UNICS beats Astana

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05.10.2020 At its first home match of the season, UNICS delighted his native audience by beating Astana with a score  101: 83.
The Kazan team started their first home match of the season with the following starting five: John Brown, Pavel Antipov, Isaiah Canaan, Nate Wolters, and John Holland. Among the guests, we will note the Latvian center Martins Meyers, who was noted several years ago in the ranks of Kazan. And among the guests of honor, we will mention the Minister of Sports of the Republic Vladimir Leonov.
In the first quarter, UNICS immediately took the lead, preventing the opponents from getting closer than three points. Long-distance shots flew, four hits from the hosts, three from the guests. As usual, UNICS ended the quarter with the "second" line-up: Georgy Zhbanov, Dmitry Uzinsky, Jamar Smith, Jordan Morgan, Evgeny Kolesnikov. They also started the second quarter, when Astana reduced the lead to a minimum, 22:21.
And in the second period, the opponents threw a lot, often hit, in a word, the sword was stronger than the shield. The teams defended themselves much worse. But the guests were better on the rebounds, 12-14 due to which Astana was constantly hanging on the tail of the Kazan team. UNICS went ahead by 10 points, 42:32, but the guests narrowed the gap, 45:38. Where the hosts were noticeably better, it was in long shots, 9 hits with 14 attempts in the first half against 5 out of 12 for the opponent. The result of the first half is 53:42. It should be noted Canaan's game, 17 minutes on the court - 17 points + 2 rebounds + 2 assists!
UNICS spent the third quarter with swings, allowing the guests to approach by five points, and pushing them back by 11 - 76:65. And only in the final quarter the hosts finally calmed the Astana team, 89:77 after another Smith's “three”, 13th for UNICS. Zhbanov put a beautiful point in the match from beyond the arc, 101: 83.

 UNICS (Kazan, Russia) - Astana (Astana, Kazakhstan) —101: 83 (22:19, 31:23, 23:13, 25:18). Most productive: Canaan (23), Brown (11), Holland (19 + 7 rebounds), Smith (16 + 5 assists), Antipov (10) - Hill (14), Thomas (16), Bazhin (14), Thompson (15), Meyers (14)