Brescia use defense to surprise UNICS
Germani Brescia Leonessa used a strong defensive performance in starting its 7DAYS EuroCup campaign with an upset, defeating UNICS Kazan 84-75 at home in Group C. DeAndre Lansdowne paced the Italian side with 21 points, Luca Vitali collected 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Tyler Cain added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. For UNICS, Jamar Smith came off the bench for 22 points, Errick McCollum tallied 16 points and Raymar Morgan picked up 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Brescia started strong on defense, giving up just a three-pointer by Evgeny Kolesnikov in building a 9-3 advantage, which was 13-5 midway through the first quarter. The hosts scored the final 5 points of the frame to lead 22-10. The margin was up to 26-12 when UNICS finally started to string together scores with Smith and Morgan both hitting threes in a 7-14 run to get within 33-26. Lansdowne answered with 5 straight points and the hosts led 43-29 at the break. Smith and Haukur Palsson both nailed three-pointers in helping UNICS get the deficit to 48-40. But the hosts got triples from Andrea Zerini, Lansdowne and Tommaso Laquintana in increasing the advantage to 61-45. The score was 61-50 after three quarters. McCollum’s three-pointer made it 64-57. Lansdowne answered at the other end and Brian Sacchetti followed with a three-ball for a 71-60 cushion. McCollum would not give up with a three-pointer and 2 free throws to get it to within 77-70. But Cain came up with a big dunk and Lansdowne’s steal and layup put the game out of reach at 81-70.
DeAndre Lansdowne came up with big shot after big shot - seemingly every time UNICS was trying to mount a comeback. He connected on 9 of 13 shots in scoring his 21 points while also collecting 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal and committing just 1 turnover in 28 minutes.
Another home win in the EuroCup
This is Brescia’s second season in the EuroCup and last season the team also picked up some big home victories - knocking off Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and Galatasaray Istanbul.
Brescia turned the ball over just 6 times and did that while playing impressive defense in holding UNICS to just 42.3 percent on two-point shots. UNICS did not help itself by making just 14 of 25 free throws (56.0%).
Brescia will look to build on its big win as it heads to the road to take on Joventut Badalona on October 8. UNICS goes searching for a rebound performance when it hosts Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana on October 9.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019