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25.04.2022

25.04.2022

UNICS started with a 9:0 rush, achieved a 20-point handicap by the halftime and scored a confident victory over Avtodor - 97:59. All 12 players, declared for the match, went to the court and noted in the protocol with the points scored. Andrey Vorontsevich (15 points + 4 rebounds, 5/6 from behind the arc) and Mario Hezonja (15 points + 3 rebounds (6/9 three-pointers) became the most productive in the Kazan team. Newcomer William Mosley stopped a step away from double-double in his UNICS debut: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks.

Dmitry Uzinsky, OJ Mayo and Tony Jekiri did not take part in the match. The third match of the series will take place in Saratov on the court of "Crystal" on Friday, April 29.


UNICS (Kazan) - Avtodor (Saratov) - 97:59 (25:17, 23:11, 27:17, 22:14).
UNICS: Vorontsevich (15+4 rebounds), Hezonja (15), Johnson (12), Mosley (11+9 rebounds), Brown (10+5 assists)
Avtodor: Kvitkovskikh (19), Mikhailovsky (12).
The hosts made 3 times more steals (13 to 4) and forced the opponents to lose balls more often - 20 to 11 in turnovers.
The maximum advantage of our team during the match was "+38"!


POSTGAME COMMENTS


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

“Congratulations to my players on winning, because wins are always important in the playoffs. We started the meeting with a high concentration, treated the opponent with respect and I believe that we had a good game. We knew about the problems that Avtodor faced. They have a very serious team that responsibly prepares for matches. But we were stronger twice on our court and took the lead in the series with a score of 2:0. I hope we will be able to complete the series in Saratov, which is our goal.”

Georgy ZHBANOV, BC UNICS guard:

“First of all, I congratulate my teammates on an excellent team victory! I am glad that today I got a lot of game minutes, because I really wanted to play in the playoffs, and I missed the first meeting due to a small injury. I didn’t score many points, but I tried to bring the team the maximum benefit.”

William MOSLEY, BC UNICS center:

"First game in the books! It felt great to be back on the court. We play pretty good today, few things we can work on but overall it was a great game for us"


Vladislav KONOVALOV, acting head coach of BC Avtodor:

“Congratulations to UNICS on a great game. The team has done a good job of preparing and aims to achieve the highest goals of the season. Today we tried to act in the same manner as in the first match, to apply our key aspects in attack. However, UNICS turned out to be ready for this, closed our leaders Mikhailovsky and Minchenko, through whom we had previously built attacks. One of the reasons for the failure and our low performance was the lack of dimensions. UNICS was at its best under the rims and clearly outperformed us in individual skill. This is confirmed by the hosts' 16 offensive rebounds, a large number of our turnovers under pressure and a lot of easy points for Kazan. Now let's go home and prepare for the third match in front of our fans."