Vice-champion of Ukraine “Chemist” was not able to directly break into the first round of the Cup of Europe FIBA.
The failure at the end of an away match, when the “Chemist” for a few moments lost a 13-point advantage, did not allow the team of Vitaly Stepanovski to win a two-legged tie in “Istanbul”.
During the home game of Khimik was constantly behind in the score, however, did not allow the Turks to create a tangible advantage. Three minutes before the end of the match, the hosts narrowed the gap to three points, but then missed several consecutive attacks and did not have time to save the match.
Chemist (Ukraine) – Istanbul (Turkey) – 68:76 (16:22, 15:14, 19:22, 18:18), the first match – 90:89
Chemist: Petrov (9), Coulter (8 + 6 assists), Ryabchuk (8 + 4 assists + 3 steals), Pavlov (8), Ariens (7 + 7 rebounds).
Istanbul: M. Thompson (17 + 7 assists), Percevic (17), Dokusan (11), Buva (10 + 5 rebounds).
Despite the defeat in the final round of qualifying, the “Chemist” there is still a chance to extend their European season. In the main round of the European Cup FIBA will additionally get the three best club among the losers of the qualification. Likely to lose with the final “-7” still allows “Chemist” to start in the fourth as the prestige of the European Cup.