The game between Unics and BC Alita was the first official one of UNICS Kazan in a new arena. With a capacity of 7.500 spectators, "Basket Hall" is the largest basketball arena in the Russian Federation.
The opening ceremony was conducted by the President of Unics, Mr. E. Bogachev and the Executive Director of FIBA Europe, Mr. Nar Zanolin. "This is one of the best arenas in Europe" said Mr. Zanolin and called it a historic day for the club.
From a sporting aspect, the game was not too exciting as the level of the two teams was too different.
Unics led from the first minute, with a score of 12:4 after less then four minutes - and continously further increasd this lead.
At the end of the first half the score was 55:29.
Thanks to a very aggressive defence - UNICS had 13 steals (Samoilenko 8) - Alita never managed to come closer.
Chris Anstey led a very balanced UNICS offence with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Four other UNICS players reached double figures with 9 players scoring at least 8 points.
Martynas Andriukaitis was Alita's leading scorer with 16 points.
MVP of the game: Valentin Koubrakov (UNICS)