Club profile: Zenit St Petersburg

Jul 16, 2014 by Print
Triumph Lyubertsy (photo Triumph)

Zenit St PetersburgZenit St Petersburgn is back in the Eurocup after a good season in which the club made it to the EuroChallenge title game and the VTB League quarterfinals. Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia stopped Triumph in the EuroChallenge final and preventing it from winning its first title, but the club, led by Cory Higgins and Kyle Landry, battled hard in all competitions. Previously being known as Dynamo Moscow Region, the club advanced to back-to-back FIBA Europe Cup final fours in 2004 and 2005 and became a regular in the Russian playoffs. With a host of stars including Mire Chatman and Terrell Lyday, Triumph won its the 2007-08 ULEB Cup regular season group, but was upset by Artland Dragons in the Last 32 round. Triumph reloaded before the start of the 2008-09 season with signings such as Nenad Krstic, Marcus Goree and Alan Anderson, but the team could not survive the Eurocup Qualifying Rounds. Triumph, however, overcame heavy financial problems to return to the Russian League playoffs and reach the Russian Cup title game, which it lost to Unics Kazan. Triumph also had a long run in the EuroChallenge, making it to the final four and finishing third. The club returned to the Eurocup in 2009-10 but did not get past the regular season. Triumph reached the Russian League semifinals in 2012 and made it to the 2012-13 Eurocup Last 16, led by Tywain McKee and Sergey Karasev. After another solid season, Triumph hopes to reach bigger heights in the 2014-15 Eurocup.
EuroChallenge: Finalist
VTB League: Quarterfinalist