For the first time in the season UNICS lost to Zenit

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For the first time in the season, UNICS was defeated by Zenit St. Petersburg in the away match of the week (87:91).

At 3:50 before the end of the second quarter, the hosts managed to achieve a two-fold advantage thanks to an 8-0 spurt (46:35). However, the guests' 11-2 spurt put Kazan in the lead already – 57:51 for 4:06 before the final break.

The start of the decisive ten minutes was held in the swing mode. For the last time, the white-greens came out ahead thanks to a long–range hit by Mikhail BELENITSKY - 76:75. But the subsequent acceleration of the blue-white-blue 11-2 created a comfortable advantage for Zenit – 87:78, which the Kazan guys failed to win back. Zenit defeated UNICS for the first time this season – 91:87.

The most productive member of the guests was Neno DIMITRIJEVIC, who stopped a step away from a double-double (24 + 9 assists + 5 rebounds). Jalen REYNOLDS scored 20 points and added 4 rebounds. One rebound was not enough for Ismael BAKO to reach a double-double. The UNICS center has 13 points and 9 rebounds. Erick GREEN brought 12 more points to the team. Mikhail BELENITSKY scored 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

Zenit (Saint Petersburg) – UNICS (Kazan) – 91:87 (27:24, 21:22, 18:19, 25:22).
Zenit: Huertel (23 + 4 assists + 3 rebounds), Frazier (18 + 3 assists), Hunter (17 + 3 rebounds), Kuric (15).
UNICS: Dimitrijevic (24 + 9 assists + 5 rebounds), Reynolds (20 + 4 rebounds), Baco (13 + 9 rebounds + 5 assists), Green (12 + 2 rebounds), Belenitsky (10 + 4 rebounds + 2 assists).

UNICS will play its final match of the regular season on the floor of the Basket Hall on Saturday, April 13, against CSKA Moscow.


Velimir PERASOVIC, BC UNICS head coach:

«Congratulations to Zenit on a deserved victory. In the decisive part of the match, they were more focused and played better. In general, I rate today's game of the UNICS newcomers positively, because they joined us only yesterday. I think they helped us in the difficult situation we found ourselves in due to injuries. I hope that after a while the contribution of Andrey Vorontsevich and Mikhail Belenitsky will be more significant. We expect injured basketball players to be back by the playoff stage».

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