We did not get to Euroleague
Date: 09 jun 2018
Source: Press BC UNICS
In the semifinals of the "Final Four" of the United VTBLeague UNICS in a hard struggle lost to "Khimki" and on June 10 will play in the match for third place with "Zenith".
In the first semifinal, the capital's CSKA predictably without troubles dismantled the St. Petersburg "Zenith", 84:67 and reached the final. This meant that the winner of the second semi-final of UNICS - "Khimki" automatically received a ticket to the Euroleague, because CSKA already has a multi-year license to participate in the most prestigious basketball European Cup.
The main match of the season for the Kazan team began this season: Melvin Ejim, Quino Colom, Stephane Lasme, Trenton Lockett and Evgeny Kolesnikov. A familiar combination. And immediately faced with the habitually productive game of the leader of "Khimki" Alexei Shved, in the first 10 minutes he scored 10 points. Thanks to him, the opponent constantly led in the account, although the first scored their points in the match is Kazan by the efforts of Colom. But, and this is the main reason for leadership of "Khimki", they completely replayed the Kazan under the shield, the selection in the first quarter of 5-14. Thus, by the end of the period, Khimki lost 5 points, 16:21. The substitution in UNICS in this quarter: Jamar Smith, Maurice Ndour and Anton Ponkrashov.
Immediately after the first break in the game, for Kazan successfully entered Andrei Koscheev, adding the ball to the basket, 20:23. Shved again brings the advantage of "Khimki" to 6 points, 20:26, but then Smith said his strong word, adequately answering Shved. Jamar scored 8 points in a row, 28:26, bringing his luggage to 10 points. But Shved also did not stop, 28:35 in the middle of the quarter, and 21 points in his asset by the end of the period. The next two minutes the team defended perfectly, not gaining one point, only then the Kazan first came out of the stupor, 32:35 after the attack of Lasme with a foul. The result of the first half of 32:38 after the "three" of Shved. But a quarter of the game remained for UNICS, the rebounds are already equal, 18-18, which could not but inspire optimism before the second half. But the losses are 9-6.
In the debut of the third quarter, "Khimki" led by 9 points, 32:41, then 35:44. The duel of Smith and Shved continued, 42:46 after the next "three" of Smith, immediately in a break Ndour scored from above, 44:46. However, this time Khimki managed to come off, 44:52. It's good that in the end, Smith again got from behind the arc, 47:52, typing his 21 points. The whole struggle is yet to come.
And the decisive expectation was the final quarter. Shved decided everything, on account of whom at some moment was exactly half of all the points of his team, 36 out of 72. Three successive shots of Shved and Charles Jenkins and on the scoreboard is 58:72. But UNICS did not even think of throwing out the white flag, 64:72 two minutes before the end. In no way can Lasme score, but UNICS pressure is working. He scored, finally, from under the ring, 66:72, fixing the jerk of Kazan 8-0 within two minutes. Alas, Smith was injured 45 seconds before the end. "Khimki" wins and gos to the final, 71:76.
UNICS (Kazan) - Khimki (Moscow region) - 71:76 (18:23, 14:15, 15:14, 24:24). The most productive: UNICS - Smith (23), Colom (13), Lasme (13 + 12 rebounds + 4 interceptions + 2 block shots); "Khimki" - Shved (36), Jenkins (12).