UNICS 69 vs. Khimik 51

25.02.2005

Unics Kazan dismantled Ukrainian visitors Khimik Yuhzny Friday night to advance to the quarter-final play-offs of the FIBA Europe League.

Shammond Williams
After a slow start by the 2004 FIBA Europe League champions, Kazan outscored Khimik 26-9 in the last 13 minutes of the opening half to open up an unassailable lead.

Although Khimik started the game as the stronger side (they outscored Kazan 7-2 in the opening 4 minutes), Kazan soon found their shooting touch, and after tying the game at 12-12, proceeded to take control.

Kazan had all facets of their offensive game going and were making shots from inside (16/31) and outside (6/14 three-pointers).

Kazan led 38-21 at halftime and Khimik, who are 20th in the FIBA Europe League in scoring (75 ppg), needed to get their offense together in the second half if they had any hope of winning.

But it didn't happen for the visitors as they continued to struggle, hitting just 29% of their field goal attempts.

Khimik's poor shooting gave Kazan the luxury of holding on to a big advantage and they ran out the game as easy winners.

Shammond Williams topped all scorers with 19 points, while Chris Anstey added 15 and 9 rebounds.

Oleksiy Poltoratskyy was the only Khimik player to crack double figures and he finished with 11 points.


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