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11.05.2022

11.05.2022

In the emotional and uncompromising 3rd match of the VTB United League semifinal with numerous leader changes and equal scores, Zenit, with Baron's accurate throw 21 seconds before the buzzer, snatches victory from UNICS with a score of 68:67 and takes the lead in the playoff series to 3 wins - 2:1.


UNICS (Kazan) - Zenit (St. Petersburg) - 67:68 (21:16, 14:19, 16:19, 16:14).
UNICS: Brown (21+4 rebounds), Hezonja (14+8 rebounds), Vorontsevich (13+7 rebounds). Zenit: Poythress (18+8 rebounds+4 steals), Mikey (14+6 rebounds).




POSTGAME COMMENTS:


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach

«First of all, I congratulate Zenit on the victory. But I would also like to thank my players for fighting to the very end and the result of the game remained unknown until the buzzer. Of course, we are very upset, because the match was absolutely equal, and we had every chance to win. We need to forget about this defeat as soon as possible and try to get the upper hand in the fourth meeting. Despite a confident victory in the first match of the semifinal playoff series, playing with Zenit is not easy at all.We are up against one of the strongest Euroleague teams this season. As a rule, in such matches everything is decided by several possessions, good or wrong decisions in offence and defense. Today, any of the opponents could win. But they managed to score in their last attack and we failed to convert a decisive possession. This is basketball».

Andrey VORONTSEVICH, BC UNICS forward

«It was a great game that either team could have won. Unfortunately, today luck was on the side of the opponent. We were missing quite a bit. I thank the fans for their warm support and incredible energy! I hope that on Friday there will be the same emotional atmosphere in the stands of Basket Hall. We do not lose heart. We'll take a look at the game tomorrow. In the future, we will try to eliminate errors and add in all components».


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