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The rehearsal of the 1/4 of the play-offs

The rehearsal of the 1/4 of the play-offs
Date: 30 april 2018
Source: Press BC UNICS
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Nizhny Novgorod "proved that if our teams meet in the quarterfinal of the playoffs of the VTB United League then Kazan will have many problems.

So today's meeting was a rehearsal for the quarterfinal playoff series. After UNICS starts in the matches for the flight from second place, and Nizhny Novgorod - from the seventh.

It is doubly curious that it was NN that guaranteed UNICS the second position at the end of the regular season, having beaten the St. Petersburg Zenit in its previous round. Thus, regardless of the outcome of today's match and the two remaining Kazan will start the playoffs second. 

It is always pleasant to see again on the floor the familiar faces of Vadim Panin, Vladimir Veremeenko, Pyotr Gubanov, who played for UNICS more than one season with faith and truth. Today was, as always, a principled duel between two Volga teams. Still, a considerable number of fans of "NN" came to cheer for their own.

The hosts put today such starting five: Melvin Ejim, Quino Colom, Stephane Lasme, Jamar Smith and Yevgeny Kolesnikov. That the game will be nervous and heavy, it became clear very soon, the guests went to the parquet so charged to the fight that the sparks flew in all directions, 3: 8 after the second "three" of the Nizhny Novgorod citizens. Only four minutes after the start of the match, with Kolesnikov's efforts UNICS first tied the score, 10:10, and then came forward when Yevgeny scored from behind the arc, 13:10. Entered the game Trent Lockett and Anton Ponkrashov, the latter soon marked a long-range hit, which the guests answered adequately. So the result of the first quarter was a fighting draw, 22:22.

The second quarter came out Andrei Koshcheev and Pavel Sergeyev. The guests again came forward after the fifth long-range hit, 24:27. And then Nizhny Novgorod even was at a lead by 7 points, 24:31 three minutes after the start.  The defense of UNICS is clearly underdeveloped. Vladislav Trushkin entered the game. But a quarter deservedly remained for "NN", 39:51. In which already this spring, Kazan does not care about the first half of the home match. An unpleasant trend. 

Counteroffensive of UNICS from the beginning of the third quarter was led by Kolesnikov, after his two hits, the score was 45:51. The eighth three from the guests returned the hosts to a distance of 10 points, 47:57. But the hosts "did not notice" this short-term success of the guests, after throwing from under the ring by Lasme in the middle of the quarter the score became 53:56, and then Colom from behind the arc added, 56:57. But  Ejim gets the fourth foul. Colom from a long distance leads, finally, the hosts ahead, 61:60.

Ponkrashov from the penalty line again restores the balance, 67:67. This was a turning point in the match. In the next attack Smith comes from afar, 70:67. Ponkrashov from the middle distance, 73:69. Colom from the three-point line, 78:70, but to play even more than half of the period. And Ejime, alas, finished the game, having received the fifth foul for four-plus minutes to the end.  Lasme dashing dunk loudly spent his comrade on vacation, 80:74. A hot and nervous ending, 82:78 a minute before the end. Stefan Yelovats scored "three" for half a minute to the end, 84:81. And yet, overtime, 84:84, this is Ivan Strebkov equalized by a long-range hit.

Overtime began Lasme, two penalties, and Ponkrashov scored the three - 89:84. Sergei Toropov gets the fifth foul. 92:86 in the middle of five minutes. Smith scores the three-pointer in time, 97:89.  Lockett after the steal scored from above, 99:90. "Three" Dmitry Uzinsky, 99:93, but that's it. UNICS won, but how hard will it be with "NN" in the playoffs.

UNICS (Kazan) - "Nizhny Novgorod" - 99:93 OT (22:22, 17:29, 24:15, 21:18, 15: 9). The most productive: UNICS - Lasme (27 + 8 rebounds + 3 block shots), Colom (20 + 7 assists), Kolesnikov (11), Smith (16), Ponkrashov (12); "NN" - Grigoriev (17), Elovac (22 + 14 rebounds), Odum (13).

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VTB League
season 2018/2019,
g w pts
1
CSKA
Moscow, Russia
9 9 18
2
Khimki
Moscow region, Russia
9 9 18
3
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
8 7 15
4
Zenit
St. Petersburg, Russia
8 5 13
5
Astana
Astana, Kazakhstan
8 5 13
6
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Krasnodar, Russia
9 5 14
7
Kalev
Tallinn, Estonia
9 4 13
8
Avtodor
Saratov, Russia
8 3 11
9
Enisey
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
10 3 13
10
Parma
Perm, Russia
8 2 10
11
Zielona Gora
Zielona Gora, Poland
8 2 10
12
Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
8 2 10
13
Tsmoki-Minsk
Minsk, Belarus
8 2 10
14
VEF
Riga, Latvia
10 2 12
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
Eurocup
season 2018/2019, group D
g w pts
1
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
9 8 17
2
Unicaja
Malaga, Spain
9 7 16
3
Fraport Skyliners
Frankfurt, Germany
8 5 13
4
Rytas
Vilnius, Lithuania
8 3 11
5
Mornar
Bar, Montenegro
8 2 10
6
Fiat Turin
Torino, Italy
8 0 8
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
United League VTB U21
season 2018/2019,
g w pts
1
CSKA-Junior
Moscow, Russia
12 12 24
2
Khimki-2
Moscow region, Russia
12 9 21
3
Zenit-2
St. Petersburg, Russia
8 6 14
4
UNICS-2
Kazan, Russia
10 6 16
5
Lokomotiv-Kuban-2
Krasnodar, Russia
10 6 16
6
Avtodor-2
Saratov, Russia
12 6 18
7
Samara-2
Samara, Russia
11 5 16
8
Spartak
St. Peterburg, Russia
12 4 16
9
Nizhny Novgorod-2
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
10 3 13
10
Parma-2
Perm, Russia
11 2 13
11
Enisey-2
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
10 0 10
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;

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