Start the semifinal with a win!

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UNICS wins a confident away win over Zenit with a score of 74:65 and takes away the advantage of the home court from the opponent. The leader of the white-greens Hezonja activates the "Super Mario" mode, draws a double-double and becomes the most productive and useful player in both teams (27 points + 11 rebounds, KPI = 40). Another 10 points in Zenit basket added Lorenzo Brown. UNICS leads in the series to 3 wins with a score of 1:0. The second semifinal match will take place on the SIBUR Arena court on Sunday, May 8, at 4:00 pm.

Zenit (St. Petersburg) - UNICS (Kazan) - 65:74 (10:20, 22:15, 9:19, 24:20).

Zenit: Loyd (15), Baron (17), Poythress (10 + 7 rebounds).

UNICS: Hezonja (27+11 rebounds), Brown (10+6 assists+4 rebounds+2 steals), Klimenko (8+6 rebounds+blockshot).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

"Congratulations to my players! They showed, perhaps, one of the best games of the season in all aspects: desire, concentration and, especially, defense. Today we met with one of the top teams of the Euroleague and the VTB United League, but this evening we were better than them and deserved this victory. The key factor in our success was the utmost concentration throughout the entire 40 minutes of the fight".

Mario HEZONJA, BC UNICS forward:

«Glad for a great start in the semifinal! However, we still have work to do. Today we made certain mistakes, mainly in the end of the match. We continue to fight and build team chemistry».

Artem KLIMENKO, BC UNICS center:

«It was a very spectacular and emotional game. I am glad that we managed to hold back the attack of Zenit and win the first semifinal match. We are leading in the series and will make every effort to succeed in future fights».

Xavier Pascual, head coach of BC Zenit:

«Congratulations to UNICS on the win, they were definitely better than us today. We were nervous, we didn’t control our emotions or the match itself, and as a result, we found ourselves in situations that we didn’t allow ourselves during the season. We managed to return to the game in the second ten-minute period, but from the start of the third period we missed the opponent again. We tried to close the gap, but UNICS felt comfortable, and we were under pressure. Of course, this affected the quality of our game. Besides, we didn't manage Hezonja this evening. This is very difficult to do. He is one of the best players in Europe, with a big arsenal and a lot of advantages».

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