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In the match for the 3rd place of the Khayretdinov Cup, UNICS, in the absence of Vorontsevich and Reynolds, used a wide rotation and achieved victory over the reigning champion of Belarus with a score of 63:51 thanks to 30 points for two Vince Hunter and Stanislav Ilnitsky.

II Khayretdinov Cup. Match for 3rd place.
UNICS (Kazan, Russia) – Minsk (Belarus) – 63:51 (26:10, 14:15, 7:15, 16:11).
UNICS: Hunter (17+5 rebounds+2 blocked shots), Ilnitsky (13), Brown (10+4 rebounds), Labeyrie (10+12 rebounds), Macon (6+4 assists), Dimitrijevic (6+5 assists+2 rebounds), Kulagin (5+2 rebounds).
Minsk: Smith (16+12 rebounds+ 1 blocked shot), Bliznyuk (9+4 assists), Borisevich (5), Korattsov (5).

UNICS started the match in the following roster: Nenad Dimitrijevic, Daryl Macon, Louis Labeyrie, Stanislav Ilnitsky and Vince Hunter. Velimir Perasovic's squad decided not to postpone the matter for a long time and ran away from the first minutes, achieving a 16-point handicap already at the end of the starting quarter – 26:10. During the second quarter, the white-green leadership reached the maximum "+19". The teams went to the half time with the score 40:25 in favor of UNICS thanks to 15 points and 5 rebounds of Vince Hunter.

In the second half, our guys faced difficulties in the attack, and Minsk reduced the gap to -7 before the final quarter – 47:40. And in the opening of the fourth period, the champion of Belarus got closer to the throw distance (47:45). But Kazan did not allow the opponent to achieve more, seizing the initiative at the right moment and rapidly returning a double–digit difference to the scoreboard - 59:49. The result is 63:51 in favor of UNICS.

UNICS basketball player Anthony Brown has been recognized as the best small forward of the tournament.

Velimir Perasovic's team will play the next test matches on September 16 and 17 in Kazan against Samara.


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«We started the match well and quickly achieved a 16-point advantage. Hunter played very well in the opening segment. After that, we started using a wide rotation and faced problems on offense, especially in the third quarter. But now it's important for me to try different combinations on the court and simulate different game situations. These two matches will help us understand in which direction we should work».

Stanislav ILNITSKY, BC UNICS forward:

«We started well, but we lacked stability for the entire 40 minutes. In the third quarter, they gave Minsk a feel for the rhythm. Besides, today we had problems with rebounds. Let's analyze the game, work on the errors and draw conclusions. I think our team has great potential