2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 02, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.7 Points 76.6
37.6 Rebounds 35.9
9.7 O. Rebounds 9.3
27.9 D. Rebounds 26.6
18.6 Assists 17.9
8.1 Steals 7.3
3.0 Blocks 2.1
15.4 Turnovers 17.0
53.9 % 2PT 51.5 %
36.4 % 3PT 35.7 %
80.6 % FT 74.4 %
92.6 Index 83.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.8 / Toolson Points 17.3 / Vojvoda
8.2 / Landry Rebounds 6.1 / Borisov
2.5 / Landry OR 2.3 / Milosevic
5.7 / Landry DR 5.0 / Borisov
5.7 / Dowdell Assists 3.4 / Craft
1.9 / Dowdell Steals 1.3 / Craft
1.0 / Pushkov Blocks 0.9 / Keller
3.0 / Timma Turnovers 4.4 / Vojvoda
75.0 % / Valiev 2PT 71.1 % / Natyazhko
60.0 % / Koshcheev 3PT 42.9 % / Natyazhko
100.0 % / Toolson FT 100.0 % / Gregory
22.0 / Dowdell Index 13.6 / Milosevic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Eighthfinals 0-0
0-0 Last 32 0-0
6-1 Regular Season 3-4
6-1 Overall 3-4

Referees

Crew Chief
OZOLS, ARNIS, Latvia
Referee
VOVK, TOMISLAV, Croatia
Umpire
RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO, Montenegro

The Take

Looking for a victory that would earn it a spot in the Last 32, Avtodor Saratov (5-2) and Round 7 co-MVP Paul Stoll welcome Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (2-5). The hosts have the highest-scoring offense (90.7) and have won five of their last six games with an average margin of 15.8 points. During that streak, they beat Rytas in Vilnius 81-97 as eight Avtodor players scored in double figures. Meanwhile, Rytas has two road wins in three games this season and forces a Eurocup-high 18.6 turnovers per contest. Already-qualified group leader Zenit St. Petersburg (6-1) hosts red-hot Szolnoki Olaj (3-4). The Hungarian champs are on a three-game winning streak, and a fourth would put them on the verge of a historic success and a place in the Last 32. But Zenit and three-point marksman Ryan Toolson, who averages 4.25 triples per game, aim for a victory that would help them clinch first place in the group. In a pivotal matchup for both teams, Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (3-4) welcomes PAOK Thessaloniki (2-5). The visitors have dropped five of their last six games, while Besiktas has allowed a league-worst 92.7 points in the last three weeks. However, Besiktas aims for a performance similar to the one in Round 3, when it beat PAOK on the road 80-100.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

POR, PETER
Szolnoki Olaj
"Our team is in a good form after getting three wins in a row, we try to continue from where we left off at Vilnius. Zenit is a very strong team, going well both in VTB League and already qualified in Eurocup. Our goal to give the best and we try to play a close match on Wednesday."

Players

VOJVODA, DAVID
Szolnoki Olaj
"Obviously the game is much more important to us than to Zenit, which already went through to the next phase. But I think they will play well in their home court, so it will be tough for us to get a result, even though we are in good shape. It would be a huge surprise if we could come up with a win, but we'll try to do it."
Players Zenit St Petersburg - EC15 (photo Zenit)

Toolson leads Zenit past Szolnoki

Zenit St. Petersburg shows its authority in Group E by downing Szolnoki Olaj 89-64 at home on Wednesday. Zenit, which had qualified to the Last 32 before this game, improved to 7-1 and keeps leading this group's standings. Szolnoki dropped to 3-5 and saw its three-game winning streak come to an end. Ryan Toolson led the winners with 28 points on 5-of-7 three-point shots. Zabian Dowdell added 8 assists for Zenit. Milos Borisov and David Vojvoda led Szolnoki with 12 points apiece. Toolson and Anton Pushkov fueled an early 9-0 run and a three-point play by Janis Timma soon gave Zenit a double-digit lead, 17-6. Dmitry Golovin and an unstoppable Toolson boosted the hosts' lead to 24-10 after 10 minutes. Vojvoda and Borisov managed to bring Szolnoki a bit closer, 30-21, but Toolson had 7 quick points and got help from Timma to restore a 45-31 Zenit margin at halftime. Toolson kept pacing the hosts after the break, allowing Zenit to boost its margin to 59-35. Nothing changed since that moment, as Zenit boosted its margin to 70-42 after 30 minutes and never looked back.

Strahinja Milosevic got Szolnoki going with a layup but Zenit bounced back, as Toolson and Pushkov fueled a 9-0 run which gave the hosts a 9-2 lead. Vojvoda found his first points and Oleksandr Lypovyy added a basket but a red hot Toolson forced Szolnoki to call timeout at 14-6. A three-point play by Timma soon made it a double-digit game, 17-6. Dmitry Golovin struck from downtown and Kyle Landry soon gave Zenit a 22-8 margin. Kyryl Natyazhko and Evgeny Valiev exchanged baskets for a 24-10 score after 10 minutes. Dino Gregory and Vojvoda stepped up for the guests early in the second quarter but Landry and Dowdell kept Zenit way ahead, 28-17. Pushkov shined with a three-point play but Krisztian Wittman and Borisov got Szolnoki within single digits, 30-21. Toolson took over with consecutive baskets and soon struck from downtown to make the guests call timeout at 37-23. Golovin, Milosevic and Timma each nailed one from beyond the arc and even when Valiev scored again, Borisov allowed Szolnoki to get within 45-31 at halftime.

Aaron Craft scored off a steal right after the break but Toolson did better with a big triple off the dribble and a stop-and-pop jumper in transition to make the guests call timeout at 50-33. Timma also buried one from downtown and even when Craft hit a mid-range jumper, Artem Vikhrov nailed his own triple to break the game open, 56-35. Toolson made free throws and a layup by Landry made it a 26-point game, 61-35. Toolson - who else? - sank his fifth three-pointer, as Szolnoki foun a go-to guy in Natyazhko. Golovin and Antipov stepped up for Zenit late in the third quarter to keep the hosts way ahead, 70-42, at the end of the third quarter. Far from being done, Zenit kept excelling on defense, while a three-pointer by Vikhrov and a layup by Landry boosted the hosts' lead to 75-42. Vojvoda and Toolson exchanged baskets and by the time Antipov hit a triple, everything was said and done already. Zenit kept getting closer to clinch first place while Szolnoki must bounce back right away to keep its Last 32 options alive.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT), VOVK, TOMISLAV (CRO), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 2152 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Zenit St Petersburg24212519
Szolnoki Olaj10211122
End of Quarter1234
Zenit St Petersburg24457089
Szolnoki Olaj10314264
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 ANTIPOV, PAVEL 15:31 9 3/5 1/3     2 2 1   2     3   3
6 TIMMA, JANIS 24:16 9 1/1 2/4 1/1   6 6 4 1 3 1   3 2 15
9 MOTOVILOV, GRIGORY 7:41 2 1/3       1 1 3   2   1 1    
10 TOOLSON, RYAN 23:38 28 5/7 5/7 3/3       3   2   1   2 26
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 20:08 6 0/3 2/2   2 3 5 2 1       4 3 10
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 12:53 8 3/4   2/2 3 4 7 1   1   1 3 1 11
19 KARPUKHIN, ALEKSANDR 8:07 3   1/4         1 2 1         2
22 DOWDELL, ZABIAN 17:23 2 1/1       2 2 8   1     1 1 11
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 21:23 4 2/4     1 2 3       1 1 2   3
32 DESYATNIKOV, ANDREI 6:45 2 1/1       1 1 1           2 6
33 LANDRY, KYLE 20:22 8 4/7 0/4     5 5   3   1   1 2 11
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 21:53 8 1/1 2/2   1 3 4   1 1 1   1 1 13
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 89 22/37 13/26 6/6 8 29 37 24 8 14 4 4 19 14 111
        59.5% 50% 100%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY
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
Szolnoki Olaj
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 CRAFT, AARON 19:44 9 4/4   1/1   3 3 3 4 1     2 1 17
6 KELLER, AKOS 17:34 3 1/2   1/4   4 4     2     2 3 2
8 WITTMANN, KRISZTIAN 20:16 4 2/4 0/2     1 1 6 1       2 2 8
9 VOJVODA, DAVID 27:02 12 4/9 1/2 1/1 1   1   1 3     2 2 5
11 LYPOVYY, OLEKSANDR 16:10 2 1/4 0/1   1 3 4 1   1     2 3 3
12 SOMOGYI, GERGELY 6:03 2 1/3                 1   1    
15 BORISOV, MILOS 18:25 12 4/6 0/2 4/4 1   1 1 2 1       3 14
18 PERINGER, BALAZS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NATYAZHKO, KYRYL 9:23 7 2/5 0/1 3/4 2 1 3       1 1   2 7
24 MILOSEVIC, STRAHINJA 27:17 9 3/11 1/1   2 3 5 1 1 4 1 1 2 2 4
32 KOVACS, PETER 18:23   0/1 0/2           1     2 1 1 -4
33 GREGORY, DINO 19:43 4 2/4     2 2 4   1 1 1       7
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 64 24/53 2/11 10/14 11 20 31 12 11 13 4 4 14 19 68
        45.3% 18.2% 71.4%
Head coach: POR, PETER

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"It’s clear that after an unsuccessful game versus CSKA, we played as best as we could to show that was just not our day. It’s good that the players understood it. That was a good game. We made some mistakes in the first quarter, but the third was outstanding. In the dressing room I told them to work hard in defense and get pleasure from offense. They did it. They passed and ran very well."
POR, PETER
Szolnoki Olaj
"We have to congratulate Zenit, they deserved the win, because they played much better than us. We were soft in every department - in offense and defense - and we missed open shots. We could not play at that level we did in our last three games."
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