Lost in a nervous ending in Saratov

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UNICS suffered its first defeat in the VTB United League, losing to Avtodor in the last seconds in Saratov with a score of 76:81. During the match, the guests won back 17 points, took the lead, but annoying mistakes in the ending did not allow the Kazan team to win.

VTB United League. Regular season.
Avtodor (Saratov) - UNICS (Kazan) - 81:76 (26:12, 20:25, 14:24, 21:15).
UNICS: L. Brown (19 + 5 rebounds + 8 assists), D. Brown (17 + 5 rebounds + 3 steals), Canaan (11).
Avtodor: Scrabb (15), Johnson (15), Fandenberg (10), Cherie (11), Jerrett (10).

Kazan started today's meeting with the following line-up: Lorenzo Brown, Jarrell Brantly, Mario Hezonja, Dmitry Uzinsky, Tonye Jekiri. We add that due to an injury received in the Euroleague match with Anadolu Efes, Andrei Vorontsevich was not among the guests today. O.J. Mayo did not come to Saratov either.
In the first quarter, the hosts immediately flew long-range shots - 15: 5 in four minutes. The UNICS attack stalls, haste interferes. Also, the Saratov team was more successful in the rebounds.
And in the second quarter, the guests' defense failed to slow down Avtodor's attacks - 35:18 three minutes after the start of the period. And yet, gradually Kazan began to hit more often - 37:29 after a long-range hit by Lorenzo Brown. UNICS justly won this quarter, having noticeably improved their attack. The result of the first half is 46:37.
In the third quarter, UNICS, forgetting about previous mistakes, made a good breakthrough - 46:43. A completely different picture. Another steal and fast break from John Brown and 51:50 in the middle of the period. And then John Brown finally brought the guests ahead, 51:53. The initiative belongs to the Kazan team, who confidently won this quarter, which ended with a long-range hit by Isaiah Canaan - 60:61. Key figure, rebounds 24-25.
Equal play in the opening of the final quarter - 65:65. 75:75 100 seconds left, nerves on edge. And it's impossible to predict the outcome of this game thriller. Loss and misses. As a result, the Saratov team was a little more accurate, who managed to beat the Kazan team for the second time in the VTB League, 81:76.

Velimir Perasovic, BC UNICS head coach:

“First of all, I congratulate Avtodor on the victory. Saratov played an excellent match today, however, like all the previous ones in the current season. As I said, this is an attacking and scoring team. We started the game extremely unsuccessfully, we played too soft in defense,which greatly facilitated the life of the opponent in the first half. This predetermined the result of the match. In my opinion, we completely lost the first half of the game. "


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