Unics - Dynamo 81:60
Unics Kazan demonstrated a nearly perfect basketball to stun Dynamo in the final game of the Russian Cup. Taking scalps of both Moscow basketball powerhouses CSKA and Dynamo was well worth the title for Unics. The success became the second Cup triumph for Unics. They clinched their first Cup title back in 2003.
The start of the game belonged to Dynamo. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) and Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) hit twice from downtown to give the Moscow an early lead. Soon Javtokas marked a 10:3 dominance of a David Blatt team. But Unics found the rhythm and went on a 13:4 run to surge in front. Three-pointers from Sergey Bykov and Sergey Monya (204-F-83) however gave the lead back to Dynamo - 20:19 after ten minutes of action. The teams continued to trade baskets throughout the second frame. Sergey Bykov and Vasilyev extended Dynamo's advantage to 8 points just before Unics rushed back in the game. Marc Jackson dragged the Kazan outfit closer and Kresimir Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) drew things level at 37. Sergey Monya capped the half with a jumper and Dynamo went to the locker room up by two 39:37.
Kresimir Loncar drained two treys and added a jumper in a 10:2 rally from Unics at the start of the third stanza. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) soon widened the lead to 10 points as Unics took over. Javtokas and Nachbar slowed down Unics a bit late in the term but the Kazan team still led by 6 points with one quarter remaining. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC), Kresimir Loncar, Vladimir Veremeenko and Zamanskiy all delivered early in the fourth quarter as Unics piled up a 15-point cushion. Dynamo looked stunned and could not get things together till the end of the game. Unics coasted to the triumph and secured a confident victory at the end.
Kresimir Loncar finished with 20 points and was named the Final Four MVP after the game. Terrell Lyday provided 17 points for the winners. Sergey Bykov nailed 15 points for Dynamo. Darjus Lavrinovic posted 12 points and 7 boards in defeat.
Unics: Kresimir Loncar 20, Terrell Lyday 17, Petr Samoylenko (186-G-77) 8, Marko Popovic 8
Dynamo: Sergey Bykov 15, Darjus Lavrinovic 12