2016-17Regular SeasonRound 4
November 02, 2016 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 YUBILEYNI ARENA
Ryan Toolson - Zenit St Petersburg - EC16 (photo Zenit)

Toolson shoots Zenit to home win

Sparked by Ryan Toolson's special shooting night, Zenit St. Petersburg finally saw off persistent visitor Buducnost VOLI Podgorica with a 84-79 victory on Wednesday in Round 4. Zenit improves to 2-1 while Buducnost drops to 0-3 in Group C. Zenit, which led by as many as 17 points in the first half and 13 in the second, needed all that cushion. Toolson by the end of three quarters had drilled 8 of 12 three-pointers and scored more points, 30, than any EuroCup player in a full game this season. But despite a 70-57 lead, the hosts had to sweat out the end before winning. Toolson finished with 34 points, one below his EuroCup career high, while Stefan Markovic had a double-double of 14 points and 12 assists. Aaron White added 11 points and Kyle Landry 10 for the winners. Marcus Williams scored 20 of his 27 points after halftime for Buducnost, while Shawn James and Boris Savovic 11 each.

Toolson hit 5 of 5 triples in less than 6 minutes to start the game by giving Zenit a commanding 21-7 advantage that Buducnost reeled back to 25-16 at the end of one quarter. Toolson opened the second quarter with his sixth strike from the arc, and soon Markovic added another as the difference widened to 35-18. But again Buducnost rallied behind Savovic and Williams to cut the difference to 42-35 at the half. The visitors got even closer, 47-46, on a basket by James before Toolson's next 2 triples, free throws and a two-pointer to end the third-quarter had Zenit back in front by double-digits, 70-57. Williams rallied Buducnost with a 5-14 start to the fourth quarter, with his basket cutting the difference to 76-71. But then Landry had 4 points in a 6-0 run as Zenit pulled away for good.

After three home games, Zenit hits the road for its next four, starting with Unicaja Malaga in Round 5. Buducnost takes the search for its first win back home to face FC Bayern Munich next week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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Referees: PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB), MITROVSKI, IGOR (MKD)
Attendance: 2065
By Quarter1234
Zenit St Petersburg25172814
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica16192222
End of Quarter1234
Zenit St Petersburg25427084
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica16355779
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VOITIUK, EVGENII 12:28   0/1 0/1     4 4         1 2 1  
4 WHITE, AARON 30:58 11 4/5 1/3     5 5     1 1   3 1 11
6 TIMMA, JANIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 36:58 14 2/5 3/4 1/2   6 6 12 2 2 2   2 2 29
10 TOOLSON, RYAN 33:43 34 4/6 8/15 2/2   2 2 2 2 4     4 3 26
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 16:41 2 1/1     1   1 2   2     3    
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 10:38 6 1/4   4/4 3 5 8       1 2 3 4 11
24 RAZUMOV, ALEKSANDR 9:02 3 1/2   1/6 1   1   1       2 3  
30 SERGEEV, PAVEL 20:24     0/3   1   1 2 1 2     3 3 -1
32 DESYATNIKOV, ANDREI 4:26 4 2/2       1 1           1 1 5
33 LANDRY, KYLE 24:42 10 5/7 0/3   2 8 10 3 1 3     3 1 14
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 84 20/33 12/29 8/14 8 32 40 21 7 14 4 3 26 19 96
        60.6% 41.4% 57.1%
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
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 REYNOLDS, J.R. 18:43 3 0/1 1/4 0/2   1 1 3 1 3     3 3 -1
3 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 31:42 27 10/14 1/4 4/4 1 2 3 6 3 2     1 5 34
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 28:02 9 1/1 2/5 1/1 1 4 5 2 1       4   10
5 JAMES, SHAWN 11:20 11 5/8   1/2   1 1 1           2 11
7 SUBOTIC, BOJAN 23:15 6 2/8 0/1 2/4 5 4 9 3 1     1 2 3 10
11 BACOVIC, VASILIJE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SAVOVIC, BORIS 32:51 11 0/5 2/2 5/6   3 3     1 1 3 2 6 9
19 NIKOLIC, ZORAN 12:34 1 0/3   1/2 1 2 3 1   5 2   2 1 -3
30 POPOVIC, PETAR 25:46 7 3/6 0/1 1/2 1   1   3       3 3 6
41 VRANJES, NEMANJA 15:47 4 2/2 0/2     3 3 2 1       2 1 7
Team           4 4 8               8
Totals 200:00 79 23/48 6/19 15/23 13 24 37 18 10 11 3 4 19 24 91
        47.9% 31.6% 65.2%
Head coach: SCEPANOVIC, VLADO

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"It is good to get a win in our tough situation. We started very good and led by 18 points. Then the players started to feel tired because we lacked two players on the 2 and 3 positions; that’s why we played with people who usually don’t play that much. I also want to thank my team for their effort."
SCEPANOVIC, VLADO
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"Today we missed four players and from the summer we miss a lot of players. We didn’t play a single game with a full roster this season so far. It’s a big problem because we have a game every two or three days. We had a tough away game with Partizan and came to St. Petersburg with only one practice. We tried our best, but at the moment Zenit has a better team."

Players

TOOLSON, RYAN
Zenit St Petersburg
"Sometimes it’s harder to play with a big advantage from the beginning. We are not nervous and not keeping the intensity we need to. So it’s difficult to finish the game with a 30- or 40-point lead as we should have."
WILLIAMS, MARCUS
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"We have a few things to work on before our second game versus Zenit in terms of defense. They had one big quarter from one player and we couldn’t recover from that."
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