A 13-22 run in the first quarter was extended to huge 29-48-lead at halftime for Unics. The defense of Kazan was very physical, which led to a poor French shooting percentage of only 38% - compared to 63% for their opponents from Russia.
After the first half, Saulius Stombergas already had 14 points and was strongly assisted by Chris Anstey and Lamarr Greer who scored 10 points each.
In the middle of the third quarter, the Russians led by 28 points. Kryapa had 10 points in the second half.
After Kazan had toned down their intenstiy and relaxed, Le Havre managed to close the gap a little bit. Gary Alexander (16 pts, 13 pts in second half) and Aymeric Jeanneau (13 points) especially helped the French to cut the deficit to 17 points. But it never looked as Le Havre could get back into the game.
The outstanding player of the game was the Lithuanian Saulius Stombergas, who scored 20 points and grabbed 6 boards
Game MVP: Saulius Stombergas
Eric Girard, Head Coach, STB Le Havre:
“The score was logical, when you compare both teams. We played with all we had, but we are capable of doing better. We knew the value of Kazan, we are continuing our learning phase. It is good preparation for the future.”
Aymeric Jeanneau, STB Le Havre:
“We played against a big team, we made too many small errors, we missed too many shots and in front of a team like Kazan, you pay the price immediately.”
Saulius Strombergas, UNICS Kazan:
“It was difficult back in defence because they kept the pressure on. We were suspecting to play against a good team, because STB has a very good reputation after the Ostende match. We dominated ¾ of the match, but STB had a good comeback towards the end.