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In two days, UNICS beat two Spanish teams beautifully in the Euroleague - following Basque, today Kazan forced the most titled club in the world, Real Madrid, to surrender with a score of 65:58 thanks to 26 points of Andrey Vorontsevich and Mario Hezonja.

 Euroleague. Regular season. 7th round.

UNICS (Kazan, Russia) - Real (Madrid, Spain) - 65:58 (14:11, 21:23, 14:17, 16: 7).
UNICS: Vorontsevich (13 + 2 steals + 2 rebounds), Hezonja (13 + 8 rebounds), Lorenzo Brown (9 + 4 assists + 3 steals), Canaan (9 + 2 rebounds). Real : Tavares (15 + 7 rebounds + 4 steals), Yabusele (13 + 4 rebounds + 2 assists), Abalde (10 + 3 assists).

Today UNICS put up the following starting line-up against Real Madrid: John Brown, Lorenzo Brown, Jarrell Brantley, Mario Hezonja and Andrey Vorontsevich.
In the first quarter, the guests quickly scored three points, and then concede ten in return, 10: 3. But it was striking how well both teams defended. The end of the period was left for the Spaniards, who punished ours for losses in a revealing manner - 10: 9. And yet UNICS had the last word in this ten-minute session, Marco Spissu entered the game beautifully, 14:11.

After Vorontsevich's “three” in the opening of the second period, the score was 21:11. Of course, the eminent guests tried to close the gap between the hosts - 22:19. And "Real" constantly hangs "on the tail" of the Kazan team - 29:27. The superiority of the "big" guests is beyond doubt. “Three” of “Real” and the account of the first half - 35:34. Key numbers: rebounds 15-19, interceptions 7-8.
In the third quarter, after a distant hit, the Spaniards took the lead - 37:39. The initiative at the "Real" - 40:46. The UNICS attack stalls. But two long-range hits Spissu and Vorontsevich change the score to 49:50. However, Real have won two quarters in a row.
In the fourth period, UNICS 'highest scoring player Hezonja received his fourth foul and was immediately substituted. But Kazan does not allow the guests to break away - 53:55 after Vorontsevich's throw. And in the middle of the quarter, Lorenzo Brown restored the status quo, 55:55. The tension builds up. 59:58 72 seconds before the end, Vorontsevich hit again, and then made a crucial steal.  With 33 seconds left on the scoreboard 63:58. And UNICS wins the most titled club in the world, 65:58!


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:
"I am very happy because to win against Madrid is always very difficult. For me, it is one of the best teams, if not the best, in the EuroLeague. To win against them, you need to play really, really good defense. We made great defense, especially in the first and last quarters. To keep Madrid on 11 or 7 points in one quarter is very difficult. So congratulations to my players."

John BROWN, BC UNICS forward:
"I am so happy I was able to impact the game. It looked like they were going to run away but our team stayed composed and we trusted each other, trusted our coach's system and walked away with a victory. So it feels good. I always want it, especially in the EuroLeague, when no one expects us to win. Rebounding [was the key]; they have a lot of big fellows, unfortunately, but we maintained our box-outs and they didn't get too many in the second half. That's something we need to work on in practice."
Marco SPISSU, BC UNICS guard:
"It was amazing. I don't know how many times I will play against Real Madrid, so it was a good opportunity for us, for me. It is amazing: we won, so I am very happy for me, but especially for the team because we work hard every day. Luckily, this is a good win for us. We have to keep rolling like that. I think that defense and how we put the fans into the game [made the difference]. We really work in practice. That's why we are showing this intensity in the game. We have to enjoy this win and tomorrow, we start to think on another game."
Pablo LASO, BC Real head coach:
"First, I want to congratulate Kazan for the victory. I think they really deserved it because we didn't play a good game, and even when we were up on the scoreboard, we didn't look like we were controlling the game. I think they played much more aggressive than us, and when they had a bad moment in the game, they hit important threes that made them come back. Our fourth quarter was terrible offensively. We only got 7 points; our percentages were bad; we didnt' execute well. And I think that was the key of the victory for Kazan, who really played a good game and they deserve the win."


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