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UNICS starts the championship with 7 wins In a row for the first time in the history of the club in the VTB United League!

After an equal start, the white-greens gave a decisive spurt 31:7 in the second half of the match and got a difficult win over Saratov Avtodor with a score of 95:76.

The key to the victory of Kazan was dominance on offensive board (19 vs 7) and the best percentage of three-point shots (39 vs 19 for Saratov). The best in our team were Jalen REYNOLDS (22+3 assists) and Anthony BROWN (18+4 rebounds+3 assists). Vince HUNTER loaded 16 more points into the basket of his ex-team, adding 8 rebounds to it.

UNICS (Kazan) — Avtodor (Saratov) — 95:76 (23:18,19:26,27:15,26:17).
UNICS: Reynolds (22 +3 assists), Brown (18 + 4 rebounds), Hunter (16+8 rebounds), Dimitrijevic (12+7 assists+5 rebounds), Ilnitsky (11+6 rebounds).
Avtodor: Boatright (22+4 rebounds+5 assists), Garrett (13), Minchenko (12+7 rebounds).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«For two and a half quarters, we acted without energy and concentration. Fortunately, we managed to turn the game in our favor at the junction of the third and fourth periods. The reality is that if Mikhailovsky and Jones were part of Avtodor today, it would be much more difficult for us to resist them. With the current schedule, it's not easy to maintain a high energy level with a 7-match winning streak. I will note Brown and Ilnitsky, who proved themselves in the third quarter. Good game. However, we can't be completely satisfied because we don't show our basketball for most of the match».

Stanislav ILNITSKY, BC UNICS forward:

«At the beginning of the game, we went to the court without concentration, missed easy points, allowed Avtodor to demonstrate their game. I think that they have excellent basketball players who can score a lot. Therefore, the match was very difficult for us in the first half. I am glad that after a halftime we managed to break game, change its rhythm in our favor, showed aggressive defense and energy. Then we managed to increase the advantage and consolidate our success».

Anthony BROWN, BC UNICS forward:

«Today was a tough game, we played a hungry team and we had to fight until the end to win it. But very happy we were able to come away with the win and keep the winning streak going!»

Milos PAVICEVIC, BC Avtodor head coach:

«I want to congratulate UNICS on a good game and a well-deserved victory. Today we also showed very good basketball at times. Thanks to the guys for their efforts, for following the coaching plan. I liked the first half, which we managed to win through team play. Everyone was on the same wave both defensively and offensively, understood exactly what to do, found free throws, coped defensively with the leaders of the opponent. Yes, not everything worked out. What did we miss in the second half? UNICS is a team that acts with the same energy, aggression, dedication for all 40 minutes. It turned out to be difficult for us to maintain their rhythm of play and a transition throughout the match. That's what I attribute our failure in the second half to».

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