UNICS piles on the points to eliminate Cedevita
UNICS Kazan produced an offensive masterclass for the second consecutive week to demolish Cedevita Zagreb 83-100, eliminating the winless Croatian team. UNICS, which improved to 3-1, scored a club record 62 points in the first half and withstood a brief fourth-quarter rally from the hosts to cruise home. The Russian team was paced by 20 points from Evgeny Kolesnikov on 4-of-4 three-point shooting. Melvin Ejim scored 18, making 7-of-9 field goal attempts. Jamar Smith added 16 points and Raymar Morgan combined 10 points with 7 rebounds for the victors. Elgin Cook did his best to lift Cedevita with 18 points, while Toni Katic added 12.
Cedevita made a fast start with a trio of three-pointers, including two from Cook. Trent Lockett led the response from UNICS with 7 fast points and a pair of long-range strikes from Kolesnikov helped send the visitors ahead. Maurice NDour made a couple of long-range jumpers as UNICS pulled away. Morgan scored twice to make it 23-31 after the first quarter. Three-pointers from McCollum and Smith made it 23-39 early in the second before a long-range strike from Darko Bajo pulled the hosts closer. Five more points for Smith retained a comfortable lead and Pierria Henry's deep strike took the visitors to 50 points. NDour's dunk took the margin to 20 points, but Justin Cobbs crowned a 6-1 run to finish the half with Cedevita holding a modicum of hope at 45-62. Smith and Kolesnikov netted from long-range early in the second half and Kostas Kaimakoglou scored twice before the UNICS scoring spree finally slowed to make it 67-84 at the end of the third. A 10-0 run early in the final quarter, crowned by Jacob Pullen's triple and Katic's long two, briefly reduced the deficit to 7 points, but Morgan, Smith and Ejim scored in a 0-9 run to steady the UNICS ship and put the outcome beyond doubt, before Smith's third triple took his team to three figures in the final minute.
UNICS becomes double-centurion
Cedevita will be sick with the sight of UNICS, which has now scored 205 points past the Croatian champs in the last week, following up Round 3's crushing 105-70 home win with another triple-figure offensive show on the road.
First half run gives UNICS control
The game was blown open with a 2-17 run bridging the end of the first and the start of the second quarters. UNICS made 7 of its 10 field goals attempts during that five-minute blitz and led by double figures nearly all the way from that moment.
New club record in first half blitz
UNICS raced to 62 points before the break – a new club record on the road in the EuroCup – thanks to incredible shooting accuracy: the Russian team made 14 of 18 two-point shots (77.8%) and 8 of 11 three-pointers (72.7%) in the opening half, also dishing 14 assists.
Round 5 will see UNICS stay on the road for a Russian derby at Zenit St. Petersburg, while Cedevita will travel to Morabanc Andorra.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019