Kyiv Basket – Zaporizhye 66-92
Zaporizhye rallied past Kyiv Basket in the decisive fifth game of the series and paved their way into the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Zaporizhye. Kyiv Basket managed to win third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kyiv Basket 42-18 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zaporizhye looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Dmytro Tykhonov (205-92, agency: BIG) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American point guard Mike Caffey (183-93, college: LBSU, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Five Zaporizhye players scored in double figures. Zaporizhye’s coach Valeriy Plehanov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brandon Young (193-91, college: DePaul, agency: BIG) answered with 20 points and international power forward Sergiy Pavlov (204-97) added 12 points in the effort for Kyiv Basket.
Kyiv Basket: B.Young 20+1reb+2ast, B.Massey 14+1ast, S.Pavlov 12+3reb+1ast, A.Kovalov 8+2reb+2ast, P.Krutous 4+3reb+1ast, T.Thibodeaux 4+5reb
Zaporizhye: D.Tykhonov 22+8reb, A.Sizov 15+5reb+5ast, A.Majauskas 15+5reb+3ast, A.Grytsak 13+10reb+3ast, M.Caffey 12+6reb+11ast, I.Mikhyeyev 9+5reb