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18 November 2015

A better ETHA lost (69-80) from Khimik in Nicosia

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BETTER FROM GAME TO GAME

Khimik Yuzhne switched gears midway through their Wednesday game at ETHA Engomi to secure an 80-69 success, their fourth win in as many encounters in Group L, and put one foot in the Round of 32.

Turning Point: Khimik outscored their hosts 20-8 in the final five-minute stretch of the second quarter to go into the locker rooms holding a 47-39 lead and picked up where they left off after the break as they started the second half on a 5-0 run to extend the gap to 52-39 within the first two minutes of the third period.

Stats Don't Lie: ETHA started well and turned the clash into a tight affair for most of the first half but were never going to be able to keep up with Khimik unless they got help from their bench players. That never came, as the visitors got 29 points from their second unit and the hosts only got three points off the bench.

Game Hero: Khimik did not enjoy a brilliant shooting night as they only shot 44.8% from the floor but Matthew Shaw was the exception as he went 9-for-12 to collect his game-high 20 points.

The Bottom Line: Khimik stand atop the group standings at 4-0 and will seal their passage to the Round of 32 if they win either one of their two remaining Regular Season fixtures. ETHA dropped to 0-4 but still maintain mathematical chances to advance, provided they win both their remaining games by ample margins.

They Said: "Today it was a very hard game. They have a new coach, a new power. They prepared for us a surprise on defence and offence. This team gets better from game to game. Today they played very tough; they wanted to win but we were prepared for this game. We knew their weak side and tried to use our bench." - Khimik head coach Oleg Yushkin.

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