UNICS proved that a week is a long time in basketball by overcoming a 14-point first-leg deficit to Energa Czarni to advance to the EuroCup Qualifying Round 2.
The Russia side rolled to an 89-50 win in Kazan on Tuesday to win the Qualifying Round 1 tie 151-126 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Hapoel Jerusalem in the next phase.
France international Tariq Kirksay led the way with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for UNICS, who trimmed the overall deficit to just two by the end of the first quarter after outscoring Polish outfit Energa Czarni 25-13.
On top at 32-21 with 6:48 left in the second quarter, a Kirksay lay-up sparked an 11-0 run that left UNICS in front at 43-21 on the night, and gave them the lead in the tie for good.
By half-time, the advantage had ballooned to 54-30 and early in the fourth quarter UNICS had stretched the lead in the game to 63-32.
There was no way back for the visitors.
Croatia international Marko Popovic also had 17 points for UNICS. He did most of his damage from three-point range, making five of six.
Belarus international Vladimir Veremeenko had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.
Energa Czarni turned the ball over 24 times compared to just 10 for the hosts.
Jason Straight scored 16 points in defeat.
Lisztman Miroslav, Energa Czarni Head Coach:
"First of all my congratulations to UNICS. UNICS was better today. On defense and offense - perfect. We had shown a good game only sometimes. We are not in the good sports form because of tiredeness. I wish UNICS only victories."
Pavel Malesa, Energa Czarni player:
"This game is totally different from game in Poland. Unics was better in defense, offense and in shoting three-pointers. Unics won honestly. My congratulations."
Aco Petrovic, UNICS Head Coach:
"I am very glad we won this match. We have a chance to take part in ULEB . We showed a good combination game. We have a rest before the game that's why we won it. Congratulations to my guys. It was excellent game. I am very glad."
Vladimir Veremeenko, UNICS player:
"We were better because of strong desire to win first of all, the second - every player of our team remember that this match is very important and we must not lose."