Continued our winning streak in the Euroleague

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UNICS is 18-point behind and defeats reigning German champion Alba 85:71 to advance to the Euroleague playoffs! For Kazan, this is already the 8th victory in the last 9 matches. In the middle of the second quarter, UNICS was behind at 21:39, but managed to come back thanks to a 17: 4 spurt in the opening of the second half. The hosts finished the game with a powerful spurt 20: 5 and won a strong-willed victory, which became the fifth in a row for Velimir Perasovic's charges! The best in the white-green squad were Mario Hezonja and Lorenzo Brown, who both scored 43 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds and 4 steals.

Euroleague. Regular season. 11th round.
UNICS (Kazan, Russia) - ALBA (Berlin, Germany) - 85:71 (13:26, 27:22, 19:12, 26:11).
UNICS: Hezonja (22 + 7 rebounds + 5 assists + 2 steals), L. Brown (21 + 9 assists + 5 rebounds + 2 steals), Jekiri (11 + 2 rebounds), Canaan (10 + 4 rebounds + 2 assists) , D. Brown III (9 + 4 rebounds + 4 interceptions).
Alba: Koumadje (12 + 12 rebounds), Smith (12), Sikma (11 + 7 rebounds + 3 assists), da Silva (8 + 5 rebounds).

The victory raised the Kazan team to the playoff zone of the tournament. This was the first meeting of the teams with each other.
Today in the ranks of the hosts the debut of the Latvian forward Janis Timma was expected, and he entered the game in the first quarter. Well, in the starting lineup of the hosts, John Brown, Lorenzo Brown, Jarrell Brantley, Dmitry Uzinsky and Mario Hezonja entered the basketball hall. The usual combination in recent games.
In the first quarter, the Berliners quickly seized the initiative. Kazan could not find their shot until the three-pointer by Isaiah Canaan scored, 13:16. Timma also scored his “three” earlier. But the end of the period was dictated by Alba, who made a 10-0 spurt, the result of the quarter is 13:26. Key figure: 3-0 losses.
In the second quarter, at first, the picture of the game did not change, the guests got in, ours smeared. Finally, Hezonja scored five points in a row - 24:39. Three-pointers also flew from Kazan, 32:39, UNICS snatch 8-0. The hosts began to grope for a familiar game and deservedly won the second period. The teams left for the big break when the score was 40:48. Key figures: rebounds 9-17, steals 4-1, losses 5-6
And only from the beginning of the third quarter we see real UNICS. The sprint is 12-0 and the scoreboard is 52:48 after Tony Jekiri's dunk. This means that in the first half our guys were cunningly luring Berliners. To the guests' credit, they did not allow the owners to build on their success, again punishing the Kazan citizens for losses, first of all, under the shield. The result of the ten minutes is 59:60.
In the fourth quarter, the "swing" so unloved by the coaches began: 61:62, 65:62, 65:66. But our guys hit more often - 73:66  And in the end, the Kazan team simply knocked out their opponent - 85:69. The result of the meeting is 85:71.


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach

“Overall it was a very difficult victory for us, especially after the very bad start. We started very softly without concentration. Our defense was the worst it has been since I have been coaching here. Fortunately, we changed everything in the second half and we held a very good offensive team to just 23 points in the second half. Today we lost the battle of the rebounds but we forced 19 turnovers for ALBA which is a great number and we also had more assists. We had a big problem with their big guy who really caused us issues. But in the second half everybody was very concentrated and made a great effort to this victory.”

Mario Hezonja, BC UNICS forward

"Defense. At halftime, we said we’re not playing good and we needed to step up our effort on the defensive side. That’s what we did and that’s why we won. We have to keep doing this because we’re a very good team when we’re doing that.”

Lorenzo Brown, BC UNICS guard

“It feels amazing. We needed this win to get into the top eight. Coach did a great job, teammates did a great job. We’ve just been pushing to try and be the best we can out here.