The match-revange was a success! The one who laughs last laughs best!

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20.01.2022

20.01.2022

UNICS gave the fans bright emotions, taking revenge on the leader of the Euroleague "Barcelona" with a score of 70:64. The duet of the Browns (John and Lorenzo) brought the team more than half of the points scored (42). Forward Mario Hezonja with a double-double, scoring 11 points and making 11 rebounds.

One of the main contenders for the championship title is leaving the capital of Tatarstan with nothing! The rematch was a success!



At the moment, this meeting was the most important for our guys - it was not the first time to beat UNICS, the sole leader of the Euroleague, but it was a matter of honor to take revenge for the recent defeat in Barcelona in overtime (109:111). In that thriller match, Kazan scored maximum points per game, made a record number of steals (14) and missed an advantage of 20 points in the fourth quarter, and also conceded 42 points after 44 free throws in the performance of Barca. Returned to the UNICS main "motor" John Brown, who was released in the starting five along with Lorenzo Brown, Mario Hezonja, Dmitry Uzinsky and Andrey Vorontsevich. John, who has not played since last year, scored 11 points in the first quarter, including 7 in a row, made three steals. Eminent guests took the lead only in the opening after a long-range hit, 0:3. All the rest of the time our guys were deservedly ahead. Therefore, it is quite logical that the starting period was for UNICS, 17:14. But Barcelona started the second quarter impressively, with a 10-0, 17:24 run on the scoreboard two minutes later. The hosts cannot get in from behind the arc. But the fiery John Brown led the team on a counteroffensive, having managed to complete the fourth steal, 30:31 at the hands of Lorenzo Brown. And yet the period remained with Barcelona. The result of the first half is 31:35. Key numbers: rebounding 15-13, assists 8-4, steals 5-3, turnovers 9-8. In the middle of the third quarter, Lorenzo Brown restored the status quo, 41:41, and Isaiah Canaan took Kazan ahead from the free-throw line, 44:41. "Three" of Hezonja sets a spurt for UNICS, 12-0, on the scoreboard 47:41. A quarter behind ours, Hezonja puts a beautiful point in the period, 54:48. 63:54 Lorenzo Brown from under the ring in the middle of the last quarter. Three minutes before the end, the same Lorenzo pushes the guests a distance of 10 points - 66:56. The intensity of the struggle intensifies. Barcelona do not want to lose to UNICS for the first time. Kazan players lead the game and bring the match to a well-deserved victory, 70:64.


POSTGAME COMMENTS:

Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach

“We had excellent defense the whole game like John Brown, who had some crazy moments. Lorenzo Brown had an excellent second half as well for us. Other guys helped a lot: rebounds for Mario [Hezonja], some important shots by Canaan, Vorontsevich. But today was a team victory and I congratulate my players for this victory.”


John Brown III, BC UNICS forward

“Of course we wanted to win this game. We owed those guys. It was a good atmosphere, our fans came out and showed up for us. It’s always beautiful to see them, they give us so much motivation in these types of games. [The most difficult part in the win was] just staying focused in the end: loose balls, turnovers in the end. That’s what we focused on."


Lorenzo Brown, BC UNICS guard

“It feels amazing. It was two great teams battling out there. We just came out with the victory and that’s what matters most.”

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