(Don't) kill the dragon. Kazan Zilant is too tough for Nizhniy

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Over the past few weeks, Pari NN has been creating a hype in social networks around the home match on October 13 and dispersing the idea-fix about conquering the dragon. But on the appointed date, it was not the overseas dragons who came to Nizhniy Novgorod, but the Kazan Zilant, who with a 18:0 spurt at the second quarter buried the ambitions of the hosts for a heroic feat - 75:57 a convincing victory of UNICS with a mirror score.

VTB United League Championship. 3rd round.
Pari Nizhniy Novgorod (Nizhniy Novgorod) — UNICS (Kazan) — 57:75 (16:18, 6:21, 20:15, 15:21).
UNICS: Dimitrijevic (19+3 assists), Reynolds (15+4 rebounds), Zaitcev (10+3 assists).
Pari Nizhniy Novgorod: Love (10+3 rebounds), Belenitsky (7), Apic (7).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«For any VTB United League team, Pari NN is one of the most difficult venues. That's why I'm always happy to win here. The key moment of this match was the second quarter, when we forced the opponent to make mistakes. Despite the difference in the score, we continued to fight with maximum seriousness. There was probably not a single moment when I doubted that we would be able to take the victory. We controlled the match from start to finish».

Vyacheslav ZAITCEV, BC UNICS guard:

«Pari Nizhny Novgorod started the season well with two away wins. We knew that they were playing with double energy on the home court, so we were preparing for a difficult match. We didn't start the game well, but already in the second quarter we added aggression to the defense, forced them to make turnovers and did not allow them to score easy baskets. On offense, we ran well into a fast break and moved the ball well. We are glad that we are taking victory away from Nizhny Novgorod».

Zoran LUKIC, BC Pari Nizhniy Novgorod head coach:

«I want to congratulate the opponent on a well-deserved victory. Unfortunately, it seems that today we have set the anti-record of the United League for turnovers. It had objective reasons — aggressive defense of some UNICS players, but there were at least ten mistakes that I can't explain. They were the key factor in our defeat. It's a pity that in this match we lost Ivan Strebkov and Dmitry Khvostov due to injuries. Therefore, it will be very interesting in the next very important game against Samara».

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