Sport Life Group

The national teams of Ukraine and Turkey had the brightest basketball match of the year!

November 27, 2017

On November 26 the second match of men’s qualification for the World Basketball Championship 2019 took place in Kyiv Palace of Sports with the support of Sport Life fitness club network. 

The men’s national team of Ukraine hosted Turkey. Our basketball players suffered the first defeat in qualifying, the game ended with a score of 60:67. 

The whole match was even played. Only in the third ten minutes the Ukrainians ran the table and took the lead +6 (40:34), but Yevheniy Murzin’s team couldn’t develop a lead. Moreover, the guests started not only to chase the score, but took the lead. The fourth period started only with minimal lead of our team — 43:42. Towards the middle of the quarter Turkey was already taking the lead +7 (52:45). The Ukrainians levelled the match and gave hope after Serhiy Hladyr’s two long-distance deep three. However, the guests took over at the end of the meeting. 

Turkey with 4 points is leading in “B” group after this match. Ukraine is second – 3 points, Latvia got the same points. Sweden is on the 4th place, without victories and only with two points. Three best teams of the group would be in the second qualifying round. 

The Ukrainian basketball players will hold their next game on February 23 playing away in Latvia, and as early as on February 26 they will host the team from Sweden in Kyiv.