One point loss in Kiyv


One point loss in Kiyv
Willie Deane (Lukoil Academic)
15-01-2008 22:27

Pooh Jeter's free throw in the final second gave BC Kyiv an 85-84 victory at home over Lukoil Academic in Group H. Jeter made his free throw after Ryan Stack had evened the game at 84-84, and Kyiv improved to 7-2. Artur Drozdov led Kyiv with 20 points while Manuchar Markoishvili scored 13 points, Jacobs Jaacks tallied 12 and Jeter finished with 10 points. Lukoil fell to 6-3 despite a great showing by Willie Deane, who collected 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. And Pero Antic added 20 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort. Lukoil still can book a spot in the elimination round next week at home against Pau-Orthez while Kyiv finishes the regular season at Artland Dragons.

Kyiv went ahead first through Jaacks and Riste Stefanov's three-pointer trimmed the deficit to 6-5. But Drozdov and Jaacks took over as they combined for 15 points in opening a 20-9 lead before Marko Maravic's triple made it 23-13 after one period. Deane's foul shots began the second quarter before three-balls by Antic, Deane (two) and Larry O'Bannon pushed Lukoil ahead 26-27.

 
Kyiv regained the lead and Markoishvili drained a long ball and Drozdov's basket made it 38-32. But Chavdar Kostov hit a trey of his own and O'Bannon's foul shot evened things at 38-38. Markoishvili's next triple left Kyiv ahead 41-40 at the break.
 
Tencho Banev's basket gave the guests the lead to start the second half and Deane made it 43-49 with back-to-back scores. Kyiv stayed close and Jeter's back-to-back three-pointers trimmed the margin to 54-55. Jaacks's basket eventually put the hosts ahead 60-59 though Lukoil led 62-64 after three periods. Drozdov gave Kyiv the lead with a three-point play to start the fourth. After Lukoil grabbed the lead on a Stefanov triple, Joshua Davis hit a trey of his own for a 70-69 advantage. Kyiv would go up 77-72 on Vladimir Krstic's three-pointer only to see Stefanov knock down another long ball to trim the deficit to 78-77.
 
Markoishvili's three-point play put Kyiv up 82-79, but Todor Stoykov hit a basket and Deane drained a three-ball for a 82-84 Lukoil lead in the final minute. Stack evened the game at 84-84 and Deane missed a shot and sent Jeter to the foul line, where he made one of two for the win.

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