Victory over Minsk in energy-saving mode

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Keeping in mind the upcoming leaders' derby with CSKA on Thursday, UNICS decided to save their strength in an away meeting with the unconditional outsider of the tournament Minsk. Our guys started with 9 unanswered points, quickly achieving a double-digit advantage (18:6) and further keeping the opponents at a comfortable distance. However, the relaxation of the white-greens in the final quarter allowed Minsk to come close to the favorite - 52:55 a minute before the buzzer after long-range hits by Hernandez-Zinenko and Trostinetsky. But an accurate throw from Dmitrijevic's 38 seconds before the end eventually turned out to be victorious for UNICS - 54:58 record 8th victory in a row at the start of the season!

In addition to the injured Andrey Vorontsevich and Daryl Macon, Anthony Brown, who was injured in training recently, did not take part in the match.

Minsk (Belarus) – UNICS (Kazan, Russia) 54:58 (10:18, 13:13, 9:19, 22:8).
UNICS: Dimitrijevic (22 + 3 rebounds + 3 assists), Reynolds (9 + 5 rebounds), Zaitcev (8 + 5 rebounds), Labeyrie (6 + 7 rebounds).
Minsk: Bliznyuk (18), Hernandez-Zinenko (8 + 14 rebounds + 6 assists), Trostinetsky (8 + 3 steals + 2 rebounds), Doodu (5).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«I think today we played with good energy and desire in defense, but we acted very badly in attack, made wrong decisions. Our missed open shots from advantageous positions later led to the execution of unprepared throws by us. In the final quarter, we acted badly and uncertainly, giving Minsk a chance to get back into the game. The hosts showed very good, smart basketball with excellent ball movement. However, I am convinced that today it was our poor game that allowed Minsk to drag us into the end. On the eve of the match, we faced some problems due to injuries, but this cannot be an excuse. I think the key factor is that we were not psychologically ready for the match».


«The game was extremely difficult for us. But the main thing is that we are taking victory away from Minsk. Now we start preparing for the key match with CSKA».

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