2017-18Regular SeasonRound 10
December 26, 2017 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 TOFAS SPOR SALONU

Zenit edges Tofas, punches Top 16 ticket

Zenit St. Petersburg booked the final Top 16 spot from Group D by holding off Tofas Bursa 76-80 in a crucial Round 10 game on the road on Tuesday night. There were several possible scenarios that would have put Zenit through even with small-enough loss and a combination of other results in the group, but the visitors took care of business behind a big night from Drew Gordon who scored a career-high 27 points along with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zenit improved to 6-4 in Group D and can finish second, third or fourth, depending on other results. Tofas was eliminated after finishing the regular season with a 4-6 record. Scottie Reynolds netted 13 points, including key baskets in the fourth quarter, Sergey Karasev and Marko Simonovic scored 12 apiece, and Evgeny Voronov chipped in with 11 in victory. Raymar Morgan and Sammy Mejia scored 21 apiece for Tofas; Mejia also pulled down 9 rebounds. Kenny Kadji had 15 points and Baris Ermis collected 10 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in a losing effort.

Kadji had 6 points in the early going for Tofas, but Gordon immediately made his presence felt inside, while Voronov and Simonovic hit from long range. Gordon’s put-back made it 8-14, but Tofas allowed only one basket in the final five minutes of the opening quarter, as Morgan scored 5 points to help cut the deficit to 15-16 after 10 minutes. Gordon was everywhere at the start of the second quarter, with a put-back-plus-foul, a full-court assist, a blocked shot, and eventually a fastbreak dunk, which opened a 15-26 lead for Zenit. Mejia’s three-point play snapped a 0-10 run, but Karasev restored a double-digit lead. After Simonovic and Ermis traded triples, Simonovic added another one from downtown that made it 23-37. Before the end of the half, however, Tofas halved that deficit by stepping up on defense, while Mejia and Ermis hit from downtown. But Gordon made a last-second basket to put Zenit up 34-43 at the break.

The hosts needed less than two minutes for an 8-0 run, with Mejia and Morgan hitting a triple apiece to get within 1. A couple more baskets from Morgan put Tofas in front 46-45. Mejia strung together 7 points, including a three-point play that made it 55-50, but Gordon got to work again, scoring 8 points in the final two minutes of the quarter, including a shot-clock beating triple and a last-second close-range shot that made it 58-60 going into the final quarter. Simonovic scored for the visitors, but Morgan helped Tofas grab a 64-62 edge. But two three-pointers followed by a spinning driving layup, all from Reynolds, opened gave Zenit a 64-70 lead. Karasev’s three-pointer extended it to 67-75 with little over two minutes left. Baskets from Kadji and Peirria Henry gave Tofas hope in the final minute, but Gordon sealed the outcome with a monster dunk with 17 seconds to go to secure Zenit’s Top 16 ticket.

Drew Gordon - Zenit St Petersburg (photo Tofas) - EC17
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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Referees: PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO), DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR (MNE)
Attendance: 3144
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Tofas Bursa15192418
Zenit St Petersburg16271720
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Tofas Bursa15345876
Zenit St Petersburg16436080
Tofas Bursa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR 29:55 21 6/11 2/5 3/6 1 3 4     6   1 5 2 4
6 ERMIS, BARIS 28:58 10 2/3 2/4   2 4 6 8 3 3   1 2 4 22
7 ARSLAN, YIGIT 9:50                     1   1    
8 CROCKER, TONY 20:21 2   0/2 2/2   3 3   1 3     1 2 2
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 31:03 21 5/8 2/4 5/6 1 8 9 2 1 1     2 5 29
15 HENRY, PIERRIA 25:46 4 2/3 0/2   1 3 4 1 4 3     3 2 6
17 TOPALOGLU, CANER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 OWENS, JOSH 7:59   0/2     1   1   1       1 1  
28 BAYRAM, KADIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 PAUNIC, IVAN 16:42 3 0/1 1/2     2 2 2   1     2 2 4
35 KADJI, KENNY 29:26 15 6/11 0/3 3/4 1   1 1 1 2   2 2 5 8
77 YASAR, MUHSIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           5 1 6               6
Totals 200:00 76 21/39 7/22 13/18 12 24 36 14 11 19 1 4 19 23 81
        53.8% 31.8% 72.2%
Head coach: ENE, ORHUN
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 REYNOLDS, SCOTTIE 26:49 13 3/5 2/4 1/2   3 3 4   3     1 2 13
4 LAZAREV, IVAN 6:20   0/1   0/2   2 2       1   1 2 1
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 28:53 12 2/4 2/4 2/2 1 2 3 4 1 2     4 4 14
10 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 9:31               1 2       1 2 4
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 26:51 11 3/7 1/2 2/2 2 2 4 1 2 1     3 3 12
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 24:36 12 0/2 4/9   1 2 3 3 1 1   1 2 1 9
21 WHITTINGTON , SHAYNE 4:05 1     1/2 1   1     2       1  
22 HARPER, DEMONTE 17:33 2   0/2 2/2   2 2   1 3     3 2 -1
24 KURIC, KYLE 16:20   0/2 0/4     3 3 3 1 3     2   -4
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 8:44 2 1/1     2   2           4    
32 GORDON, DREW 30:18 27 11/13 1/2 2/3 3 7 10 1 1 3 3   2 2 35
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 80 20/35 10/27 10/15 10 24 34 17 9 19 4 1 23 19 83
        57.1% 37% 66.7%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY

Head Coaches

ENE, ORHUN
Tofas Bursa
"I can say one thing, that we did not deserve to lose like this. We are sad because we are not qualifying from this group. We missed some easy games we could have won earlier. But we did not have experience, and experience is important to play at this level. And playing in two competitions made us a little tired, but I think this was the strongest regular season group. We did not play well tonight in this last game, but with a little more experience we would have had two more wins. We will try next year. We made so many mistakes in the last two home games, but life goes on."
KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"This game was very important for both teams for qualifying for the next round. We had a week to prepare, rest a little bit. We played a lot of aggressive defense, a lot of traps on low post, a lot of traps on pick-and-roll, and I think this is the reason we won. And then, we made a few important shots, three-point shots and baskets from close range."