Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to the home team. Before we came to Kazan, we knew that Unics had lost its previous Eurocup home game to ratiopharm ulm. That meant, that they wouldn’t have any excuses for the following game in Kazan, and I was sure they would play much better. We also knew that Kazan has an excellent coach and top players in their roster, which had been actually meant to play in the Euroleague. So, having lost the match in Kazan, Unics had top motivation to play any team with 100% of their skills.
"At the start Unics faced some pressure, which had an impact on the result of the first quarter. On our part, we made several mistakes in defense in the second quarter. We lost our advantage quickly, which was very good for the home team. Unics recovered quickly and in the second half they played much, much better. We couldn’t find our way to score, especially from outside. Although we had been in the game until the very last seconds, their advantage was so big that we couldn’t come back. I called timeout with the idea to bring down the margin, to finish maybe minus 10 or 12 points, but again our offense was really bad."