2015-16Regular SeasonRound 3
October 28, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 TISZALIGETI
Artem Vikhrov - Zenit St Petersburg - EC15 (photo Szolnoki Olaj)

Dowdell makes history in Zenit's road win

Zenit St. Petersburg stayed undefeated in Group E by downing Szolnoki Olaj 75-84 in Hungary on Wednesday. Zenit improved to 3-0 while Szolnoki dropped to 0-3. Zabian Dowdell led the winners with 24 points on a near-perfect shooting performance (5-of-6 two-point shots, 2-of-2 three-point shots and 8-of-8 free throws), 4 rebounds, 14 assists and 5 steals for a performance index ranking of 51 - tying the Eurocup's all-time record for most index in a non-overtime game, which previously belonged to Vladimir Golubovic of Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler. Kyle Landry added 21 points and 12 rebounds for Zenit. Milos Borisov led Szolnoki with 22 points and 10 rebounds. David Vojovda added 20 points while Rodney Green had 12 for the hosts. Zenit led 14-17 after 10 minutes, extended its margin to 31-37 at halftime and then again to 49-63 at the end of the third quarter. Vojvoda brought the hosts within 67-73 but Dowdell took care of business in crunch time to round a near-perfect performance.

Szolnoki found an early go-to guy in Borisov, who had 7 unanswered points to force Zenit call timeout. Landry tried to change things with a put-back basket which Strahinja Milosevic bettered with a three-point play. Zenit improved its defense while Ryan Toolson and Dowdell brought the guests within 11-8. Toolson struck from downtown while Artem Vikhrov and Landry gave Zenit its first lead, 13-15. A free throw by Kyryl Natyazhko and a basket by Artem Komissarov fixed the score at 14-17 after 10 minutes. Borisov made free throws early in the second quarter and Green put Szolnoki back ahead, 18-17. Dowdell had 5 points in a 0-6 run that restored a 18-23 Zenit lead. Natyazhko and Pavel Antipov traded triples and Toolson made it a seven-point game, 21-28. Landry kept pacing the guests with a couple of baskets but a three-pointer by Vojvoda gave the hosts hope at 27-32. Akos Keller found his first points and Vojvoda scored again but an unstoppable Landry kept Zenit ahead, 31-37, at halftime.

Landry scored again right after the break and a three-pointer by Antipov made it a double-digit game, 31-42. Borisov answered from downtown but Aleksandr Karpukhin and an unstoppable Dowdell soon made it a 13-point game, 37-50. Borisov and Vikhrov traded baskets and a three-pointer by Vojvoda gave Szolnoki hope at 42-53. Dowdell scored again but Vojvoda buried another one from beyond the arc and got help from Kristian Wittmann and Green to get the hosts within single digits, 49-57. A 0-6 run led by Dowdell and Karpukhin restored a 49-63 Zenit margin after 30 minutes. Landry and Vikrov stepped up for the guests early in the fourth quarter and Dowdell found Antipov for an easy basket that gave their team a 54-69 margin. Borisov and Vojvoda led an 11-0 run that gave Szolnoki plenty of hope, 67-73, with under 4 minutes left. Dowdell hit 4-of-4 free throws in crunch time and send his 14th assist to Landry for a 71-79 Zenit margin with 2 minutes to go, allowing Zenit to seal the outcome down the stretch.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Referees: VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR (MNE), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU), BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR)
Attendance: 1200 (Tentative)
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Szolnoki Olaj
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 CRAFT, AARON 21:57   0/3     1 3 4 5 1 1     5   1
6 KELLER, AKOS 21:16 4 1/7   2/6 2 3 5     2 2 1 2 3 -1
7 STAJKOVSKI, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 WITTMANN, KRISZTIAN 18:03 4 2/2 0/3     1 1 1   2   1 3   -3
9 VOJVODA, DAVID 34:08 20 4/8 3/9 3/4   1 1 5 2 3     1 2 15
10 GREEN, RODNEY 21:25 12 5/7   2/2   4 4 2   3     2 4 15
12 SOMOGYI, GERGELY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BORISOV, MILOS 26:59 22 4/5 3/5 5/6 2 8 10 3 3       1 7 40
18 PERINGER, BALAZS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NATYAZHKO, KYRYL 12:25 4 0/2 1/1 1/2 1 1 2     2     1 1 1
24 MILOSEVIC, STRAHINJA 30:48 9 1/6   7/7 2 2 4 3 3 1 1 1 3 7 17
33 GREGORY, DINO 12:59   0/1     1 2 3 1   2     3   -2
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 75 17/41 7/18 20/27 9 27 36 20 9 16 3 3 21 24 85
        41.5% 38.9% 74.1%
Head coach: POR, PETER
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
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 17:16 8 1/2 2/4     2 2     1     2   4
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 12:18 3 1/3   1/2 1 3 4   1   1   2 1 5
8 KOMISSAROV, ARTEM 10:20 3 1/1 0/1 1/2   1 1   1 1     4 1 -1
10 TOOLSON, RYAN 14:49 6 1/2 1/2 1/1       2   4   1 2 1  
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 29:52 6 3/11 0/1   1   1 2   4   1 3 1 -7
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 7:08   0/2   0/2   1 1       1     1 -1
19 KARPUKHIN, ALEKSANDR 19:53 7 2/2 1/4     1 1 1   1     4 2 3
22 DOWDELL, ZABIAN 31:30 24 5/6 2/2 8/8   4 4 14 5 3 1     7 51
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 14:27 4 1/1   2/4 1 3 4 2 1       4 2 7
33 LANDRY, KYLE 28:29 21 6/8 1/1 6/6 2 10 12 1 1 1   1 2 4 33
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 13:58 2 1/4     1 1 2 1         1   1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 22/42 7/15 19/25 6 28 34 23 9 15 3 3 24 20 97
        52.4% 46.7% 76%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY

Head Coaches

POR, PETER
Szolnoki Olaj
"The good start got the team and the crowd going, but after Zenit’s timeout, they regrouped and started to defend tougher... We missed 5 free throws and at least four open layups in the first half. That was crucial because if we hadn’t, it could have been a different story. The second half Zenit showed why they lead the VTB league. "
KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"It started badly for us; Szolnok kicked the game off well. Without the injured Janis Timma and Ryan Toolson, who limped off in the first quarter, it was not easy, but after a shaky beginning, we managed to play our type of game. It is pleasing that every player who made it to the court played his part in this game. We showed that we are not just a bunch of individuals, we are a team. "

Players

KELLER, AKOS
Szolnoki Olaj
"We fought hard, ran a lot, tried our best, still, it was not enough. Our offensive plays still have not worked too well and except for Milos Borisov and David Vojvoda we did not score enough individually. Zabian Dowdell had a hell of a game; he was excellent and created chances for the others. "
LANDRY, KYLE
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was a difficult game for us, especially after the home team started the game with a scoring spree. After the first half we get ourselves together, especially in defense, which brought good offense. We are glad that we ended up winning this tough game. "