2015-16Last 32Round 2
January 13, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA
Zasbian Dowdell - Zenit St Petersburg - EC15 (photo Zenit)

Zenit holds off Ludwigsburg to move into first place in Group L

Zenit St Petersburg held on for a tough 83-80 victory over MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg to take over sole possession of first place in Group L. Zenit improved to 2-0 in the Last 32 thanks to 19 points and 6 assists from Zab Dowdell and some timely blocked shots down the stretch to hold off a late Ludwigsburg comeback. Janis Timma added 14 points, Andrey Koshcheev scored 10 as did Ryan Toolson, whose 4 free throws in the final minute haled seal the win. Mustafa Shakur paced the visitors with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jon Brockman scored 18 in a loss that dropped the team to 0-2. Kerron Johnson and Tekele Cotton finished with 11 points each.

Koshcheev scored the first two baskets to start Zenit the right way, but Rocky Trice soon tied the game. Ryan Toolson was fouled shooting a three-pointer and made the resulting 3 free throws, but Ludwigsburg kept close. Cotton free throws tied the game at 12-12 midway through the first quarter. Pavel Antipov’s basket-plus-foul and three-pointer pushed Zenit to a 20-14 advantage, however Brockman scored twice to bring the visitors within 24-22 after 10 minutes. Jason Boone gave the visitors a slim lead early in the second quarter and a Royce O’Neale triple made it 28-30. Dowdell put the hosts back in front by 2 at the midway point in the quarter. Timmas reeled off 5 straight points, but Shakur kept Ludwigsburg close. Koshcheev and Artem Vikhrov pushed the Zenit advantage to 7 before Johnson ended the half at 46-41.

Zenit surged ahead on a Timma triple and Dowdell free throws to lead 55-45 midway through the third quarter. Cotton provided a spark for Ludwigsburg and Shakur followed up in a 0-8 run to get the visitors back in the game. Dowdell made it 59-55 through three quarters. Dowdell and Koshcheev combined to extend the lead to 7 early in the fourth quarter. Shawn Huff chipped away at the Ludwigsburg deficit with a three-pointer, but still the hosts remained in control. Anton Pushkov free throws made it 74-66 with five minutes to go. But Shakur scored twice and then bettered Timma free throws with a three-pointer to make it 76-73. Huff soon brought Ludwigsburg within 1. But the visitors had their next 3 shots blocked and committed 3 turnovers in the next two minutes as the lead reached 6 and Toolson iced the game from the line.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Referees: LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU), MARTOLINI, ALESSANDRO (ITA), JURAS, JASMINA (SRB)
Attendance: 2000 (Tentative)
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Zenit St Petersburg24221324
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg22191425
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Zenit St Petersburg24465983
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg22415580
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 11:22 6 1/3 1/2 1/1 2 2 4     1     3 1 4
6 TIMMA, JANIS 31:28 14 2/7 2/4 4/4 2 4 6 2   2 2 1 2 5 17
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 21:29 10 3/9   4/5 2 2 4 1   3 2 2 3 3 5
8 KOMISSAROV, ARTEM 0:37                              
9 MOTOVILOV, GRIGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 TOOLSON, RYAN 26:58 10 1/3 0/3 8/9   7 7 2   1       7 19
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 31:11 5 1/6 1/3 0/2 2 5 7 3 3 2     3 4 8
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 11:25 8 2/3   4/4   3 3     2 1   5 2 6
19 KARPUKHIN, ALEKSANDR 5:59 2 1/2 0/1                   1   -1
22 DOWDELL, ZABIAN 31:10 19 5/9 1/4 6/6 1 4 5 6 2 3     1 4 25
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 19:28 9 3/5 0/1 3/6 3 1 4       3 2 2 5 11
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 8:53     0/1   1 1 2 3   1     3    
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 83 19/47 5/19 30/37 17 31 48 17 5 15 8 5 23 31 100
        40.4% 26.3% 81.1%
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
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCRAY, DAVID 4:00     0/1                   3   -4
5 JOHNSON, KERRON 30:51 11 5/10 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 4 1     2   4 14
6 MUNOZ-BORCHERS, ALVARO 11:55   0/1 0/3     2 2 1   2     3   -6
7 HUFF, SHAWN 19:41 6 1/1 1/5 1/2 1   1   1   1   1 2 5
10 TRICE, ROCKY 7:59 2 1/2       2 2   2 1     1   3
15 O'NEALE, ROYCE 8:55 6 1/3 1/1 1/2 2 1 3         1 2 1 4
19 WALESKOWSKI, ADAM 11:24 2 1/2 0/1     2 2     2 2   4   -2
21 BOONE, JASON 13:13 5 2/5   1/5 1 1 2     2 1 3 3 4 -3
22 SHAKUR, MUSTAFA 33:16 19 5/10 2/2 3/7 1 9 10 3 2 1     2 7 29
32 COTTON, TEKELE 27:19 11 3/7 0/2 5/6 3   3 2 1 4   2 5 4 3
35 LOESING, BRAD 4:40                   1     3   -4
40 BROCKMAN, JON 26:47 18 9/14   0/1 4 2 6     1 1   4 1 15
Team           4 4 8               8
Totals 200:00 80 28/55 4/16 12/25 17 25 42 10 7 14 5 8 31 23 62
        50.9% 25% 48%
Head coach: PATRICK, JOHN

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"That was an important victory. After a tough away game and two losses in the VTB League and weak-willed game in Kazan, we needed to come back and we succeed. They have 11 American players and play an American style of basketball. They are aggressive in defense. All of their players were on the court. First we need our players to be fresh. Today we had energy and returned to our basketball."
PATRICK, JOHN
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
"It was a very intensive game against the top team in St. Petersburg. I have a lot of respect to their coach and the way they play. We missed free throws and open shots. We made some mental mistakes. Each team gave 100% and took 17 offensive rebounds. Because of the intensity of the game, both teams got tired legs and that’s why we missed long shots."

Players

KARPUKHIN, ALEKSANDR
Zenit St Petersburg
"Their press didn’t surprise us. We watched their games and know how they play. We had an advantage from the very beginning. We played confident and controlled the game."
SHAKUR, MUSTAFA
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg
"Today we missed many three-point shots. That kind of shot is not an easy one. We are a team that is capable of shooting better, so I think we will see better days."