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Youth team got two road wins against NN-2

26 February 2022
Youth team got two road wins against NN-2

The long trip of the youth team began with a visit to the banks of the Volga river to a very uncompromising opponent from Nizhny Novgorod. 

Jan 24: Nizhny Novgorod-2 – Zenit-M: 75-90 (+15)

N: Ovchinnikov (18), A. Orekhov (14 + 4 rebounds + 4 assists), V. Orekhov (8 + 7 rebounds), Alekseev (15 + 5 rebounds), Smolyakov (8) – start; Vorontsov (7 + 8 assists), Shcherbakov (4), Pokrovkov (4), Yakovenko (0), Ryzhkov (0), Khoroshev (0), Balatyuk (did not play).

Z: Prokopenko (6 + 4 rebounds + 8 assists), Ivanov (2), Zemsky (14), Borisov (16 + 4 rebounds), Sorokin (14 + 4 rebounds + 4 assists) – start; Antipov (4 + 3 rebounds), Tikhomirov (0), Kolosov (2 rebounds), Kozin (0), Ryzhov (19 + 5 rebounds), Samukhin (did not play), Lenkin (15 + 4 rebounds + 5 assists).

Jan 25: Nizhny Novgorod-2 – Zenit-M: 67-75 (+8)

N: Ovchinnikov (11 + 4 rebounds), A. Orekhov (15 + 5 rebounds), V. Orekhov (16 + 6 rebounds), Alekseev (15), Pokrovkov (6 + 6 rebounds) – start; Vorontsov (4), Shcherbakov (0), Smolyakov (2 rebounds), Yakovenko (0), Ryzhkov (did not play), Khoroshev (did not play), Balatyuk (0).

Z: Borisov (8 + 4 rebounds), Ivanov (1 rebound), Zemsky (12 + 6 rebounds), Sorokin (6 + 8 rebounds), Prokopenko (7 + 6 assists) – start; Kolosov (0), Tikhomirov (0), Kozin (6 + 4 rebounds), Samukhin (did not play), Antipov (2), Ryzhov (23 + 8 rebounds), Lenkin (11 + 5 rebounds).

Maxim Uchaikin, Zenit-M Head Coach:

One result – victories, but such different games. In the first meeting, a lot worked out, and in the second, definitely not. When a team is doing well, it’s hard to lose. The whole team succeeded both inside the three-second zone, and from the perimeter, and passes under the rim, and the ball was drawn. This game was hard to beat. There were a lot of mistakes in the second game, but the character shown is worthy of respect. Ryzhov and Zemsky showed a very high level. Kozin entered the game very well and gave everyone a breath of fresh air. We temper the character by such games. NN-2 is a strong team, they did not give us to relax for a minute. We expected that something like this would happen, so we were ready. Now we are preparing for UNICS-2. Every game is a new story.

Next game

Immediately from Nizhny Novgorod, Zenit-M will move to Kazan, where on February 28 and March 1 they will play with their peers from UNICS-2, who are on the 7th place in the standings.