We continue the fight for the "bronze"

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Thanks to a spurt 12:0 in the middle of the final quarter, Zenit beats UNICS, bloodlees by the absence of injured Jekiri and Mayo, in the 4th match with a score of 75:69 and goes to the final of the VTB United League, having won a strong-willed victory in the semifinal series - 3:1. In the end, Kazan made an attempt to save the match and reduced the gap to "-4" 43 seconds before the buzzer after Mosley's dunk (67:71), but the hosts did not have enough time to complete the chase. Our team took twice more offensive rebounds (18 vs 9 from the opponent), but the low percentage of shots from the perimeter (14%) did not allow UNICS to claim the victory. Jordan Loyd and Billy Baron scored 40 points in Zenit. Lorenzo Brown recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Double-doubles were marked by William Mosley (16 + 10 rebounds) and Mario Hezonja (15 + 11 rebounds + 4 steals + 4 assists). Andrey Vorontsevich has 10 points with 6 rebounds.

Now UNICS will compete with Lokomotiv-Kuban in the fight for 3rd place in the VTB United League. The series will be held to 3 wins according to the 2 + 2 + 1 scheme and will start in Kazan on May 19 and 21.

UNICS (Kazan) - Zenit (St. Petersburg) - 69:75 (18:17, 19:23, 16:17, 16:18).
UNICS: Brown (19+6 rebounds+4 assists), Hezonja (15+11 rebounds+4 steals+3 assists), Mosley (16+10 rebounds), Vorontsevich (10+6 rebounds).
Zenit: Baron (18), Loyd (22+5 rebounds), Poythress (10+7 rebounds), Mikey (11+5 rebounds).


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«Congratulations to Zenit on a well-deserved victory! Their level of play was higher. I think we made great efforts today, but it was not enough. We were up against a team with excellent defense, their players knew how to act in difficult moments. Our main problem was the offence. We couldn't score, we showed a terrible percentage of three-shots. In addition, it is obvious that our leaders Lorenzo Brown, Vorontsevich, Hezonja came to the decisive moment of the match very tired. Therefore, the spurt of Zenit 12-0 in the fourth quarter actually predetermined the result of the game. However, I have no complaints about my players, because they showed the maximum that they are capable of»


«Certainly, we missed injured Jekiri and Mayo. I want to thank the team, coaches and, of course, the fans who supported us with all their hearts at the Basket Hall. We analyze the game and our mistakes on rebounds and assists. Now we need to prepare for the bronze series with Lokomotiv-Kuban. The team from Krasnodar is very hungry for victories, which was shown by their semifinal matches with CSKA. We are in for a very tough fight».

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