2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 09, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.6 Points 86.4
37.5 Rebounds 29.0
9.5 O. Rebounds 8.0
28.0 D. Rebounds 21.0
19.3 Assists 18.9
8.1 Steals 9.1
3.1 Blocks 2.1
15.3 Turnovers 15.1
54.5 % 2PT 58.6 %
38.4 % 3PT 35.6 %
81.6 % FT 77.1 %
94.9 Index 87.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
21.4 / Toolson Points 14.3 / Laprovittola
7.7 / Landry Rebounds 5.8 / Kavaliauskas
2.1 / Landry OR 3.0 / Kavaliauskas
5.6 / Landry DR 4.3 / Laprovittola
6.0 / Dowdell Assists 6.0 / Laprovittola
1.6 / Dowdell Steals 2.0 / Laprovittola
0.9 / Pushkov Blocks 0.5 / Giedraitis
3.0 / Timma Turnovers 3.0 / Laprovittola
73.1 % / Timma 2PT 64.4 % / Lavrinovic, K.
61.1 % / Toolson 3PT 50.0 % / Janavicius
100.0 % / Toolson FT 100.0 % / Giedraitis
20.6 / Dowdell Index 17.4 / Laprovittola

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
7-1 Regular Season 2-6
7-1 Overall 2-6

Referees

Crew Chief
ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS, Greece
Referee
DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR, Montenegro
Umpire
OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS , Serbia

The Take

Already-qualified Zenit St. Petersburg (7-1) hosts last-place Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (2-6) in what is a key game for the visitors, who need a victory if they want to keep destiny in their own hands. Rytas allows 99 points per game, second-highest in the competition. Zenit can win the group with a victory combined with a loss by already-qualified Avtodor Saratov (6-2), which visits PAOK Thessaloniki (3-5). Avtodor is the highest scoring team in the competition (93 ppg.), and has never won a game on the Greek soil. PAOK will try to continue with that trend, as it needs a win to boost its Last 32 chances. Szolnoki Olaj (3-5) looks to get back to the winning ways when Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (3-5) comes to town. This is fifth meeting between two sides in the past five seasons, and Besiktas holds 3-1 record having won both previous meetings in Szolnok. This contest has a Last 32 berth at stake. Besiktas goes to the Last 32 with a win, and either a loss by Rytas or PAOK. Meanwhile, Szolnoki will look to overcome 76-67 Besiktas win from Round 4, but would also clinch a Last 32 place with any win combined with losses by both Rytas and PAOK. And if PAOK were to defeat Avtodor, Rytas would be eliminated with its own loss.
Monday, December 7, 2015
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Players

Ryan Toolson - Zenit St Petersburg - EC15 (photo Zenit)

Toolson, Timma make Zenit lock first place

Zenit St. Petersburg took clinched first place in Group E by downing Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 92-84 at home on Wednesday. Zenit improved to 8-1 and mathematically locked first place in Group E while Rytas dropped to 3-6. Ryan Toolson led the winners with 22 points. Janis Timma added 17 while Kyle Landry had 13 and 12 rebounds for Zenit. Ksistof Lavrinovic led Rytas with 16 points. Marius Runkauskas got 14, Gediminas Orelik added 13 while Antanas Kavaliauskas had 11 for the guests, which used a 0-7 run to tie the game, 21-21, late in the first quarter. Zenit regained a 27-25 edge after 10 minutes but Lavrinovic, Runkauskas and Deividas Gailius helped Rytas get a 39-44 margin at halftime. A three-pointer by Runkauskas made it a double-digit game, 43-53, soon after the break, and Lavrinovic kept the guests ahead, 61-67, after 30 minutes. Toolson stepped up for Zenit and hit a three-pointer that put Zenit ahead for good, 75-74. Timma shined in crunch time, leading Zenit to yet another win.

Toolson got Zenit going with a three-pointer but Orelik and Deividas Gailius soon gave Rytas a 3-5 lead. Anton Pushkov had 4 points in a 6-0 Zenit run but Gailius kept the guests within 9-7. Toolson kept pacing Zenit with another basket. He got help from Artem Vikhrov and Landry, and a layup by Evgeny Valiev made Rytas stop the game at 19-12. Runkaukas and Valiev exchanged baskets but Kavaliauskas and Rokas Giedriatis fueled a 0-7 run which tied the game, 21-21. Aleksandr Karpukhin rescued Zenit with consecutive bombs from downtown but Zygimantas Janavicius singlehandedly kept Rytas within 27-25 after 10 minutes. Lavrinovic tied the game again, 29-29, early in the second quarter. Zenit struggled to score for more than 2 minutes until Toolson rescued the hosts with a jumper. Giedriatis scored again and free throw by Lavrinovic put Rytas back ahead, 29-30. Toolson kept pacing Zenit and back-to-back baskets by Gailius made Rytas regain the lead, 31-34. Andrey Koshcheev and Lavrinovic traded baskets and a three-pointer by Adas Juskevicius boosted the guests' margin to 33-39. Landry and Timma tried to change things for Zenit but Orelik and Runkauskas kept Rytas ahead, 39-44, at halftime.

Back-to-back baskets by Orelik gave Rytas a 39-48 margin right after the break. Zabian Dowdell and Timma stepped up for Zenit but a layup by Kavaliauskas and a three-pointer by Runkauskas made it a double-digit game, 43-53. Toolson hit another shot and Landry gave Zenit hope at 47-53. Kavaliauskas scored again but Dowdell did better with a three-pointer and Timma forced Rytas to call timeout at 52-55. Nico Laprovittola found his first points, Dmitriy Golovin hit free throws and a three-pointer by Lavrinovic gave Rytas fresh air at 53-60. Koshcheev shined with a three-point play, Lavrinovic answered with consecutive layups but Landry kept Zenit within 59-65. Juskevicius and Toolson exchanged driving layups to fix the score at 61-67 after 30 minutes. Koshcheev scored again early in the fourth quarter and a triple by Timma brought Zenit as close as 66-67. Giedraitis scored down low and Kavaliauskas added a three-point play but Vikrov kept the hosts within 70-72. Toolson took over with an acrobatic layup and bettered Laprovittola's jumper with a big triple, good for a 75-74 Zenit edge with over 6 minutes left. Timma followed a put-back basket with a put-back slam, as Rytas went scoreless for 3 critical minutes. Landry scored in the paint, Lavrinovic answered with a layup and free throws by Timma sealed the outcome, 83-76, as Rytas never recovered.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE), DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR (MNE), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB)
Attendance: 2670 (Tentative)
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Zenit St Petersburg27122231
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius25192317
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Zenit St Petersburg27396192
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius25446784
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 4:34                              
6 TIMMA, JANIS 31:50 18 5/7 1/5 5/7   6 6 7 2 1     2 5 27
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 15:30 9 4/5   1/1   2 2     1   1 2 2 8
8 KOMISSAROV, ARTEM 1:48                              
10 TOOLSON, RYAN 28:39 22 6/9 2/5 4/4   1 1 4 1 1   1 2 4 22
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 29:48 8 3/9 0/2 2/2 1   1 4 1 2   1 2 4 5
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 7:14 4 2/2           1 1       1 1 6
19 KARPUKHIN, ALEKSANDR 5:12 6   2/2                   1   5
22 DOWDELL, ZABIAN 19:11 5 1/3 1/1         1 2 2     2 3 5
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 12:58 4 2/5 0/2   4   4 1 2       2   4
33 LANDRY, KYLE 28:35 13 6/10 0/2 1/1 3 9 12 2     1   1 3 24
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 14:41 3 0/1   3/4 1 1 2 1         1 3 6
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 92 29/51 6/19 16/19 10 20 30 21 9 8 1 3 16 25 113
        56.9% 31.6% 84.2%
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
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 16:48 8 1/4 1/1 3/4   2 2 3 1       1 2 11
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 4:59   0/1                         -1
10 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 26:18 4 2/3 0/3     2 2 7   5     5 2 1
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 21:20 16 6/9 1/1 1/2   6 6 3 1   1     1 24
13 GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS 18:03 8 4/4 0/1     3 3   1 1 1   5 1 7
14 ORELIK, GEDIMINAS 30:40 13 3/3 2/5 1/2   2 2 4 1 3 1   3 2 13
19 JANAVICIUS, ZYGIMANTAS 8:54 4 1/2   2/2   1 1 2   2       2 6
21 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 21:16 11 5/7   1/1 3 5 8 2   3     2 2 16
22 RUNKAUSKAS, MARIUS 24:08 14 1/2 4/5   1 1 2     2     5 2 9
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 19:43 6 3/6 0/3   1 2 3           1   2
33 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 7:51   0/2               1   1 3 2 -5
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 84 26/43 8/19 8/11 8 26 34 21 4 17 3 1 25 16 88
        60.5% 42.1% 72.7%
Head coach: GRONSKIS, ARVYDAS

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"As I said before the start of the game, it was hard because we didn’t train on the main court. First of all in terms of offense we missed too many shots. Also we were making ill-judged actions in defense. In the end we accustomed ourselves to the big court and cleared the air."
GRONSKIS, ARVYDAS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"In the first half we controlled the game and even were ahead in the score. We succeeded both defensively and offensively. In the second half we weren’t so good in defense and made a lot mistakes in offense, which let them gain easy points."

Players

TOOLSON, RYAN
Zenit St Petersburg
"To be honest I found the game a bit ugly. In the second quarter we let them come back. In the second half we went head and figured everything out defensively. In offense we played a lot faster and smoother."
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