UNICS showed character and won in Poland!

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23.01.2022

23.01.2022

UNICS managed to turn the tide of an unsuccessfully evolving game, played back a double-digit gap in the final quarter, and snatched victory from Zielona Gora in Poland - 85:80! The best in our team were John Brown, who stopped a step away from a double-double (20 + 9 rebounds + 5 assists + 3 steals), Mario Hezonja (19 + 6 rebounds + 3 assists), Isaiah Сanaan (17 + 2 assists + 2 steals), Lorenzo Brown (12 + 7 rebounds + 6 assists).




 VTB United League. Regular Championship. 12th round.
 Zielona Gora (Zielona Gora, Poland) - UNICS (Kazan, Russia) - 80:85 (22:15, 29:21, 16:25, 13:24).
Zielona Gora: Apic (20), Nenadic (11), Marushak (11).
UNICS: Hezonja (19 + 6 rebounds), L. Brown (12 + 7 rebounds + 6 assists), Canaan (17), D. Brown (20 + 9 rebounds + 5 assists).

Having beaten the vice-champion of Poland with a score of 85:80 Kazan UNICS continues to lead in the regular season of the VTB United League. Kazan started the game with the following line-up: John Brown, Lorenzo Brown, Mario Hezonja, Jarrell Brantley and Andrey Vorontsevich. In the first quarter, the Poles started better - 10:7. Answer UNICS 9-0, 11-13. The hosts counteroffensive 9-0, on the scoreboard 19:13. The first quarter belongs to the hosts, 22:15. In the second period, the Poles continued their successful attack, 29:20. Attack UNICS leaves much to be desired. The hosts bring their advantage to 19 points, 47:28. Substitutions do not help Kazan to improve the game. The result of the first half is 51:36. Key numbers: 23-16 rebounds, 12-9 assists, 4-2 steals, 5-6 turnovers. It remains to be recognized that the hosts deservedly won the first half. Yielding 19 points in the third quarter - 51:40, Kazan managed to turn the tide of the meeting. Gradually, UNICS began to reduce the difference in the score. After John Brown's throw, the score was 67:61. In the final ten minutes, the struggle predictably escalated. UNICS reduced the gap to four points - 69:65. Finally, John Brown restores the status quo - 78:78. Lorenzo Brown and Tonye Jekiri lead the guests forward. And not without difficulty, but Kazan pulled out the victory - 80:85, retaining the lead in the tournament. 

POSTGAME COMMENTS


Velimir Perasovic, BC UNICS head coach

"Congratulations to my players on winning this game after a 19-point gap. Also congratulations to Zielona Gora - the opponent was better than us for most of the game. Finally, we showed character. But in the first half, we lacked energy and speed, and we need to work on it."

John Brown III, BC UNICS forward

"It was a tough win... We were fatigued for sure but unfortunately, we still had to play regardless of that…we started off terrible but we picked it up at the end when it mattered."

Isaiah Canaan, BC UNICS guard

"We have to give Zielona Gora credit - they came out and gave us a hard-fought game. We could pull together and used our experience to win the game at the end"

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