By Eurohoops team/ [email protected]
After an admirable second half, UNICS Kazan managed to get the 73-70 win 0ver Bayern Munich and finally got its first win of the season after losing twice at home. Despite trailing by 16 at the start of the second half, UNICS managed to get a 12 points lead (67-55) with Isaiah Canaan and Mario Hezonja scoring big threes.
Canaan finished the game with 21 points, Hezonja added 15 and Lorenzo Brown scored 16. For the losing side, Corey Walden scored 16 points, cutting UNICS’ lead to three (70-67) in the last minute of the game and Darrun Hilliard also finished the night with 17 points.
With the game on the line, Tonye Jekiri made the most crucial bucket of the game (72-67) and in the next possession, Deshaun Thomas stepped on the sideline.
Hilliard scored three free throws with just one second left, but couldn’t affect the final outcome.
Bayern started the game the right way, getting a 37-26 halftime lead and then pushing the point-different to 16 points (42-26), thanks to a quick 6-0 run at the start of the third period.
However, UNICS reacted swiftly and managed to make it a five-point game (50-45) entering the last quarter, while Bayern’s Othello Hunter, a key defensive presence for the Germans was already on the bench with four fouls.
A made three by Lorenzo Brown and a goal foul by Hezonja gave UNICS the lead (51-50) and suddenly the game started from scratch. Bayern lost their chance and now have a 0-3 record.
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