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The national team of Ukraine on basketball won a historic victory over Spain in the second round of world Cup qualifiers-2019.
At the start of the match Ukraine surprised the Spaniards tenacious defense, allowing the visitors in the first quarter to implement only 30.7% of shots from the game. A distant shot of Mikhailuk, Lukashova and Lime brought Ukraine into the 7-point advantage in the first 10 minutes.
The second quarter due to the activity Kravtsov and herun summarizes in the paint “blue-yellow” started with a jerk 8:2 and brought its lead to 13 points. The Spaniards immediately responded to the hazardous situation and a series of three-pointers eliminated the backlog in the account.
After the break the game went on a collision course. Ukraine remained in the game thanks to the activity of Mikhailuk, Spain replied to the effective performance of Coloma. At the end of the quarter Jeter converted a difficult shot in the passage – at the last break left Ukraine with an advantage of five points (56:51).
Four minutes before the end of the match when the score was 64:59 Ukraine organized a key breakthrough – Lukashov scored five points in a row, then Kravtsov after the transfer Bobrova hammered into a ring of Spaniards are dank and recorded a 10-point lead the hosts. “Blue-yellow” had to bring the match to win with what they calmly coped.
Victory over Spain has included Ukraine in the fight for a ticket to the world Cup. But this success will have little significance without a similar result in the away match against Montenegro. The match will take place next Monday, September 17.Ukraine – Spain– 76:65 (19:12, 17:22, 20:17, 20:14)
Ukraine: Mikhailyuk (22 + 5 interceptions), Kravtsov (13), Lukashov (11 + 5 assists), Lane (8 + 5 rebounds), Jeter (6).
Spain: Colom (15 + 4 assists), S. Rodriguez (12), Pauli (11).
Standings: Spain – 13 (7 games), Ukraine – 11 (7), Turkey – 10 (6), Latvia – 10 (6), Montenegro – 9 (6), Slovenia – 8 (6).