Ukraine men's basketball team won the first match of the last round of the first group stage of the European Championship, defeating Great Britain - 87:68 - and advanced to the next stage of the competition.

Playing with the Britons was crucial for the further fate of the Ukrainian team in the tournament.

The outcome of the match was determined by result of the second quarter, in which the Ukrainians managed to beat opponents with a difference of 14 points - 27:13. Ukrainians won in two out of three quarters.

The best players of Ukraine’s team were Kyrylo Natiazhko and Igor Zaitsev, who scored 11 points.

Thus, the Ukrainian team has completed the first group stage with a win-loss ratio of 4/1 and is to occupy at least take the second position in the final standings. If the French team tonight loses match to Belgium, the Ukrainians do finish first. According to regulations of the competition, three best teams from each group go to the second stage.

Eurobasket is held in Slovenia on September 4-22.


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