Hungary Suffer Crunch Time Heartache

30.08.2012

EUROBASKET QUALIFIERS

7. Sergii Gladyr (Ukraine)
Sergii Gladyr had a good overall performance for Ukraine with 17 points, 6 rebounds an 4 assists

Hungary suffered a potentially disastrous blow to their hopes of qualifying for EuroBasket 2013 after suffering an agonising 78-76 home-court loss to Ukraine in Pecs.

Always chasing the game, the home supporters thought their team had finally got over the hump and wrestled the initiative away from their opponent when Adam Hanga dunked his team level at 70-70 with 90 seconds remaining.

Only Maxym Korniyenko wasn't up for that particular script and spoiled the night by scoring two quick-fire baskets to more or less hand his team the victory as his team-mates got the job done from the free-throw line in the closing seconds.

Hungary on the other hand hurt their chanes by missing six of nine free throws in the last minute with Obie Trotter being the most tragic figure.

The point guad grabbed an offensive rebound off an Adam Hanga free-throw and was fouled on his three-point attempt with the score 78-75 for Ukraine and a chance to send the game into overtime.

With only three seconds left, Trotter missed two of three and Hungary had to watch Ukraine get away with the win.

Ukraine always had their noses in front for the most part, leading from late in the first quarter right up until the late drama when Hanga brought his team level.

Much of their best work was down to Sergii Gladyr, a constant thorn in the side of the Hungarians.

He landed 17 points, six rebounds and four assists to catapult his team into outright second spot in Group C having secured what was their second win against Hungary during the Qualification Round.


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