2020-21Regular SeasonRound 31
March 26, 2021 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Zenit cruises in Russian derby

Zenit St Petersburg got back to winning ways and improved its playoff stock with 70-91 road win in a Russian derby against Khimki Moscow Region. Zenit snapped its three-game losing streak to improve to a 17-13 record, while Khimki suffered it fourth consecutive defeat, dropping to a 3-27 in last place. Zenit overcame a slow start to take control in the second quarter when it built a double-digit margin, then used a 0-7 run break the game open after halftime. Austin Hollins led all Zenit scorers with 17 points. Kevin Pangos had 13 points and 6 assists, while Billy Baron and Alex Poythress scored 10 apiece in victory. Jordan Mickey paced Khimki with 23 points, Alexey Shved scored 19 off the bench, and Errick McCollum added 17.

Mickey got Khimki going with a put-back dunk and a long jumper, as Khimki kept the visitors scoreless for almost 5 minutes to open the game. Poythress ended the drought with two close-range baskets, only for McCollum's triple to make it 9-4. However, Zenit found offense in transition, with fastbreak baskets from Mateusz Ponitka and Will Thomas in a 0-8 run to go in front 11-14 after 10 minutes. Back-to-back three-pointers from Hollins and Andrey Zubkov took the margin to 15-23 early in the second quarter. Shved opened his tally with a triple, and Sergey Karasev cut into the deficit with a tough runner, but a monster dunk from Arturas Gudaitis and a corner triple from K.C. Rivers kept Zenit up 20-29. Despite Shved hitting a long jumper, Zenit did not allow the hosts to get close. A floater by Pangos and a long triple from Baron opened a 25-38 margin before McCollum's basket-plus-foul made it 29-39 at the break.

Zenit started the third quarter with a 0-7 run with baseline baskets from Rivers and Hollins around a triple from Pangos. Hollins added a three-pointer of his own, and after Shved knocked down a jumper and Mickey scored on a three-point play, a triple from Thomas and a dunk from Gudaitis increased the difference to 36-55. Mickey and Shved scored some more for the hosts, but a triple from Pangos and a basket-plus-foul by Ponitka opened a 44-66 gap late in the third quarter. Shved finished the quarter with a buzzer-beating triple, and Zaytsev and Mickey had three-point plays early in the fourth. But Zubkov hit from the outside and Poythress twice inside for the visitors to keep the margin at 20 points, 55-75. Mickey had an alley-oop dunk and Shved took it to the rim, but a triple apiece from Baron, Pangos and Hollins made it 61-84 on the way to Zenit closing it out.

Higher-gear offense

Zenit needed 4 minutes and 40 seconds to score its first basket in the game but did not fall behind thanks to a defense that forced 7 turnovers in the opening quarter. Then, the visitors’ offense caught up, scoring 14 before the end of the first quarter, 25 points in the second and 27 more in the third to pull away to a 20-point margin.

Key run

Zenit had a 10-point margin at the half but used a 0-7 run right after it to boost the margin to 29-46. It just what the doctor ordered as Zenit never looked back.

Team scoring effort

Eight Zenit players scored between 9 and 17 points. In addition to its four scorers in double figures, Zenit also had Andrey Zubkov, Will Thomas, Mateusz Ponitka and Arturas Gudaitis score 9 points apiece.

Shved off the bench

Alexey Shved returned to action after a two-game absence and did so by coming off the bench, snapping a streak of 112 consecutive starts. It was the first time Shved came off the bench in a EuroLeague game since Round 7 of the 2015-16 regular season.

Trend continues

This was the fourth EuroLeague game between these two teams and each was won by the road team.

Next week

Both teams will be on double duty next week. Zenit gets back to action on Tuesday, tipping off Round 32 by hosting CSKA Moscow, while Khimki welcomes LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne a day later.

Arturas Gudaitis - Zenit St Petersburg - EB20
Friday, March 26, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN; KOWALSKI, MARCIN; FOUFIS, IOANNIS
Attendance: 1333
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Khimki Moscow Region11181823
Zenit St Petersburg14252725
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Khimki Moscow Region11294770
Zenit St Petersburg14396691
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 27:08 19 5/8 2/7 3/4 1 3 4 3   2 1   1 5 20
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 22:52 17 3/3 2/2 5/6 1 2 3     3     4 4 16
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 20:06 4 1/1 0/3 2/2   2 2 1 1       3 4 6
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 15:48 5 2/3 0/3 1/1   1 1     1     3 1 -1
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 16:08   0/1           1 3       3 1 1
10 KADOSHNIKOV, DMITRII 1:45                              
12 MONIA, SERGEY 19:57   0/1 0/3     3 3 1 1 1 1   2   -1
13 SHARAPOV, VLADISLAV 1:12                              
14 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 17:54   0/2 0/1   2 1 3 1   1     3 1 -2
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 7:41 2 1/2 0/2     1 1     1     3   -4
30 VALIEV, EVGENY 12:19           2 2     1     4 1 -2
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 37:10 23 9/15 0/1 5/6 3 2 5 2 2 2 2   2 5 27
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 70 21/36 4/22 16/19 8 18 26 9 7 13 4 0 28 22 61
        58.3% 18.2% 84.2%
Head coach: MALTSEV, ANDREI
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 RIVERS, KC 15:53 5 1/2 1/2     2 2   1       3   3
4 PANGOS, KEVIN 26:47 13 2/3 3/6     1 1 6 1 2   1 2 6 18
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 0:11                              
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN 24:04 17 3/4 3/6 2/2   1 1 2 2       1 1 18
10 THOMAS, WILL 20:00 9 1/4 1/1 4/4   5 5     2   1 2 2 8
12 BARON, BILLY 19:07 10   3/3 1/2   2 2 3   1     1   12
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 13:13           2 2 4         2 1 5
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 20:00 9 1/2 2/4 1/2   1 1 3   1     1 3 10
22 POYTHRESS, ALEX 17:42 10 5/7     3 1 4 1   2   1 2 4 12
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 20:56 9 3/5 0/2 3/5 2 3 5 1 1 1     5 6 10
28 BLACK, TARIK 7:36   0/1       1 1         1 1   -2
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 14:31 9 2/3   5/8 1 2 3 2   1     2 5 12
Team           2 5 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 91 18/31 13/24 16/23 8 26 34 22 5 11 0 4 22 28 112
        58.1% 54.2% 69.6%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Zenit St Petersburg
“I think we had control of the game from the beginning, more or less. We were improving our game step by step. It was only some moments that we were not effective, under the basket and some free throws. But generally, we played very well, 11 turnovers with 22 assists. We had a good day, and achieved a very important win for us. We were effective with three-point shooting. Not too much at the start, but after that, step by step, we were more effective. That was important. They collapsed in the paint and we were open a lot of the time, and we were effective in this part of the game, especially we started the play with a lead. We felt more comfortable, we felt more confidence, and we started to score more.”

Players

PANGOS, KEVIN
Zenit St Petersburg
“It was good for us to get back to the winning column. I think we played pretty solid today. Some lapses here and there, but overall we played a team game, and everyone contributed. When we are flying around like that and everyone is helping each other, we have a great defense. I think if we continue that the rest of the games, we will have a good chance.”
HOLLINS, AUSTIN
Zenit St Petersburg
“It was a game that we had to win. We knew that coming in. I thought we really played well. There were some ups and downs, but I think throughout the game we stuck to the game plan, came in and did what we were supposed to do. Everyone was on the same page, we stuck to the game plan and we stuck together for 40 minutes and toughed it out.”
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