Anniversary victory in the Volga derby!

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During the opening 30 minutes of the home match with Samara, UNICS often found himself in an unusual role of catching up. However, the spurt of the white-greens 10:0 in the opening of the final quarter helped our team to take control of the game and win the 10th anniversary victory of the season with a score of 94:86, continuing the pursuit of the leader of the table. With other statistical indicators being equal, the success of UNICS was brought by the high accuracy of the implementation of 2-point throws – 77% (30 out of 39 attempts from medium and close range reached the goal).

Immediately 6 basketball players in the home team finished the match in double digits. Jalen REYNOLDS scored a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Vyacheslav Zaitcev and Daryl MACON each brought 16 points. Nenad Dimitrijevic, Georgy ZHBANOV and Vince HUNTER "figured out for three" 36 more.

VTB United League. Regular season. Round 11.
UNICS – Samara - 94:86 (19:23, 26:23, 23:24, 26:16).
UNICS: Reynolds (17+10 rebounds), Macon (16+5 assists+ 2 steals), Zaitcev (16+2 assists+2 blocked shots), Dimitrijevic (13+3 assists), Zhbanov (12+3 rebounds+3 assists), Hunter (11+3 rebounds).
Samara: Teodor (16+4 assists+3 rebounds), Ennis (16), Lazarev (14+8 rebounds+3 assists), Reese (14), Knight (13).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«First of all, I congratulate the players on the victory. Today we worked really hard to win the match and had one of the most difficult and beautiful home matches. Before the game, I said that I think Samara is a very high-quality team, consisting of 6 basketball players with experience in the Euroleague and the NBA. They play at high speed, work well with pick-and-rolls and isolations. Today, the guests took a lot of rebounds under our board, so the result of the match was unclear until the final quarter».

Vyacheslav ZAITCEV, BC UNICS guard:

«We knew that we were up against a very good team. Samara has gathered excellent foreign basketball players and talented Russian guys who want to prove themselves in the VTB United League. We have been preparing hard and seriously preparing for the match. We started hesitantly, missing a lot in the first half. However, in the final quarter, they turned on aggressive defense, began to move the ball better in attack, score open shots and achieved victory thanks to well-coordinated team actions».

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