifinals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 Azovmash (1) 95 75 79 x x
0 BC Khimik (4) 62 64 72 x x
1 BC Kyiv (2) 55 68 78 74 x
3 BC Donetsk (3) 70 58 85 84 x

Quarterfinals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 Azovmash (1) 87 68 87 x x
0 Sumykhimprom (8) 58 58 73 x x
3 BC Khimik (4) 76 80 71 93 x
1 MBC Mykolaiv (5) 65 60 86 78 x
3 BC Kyiv (2) 81 91 55 65 x
1 BC-93 Pulsar (7) 68 82 58 60 x
3 BC Donetsk(3) 102 105 81 x x
0 BC Poltava (6) 78 99 76 x x

Finals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Azovmash vs. BC Donetsk 113-68 May 19
Game 2 Azovmash vs. BC Donetsk 81-64 May 21
Game 3 BC Donetsk vs. Azovmash 78-90 May 25

Semifinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Azovmash vs. BC Khimik 75-62 May 3
Game 1 BC Kyiv vs. BC Donetsk 55-70 May 3
Game 2 Azovmash vs. BC Khimik 75-64 May 5
Game 2 BC Kyiv vs. BC Donetsk 68-58 May 5
Game 3 BC Khimik vs. Azovmash 72-79 May 9
Game 3 BC Donetsk vs. BC Kyiv 85-78 May 11
Game 4 BC Donetsk vs. BC Kyiv 84-74 May 13

Quarterfinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Azovmash vs. Sumykhimprom 87-58 April 16
Game 1 BC Kyiv vs. BC-93 Pulsar 81-68 April 16
Game 1 BC Donetsk vs. BC Poltava 102-78 April 15
Game 1 BC Khimik vs. MBC Mykolaiv 76-65 April 15
Game 2 Azovmash vs. Sumykhimprom 68-58 April 18
Game 2 BC Kyiv vs. BC-93 Pulsar 91-82 April 18
Game 2 BC Donetsk vs. BC Poltava 105-99 April 17
Game 2 BC Khimik vs. MBC Mykolaiv 80-60 April 17
Game 3 Sumykhimprom vs. Azovmash 73-87 April 17
Game 3 BC-93 Pulsar vs. BC Kyiv 58-55 April 22
Game 3 BC Poltava vs. BC Donetsk 76-81 April 21
Game 3 MBC Mykolaiv vs. BC Khimik 86-71 April 21
Game 4 BC-93 Pulsar vs. BC Kyiv 60-65 April 24
Game 4 MBC Mykolaiv vs. BC Khimik 78-93 April 23

LAST GAME GAME 28
April 4, 2009
Day Match Result
Apr. 4 Azovmash vs. BC Kyiv 90-68
Apr. 4 Mykolaiv vs. Sumykhim. 80-68
Apr. 4 BC Poltava vs. Pulsar 75-71
Apr. 4 Khimik vs. BC Donetsk 96-65
Apr. 7 Pulsar vs. BC Kyiv 45-55

NEXT GAME 
Playoffs
Day Match
- Azovmash (1) vs.Sumyk. (8)
- Kyiv (2) vs. Pulsar (7)
- Donetsk (3) vs. Poltava (6)
- Khimik (4) vs. Mykolaiv (5)
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STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Azovmash 28 24 4 2359 1991
2 BC Kyiv 28 23 5 2227 1940
3 BC Donetsk 28 19 9 2341 2204
4 BC Khimik 28 14 14 2159 2186
5 MBC Mykolaiv 28 12 16 2110 2294
6 BC Poltava 28 8 20 2192 2331
7 BC-93 Pulsar 28 7 21 2021 2189
8 Sumykhimprom 28 5 23 2071 2345


One of the fastest rising domestic competitions in Europe is none other than the Ukrainian League, that is attracting more and more good players every season. Azovmash Mariupol has won five Ukrainian League titles in the last six seasons. It looks stronger than ever, as it brought back playmaker Khalid El-Amin, kept Tomas Delininkaitis, Panos Liadelis and Serhiy Lishchuk and added Marc Salyers, Uche Nsonwu and Dijon Thompson, among many others. As usual, its main contender will be none other than BC Kyiv, which finished second despite losing just four games in the entire 2007-08 Ukrainian League season. Kyiv also looks stronger than ever with Brent Wright, Scoonie Penn, Clay Tucker, Manu Markoishvili, Artur Drozdov, Kenan Bajramovic and Goran Jeretin. Donetsk is an emerging force with the arrival of Andres Rodriguez, P.J. Tucker and Chris Burguess. Khimik stays competitive with Jarrius Jackson, Wykeen Kelly, Sasa Bratic and Giorgos Diamantopoulos. Politekhnika Lvov, with Volodymyr Gurtovoy and Brad Rootes, may compete for a semifinal spot, as well as Cherkasy Monkeys, featuring Vladislav Dragojlovic.

Ukrainian Cup final: February 15, 2009

Feb 15, 2009 by Euroleague.net Print
Rolandas Jarutis - AzovmashAzovmash Mariupol lifted the Ukrainian Cup for the second season in a row thanks to Rolandas Jarutis’s game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds. Azovmash edged rival BC Kyic 74-75 at the end of the thriller that left all the fans in the Ukrainian capital on the edge of their seats for the full 40 minutes. Khalid El-Amin, who was named as the MVP of the Ukrainian Cup final four, led the winners with 23 points and 4 assists and Dijon Thompson had 20 points. Jarutis dished 5 assists in addition to his 6 points – which came on 2 triples in the final minute. Kenan Bajramovic led Kyiv with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Artur Drozdov added 14 points and Clay Tucker scored 13. Azovmash led 31-40 at halftime, but Kyiv was within 53-57 at the start of the fourth quarter and Tucker helped the hosts tie it at 62-62 midway through the final period and it was knotted at 69-69 with a minute to play. Jarutis’s first triple made it 70-72, but free throws by Drozdov and then Tucker put Kyiv in control. But El-Amin got the ball to Jarutis for the game- and Cup-winning triple with 3 seconds remaining to set off the Azovmash celebrations.