Russia: Unics Close to Russian Semis

10 April 2004

UNICS Kazan overcame an early deficit to down Arsenal 96-93 and claim a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Superleague quarter-final play-off series.

Petr Samoilenko
Smarting from their 110-53 trouncing in the opening match, Arsenal came out in determined fashion and held a five-point lead at the end of the first period but UNICS, with Petr Samoilenko outstanding, hit back in style.

The hosts, who are among the four sides still in contention for the FIBA Europe League title, dominated the second quarter and led 48-41 lead at half-time before running away with the match in the final period.

Samoilenko led the way with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while Lithuanian international Saulius Stombergas and Kristofer Ensti provided good support.

Stombergas led all scorers with 20 points and Ensti contributed 17.

For Arsenal, Roy Hairstone top-scored with 17 points.

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