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Main pageNews → The first opponent of UNICS in the season will be "Zenith" from St. Petersburg.

The first opponent of UNICS in the season will be "Zenith" from St. Petersburg.

The first opponent of UNICS in the season will be "Zenith" from St. Petersburg.
Date: 05 october 2017, 14:07
Source: Press BC UNICS
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Like all clubs in St. Petersburg "Zenith" traditionally wants to be a leader and pass, finally, further than the semi-final of the playoffs of the VTB United League. Here and in the current offseason, basketball players spent a fair selection, letting go  nine players and buying in their place eight newcomers. Impressive.

Let's list the names of the debutants of "Zenith". Forwards Marco Simonovic (Serb, moved from Crvena Star), Nikita Barinov (Parma), guards Evgeny Voronov (UNICS), Kyle Kuric (American, Gran Canaria, Spain), Nicolas Laprovittola (Argentinian, Baskonia , Scotty Reynolds (American, Cibona, Croatia), center Drew Gordon (American, Lietuvos Rytas, Lithuania), Shayne Whittington (American, Obradoyro, Spain). The result for today - in the ranks of "Zenith" five Americans, Serbian, Argentinian and Russians in the kit.

 Stefan Markovic, J?nis Timma, Aaron White, Ryan Tulson, Trevor Mbakeve, Kyle Landry, Alexander Razumov, Evgeny Voytyuk and Andrey Desyatnikov left the team. Anton Pushkov will miss the season due to a serious trauma, his treatment and recovery will take about 9 months.

In summer the team worked at training camps in Serbia and Turkey. In Turkey, Zenith held seven (!) Control matches. They beat local "Usak" (95:82), "Eskishehirspor" (97:61), "Anadolu Efes" (78:68), lost to "Besiktash" (78:84), "Bantita" (70:72), " Darweshafake "(78:89) and the Lithuanian" Zalgiris "(78:79). At home, "Zenith" last week twice defeated the Krasnoyarsk "Yenisei" (92:79, 96:91). In the end, five wins with four defeats. Within the framework of VTB United League UNICS and "Zenith" met with each other 11 times, 6 wins in the asset of Kazan, 5 in Petersburg.

Because of injuries  "Zenith" only recently gathered in the strongest part. According to the head coach of the team Vasily Karasev, preparations for the season "It turned out a little crumpled, almost a scattering of injuries.  There are problems, but let them be better now. "

"We always try to set the highest goals. We did not succeed in the off-season, a number of players left, someone could not sign, but I think that we will take work capacity, team spirit, trying to take the place as high as possible. We must always look at the situation soberly, it is clear that now there are "Khimki", which seriously increased the budget and became almost at the level of CSKA, signed those whom they wanted. There is UNICS, Lokomotiv ... We, probably, remain on the fifth place on the budget. I just do not want to rush forward with statements, we will fight, and try to solve our problems. I hope that the guys will get better by the start of the season, there will be a slightly different picture, but in general we selected a team for aggressive defense and a quick transition. In the positional game it will be more difficult for us to fight with the team, we must take it due to efficiency, dedication, "Karasev told the club's website.

Separately, the coach of the St. Petersburg team said about the well-known to us Voronov: "A fighter to the bone, who played in the national team, must be an uncle for the young."

Meanwhile, UNICS has also significantly updated. From the last roster remained Anton Ponkrashov, who donned the captain's armband, Qino Colom, Kostas Kaimakoglou and Danilo Andjusic (outside the application of the VTB United League). Dimitris Priftis managed to collect a sufficiently efficient team, to establish teamwork.

As part of the pre-season training, UNICS held nine matches. The team won the Izhevsk Dome-Springs (93:52), Nizhny Novgorod (76:88), the German Alba (61:72), CSKA (71:89), the Greek Panathinaikos (63:65), Lavrio "(59:95). Before the start of the international tournament in Crete lost to "AEK" (88:85). As for the tournament itself, the first match against "Maccabi" from Tel Aviv, Dimitris Priftis' wards lost with a score of 101: 100, won the Serbian "Crvena Zvezda" (68:73) and won the "bronze" of the tournament.

We  must add that not only the team was renovated. Fans of the club will notice that the Basket Hall has significantly changed and watching games will be more comfortable. We also planned traditional entertainment during the break: break-dance performances, power shows and competitions from our partner - the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The rap singer Inii, in which basketball lovers will recognize the once-promising player of the youth team of Alexander Morozov, composed a new hymn for our team.

"The idea to make a hymn for UNICS was offered to me by my manager Timur Kurbanov, since he himself is from Kazan and is a fan of the club. I myself always from the early childhood sympathized with this team, and I dreamed of playing it in the future, even though I myself from Moscow. Contacting the administration of the club, we immediately received a satisfactory answer, and almost immediately I took up recording this song. I think, still there was a moment that the administration has known me since the days of my career in basketball. The process of writing the song was, as they say, "in one go." The arrangement was already ready for a long time, and I wrote the text in a couple of days. The very work at the recording studio took place in a creative atmosphere.  I want to note a special line dedicated to President Bogachev, as I consider him to be the most important figure in the development of the club and basketball, not only in Kazan, but throughout the country.

 

Dimitris Priftis, head coach of BC UNICS: VTB United League is very complex, many excellent teams, with excellent compositions. A very competitive tournament, a real challenge for everyone involved. Our first game against Zenit will be very difficult. Our rivals are really good, last season was brilliant. With an experienced coach who knows the league. So the game will be very difficult, but I know my team too, our roster and our capabilities. "

Anton Ponkrashov, guard of BC UNICS: "The main task is getting into the Euroleague. In order to do this you need to fight top teams, it's not enough just to get out and play well, you need to prepare, to approach each match seriously. In principle, what we do, we have a clearly arranged process, according to the plan we are now preparing for Zenit, without thinking about other teams at the moment

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TOURNAMENTS
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VTB League
season 2017/2018,
g w pts
1
CSKA
Moscow, Russia
9 9 18
2
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Krasnodar, Russia
8 7 15
3
Zenit
St. Petersburg, Russia
8 7 15
4
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
7 6 13
5
Khimki
Moscow region, Russia
8 5 13
6
Avtodor
Saratov, Russia
8 4 12
7
Tsmoki-Minsk
Minsk, Belarus
9 4 13
8
Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
7 2 9
9
Enisey
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
7 2 9
10
Astana
Astana, Kazakhstan
8 2 10
11
Parma
Perm, Russia
9 2 11
12
VEF
Riga, Latvia
7 1 8
13
Kalev
Tallinn, Estonia
9 1 10
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
Eurocup
season 2017/2018, group A
g w pts
1
Darussafaka
Istanbul, Turkey
8 7 15
2
UNICS
Kazan, Russia
8 5 13
3
Cedevita
Zagreb, Croatia
7 4 11
4
Fiat Turin
Torino, Italy
7 3 10
5
MoraBanc Andorra
Andorra, Spain
7 2 9
6 7 1 8
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;
#
United League VTB U21
season 2017/2018,
g w pts
1
Khimki-2
Moscow region, Russia
12 11 23
2
Lokomotiv-Kuban-2
Krasnodar, Russia
14 12 26
3
UNICS-2
Kazan, Russia
14 11 25
4
Samara-2
Samara, Russia
12 7 19
5
Zenit-2
St. Petersburg, Russia
14 6 20
6
CSKA-2
Moscow, Russia
12 5 17
7
Parma-2
Perm, Russia
12 4 16
8
Nizhny Novgorod-2
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
14 3 17
9
Enisey-2
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
10 2 12
10
Avtodor-2
Saratov, Russia
10 1 11
Glossary: g - games played; w - games won; pts - tournament points;

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