|MVP of the game: Ksistof Lavrinovic (21 points and 11 rebounds)|
Having suffered two losses in a row in the games played away in the national championship and the FIBA Europe League, Ural Great went onto the court today determined to give their fans something to cheer about.
After the first few minutes and strong performances by Michael Johnson and Vincent Jones the home team built a 10-point lead. However, Polonia picked up their defensive intensity and finished the first quarter leading 24:19.
The second period appeared to be decisive for the whole game. European Champion and member of the Lithuanian National Team Ksistof Lavrinovic scored twelve points and grabbed seven rebounds. Good help came from Stevan Nadjfeji who had seven points and three boards. The first half ended 57:39.
Ural Great kept control of the game in the second half (77:56 after the third quarter and 101:76 - final score). The only players that the home team had difficulties guarding against were Antonio Harvey (21 points total) and Rolandas Jarutis (16 points).
MVP of the Game: Ksistof Lavrinovic (Ural Great Perm).
Wojciech Kaminski, Head coach Polonia Warbud Warsaw:
"First of all I would like to congratulate Ural Great, today they played a great game. They had a very good shooting percentage. In the first half we played bad defense. We improved in the second half but still it was not good enough. We have to work hard to win games in the future."
Antonio Harvey, Center Polonia Warbud:
"I agree with my head coach. In the first half we gave up too many points. Ural seemed to be quietly confident. If the difference had not been so big we would have had a chance. They won this game because they were better."
Sergei Belov, Head coach Ural Great Perm:
"We were ready both physically and mentally, that is why I was sure we would play well today. We were willing to make up for our last two away games which we lost. Ksistof Lavrinovic played well tonight, I think he is regaining his best shape after a natural down he experienced after winning the European championship."
Ksistof Lavrinovic, Center Ural Great Perm:
"We played very well today. I am satisfied with how I performed and want to thank my teammates for helping me. Everybody played well, especially Vaikulis and Chikalkin."
Sergei Belov, Head Coach Ural Great Perm:
"Basketball in Poland is developing very quickly these days. It attracts big investments and, as a consequence, their national championship is represented by good players. Polonia Warszawa is a team of top European level.
"We are very carefully preparing to meet them in our first game. Despite our loss to GHP Bamberg, as a coach I am more satisfied with my team now than I was at the beginning of the
season. Ural Great starts showing the game that I want it to play. We play more stable and with a lot more self-confidence now."