Snatching victory from the champion!

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02.10.2022

02.10.2022

UNICS starts the season with an away victory in the opening match of the VTB United League over the reigning champion Zenit with a score of 82:79 thanks to a 14:0 spurt at the beginning of the second half and composure in the execution of free throws in the last minute.


The main creators of success were Jalen REYNOLDS and Neno DIMITRIJEVIC, who scored 39 points in the opponent's basket for two. Anthony BROWN has 16 points and 5 assists.

VTB United League Championship. 1st round.
Zenit (Saint Petersburg) – UNICS (Kazan) 79:82 (23:22, 20:22, 18:23, 18:15).
UNICS: Reynolds (22), Dimitrijevic (17+9 assists+3 rebounds), Brown (16+5 assists), Hunter (12+6 rebounds), Labeyrie (11+7 rebounds), Zhbanov (4+4 rebounds).
Zenit: Volkhin (18), Solomon (10+6 rebounds), Wimbush (13+4 rebounds), Homesley (10).



POSTGAME COMMENTS:

Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«Congratulations to our players and fans on the victory! It is always difficult to win in St. Petersburg. Today we faced the best team of the tournament, the favorite and the reigning champion of the VTB League. We defended well and always found ways to punish the opponent for mistakes. It wasn't easy, but we deserved to win. I note that this is only the first step. It is important not to relax at the tournament distance, because any team can give surprises».


Neno DIMITRIJEVIC, BC UNICS guard:

«It was a crazy game! We are very happy to start the championship with a bright victory over the reiging league champion Zenit on a road. We knew how to suffer in the key moment and stuck together».


Anthony BROWN, BC UNICS forward:

«I am very happy to win! Today we really played as a team. Now we are looking forward to the first home match».


Xavier PASCUAL, BC Zenit head coach:

«I want to congratulate UNICS on this victory. It was a tough game in which every team had a chance to win. We just stopped playing in the third quarter, played very poorly on offense, scored only 4 points in the first half of the ten-minute period and as a result could not return. But we are only at the very beginning of the season, and we still have something to work on».


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