Friends Of Basketball In Kazan: Korstin's Team Wins By Two

The VTB United League organized the 6th annual Friends of Basketball exhibition, with the league and media team (featuring league executives and staff along with leading basketball and sports journalists) squaring off against a united team of UNICS and CSKA fans. Each team had a celebrity coach: former basketball stars Ilona Korstin and Nikita Morgunov.

The league and media team, coached by Korstin and featuring VTB United League president Sergey Kuschchenko, raced out to a big lead (sports commentator Roman Skvortsov sparked the run with a 3-pointer) and pushed the tempo throughout the game. The fan team featured Tatarstan Youth and Sports Minister Vladimir Leonov and tried to keep it close. Trailing by double digits, the fans stormed back late to force a dramatic conclusion.

But Korstin and co. would not be denied, overcoming Morgunov's men by a narrow 46-44 margin!

CSKA media relations man Evgeny Sedykh, who scored 16 points, was named MVP of the 6th Friends of Basketball exhibition. UNICS president Evgeny Bogachev was on hand to give Sedykh his MVP award.

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