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After an equal start, UNICS crushed the hosts with a spurt of 15:0 at the junction of the first and second quarters, running away by a double–digit distance - 35:19. Then Velimir Perasovich's team allowed ambitious debutants to reduce the gap in the score, then easily went into the gap. By the end of the 3rd quarter, MBA managed to get close to the guests for the last time at a throw distance (64:67). But 12 points and a new spurt of white-green 22:4 in the debut of the final ten minutes helped UNICS to create a 20-point handicap (89:68), removing all questions about the result of the game – 97:81 the sixth victory in a row!

The most resultatives in the winners roster were Jalen REYNOLDS (30 points + 5 steals) and Louis LABEYRIE, who scored a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Vyacheslav Zaitcev scored 12 points. Nenad Dimirievic handed out 12 assists, adding 8 points to them.

MBA (Moscow) — UNICS (Kazan) — 81:97 (19:22, 19:23, 26:22, 17:30).
UNICS: Reynolds (30 + 5 steals), Labeyrie (18 + 10 rebounds), Zaitcev (12), Hunter (10), Dimitrijevic (8 + 12 assists).
MBA: Odinokov (15), Kasatkin (14).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«We faced a good opponent. During the three starting quarters, we were leading with a slight advantage. In the final 10 minutes, we showed a great offensive game, especially Jalen Reynolds succeeded in this. MBA is a good team that deserves more victories than they have now».

Vyacheslav ZAITCEV, BC UNICS guard:

«The match was not easy for us. In the second quarter, due to aggressive defense, we pulled ahead by 16 points, but then we missed several 3-pointers and allowed MBA to return to the game. In the final quarter, we gave out a 12:0 spurt again, after which we held a comfortable advantage until the end of the match. We are glad to return home with another victory».

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