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Dnipro see off Lavrio in Ukraine; Qualification Round 2 pairings confirmed

MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) – The Oleksandr Mishula-led Dnipro kept their FIBA Europe Cup campaign alive by advancing to Qualification Round 2 with a heroic second-leg turnaround against Lavrio Aegean Cargo.

While the status quo in the other four Qualification Round 1 ties remained unchanged on Wednesday, Ukrainian club Dnipro tipped the scales in their favor with a 76-58 triumph for a 149-140 win on aggregate.

Having been the top scorer in the first contest in Greece, Ukraine international Mishula made certain the nine-point deficit from the first leg evaporated by delivering a 21-point performance before having to leave the game after suffering a cut to his face towards the end of the fourth quarter.

Oleksandr Mishula had another fantastic game for Dnipro

Dnipro big man Stanislav Timofeyenko contributed with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals, while Oleksandr Kushnirov and Pavlo Revzin were the only other players in double figures with 11 points each.

Silas Melson collected a team-high 18 points in a losing effort for Lavrio, as Milan Milosevic chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Vasilis Charalampopoulos had a disappointing game, going just 2-of-11 from the floor for 6 points and 3 assists.

Dnipro are now set to face Hungarian side Alba Fehervar in the Second Round of the Qualifiers, with the winner of that matchup guaranteeing a spot in the Regular Season.

Kataja Basket were among the five teams to progress to Qualification Round 2

Elsewhere, there were wins in store for the other Ukrainian club Cherkaski Mavpy, Istanbul BBSK, Ironi Ness Ziona and Kataja Basket, all of whom also progressed to the Qualification Round 2.

Despite holding just a two-possession cushion before their trip to Sweden, Ironi Ness Ziona did not give Sodertalje Kings a chance in a 100-76 victory away from home to lock up the tie with an aggregate 29-point margin.

Mickell Gladness paced the Israeli side to the century mark with a game-high 22 points and 7 rebounds, Tal Dunne filled the box score with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Daequan Cook connected on all three of his three-point attempts en route to 13 points.

For Sodertalje, Toni Bizaca had 17 points and William Magarity double-doubled with 15 points and 11 boards.

Cherkaski Mavpy will take on Keravnos of Cyprus in the next phase of the Qualifiers

Meanwhile, Cherkaski Mavpy progressed further with a 101-90 win over the visiting Kongsberg Miners to seal the deal after taking the first leg in Norway by 20 points.

Volodymyr Koniev had a team-high 20 points for Mavpy, while Oleksandr Kolchenko and Dmytro Skapintsev contributed 17 and 15 points to the win, respectively.

Miners guard Juan Ferrales was the game's leading scorer, having collected 27 points, while his teammate Chris-Ebou Ndow registered a 21-point, 14-rebound double-double with 5 assists.

Istanbul BBSK big man Shevon Thompson went 12-of-15 from the field

After defeating Dekstone Turi Svitavy by 25 points on the road in Czech Republic, Istanbul BBSK formalized their triumph with a 98-78 victory in Turkey behind a 26-point and 11-rebound double-double by Shevon Thompson, who finished the contest with an efficiency of 35.

Kataja Basket also cruised to Qualification Round 2 following a 75-69 win against Rosa Radom on the road in Poland. Having also enjoyed the luxury of a double-digit cushion from the first leg, the Finnish side celebrated a 161-134 win on aggregate.

Topias Palmi led the scoring for Kataja with 14 points, while Ilari Seppala and Samuli Vanttaja had 12 and 10 points, respectively. Szymon Szymanski matched the game-high 14-point mark as Radom's leading scorer as well.

Qualification Round 2 pairings:
  • ece Kapfenberg Bulls v ZZ Leiden
  • New Heroes Den Bosch v Balkan BC
  • Dinamo Sassari v SL Benfica
  • Cherkaski Mavpy v Keravnos
  • Dnipro v Alba Fehervar
  • Ironi Ness Ziona v U-BT Cluj-Napoca
  • Kataja Basket v Rilski Sportist
  • Istanbul BBSK v Lulea