2017-18Regular SeasonRound 6
November 14, 2017 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 YUBILEYNY SPORTS PALACE

Zenit holds off Gran Canaria

Zenit St Petersburg remained undefeated at home in the EuroCup by holding off Herbalife Gran Canaria 90-85 on Tuesday at Yubileyny Sports Palace. The victory lifted Zenit to the top spot in Group D with a 4-2 record, while Gran Canaria slipped to 3-3. Sergey Karasev turned in a fine all-around performance with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks to lead the winners. Scottie Reynolds got the hosts going with 10 first-quarter points before he too netted 21 points and dished 6 assists. Drew Gordon recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Kyle Kuric scored 12 against his former team and Marko Simonovic added 10 for the winners. Shaquielle McKissic paced the visitors with 16 points, Anzejs Pasecniks and Ondrej Balvin scored 12 each, Eulis Baez had 11 and D.J. Seeley 10. Balvin also collected 9 rebounds.

Gran Canaria was hot early to lead 2-7, but Zenit soon regrouped and lead 14-11 after back-to-back three-pointers by Reynolds. Ivan Lazarev scored on both sides of a Gran Canaria timeout to make it 20-13. Kuric’s first points came on a layup that gave the hosts a double-digit lead, 25-15, after 10 minutes. The Gran Canaria second unit, led by Balvin, Xavi Rabaseda and Seeley, cut into the deficit, but Kuric kept the hosts comfortably ahead. Baez powered the visitors to within 4 – twice – and the half ended with Zenit leading 46-42.

A McKissic layup to start the second half made it a 2-point game, but Zenit got the next 8 points – 6 through Gordon – to regain a 10-point edge. Reynolds extended the lead to 13, but Gran Canaria refused to fold; Seeley started and ended a 0-11 response to make it 63-61. A Karasev put-back ended the third quarter at 65-61. Rabaseda lifted an alley-oop pass to Pasecniks that the latter finished for a slam to tie the game at 65-65 in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Reynolds, Karasev and Gordon stepped up with all the Zenit points and assists in an 8-2 spurt that got the home crowd rocking. Bit Gran Canaria responded with a Gal Mekel three-pointer and 3 Pasecniks free throws to even the score at 73-73 with six minutes to play. A three by Reynolds and slam by Gordon after a pick-and-roll with Kuric put Zenit back in control. Simonovic free throws boosted the margin to 82-74 with three minutes to go. Baez connected from downtown to make it a 3-point game, however free throws by Evgeny Valiev and Kuric all but put a Zenit victory on ice.

Sergey Karasev - Zenit St Petersburg (Photo Zenit) - EC17
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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Referees: MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), ROSSI, MICHELE (ITA), SUKYS, ARTURAS (LTU)
Attendance: 5156
By Quarter1234
Zenit St Petersburg25211925
Herbalife Gran Canaria15271924
End of Quarter1234
Zenit St Petersburg25466590
Herbalife Gran Canaria15426185
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 REYNOLDS, SCOTTIE 27:23 21 5/6 3/3 2/2   2 2 6 1 4     1 3 27
4 LAZAREV, IVAN 7:18 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 1 1 2     4    
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 32:33 21 7/10 0/3 7/9 1 5 6 6 2   2   2 5 32
10 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BARINOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 9:05 3 1/1   1/2 2   2 2   1     1 1 5
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 8:03   0/1       2 2   1   1       3
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 28:06 10 4/5 0/5 2/2           1 1   3 2 3
22 HARPER, DEMONTE 20:44   0/1 0/1     1 1 1   1 1 1 2   -3
24 KURIC, KYLE 26:47 12 2/5 2/3 2/2   2 2 2       1 1 2 12
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 12:32 2     2/2 2 2 4 1   2 1   4 5 7
32 GORDON, DREW 27:29 17 8/17   1/2 3 6 9 6 1 2 1 1 3 3 21
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 90 29/48 5/16 17/21 11 24 35 25 6 14 7 3 21 21 112
        60.4% 31.3% 81%
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
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 18:37 2     2/2   1 1 3         2 2 6
9 MEKEL, GAL 21:23 7 2/11 1/3   1   1 7   3   1 3 2 -1
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 24:38 10 5/9 0/5   1   1 2 1     2 4 1  
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 25:36 12 5/9   2/4 5 4 9 1   1 1   3 2 15
13 BAEZ, EULIS 20:39 11 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 5 6 2 1   1 1 2 2 18
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 15:21 12 4/8   4/8         1 1   1 3 6 6
21 PAULI, ORIOL 20:57 2 1/1 0/3   2 2 4 1 1 3     3 1  
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 16:35 5 0/1 1/3 2/2   2 2 3 1 2 1     1 8
27 MCKISSIC, SHAQUIELLE 21:50 16 4/5 2/4 2/6 1 2 3 3 1 1   1 1 4 17
40 FISCHER, LUCAS 14:24 8 4/6     4 3 7     1   1     11
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 85 28/54 5/20 14/24 18 20 38 22 6 13 3 7 21 21 83
        51.9% 25% 58.3%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was a good game for us. We remember the game we lost in Spain and we wanted to take advantage here and we did it. At the end we tried [to get the tiebreak advantage], but it was more important to just win the game. "
CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"We started the game very bad and let Zenit score 25 points in the first quarter. Then we started to play better in defense and in terms of rebounding. But the key factor was three-ponters."