Bliznyuk goes perfect in the second half, Budivelnyk take first win in Tallinn
Photos: Marita Brigitta Mones
Bohdan Bliznyuk didn`t missed a shot after the break and led Budivelnyk Kyiv to a 85-62 win over KB Sigal Prishtina on Saturday, November 26, at the RING sport arena in Tallinn, Estonia.
Players of the game
Kyiv back court ruled the day at the snowy Estonian capital.
Bohdan Bliznyuk connected all four field goal attempts and went on a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe to score 10 points in the second half.
He had 15 points in total on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
Johnny Berhanemeskel tied Bliznyuk in scoring.
A Canadian guard and University of Ottawa standout (2010-2015) made 5-of-8 field goal attempts inside the three point line.
Berhanemeskel added two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Archie Goodwin contributed with a dirty dozen and dropped 13 points for the winners.
A former Kentucky Wildcat grabbed four rebounds, dished out four assists and stole the ball twice.
Pavlo Krutous also didn`t missed a shot.
Ukrainian guard finished with 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the court and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Lejson Zeqiri led KB SIGAL Prishtina with 15 points.
A Skopje born sharp shooter made all three three-pointers.
Derrick Wilson followed with 12 points.
Marquette star added four assists and four steals in a great all around performance.
Dustin Thomas had nine point and six rebounds.
A former Arkansas Razorbacks big man forced three fouls too.
Budivelnyk jumped in front for a 38-29 lead at the halftime thanks to numerous fast breaks.
The Builders scored outscored the opponents 9-0 on fast breaks in the first half.
Kyiv team also controlled the paint 42-28 and shot the ball better.
The winners made exactly 50 percent of their field goal attempts (30/60 vs 25/62).
Budivelnyk extended its lead up to 29 points 82-53 with 02:53 left.
Budivelnyk main team is based in Veroli, Italy, due to Russia`s war against Ukraine.
The team competes in the ENBL, FIBA Europe Cup and Balkan league.
Budivelnyk arrived in Tallinn early this week for FIBA action and suffered a 66-75 defeat at the hands of Kalev/Cramo on Wednesday, November 23.
The Ukrainians have a 3-2 record in the Group F and hold a 2-0 advantage against Casa Brindisi.
Budivelnyk will secure the second place with a home win over Donar Groningen on November 30 or Brindisi`s loss at Tallinn.
KB Sigal Prishtina former head coach Ekrem Memnun left the team in mid September due to personal reasons.
He returned to coach the Turkish women`s national team.
Murat Bilge took over.
STANDINGS, as of November 26, 2022
Budivelnyk Kyiv 1-0 (+23)
Polski Cukier Start Lublin 1-0 (+15)
Zastal Zielona Gora 1-0 (+5)
Kalev/Cramo 0-1 (-5)
TalTech Optibet 0-1 (-15)
KB Sigal Prishtina 0-1 (-23)
SCHEDULE (local time Estonia, GMT+3h)
Saturday, November 26
Kalev/Cramo 69–74 Zastal Zielona Gora
Budivelnyk Kyiv 85–62 KB Sigal Prishtina
Sunday, November 27
13:00 Zastal Zielona Gora – Budivelnyk Kyiv
16:00 KB Sigal Prishtina – Kalev/Cramo