2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 21, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
90.0 Points 72.0
32.0 Rebounds 26.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 4.0
23.0 D. Rebounds 22.0
16.0 Assists 18.0
7.0 Steals 5.0
3.0 Blocks 2.0
13.0 Turnovers 11.0
56.4 % 2PT 40.6 %
44.0 % 3PT 34.5 %
92.9 % FT 76.2 %
96.0 Index 66.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
35.0 / Toolson Points 17.0 / Duvnjak
7.0 / Landry Rebounds 4.0 / Tepic
3.0 / Landry OR 1.0 / Balaban
4.0 / Valiev DR 3.0 / Margaritis
5.0 / Toolson Assists 5.0 / Hatcher
3.0 / Valiev Steals 2.0 / Balaban
2.0 / Pushkov Blocks 2.0 / Margaritis
3.0 / Dowdell Turnovers 4.0 / Hatcher
100.0 % / Vikhrov 2PT 100.0 % / Balaban
72.7 % / Toolson 3PT 100.0 % / Dedas
100.0 % / Dowdell FT 100.0 % / Vasileiadis
37.0 / Toolson Index 23.0 / Tepic

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
1-0 Regular Season 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
MARICIC,SASA, Serbia
Referee
KARTAL, ERSAN, Turkey
Umpire
MITROVSKI, IGOR, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The Take

On Tuesday, Szolnoki Olaj (0-1) welcomes former two-time Eurocup champion Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (0-1). Rytas is winless in three consecutive Eurocup games dating back to last season, and aims to snap the streak against the Hungarian champion. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (1-0) hosts Avtodor Saratov (0-1) while hoping to continue its three-game home winning streak against Russian teams. In the past two seasons, Besiktas has beaten on its home floor Nizhny Novgorod, Khimki Moscow Region and Zenit St. Petersburg, and intends to add Avtodor to the list. Meanwhile, Zenit St. Petersburg (1-0) and hot-shooting Ryan Toolson welcome PAOK Thessaloniki (1-0). Toolson hit 8 triples in the season opener. At the very least the visitors will try stop the trend of big losses in Russia, as PAOK has been defeated by at least 19 points in every road game against Russian opponents since 1999.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We are playing against a very strong team, in a tough home court and as it seems, Zenit is in very good shape at the moment, having begun the Eurocup with a victory and playing the VTB League undefeated. We want to remain competitive and to do that we need to stay focused in defense, be patient with our offense and try and stay in the game till the end. Eurocup is a high level competition and this means that all our games are going to be very difficult."

Players

DEDAS, GEORGIOS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"The truth is that our tradition in Russia, at least in recent years, is not favorable. The game against Zenit is going to be as tough as the previous ones. We are playing against a team that’s in great shape, they have a high scoring average and this is what we first of all need to contain, if we want to get something good out of this game. Our effort should originate from the defense and from there on we will find confidence in our offense, against a team with very good shooters, that is even more dangerous in its home court."
Zabian Dowdell - Zenit St Petersburg - EC15 (photo Zenit)

Zenit beats PAOK to go top of the group

Zenit St. Petersburg took care of business in its Eurocup home opener, defeating PAOK Thessaloniki 76-66 on Wednesday. Win improved Zenit to 2-0 record in sole possession of the first place in Group E, while PAOK dropped to 1-1. Zabian Dowdell had 17 points for Zenit, Evgeny Valiev added 11 points, while Janis Timmas had an all-round effort with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Kyle Landry pulled down 11 rebounds in victory for Zenit which never trailed after the second quarter. For the visitors, William Hatcher scored all of his 19 points in the second half, and was the only scorer in double figures. Darko Balaban contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds, and Kostas Vasileiadis netted 8 with 4 assists.

PAOK had a better start to the game, as couple buckets from Nikola Markovic and a triple and a steal from Vasileiadis helped the visitors to 4-11 lead. But Valiev got the hosts going with a pair of offensive boards and a pair of close-range baskets, while Timma had a three-point play that helped Zenit to 14-13. Ryan Toolson had an assists and a jumper for Zenit's 18-15 after 10 minutes, but Balaban scored a put-back before Vasileiadis and Evangelos Margaritis each knocked down a shot from the distance for 22-23. Teams traded blows and leads in the second quarter until Dowdell gave Zenit a push, and Timma converted a fast break for 32-29 halftime lead.

Two baskets from Landry in the opening minute of the second half made it a 7-point contest. Hatcher replied for PAOK with seven consecutive points for 36-36, but Artem Vikhorov got Zenit going again. Andrey Koshcheev and Toolson each drained a three-pointer, and Timma's basket gave Zenit its first double-digit lead, 50-40. Hatcher scored 5 more points for the visitors, and a buzzer-beating three from Georgios Dedas cut the margin to 56-50 after 30 minutes. Uros Duvnjak hit a triple in the first minute of the fourth, and Hatcher remained hot, getting PAOK within 58-57. But Vikhorov and Valiev gave Zenit some breathing room, with the latter player also drawing fourth personal foul from Hatcher for a three-point play and 63-57 with 6 minutes to go. Valiev added a put-back to the tally for 67-57. Hatcher returned to the floor and scored for 70-62, but that’s as close as PAOK got. Dowdell scored 6 more points down the stretch to keep the margin at 10 points, and save Zenit from drama.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MARICIC,SASA (SRB), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR), MITROVSKI, IGOR (MKD)
Attendance: 3075 (Tentative)
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Zenit St Petersburg18142420
PAOK Thessaloniki15142116
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Zenit St Petersburg18325676
PAOK Thessaloniki15295066
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 10:13 4 2/3 0/1   1 1 2           1   3
6 TIMMA, JANIS 30:44 9 4/5 0/3 1/1 1 5 6 4 1 5     4 2 9
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 16:35 9 3/5 1/1         1 1 1   1 2 1 6
8 KOMISSAROV, ARTEM 3:53                           1 1
10 TOOLSON, RYAN 28:38 9 2/5 1/4 2/2 1 4 5 3   4   2 2 4 7
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 20:10 12 6/7       1 1   1 2     3   8
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 10:56 1     1/2   3 3 1   1 1   3 1 2
19 KARPUKHIN, ALEKSANDR 4:39   0/1 0/2                     1 -2
22 DOWDELL, ZABIAN 31:24 17 6/12   5/6   5 5 1   1   1 3 8 19
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 17:17 11 5/5   1/2 3 1 4     2     5 3 10
33 LANDRY, KYLE 24:28 4 2/7 0/2   4 7 11 2 2 1 1   1 1 12
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 1:03                              
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 76 30/50 2/13 10/13 11 30 41 12 5 17 2 4 24 22 79
        60% 15.4% 76.9%
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
PAOK Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 24:00 6 2/4   2/2   4 4 2   2     1 3 10
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 28:11 8 0/1 2/9 2/2   2 2 4 3 2     1 2 8
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 8:39               1   3 1   3   -4
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 6:18               1             1
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 11:17 5   1/2 2/3   2 2 2   1     3 2 5
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 27:55 6 0/3 1/3 3/4   4 4 1 1 1     2 7 10
12 KOTTAS, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DUVNJAK, UROS 15:45 7 2/5 1/1     1 1 1         2   4
21 MARKOVIC, NIKOLA 24:08 6 3/9     2 2 4 1 3   2 1 2 1 8
25 HATCHER, WILL 32:23 19 5/8 2/4 3/5 1 2 3 1 2 2     4 4 16
34 BALABAN, DARKO 21:24 9 4/7   1/2 2 4 6     4 1 1 4 5 8
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 66 16/37 7/19 13/18 5 23 28 14 9 16 4 2 22 24 67
        43.2% 36.8% 72.2%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"It’s clear that it was tough game. PAOK is a team with a big name. They have good Greek and foreign players. Before the game I told my team that if we would concede less than 70 points, then we would win. We conceded 66. Not everything was good in offense. We missed too many free throws and made unforced errors, but it was predictable. "
MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"Zenit played well, they were ahead all the time and they deserved that victory. It was a difficult game for us. We played against a team that didn’t suffer a single loss in the last five games and scored an average of 95 points. Our goal was to keep them under 75. We played with many injuries. We had three injured players in the last couple of weeks who were not ready for this game."

Players

KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY
Zenit St Petersburg
"We expected this victory because we want to win every time we play. The emotions are good because it’s a victory in our home arena. As for my game I would estimate it as average. I played bad at the beginning of the game as I missed some free throws. If not for those mistakes, it could be ‘good’."
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