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26.11.2021

26.11.2021

Our team in inhospitable Belgrade left no chances for Crvena Zvezda, the defending champion of the Adriatic League and the strongest club in Serbia,defeating the opponent with a score of 98:78 thanks to 56 points of John Brown III, Mario Hezonja and Isaiah Canaan. The guests showed an impressive 71% of the realization of two-point shots and scored 15 of 32 long-range attempts (47% accuracy from beyond the arc).

Euroleague. Regular season. 11th round.
Crvena Zvezda (Belgrade, Serbia) - UNICS (Kazan, Russia) - 78:98 (16:26, 23:21, 18:29, 21:22).
UNICS: D. Brown III (18 + 5 rebounds + 2 assists + 2 steals), Hezonja (17 + 5 rebounds + 2 assists + 2 steals), Canaan (17), Uzinsky (11), L. Brown (9 + 9 assists + 4 rebounds), Brantley (9 + 3 steals + 2 rebounds), Spissu (8 + 5 assists + 4 rebounds).
Crvena Zvezda: Hollins (15 + 5 rebounds + 2 assists), Wolters (13 + 4 assists), Dobric (11 + 2 rebounds), Kalinic (10 + 4 assists + 3 rebounds).





POSTGAME COMMENTS:

Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:
“I think today was our best game on offense. To score 98 points against Crvena Zvezda is very difficult. A lot of players had a good day. We were shooting very good. I don't know our shooting percentages, but we had a really good three-point percentage. We were among the worst for several games in this segment, but the team was very good in this today.”
“We are in a good moment. We won a few in a row, everyone is full of confidence. But, like one good coach once said, it is not a matter if bad moments will come, but when they will come. They will surely come. We are playing well this time, but we are well aware that in this competition where teams are so even, where there are so many good teams, we could soon have some bad results. Our goal is to fight for the playoffs, because that is our only way to play in the EuroLeague next season. I think we were extremely good today. We were the worst team in three-point accuracy in the first seven or eight games. Zvezda plays excellent defense, and when they pushed us away, they erased our 16-point deficit very quickly. The way we played offensively, it gives me the right to say we caused Zvezda to lose, not their bad performance.”


Mario HEZONJA, BC UNICS forward:
“We had to clean up our defense [in the second half] a little bit. We did that. It was a little bit sloppy also at the end of the third. But we picked it up. We did what we do. We executed what Coach asks from us offensively, and our defense is our DNA. As long as we keep doing that, we will be alright. Today, it was a very good win for us.”

John Brown III, BC UNICS forward:
“We always want to win, especially away, to start winning away games. That is important, because we are very tough at home. But to come in here and get a victory like we did, it is very important. Everyone is happy about victories, but when tough times come, that's when your true character is showing. I hope we can keep moving.”

Dejan RADONJIC, BC Crvena Zvezda head coach:
“Congratulations to UNICS for the win. They played a really good game. The second half was the same as the first half. They deserved to win. They were much better than us.” 
  

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