UNICS - in the semifinals!

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Having overcome the stubborn resistance of Saratov, UNICS beat Avtodor for the third time in the playoffs with a score of 88:79 and advanced to the VTB United League semifinals, where they will meet with Zenit.

The leader of the white-greens Mario Hezonja scored a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Artem Komolov, OJ Mayo and Marco Spissu for three brought the team another 39 points.

Lorenzo Brown, Zeljko Sakic, Georgy Zhbanov and Ivan Lazarev did not take part in the match.

Avtodor (Saratov) - UNICS (Kazan) - 79:88 (19:20, 17:34, 24:21, 19:13).
Avtodor: Mikhailovsky (26+ 6 rebounds + 7 assists), Minchenko (13 + 7 rebounds), Petenev (13 + 6 rebounds).
UNICS: Hezonja (18 + 10 rebounds), Komolov (14), Mayo (13), Spissu (12), Klimenko (10).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach

«First of all, I would like to note Avtodor's game. Today the opponent has created serious problems for us. We got off to a bad start after halftime. Also in the final quarter we were able to score only 13 points into the opponent's basket. This is an unsatisfactory indicator for us».

Mario HEZONJA, BC UNICS forward

«We are glad that we managed to complete the quarterfinal series in three matches. Quite a lot of time has passed since our last away match. As a result, today in some moments we looked confused. We will work on the mistakes and draw conclusions. We have a week to prepare for the semi-final».

Vladislav KONOVALOV, acting head coach of BC Avtodor:

«We are overwhelmed with emotions. We wanted to give UNICS a fight, to show that we are a team. I am grateful to the guys for showing a real men`s character today. Young guys make confident steps in basketball, they give their best every game. Thanks to the fans who created an incredible atmosphere in the arena. In the most difficult moments, we felt your support. Throughout the season, our fans supported the team, witnessed bright victories. 
I would like to note the progress that has been made in recent games both with UNICS and in the final match of the regular season with Lokomotiv-Kuban. Petenev, Kvitkovskikh, Mikhailovsky, Minchenko showed themselves excellently. The rest of the guys feel more confident with each match, despite the mistakes. The main thing is to draw the right conclusions.
I wish UNICS good luck in future matches!»

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