Tonight in Group A of the FIBA Europe League, UNICS played host to BC Kyiv in hopes of putting an end to their slow start this season. Unfortunately for UNICS, the struggling continued in an unexpected home loss.
|26 points from Kaspars Kambala could not prevent a loss for Unics|
At the start of the second quarter with the score at 18-17 in favor of UNICS, the home team extended their lead with Kaspars Kambala scoring 10 points in five minutes. After a three-pointer by Stevan Nadjfeji UNICS had a 10-point lead, but lost a bit of momentum towards the end and went into the locker room at halftime up by five points (38-33).
After the break, UNICS came out sluggish and was struggling on the defensive end. By the third minute of play BC Kyiv, behind the efforts of Marcus Norris, Kresimir Loncarand, and Greer took a nine-point lead. At the end of the third quarter of play, UNICS saw themselves down 55-64.
UNICS was never able to regain their momentum in the fourth quarter, and BC Kyiv went on to win easily 88-66.
Stanislav Eremine, Head Coach UNICS
"In the first half we played good team basketball, the game that we had planned to play. In the second half, big mistakes by our leaders allowed the guests to take control. We never played that bad, but I would point out that our opponents played good defense and offense."
Renato Pasquali, Head Coach BC Kyiv
"We played better than we expected, but in the first half we couldn't guard Kaspars Kambala. In the second half thanks to our good defense, we were able to convert on five fast-breaks and take the lead.
I would point out that Marcus Norris played well against Shammond Williams, and that overall tonight Lamarr Greer was the best performer for us."