2018-19Top 16Round 3
January 15, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 YUBILEYNY SPORTS PALACE

MoraBanc grabs big road win at Zenit

MoraBanc Andorra picked up a critical road victory in its quest to reach the 7DAYS EuroCup elimination rounds by knocking off Zenit St. Petersburg 71-80 to remain undefeated in the Top 16. Dylan Ennis scored 19 points on 4 three-pointers while John Shurna nailed 5 threes for 17 points to go with 7 rebounds. Moussa Diagne and Andrew Albicy both scored 10 points as MoraBanc improved to 3-0 in Group H. Zenit, which was playing without leading scorer Sergey Karasev, dropped to 1-2 despite 17 points from Vladislav Trushkin. Jalen Reynolds posted 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in defeat.

Trushkin scored the first 4 points of the game for the hosts beforeAlbicy's three-pointer started a 0-12 run. After Diagne made it 7-16, Gal Mekel and Philip Scrubb knocked down threes at the other end in an 11-0 Zenit surge to take the lead, 18-16. The visitors led 23-26 after 10 minutes. MoraBanc played some tough defense to start the second quarter and held Zenit to just one basket in the first 7 minutes, while Michele Vitali and Ennis both nailed three-pointers in a 3-12 spurt to go up 28-39. Trushkin stopped the drought with 5 straight points and Zenit trailed just 38-44 at the break. Shurna started the second half with a three-pointer for MoraBanc, but Trushkin kept Zenit close with a basket and another three to make it 46-49. Shurna remained hot with two triples as the visitors remained ahead, 50-57. Zenit managed to cut the gap to 1 only to see Vitali drain a triple at the buzzer of the third quarter for a 56-60 scoreline. MoraBanc would not let Zenit closer as Albicy nailed a three and Ennis hit 3 free throws in pushing the advantage to 61-70. An Ennis triple made it 63-74 with 4 minutes left. Reynolds scored 4 points in trying to get Zenit back into it, but, as all game long, MoraBanc hit a big three with Shurna draining his fifth for a 69-79 cushion with 1 minute to play.

Game changing sequence

Zenit trimmed the gap to 61-63 early in the fourth quarter, but MoraBanc refused to cave in on the road as Dylan Ennis hit 3 free throws and a three-pointer in scoring 8 points in a 2-11 surge to regain control of the game.

Pivotal performer

John Shurna not only hit 5 three-pointers in scoring 17, points but he also picked up 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks without a turnover in 31 minutes for a performance index rating of 21.

Telling numbers

MoraBanc turned the ball over just 9 times while hitting 13 of 32 three-pointers (40.6%) – helping overcome losing the rebounding battle 45-31, including 15 Zenit offensive rebounds.

Next games

Zenit and MoraBanc will face off against each other in just over a week in Andorra on Wednesday, January 23.

Dylan Ennis - MoraBanc Andorra (photo Zenit) - EC18
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: FOUFIS, IOANNIS; OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS ; THEPENIER, HUGUES
Attendance: 1750
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Zenit St Petersburg23151815
MoraBanc Andorra26181620
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Zenit St Petersburg23385671
MoraBanc Andorra26446080
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 ARMAND, SEAN 9:10 2 1/2 0/2     2 2     1     1   -1
2 REYNOLDS, JALEN 29:47 16 7/13   2/2 3 7 10 1   3 2 1 3 6 22
9 MEKEL, GAL 22:51 8 2/6 1/2 1/2   2 2 5   2     3 3 7
11 MILLER-MCINTYRE, CODI 18:14 5 1/4 1/2   1 1 2 3   2   2 4   -2
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 5:27                         2 2  
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV 19:35 17 4/6 3/3   3 3 6     1     1 1 20
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 20:58 9 2/4 0/1 5/5 3 5 8 1 1 2   1 4 4 13
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 27:15 4 0/3 1/4 1/2 3 4 7 1 1 2 1   2 2 5
21 UTHOFF , JARROD 12:45 2 1/1 0/3     2 2     1 1       1
23 SCRUBB, PHILIP 29:12 7 1/4 1/3 2/2   2 2 3   1   1 2 3 6
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 4:46 1     1/2 1   1           1 2 2
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 71 19/43 7/20 12/15 15 30 45 14 2 15 4 5 23 23 76
        44.2% 35% 80%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LUZ, RAFA 16:35 5 1/2 0/2 3/3       1 2       2 3 6
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 11:46   0/3     1 2 3 2         3 1  
16 ALBICY, ANDREW 26:26 10 1/1 2/4 2/2   1 1 7   2     1 6 19
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 19:56 10 2/4   6/10 3 2 5 1   1 2   2 6 15
22 SHURNA, JOHN 31:03 17 1/4 5/7   1 6 7 2 2   2 1 3   21
23 WALKER, DAVID 15:33 4 1/3 0/3 2/2   2 2 1 1 1   1 4 1 -2
24 COLOM, GUILLEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 UPSHAW, REGGIE 17:00 5 2/4 0/2 1/3 1 1 2   1   1 1 3 2 1
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 28:19 19 2/5 4/8 3/3 1 2 3 3 1 3   1   2 17
33 VITALI, MICHELE 23:54 6   2/6     3 3 2   1     2 1 5
44 JORDAN, JEROME 9:28 4 2/3   0/1   1 1     1     3 1  
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 80 12/29 13/32 17/24 10 21 31 19 7 9 5 4 23 23 86
        41.4% 40.6% 70.8%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Zenit St Petersburg
"I only can congratulate Andorra, they totally deserved this victory. If you have 14 more rebounds than your opponent, but make 15 turnovers, your rebounds cost nothing. We still have a lot of things to improve."
NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"We are happy with this result, we knew that Zenit is very strong team, especially at home. In the Top 16, you have no chance for mistakes. Now we have a good 3-0 record. Tonight we were lucky sometimes, with a couple of three-point shots, but we controlled the game and deserved this kind of luck."

Players

VORONOV, EVGENY
Zenit St Petersburg
"Andorra scored average 85 points per game. If you want to beat them, you should allow not more than 65-75 points. Tonight they scored 80, so we had problems in defense. I think we can fix it, next week will be another game in Andorra. We still have chances to go through the Top 16 round."
SHURNA, JOHN
MoraBanc Andorra
"Andorra scored average 85 points per game. If you want to beat them, you should allow not more than 65-75 points. Tonight they scored 80, so we had problems in defense. I think we can fix it, next week will be another game in Andorra. We still have chances to go through the Top 16 round."