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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dinamo Puts Positive Spin On Losing

With his team on the brink of elimination in the Russian basketball championships final, Dinamo Moscow's coach is sounding surprisingly upbeat.


"Whatever the outcome, I'm satisfied with the result," said Alexander Borisov after his team blew a late four-point lead on Monday and lost to cross-town rival CSKA, 86-74.


Dinamo squeaked by its more glorious opponent in Sunday's Game 2, 78-76, but CSKA still leads the best-of-five series 2-1.


CSKA's guard Igor Kudelin paced his team with 25 points, 16 of them in the second half. CSKA, the European Championship semifinalist and the defending Russian champion, is now one win away from taking the league's crown for the fourth season running.


Still, Dinamo's Borisov seemed pleased with his team's effort.


"We beat a very tough team from Saratov in the semifinals, and we're giving CSKA, one of the best clubs in all of Europe, all it can handle."


And Borisov has good reason to celebrate. The first-year Dinamo coach just signed a one-year contract extension. The terms of the deal were not revealed.


Dinamo's management is also happy.


After spending big money to sign several top Russian players from Europeanleagues, including former NBA player Sergei Basarevich, Dinamo earned the right to represent Russia, along with CSKA, in the European Basketball League, which opens this fall.