Some preparation lacked


Some preparation lacked 01.10.2020 What happens when a team has been training for almost two months and even managed to hold almost a dozen official games meets with an opponent who has not played even five games? The question is how long will the second team have enough energy.
The starting five of UNICS included four newcomers John Brown, Isaiah Canaan, Pavel Antipov, and John Holland. Captain Jamar Smith was the only old-timer in the starting five. And, it seems the only one who understood Priftis's instructions that evening. In the first half, he shot 19 points. Looking ahead, we note that Jamar spent almost 36 minutes on the court and scored 25 points, despite the fact that at the end of the game he asked for a replacement and the help of the team's medical staff.
The teams started the game equally, none of the rivals was at a lead more than a couple of points.  By the end of the second quarter, there was an unpleasant tendency. UNICS was already eight points behind. Among the main problems, we note that there were no open throws at all and the defense did not work.
In the third quarter, there was a failure, perhaps predictable in a similar situation. The Kazan team simply ran out of energy, and the opponent skillfully took advantage of the mistakes of our defense and scored a few easy points. Of course, we missed our big Klimenko, Morgan, and Okaro.
The fourth quarter gave the fans a little hope, but there was always some "but".
The positive result of this game is that the final siren did not register a two-digit difference in points. What is important in the regular part of the tournament, the teams in the group can stand very tightly, as we remember from the last season. The second point worth noting is that Dimitris Priftis's team can fight both with an opponent and with circumstances.
Umana Reyer (Venice) - UNICS (Kazan) - 85:78 (19:21, 45:39, 72:55, 85:78).
Umana: Bramos (16), Watt (14), Daye, Vidmar (10 each)
UNICS: Smith (25), Canaan (16), Holland (14)