2014-15Regular SeasonRound 9
December 10, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA

Zenit prevails for fourth straight home win

 

Artem Vikhrov - Zenit St Petersburg - EC14 (photo Zenit)

 

In a clash of two previously qualified teams, Zenit St. Petersburg held off Union Olimpija Ljubljana 75-74 for its fourth consecutive home win in Sibur Arena on Wednesday. Both teams now hold 5-5 record in a tie for the third place in Group D, but Olimpija holds a head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to its 89-84 win in Round 4. Zenit led essentially the entire game, taking control early and building a double-digit lead on two occasions. But Olimpija always found ways to stay in the game, and got within 2 points in the final minute, before Artem Vikhorov helped the hosts prevail. Vikhorov finished with 20 points, Dalenta Stephens scored 12, and Dejan Borovnjak had 11 in victory. Walter Hosged had 9 points with 7 assists. Dino Muric, in his second game of the season after a long absence due to injury, led the visitors with 15 points. Marko Marinovic netted 13 with 6 assists and 6 boards, while Alen Omic amassed 12 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

Zenit took control at the start of the game with a 14-2 run during which Andrey Koshcheev scored 6 points. Vikhorov and Stephens helped Zenit built 26-17 lead late in the first, but Olimpija led by Omic and Muric cut the deficit to 30-26 early in the second quarter. But Zenit replied with an 8-0 run fueled by Hodge, extending it to 38-26 and took 45-37 lead into halftime. Right after the break Borovnjak and Koshcheev got Zenit again back to a double-digit lead, but Marinovic, Blaz Mahkovic and Gregor Hrovat scored on three consecutive possessions, sparking a run of 9 unanswered point for Olimpija, 49-46. Vikhorov answered with a triple, and Stephens made a put-back to give Zenit more breathing room, as the hosts entered the fourth quarter up 59-53. Artem Komolov hit a triple to help extend it to 67-57 in the fourth, but Marinovic nailed one from long range for the visitors, and with help from Hallil Kanacevic and Mahkovic, Olimpija got back within 70-67. After baskets from Vikhorov, Paolo Marinelli knocked down a triple 64 second before the ned for 74-70, and Kanacevic cut it to 74-72 with 24 seconds to go. Vikhorov split free throws to give Zenit a 3-point cushion, and the hosts promptly fouled, not allowing Olimpija to take a shot that would have sent the game into overtime.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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Referees: SHEMMESH, SEFFI (ISR), CORTES, CARLOS (ESP), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR)
Attendance: 1800 (Tentative)
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Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LAZAREV, IVAN 2:57 2 1/1     1   1           1   2
5 GORDEEV, DMITRII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 20:06 8 4/6 0/1   2 3 5   1 1     5   5
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM 2:37 2 1/1                     2    
9 JONES, CAMERON 20:07 2 0/1 0/1 2/4 1 2 3 1 1 1   1 1 4 4
10 BABUSHKIN, ALEKSEI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 KOMOLOV, ARTEM 21:16 5 1/2 1/2     1 1 2 1 1     2 1 5
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 34:52 20 6/7 1/2 5/6   2 2 1 2 2 1   3 5 23
14 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 29:16 11 4/12   3/5 3 2 5 2 1 1     1 5 12
15 HODGE, WALTER 26:56 9 2/8 1/2 2/2       7 2       5 3 9
30 STEPHENS, DALENTA 19:31 12 6/8 0/1 0/2 1 3 4     2     3 2 8
33 LANDRY, KYLE 22:22 4 2/5 0/1   1 3 4 1         2   3
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 75 27/51 3/10 12/19 10 20 30 14 8 8 1 1 25 20 76
        52.9% 30% 63.2%
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
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 7:52 2 1/1 0/1         2 2         2 7
6 MARINELLI, PAOLO 17:24 5 1/2 1/3         1 2 1     1   3
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 19:43 3 1/2   1/2 1 3 4 1         2 2 6
8 BRODNIK, JAKA 9:28 4 2/4     1 1 2   1       2 2 5
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 MURIC, DINO 20:38 15 7/8 0/1 1/4 2 3 5     3     5 3 10
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 20:21 10 3/7 0/1 4/6 2 5 7 2   3     2 4 11
23 OMIC, ALEN 37:45 12 5/11   2/6 5 8 13   1 1 1   2 6 20
24 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 13:04 3 0/1 1/2             1     1 2 1
41 MARINOVIC, MARKO 32:08 13 1/5 2/8 5/8 4 2 6 6   2   1 3 4 10
45 KANACEVIC, HALIL 21:37 7 2/3 1/1   1 1 2   2 1     2   7
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 74 23/44 5/17 13/26 17 24 41 12 8 12 1 1 20 25 82
        52.3% 29.4% 50%
Head coach: PIPAN, ALES

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"We had to be more confident. Our foreign players played awful, we’ll try to figure out the reason for it. May be they lacked motivation for the game, we’ll see. But at the same time I’m happy for the Russian players – Komolov, Vikhrov, Koscheev. They made the game, without their help the result could have been bad. "
PIPAN, ALES
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"We arrived to Saint Petersburg with two plans. Plan A – to win the game. Plan B – not to lose by more than 5 points. We succeeded. I congratulate my players; they did a great job tonight."

Players

VIKHROV, ARTEM
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was the game for third place tonight. We had to win by more than 5 points, but we couldn’t and though we won today, we are not happy with the victory. We had to make the three-pointer at the end, but we failed. We made a lot of mistakes in defense. And so this is the result."
KANACEVIC, HALIL
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"We played well in the second part of the game, played harder, played smarter. And we are happy that we qualified from the third place in the group, so we’ll try to win the last game to get the spot we want."